The start of the NHL regular season also marks the start of the Fantasy Hockey season. For fans who enjoy playing arm-chair General Manager, who on the Boston Bruins should to take a chance on this season?
Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought that you’d make a decent General Manager for the Boston Bruins. Well, what better way to test that skill than by playing Fantasy Hockey? Obviously, it’s a slightly easier version of being in an NHL front office. For example, no salary cap, freedom from no-movement clauses, and no accountability other than to yourself and your buddies when you lose.
Having played Fantasy Hockey on ESPN actively for about 7 years now, I’ll admit that I have a hard time drafting and trading for Bruins players. Not because I don’t think they’re great or because I don’t think they’ll be an asset on my team. But being as they play on the team I root for night-in-night-out, when they struggle, it hurts twice as bad.
It’s bad enough when your team puts up a dud on the ice, and star players have a bad night stat-wise. But that only compounds when you have Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron who each go -4, for a whopping -8 points in fantasy hockey.
But, just because I don’t normally have Bruins players on my team doesn’t me you shouldn’t. Full disclosure, I do have Torey Krug on one of my teams (From Blue Laine to Blue Laine), and just snagged Anders Bjork for my other team (In the Dubnyk of Time). So, who on the Bruins is going to be fantasy relevant this upcoming season?
Based upon ESPN predictions, here are Bruins forwards that are no-brainers for drafting in most standard leagues:
- 2016-2017 numbers: 39 goals, 46 assists, +18, 24 power play points
- 2017-2018 predictions: 38 goals, 42 assists, +23, 22 power play points
- 2016-2017 numbers: 34 goals, 36 assists, +11, 24 power play points
- 2017-2018 predictions: 35 goals, 39 assists, +15,…