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Draft Guide

Goaltending Issues

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

 

Drop Trends examines the players who were most frequently dropped in Yahoo leagues on Saturday and determines if you should stay put or follow the trend.

 

Steve Mason (PHI - G)

 

Dropped: 752 times

Why? Mason has struggled out of the gate this season.

 

Recommendation: Mason has been disappointing, but it is still very early. He has a 2-5-2 record along with a 3.56 goals-against average and an .874 save percentage. Michal Neuvirth was injured on Saturday night, so Mason should get a chance to get into a groove if Neuvirth is sidelined for any stretch of time. Other options in the crease typically aren’t plentiful, so you should probably stick with Mason for a little while longer.

 

Keith Kinkaid (NJD - G)

 

Dropped: 729 times

Why? Made his spot start against Buffalo and fulfilled his purpose with a 2-1 overtime win.

 

Recommendation: Working the waiver wire for backup goalie starts is a common practice that I don’t have a problem with. Of course, I would prefer to have reliable workhorse netminders on my roster, but taking advantage of strong backups in good matchups is a fine strategy. Philipp Grubauer, who was a popular spot start on Saturday, was dropped 476 times after his contest versus Carolina. That one didn’t turn out very well in a 5-1 loss.

 

Jonathan Drouin (TBL - LW, RW)

 

Dropped: 568 times

Why? Missed fifth straight game Saturday because of an upper-body injury.

 

Recommendation: Drouin is making progress towards being back in the lineup. He skated Saturday morning with the team for the first time since Nov. 1, which is encouraging. Prior to getting injured, Drouin had slowed down offensively, but he still has has five points in 10 games. He should return to Tampa Bay’s top-six group when he is ready to return, which will put him in a great spot to get back on track. Don’t give up on him yet.

 

Jaromir Jagr (FLA - RW)

 

Dropped: 449 times

Why? He has one goal and five assists in 15 games.

 

Recommendation: The veteran winger has had a slow start to the season. Still, I would be reluctant to let him go so early. Jagr has been controlling the play when he’s been on the ice and he has had his share of bad luck. He will probably get it going eventually, especially when Aleksander Barkov starts producing more as well. The duo misses Jonathan Huberdeau, who won’t be ready to play before the new year, but they have more than enough talent between them to be more productive than they have been to this point.

 

Brian Elliott (CGY - G)

 

Dropped: 432 times

Why? He has a five-game losing streak and he has allowed three or more goals in four straight games.

 

Recommendation: Elliott was brutal in the first three games of the year, which were all losses. Then he bounced back with three impressive performances in victories and now he is struggling mightily again. I didn’t have much faith in Elliott going into the season and his numbers so far have not changed that. I don’t mind the decision to let him go right now because he still has a great deal to prove, but if you decide to stick with him then there will probably be plenty of ups and downs this season.

Corey Abbott

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