Fantasy Hockey: Don’t Give Up On Goalie Henrik Lundqvist

By Adam McGill
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This fantasy hockey season,  New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was drafted extremely early and was expected to be an amazing starting option. However, through the first two games, he has looked absolutely horrible and has killed fantasy owners.

In his first game against the Boston Bruins, Lundqvist allowed three goals and the Rangers ended up losing the game 3-1. Lundqvist shockingly saved 31 shots in the game, but he still let in three brutal goals for fantasy owners in his first start of the season.

In his next start of the year Lundqvist looked even worse between the pipes. He only faced 18 shots on the afternoon, but he allowed an unflattering four goals in the team’s 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lundy was eventually pulled in the second period, as the team decided to go with backup Marty Biron for the remainder of the game while Lundqvist got his head together.

It is not too often that the defending Vezina Trophy winner starts a season 0-2, so naturally fantasy owners have already begun to panic. Right now, tons of fantasy hockey owners are scrambling trying to figure out if they should stick with the struggling netminder or if they should just cut ties and trade him away. That said, Lundqvist is far too valuable to get rid of right now.

Lundqvist can only get better from here. It is not often that the veteran finishes the year with a 4.75 Goals Against Average, so expect him to start to progress towards the mean and get closer to his career GAA of 2.27.

Stay patient with the goaltender, because he was drafted in the first couple rounds for a reason. It is far too early to bail on a top-tier pick, so grit your teeth and prepare for the ups and downs that is fantasy hockey.

Lunqvist will figure things out soon and will eventually become a worthy fantasy starter again. He is still one of the premier goaltenders in the game, and thus in all of fantasy as well, so don’t throw in the towel just yet.

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