Two Chicago Blackhawks were the most dropped players on Saturday after the team lost for a second straight time on Friday. Elsewhere, a role change and a couple of unproductive games had fantasy owners looking for adjustments to their rosters. However, I think some of those drops may have been premature.
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Scott Darling (Chicago - G)
Dropped: 923 times
Why? Struggled in a 4-0 loss to Florida this past Friday.
Recommendation: Darling was likely picked up for a spot start against the Panthers and was dropped afterward. He has been limited to 12 appearances this season behind Corey Crawford, who is having an All-Star caliber year. Darling will probably be a popular pickup again when he makes his next start.
Andrew Shaw (Chicago - RW)
Dropped: 739 times
Why? He has gone three games in a row without a point.
Recommendation: If Shaw remains on a line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa then he will continue to have fantasy value. He was limited to 7:56 of ice time against Florida because he took a puck to the face when he was on the bench and it knocked out two of his teeth, which he swallowed. Shaw was productive prior to his mini slide, so he can get back on track if coach Joel Quenneville doesn't pencil him in for third- or fourth-line duty.
Vladislav Namestnikov (Tampa Bay - C)
Dropped: 645 times
Why? He hasn't earned a point in two straight games.
Recommendation: It's still a little too early to assume that Namestnikov is cooling down. He is getting plenty of ice time alongside Steven Stamkos and the points should come back soon if that partnership stays intact. I would wait a little longer on him.
Ryan Spooner (Boston - C, LW)
Dropped: 608 times
Why? David Krejci returned to action, so a decreased role was expected for Spooner.
Recommendation: Spooner was moved to a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on Saturday. He earned an assist on a goal by Marchand in the match to give him two points in two games since Krejci got back into the fold. Spooner is still producing points and he has fantasy value, especially in deep leagues. Keep him around until he lands on the third line.
Brock Nelson (New York Islanders - C)
Dropped: 508 times
Why? Dropped off of John Tavares' line and pointless in his last two outings.
Recommendation: Even though he hasn't scored in his two games, Nelson has amassed 11 shots on goal and he has been seeing plenty of ice time. Nelson is worth keeping an eye on but it's not a bad call to let him go for now.