Fantasy Hockey Drop Candidates: Playoffs are almost here — it’s time to make some hard cuts

Colton Parayko has scored 9 targets and 23 factors in 69 video games this season, making him a major lower candidate for fantasy hockey managers trying to enhance their rosters. (Picture by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)

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Fantasy managers are heading into the playoffs subsequent week in head-to-head leagues. Hopefully, your crew has established itself as a high squad, or a minimum of, a playoff entrant. Let’s take into account some gamers who’re rostered in ample Yahoo leagues and who may very well be simply dropped.

Dougie Hamilton, D, New Jersey Devils (62% rostered)

Hamilton is iffy at finest to return to the lineup by the top of the season — and there’s no cause why the Devils ought to rush him, as they’re seven factors out of a wild-card spot and should move 5 groups to get into the postseason. Hamilton underwent pectoral surgical procedure on Dec. 1 and has missed the final 49 video games. He was excellent offensively to start out the season with 5 targets and 16 factors in 20 video games, however in case you are in a redraft league, it is effectively previous the time to drop Hamilton out of your roster.

Mikhail Sergachev, D, Tampa Bay Lightning (49% rostered)

Sergachev is one other excellent defenseman who shouldn’t be returning for the common season. He underwent surgical procedure for a fractured tibia and fibula on Feb. 8 and isn’t near returning to motion. Sergachev had two targets and 17 assists in 34 video games earlier than he was harm, together with seven helpers on the ability play. Sergachev shall be decide subsequent season, as he’s more likely to slide in drafts as most poolies will have a look at his 19 factors and never the truth that he performed in solely 34 contests.

Colton Parayko, D, St. Louis Blues (36% rostered)

Parayko is price holding if hits and blocked pictures are classes in your league. Parayko shouldn’t be price holding on to if factors are your solely consideration. Parayko has 9 targets and 23 factors in 69 appearances this season. He’s tied for sixty fifth amongst blueliners in factors, which should not lower it in most leagues. He does not see a lot motion on the ability play — he has just one help — and does not accumulate many penalty minutes, as he has solely 9 minor penalties. All in all, it does not make sense to maintain Parayko.

Hampus Lindholm, D, Boston Bruins (45% rostered)

Lindholm was a fantastic fantasy participant in 2022-23, scoring 10 instances whereas including 43 assists in 80 video games. He additionally was a plus-49 and had 17 factors on the ability play. Sadly, that was final season. Lindholm has a objective and 24 factors in 61 appearances this season, 59th amongst defensemen in factors. That doesn’t justify him being rostered in 78% of Yahoo leagues. Lindholm is an effective blueliner, however he doesn’t have numerous worth in fantasy leagues.

Tyson Barrie, D, Nashville Predators (35% rostered)

Barrie has performed solely seven video games within the Predators’ final 33 contests. He missed 11 video games with an upper-body harm and has been a wholesome scratch in 15 video games. It has been straight downhill for Barrie since he was dealt from Edmonton to Nashville on the 2023 commerce deadline. He had 10 targets and 43 factors in 61 video games with the Oilers earlier than the commerce and managed solely 12 factors in 24 appearances the remainder of the best way for the Predators.

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It has been even worse this season, as he has a objective and 13 factors in 37 outings. Barrie had been a power-play specialist most of his profession — he had 31 factors with the man-advantage final season — however has been a bust this season with solely 4 assists.

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