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by Brian Rosenbaum
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Which star player do you fear is not going to have that rebound you've been waiting for?




 
Brian Rosenbaum: I've been waiting for Jonathan Toews to have his usual strong finish after a slow first half in which he recorded only 32 points in Chicago's first 49 games. I just don't think it's going to happen this season. In 2015-16 Toews registered only 35 points in the Hawks' first 53 games but put up 23 points in Chicago's last 27 contests. Again, in 2016-17, Toews finished strongly registering 30 points in the Blackhawks' last 29 games after a lackluster first half in which he recorded only 28 points in 42 games. But this season, he hasn't cranked it up as he has registered only eight points in 15 games since the All-Star break. With goalie Cory Crawford injured, and the Hawks beginning to show their age, I don't think there is a rebound in Toews' toolbox.
 
 
 
Michael Finewax: Nicklas Backstrom has been terrible for most of the season. He usually averages close to a point a game but he is far from that this season with only 46 points in 63 games heading into action on Saturday. Backstrom had 405 points in 411 games over the past six seasons but that has not been the case this season. The funny thing is that Backstrom started the season like a house on fire with three goals and 11 points in his first six games but has only 12 goals and 35 points in 57 games. That's bad and worthy of just better than a waiver wire pick. 
 
 
 
Ryan Dadoun: It's a little late for this season to be anything but a disappointment for Max Pacioretty.  After getting at least 30 goals and 60 points in four straight seasons, I doubt he'll reach 25 goals and 50 points in 2017-18.  This has just been a terrible season for the Canadiens all around though.  I could have easily said Carey Price as well, but with him currently being hurt and potentially done for the season, it didn't seem fair to bring him up.






Corey Abbott: Milan Lucic doesn't carry the same star power as the players previously mentioned, but he typically provides solid numbers for fantasy squads between his goals, points, hits, shots and penalty minute totals.  Unfortunately, the offense just hasn't been there at all for him this season.  Lucic has nine goals and 31 points in 65 contests.  He hasn't scored a goal since Dec. 23, which amounts to a 29-game drought, and he has contributed a mere five assists during that span.
 

Brian Rosenbaum
Brian Rosenbaum is the Senior Hockey Editor of Rotoworld.com. He's run the hockey coverage since its inception in 2000.