Welcome to Drop Trends, where we look over the players that were most commonly dropped on Saturday and examine if you should be patient or follow the trend.
Nick Foligno (CBJ – C/LW/RW)
Dropped: 1,932 times
Why: He has no points and a minus-six rating in his last nine games.
Analysis: Foligno made a name for himself in 2014-15 by scoring 31 goals and 73 points in 2014-15, but he hasn’t come close to replicating that success. He was solid in 2016-17 with 26 goals and 51 points in 79 contests, but even still he should be regarded as a fringe player in standard leagues. His positional flexibility is nice and he does chip in a bit in terms of penalty minutes and (if your league has the category) hits, so there are some owners that might want to be patient with him, but I wouldn’t hesitate to drop him under most circumstances.
Conor Sheary (PIT – LW/RW)
Dropped: 1,351 times
Why: He’s been a disappointment this season with six goals, eight points, and a minus-10 rating in 19 contests.
Analysis: On top of those unfavorable numbers, Sheary has also been averaging a modest 14:09 minutes per game, down from 15:56 in 2016-17 when he broke out with 53 points in 61 contests. Sheary has still gotten some playing time with Sidney Crosby though, which makes him an intriguing player going forward. I wouldn’t fault anyone that dropped Sheary at this point because he is a big risk that hasn’t been paying off, but I do recommend keeping an eye on him with a readiness to reclaim him should he start to heat up.
Ryan Miller (ANA – G)
Dropped: 1,245 times
Why: He suffered a lower-body injury on Thursday.
Analysis: Miller has only gotten to play in four games this season due to injury. The timing of his latest setback was particularly unfortunate because it corresponded with John Gibson (concussion) being sidelined, but now that Gibson is back it’s a moot point. Miller is a solid goaltender, but is firmly in the backup role in Anaheim and that fact combined with his injury troubles this season lead me to recommend dropping him unless you’re in a particularly deep league.
Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF – D)
Dropped: 1,096 times
Why: He’s week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
Analysis: Ristolainen was off to a somewhat rough start to the season offensively as he had five assists in 13 games after surpassing the 40-point milestone in each of his previous two seasons. Part of the reason for his less than ideal offensive output is tied to the Sabres overall as they’ve been a pretty bad team with the puck so far this season. With that and the vague, but long-term timetable for his injury, it’s understandable that some owners have lost patience. Even still, I’d recommend holding onto him. There’s a lot of potential there for a comeback once he returns.
Brock Boeser (VAN – RW)
Dropped: 790 times
Why: He’s cooled down after a red hot patch.
Analysis: Boeser had three assists on Oct. 26 and then a hat trick and an assist on Nov. 4. It’s likely some owners picked him up after those hot games just intending to ride out the hot streak and when he followed it up with just an assist over his following four games, they decided to cut their losses. However, Boeser is one of the top players of this rookie class and while he will be prone to hot-and-cold stretches, he should average out to have a strong season by rookie standards. That’s what’s happened so far with his five goals and 14 points in 14 games. I’d recommend hanging onto him for now.