Fantasy Hockey 2013: Slumping Stars

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When it comes to fantasy sports, there aren’t many things more frustrating than a top draft pick under-performing, or not performing at all. These slumping stars are forcing fantasy owners to post hypothetical missing ads all over fantasy hockey land. The season is now almost a month through, making fantasy owners wonder whether or not their struggling stars will bounce back and shine bright for their fantasy teams.

Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs: Phil hasn’t been much of a thrill to kick off the 2013 campaign, posting just four assists and has yet to light the lamp. However, owners shouldn’t be too down on Kessel. He currently ranks third in the league in shots on goal, so you know he’s hungry. Toronto knows he is their best weapon, and will find ways to get him going. Remember, Joffrey Lupul has been out with a broken arm, but should return towards the halfway point of the season. It’ll be great for Kessel owners for him to get his partner in crime back.

Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks: Sedin has also been a bit of a disappointment for fantasy owners (myself included). Just five assists with no goals scored on the year. The fact that he has only taken eight shots on the year is a bit concerning, but Sedin has been a top tier point-producer for years, posting at least 70 per year since the 2006-06 season. Playing on a line with his brother, along with the eventual return of Ryan Kesler, Sedin figures to be one of the more productive centers in fantasy.

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators: Seriously? The Predators captain has played in all eight of the team’s games this season, but has yet to record a single point. If I owned Weber, I would be very alarmed considering the Predators already are a team lacking offensive depth and have lost Patric Hornqvist (knee) for three to four weeks. Weber is an elite defenseman in this league and will continue to get plenty of ice time, but the lack of a consistent supporting cast around him is not intriguing.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy hockey/football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.


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