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Drop Trends: So long Simmonds

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Adjusting your roster at this point in the season often involves difficult and sometimes hasty decisions because there isn't much time to wait for injuries or for slumps to end. However, the most dropped players this past Saturday weren't hard cuts to make.

 

Nick Bjugstad (FLA - C)

 

Dropped: 3,038 times

Why? He will miss the rest of the regular season.

Recommendation: If you are in a re-draft format then it's definitely time to cut Bjugstad loose. He underwent surgery on his lower back this past Friday. Bjugstad was leading the Panthers with 24 goals and he ranked second on the team with 43 points in 72 games at the time of his injury. He's worth revisiting next season.

 

Wayne Simmonds (PHI - RW)

 

Dropped: 2,130 times

Why? He will miss the rest of the regular season.

Recommendation: Simmonds also suffered a season-ending injury this week when he fractured his leg against Chicago this past Wednesday. He was also the leading goal scorer of his team, with 28 markers, and he was third on the Flyers with 50 points in 75 matches. Dropping him if you aren't in a dynasty league is an easy call to make.

 

Andrew Hammond (OTT - G)

 

Dropped: 2,119 times

Why? He's dealing with a lower-body injury.

Recommendation: It's unclear when he'll be available to return after he sat out Saturday's overtime loss to Toronto. Hammond has enjoyed an incredible start to his NHL career, but his injury and a 5-1 loss to the Rangers in his last outing have taken some of the shine out of owning him. Letting him go at this time is understandable, as the roster spot could probably be better served somewhere else.  Fantasy owners should pick him up if he returns quickly, though.

 

Kris Russell (CGY - D)

 

Dropped: 1,447 times

Why? Offense has dried up after a hot start to the month.

Recommendation: Russell began March with two goals and six assists over five games, but he's hit the scoresheet in just one outing since then. He picked up two helpers against Philadelphia on March 19 and he's been scoreless in his other seven matches. Russel has hit the 30-point mark for the first time in his career, so we shouldn't be surprised that he's gone cold. There are likely better options out there.

 

John Klingberg (DAL - D)

 

Dropped:1,429 times

Why? Had one assist over five games going into Saturday's match against Vancouver.

Recommendation: Klingberg has gone though a typical up and down season as a rookie in the NHL and being a defenseman those cold stretches tend to last longer. Still, he scored the game winner versus the Canucks to give him 11 markers and 38 points in 59 games. Those are solid offensive numbers. I wouldn't mind having Klingberg on my team for the rest of the year, but if more consistent options are available then by all means go for the change.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.