Like every NHL and fantasy hockey season there is a number of injuries early on in the season that drastically effect season long fantasy hockey leagues. In keeper leagues you must hang onto the big names but in other leagues it is time to scramble for a suitable replacement. There will now be some players that are effected by these injuries, some will benefit and some will suffer.
Zach Parise F NJ- IR 3 months
Knee surgery was what happened to our buddy Zach, and although it was unfortunate for all fantasy owners, they were glad to see he will be getting healthy this season. His six points in 12 games were uncharacteristic of his 80+ point fantasy seasons of the past. The Devils as a team are not going to benefit from this, there is no positive spin here. Ilya Kovalchuk was suppose to be Parise’s line mate and the 100-million-dollar man was suppose to be a fantasy stud joining the offensively gifted Parise. This was not the case, Ilya has been bad, as have the Devils, but now people are starting to write the Devils off, similar to the Thrashers of seasons past. Kovalchuk owners are frustrated and this could be the time to scoop him up!
Dion Phanuef D TOR- IR 4-6 weeks
Dion wasn’t exactly lighting the lamp previous to his injury, but that doesn’t mean this injury won’t effect the Bud’s. Phaneuf is the captain and although that doesn’t mean anything fantasy hockey wise the Leaf’s lose their leader. This means someone has to step up, the longest serving leaf resides on the point and goes by the name Thomas Kaberle. Thomas has always put up good fantasy numbers but now that Phanuef is done for a month the leafs will need him to step up and shoot the puck more. Power play time was always there for Kaberle but his reluctance to shoot will need to change for his fantasy numbers to increase. Another Leaf that will benefit on the point, will be a young Luke Schenn. He has been steadily improving this year. Schenn has showed he has some offensive upside but starting him in your fantasy lineup is still a stretch. Luke has played better since the arrival of Dion, now with him out this is the perfect time for him to ignite some offence and fill some shoes. Only time will tell if his new found confidence will produce more fantasy points and improve on his three assists in 13 games this season.
Craig Anderson G COL- IR (out Indefinitely)
No secret here there as there will be one player that benefits directly from this injury and that is Peter Budaj. Anderson Beat him out clean last season but Craig’s 71 starts, 38 wins and seven shutouts are in the rear view mirror for the Av’s. Peter has been good in Anderson’s absence and as an alternate option he is worthy of a start most weeks. This doesn’t change the fact that the Av’s can’t wait to get their star puck-stopper back, and neither can fantasy owners.