The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 09/05/12 at 01:02 AM ET
By request, I will answer the question of where to fantasy draft two former first-round picks traded for one another earlier this summer: James van Riemsdyk and Luke Schenn. Could a change of scenery lead to a brighter future for both players?
Of course, don’t forget that I’d like "Where Should I Draft..." to be based on questions from you, the Kukla's Korner site visitor. So please post the name of a player you're wondering about in the comments below, through email, or via Twitter.
James van Riemsdyk
I know that I described the fantasy impact of van Riemsdyk earlier this summer, but I should probably revisit this question given one additional piece of new information: The Leafs plan to use JVR as a center, possibly on the top line with Phil Kessel. If JVR can seize the opportunity and prove to be a stronger option at the first-line pivot position than Tyler Bozak or Tim Connolly, then the job will be his to keep for a very long time. Multipositional eligibility shouldn't hurt the ol' draft ranking either, as we all know how much easier it is to plan a lineup if we can move a player around.
Currently JVR is listed as 137 by the NHL.com fantasy rankings, while he resides in the depths of the Yahoo player pool at 385 (you’ll need to register a team on Yahoo before you can view the rankings). These rankings would make JVR a very appealing sleeper option that could probably be grabbed in the late rounds of your draft. I’ll stand with my earlier analysis, since there is more variance as to where a player could be drafted as the rounds go deeper. Just don’t forget about him.
After being drafted in the same year as up-and-coming blueliners like Drew Doughty, Alex Pietrangelo, and Tyler Myers, Schenn has yet to establish himself as a pillar of strength in either the real or fantasy game. Given that his career high over four NHL seasons is 22 points, the elder Schenn’s 457 ranking from Yahoo seems justified.
The formula seems right for Schenn’s career to take off, now that he is out of the pressure cooker known as Toronto. However, there’s no point in drafting him in anything but the very deepest of leagues at this point. If you have any sort of inclination that he will be one of the surprise sleepers of this season, add him to your watch list and wait and see what happens. At least he should see a ton of minutes initially, as the Flyers are desperate for blueline help.
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My name is Ian Gooding, and this is The Goods on Fantasy Hockey. Given my ability to understand numbers, write sentences, and follow hockey, it’s not a surprise to those who know me that I became a fantasy hockey writer. I started writing about fantasy hockey in 2006 for fantasyhockey.com and became the site’s content editor in 2007. Looking to expand my audience, I joined Kukla’s Korner in the summer of 2011 to create the site’s first fantasy hockey blog.
A few times each week, I’ll provide an article called “Pick Six” where I will write about six players that should either be in your fantasy team’s starting lineup or bench for the upcoming game. As well, I’ll provide the fantasy takes on important hockey developments. You can also email me your questions or comments to email@example.com, or follow me on Twitter.