Originally written on Fantasy Sports Locker Room  |  Last updated 11/10/14

Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Columbus Blue Jackets As a 25 year-old, Bobrovsky set career best marks across the board last season during his standout year with the Blue Jackets, bringing them from a sure last place finish straight into the thick of a playoff race. While he’s certainly not too old for this to be a total anomaly and his NHL numbers were nearly identical to the ones he posted in the first half of last year in the KHL, I just can’t buy in. Bobrovsky’s performance last season landed him in the second tier of goaltenders right behind the likes of Lundqvist, Rask, Rinne and Quick. Ahead of the likes of Anderson, Howard, Crawford and Price. Based on this and the fact that the Blue Jackets still aren’t a great hockey team, you’re best to let him slide past you in the draft. When in doubt, it’s best to risk having a player exceed your expectations, than fail to live up to them. Bobrovsky is an excellent example.   While he won the Vezina trophy last season, his save percentage of .932 was .029 higher than Martin Brodeurs career average. (Photo: UTASI) Andrei Markov, D, Montreal Canadiens Last year’s 48 game season was the first “full” year of NHL hockey Markov has played since 2007-08. Markov is a great player, no question. His career 0.583 points per game are testament to that. He also plays alongside PK Subban in a system that likes to start their offense from the backend. If healthy, Markov certainly produces enough to be a D1, but turning 35 just before Christmas, that seems like to big of an if to draft him as such. Brent Burns, RW/D, San Jose Sharks His dual position eligibility is certainly appealing, but it could also be misleading. If you draft him expecting right wing performance and he ends up playing defense on the Sharks second pair, you’re going to be very let down. He’s also only played three full seasons (>80 games) in his nine year career. A career 6.97 shooting percentage, while being dragged down by playing defense is not very reassuring either. Martin St Louis, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning Stays healthy, produces and plays alongside Steven Stamkos. More likely than not, Marty St Louis is a safe bet. He continues to exceed expectations late into his career. He usually slides down draft boards before being scooped up and bringing his owners to fantasy championships. Coming off an Art Ross trophy, this is likely to be the year St Louis doesn’t slide down too far. At 38 years of age, could this be the year that he finally starts to show his age and his performance begins to decline? You likely won’t end up being overly disappointed in his numbers this year, at the spot you’ll have to draft Marty, you could likely take a younger, safer play and get equal production. Jarome Iginla, RW, Boston Bruins I expect to be hung for treason for ever claiming such a thing, but Jarome Iginla has bust potential this season. On the surface, he seems prepped for a big year. He joins a powerhouse team in the Bruins, with great offensive players around him. While the Calgary Flames have been awful and can certainly take part of the blame for this, Iginla’s point totals have declined every year since 2010-11 and his career best mark of 98 points was six seasons ago. Iginla’s not too likely to go that much higher than he really should and certainly could be in for a great year, but there are certain to be people reach too high for him, expecting better things. Don’t be that person. Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver Canucks We’ll include his brother Henrik in this sentiment as well. Contract uncertainty in a major media market, a new coach and on the high side of 30. The Sedin’s are reasonably safe plays in the second tier of forwards. But with those three criterion in mind, it’s not crazy to anticipate a bit of a down year for them both. The post 2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Busts appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.

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