There are always going to be underrated and overrated players no matter what fantasy sport you are playing. Everyone loves to take the big-name players that are instantly recognizable, but that is not always the best choice for your team. The stats should be the only thing that matters when it comes to fantasy sports. These are the most underrated and overrated players in fantasy hockey this season.
The Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens confused hockey fans everywhere this off-season when they swapped P.K. Subban and Shea Weber in a shocking trade that was considered one of the best moves of the off-season for the Predators.. While Weber is thriving in Montreal, P.K. Subban is disappointing his fantasy owners with the Predators. The Nashville coaching staff is giving Subban more freedom to create offense, but that is not translating to better fantasy stats. He is on pace to set a career-high in goals scored, but the rest of Subban’s stats are not very good. A big drop off in assists and plus-minus rating is killing Subban’s value despite the increase in goals. Getting a high scoring defenseman is always tempting in fantasy hockey, but P.K. Subban is not living up to his lofty draft price.
Anze Kopitar entered this season as one of the most sought-after centers in fantasy hockey, but he has failed to become the superstar everyone was expecting when they drafted him. The biggest problem with Anze Kopitar is that he is scoring far less than he has during his entire career. Kopitar was always a good for about 70 points each season, but he is only on pace to get just over 50 points this year. This can be attributed to Kopitar’s hesitance to shoot the puck and the lack of good scorers on the Los Angeles Kings.
Nino Niederreiter scored around 40 points in his first three full seasons in the league, but his scoring output is finally starting to increase this year. Niederreiter may not be a household name, but he was taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft. This proves that he has always had the talent to succeed in the league, and it finally seems to be coming together this year. Niederreiter is on pace to score 30 goals this season, but he is available in most fantasy hockey leagues. That is inexcusable for a player that is eligible for either wing position.
Andrew Shaw was always a solid contributor during his time with the Chicago Blackhawks, but he has upped his game since getting traded to the Montreal Canadiens. After only getting 34 points last year, Shaw already has 15 points in his first 29 games with the Canadiens. In addition to increasing his scoring output this year, Shaw is also getting more penalty minutes, shots on goal and hits. When you combine the improved stats with a great plus-minus rating, Shaw becomes one of the most underrated players in the league. His dual-eligibility of center and right wing is also very helpful in leagues with limited bench spots.