A trio of inactive goaltenders made the cut for the most dropped players this past Saturday. Coming out of the All-Star break, injuries and a couple of AHL conditioning stints were the main theme for letting go of the following players:
Christian Ehrhoff (PIT - D)
Dropped: 1,134 times
Why? Injured in Pittsburgh's 4-0 loss to Washington.
Recommendation: Ehrhoff is being tested for a possible concussion, which is always murky to predict. If he tests positive then he could be sidelined for at least one week and possibly more. It doesn't sound like his prognosis is going to be favorable and he could be out for a while, according to speculation. The Penguins defenseman has 13 points in 43 games and none in his past six, so dropping him isn't such a bad idea especially if you are assuming the worse.
Darcy Kuemper (MIN - G)
Dropped: 1,055 times
Why? Sent to the AHL on a conditioning assignment.
Recommendation: Kuemper can stay in the AHL for up to two weeks and then he'll be back with Minnesota. He missed six games with a lower-body injury before he returned to the lineup on Jan. 20 against Detroit. Kuemper stopped all 14 shots he faced in relief of Devan Dubnyk. He will compete with Dubnyk for the starter job when he comes back again. I'm going to hang onto him in the league I'm in, but I understand feeling the need to drop him for the time being. I don't want to run the risk of losing him on waivers because goaltenders are rather scarce in my league.
Jori Lehtera (STL - C)
Dropped: 928 times
Why? Slumping forward sustained an injury this past Thursday.
Recommendation: Lehtera has scored one goal and four assists in his last 15 games. In two of those contests, he earned a pair of points, so that's quite a lot of scoreless hockey for a player who skates primarily with talented wingers Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. He has 30 points in 46 games this year and he might have another few hot streaks left in him, but his cold stretch coupled with his injury make him a fairly easy player to cut loose. He's listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury for now.
Craig Anderson (OTT - G)
Dropped: 817 times
Why? Went on injured reserve with a hand injury.
Recommendation: Pick him back up. Anderson has missed just two games and he could be back as early as Tuesday night against New Jersey. The Ottawa netminder has been great this season despite a 13-11-7 record. Anderson owns a .927 save percentage and a 2.37 goals-against average. He's still owned in 68% of Yahoo leagues and some fantasy owners probably jumped the gun here.
Niklas Svedberg (BOS - G)
Dropped: 664 times
Why? Sent to the AHL for conditioning.
Recommendation: Svedberg was loaned to Providence because he hasn't played since Jan. 8. He pitched a 14-save shutout against New Jersey that night. He has a .922 save percentage and a 2.22 goals-against average in 12 appearances with Boston this year. Svedberg is a solid backup option, but he should only be used in spot starts by fantasy owners.