With the exception of Colorado, Los Angeles, Nashville, and San Jose, all NHL teams are in action on Black Friday. You’ll need to set your fantasy lineups before you head out shopping, since the first game starts at 1 p.m. ET (Detroit vs. Boston).
Speaking of shopping, I have to admit that I don’t really like it, which may seem strange for someone who is a marketing major. However, anyone who knows me will say that I would rather study something than participate in it. I guess that’s why I play a lot more fantasy hockey than the real game. But since I don’t like shopping, I’m going to make the theme of this Pick Six players that you should not be purchasing in your fantasy league anytime soon.
David Booth, LW, VAN – bench
When Booth was traded to the Canucks, his fantasy value seemed to be on the rise because of the move to a better team. Since then, the Panthers have become one of the NHL’s surprise stories, while the Canucks seem to shuffle between wins and losses. Since being acquired by the Canucks, Booth has scored just two goals in 13 games with a (-5). He hasn’t become the power forward that the Canucks had hoped, instead focusing his efforts mainly around the perimeter. With Mason Raymond’s return looming, Booth could find his icetime diminished if he doesn’t rediscover his old form.
Ville Leino, RW, BUF – bench
Leino’s signing was thought to be a shrewd one by the Sabres, but it hasn’t turned out that way. Leino has just two goals, five points and a (-6) in 21 games for a Buffalo team desperately in need of toughness – not one-dimensional players who aren’t scoring. In the Milan Lucic rematch on Wednesday, Leino was held to just 13 minutes of icetime. Expect him to stay in Lindy Ruff’s chateau bow wow until he starts scoring.
Scott Gomez, C, MON – pass/drop
I listed Gomez here before I learned that he will miss Friday’s game with a lower-body injury. If you’ve been hanging onto him all this time, there isn’t a better time to drop him. Gomez’s streak of 42 games and counting without a goal can only be duplicated by stay-at-home defensemen and enforcers. If you figure that you can at least count on him for assists, then he has only provided four of those in 13 games. How much is he receiving in salary again?
Derick Brassard, C, CBJ – pass
A former early first-round pick, Brassard seems burdened with the problems that come with playing for a last-place team. He and Gomez are two players that I decided to part ways with on a keeper league team, and I thank my lucky stars I made that call. Brassard has just four points and a (-11) in 16 games this season, and he has even been a healthy scratch more than once. There isn’t much point in hanging on.
Kyle Turris, C, PHX – pass
Turris strikes me as the second coming of Mike Comrie: a player who is attempting to inflate his value early in his career by trying to force a trade. The Coyotes may have agreed to pay Turris a somewhat generous sum, but he hasn’t proven that he can produce at the NHL level yet (46 points in 131 career games). If you’re thinking about picking up Turris, he will start a conditioning stint soon and won’t play for the Coyotes right away.
Dwayne Roloson, G, TB – bench
Roloson hasn’t shaken the slow start, so it may be time to say that age has finally caught up to him. Roli the Goalie’s goals-against average for the month is still over 3, which is not good news for a team that considers itself a Stanley Cup contender. On Friday Roloson faces a Panthers team that has torched him for seven goals over five periods, so it doesn’t seem likely that things will improve.
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