Originally written on Fantasy Sports Locker Room  |  Last updated 9/26/13

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 19: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks, skates against the Ottawa Senators in a game at Scotiabank Place on January 19, 2010 in Ottawa, Canada. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1.(Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Just like in every sport, there are players that are much more valuable in real life than they are to your fantasy team. The number one message for fantasy hockey 2013-14: don’t draft on name alone. Here are some guys to avoid, despite what your knowledge of the game may tell you.  Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks Toews is really the inspiration for this list. There is no denying he is one of the elite ‘players’ in the league. He just wins. From the Olympics, to World Junior Hockey Championships, to Stanley Cups (twice). He’s one of the best leaders out there and if I had to choose someone to build a team around, he would absolutely be a first round pick. But not in fantasy. Along with his trophy case, Toews has compiled 372 points in his 408 game career. While he is also +115 and has 31 career game-winning-goals, he doesn’t take penalties (which should be good for fantasy…) and really doesn’t contribute that much on the power play. While he is still a good player to have on your team, considering the 76 points he scored in 2010-11 is his career high, at the price you’ll pay, there are players with much higher upside. Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins The second Selke trophy winner to make the list, there certainly is a trend. Bergeron’s value to his team and the 2010 Canadian Olympic team, cannot be overstated. But similarly to Toews, that value just doesn’t translate to the fantasy game. He’s played 146 more games than he has points but like Toews provides you with a great plus-minus and a handful of game-winners every season. But he has deficiencies in the same areas of PIMS and powerplay production. Once again, if he’s there late, jump on it, but don’t choose the name ‘Bergeron’ over a “less obvious” selection. Jordan Staal, C, Carolina Hurricanes Big things were expected of Staal when the Hurricanes acquired him from Pittsburgh for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and a first round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He was coming off a career high 50 points in just 62 games playing primarily as the Penguins third line center. Well he hasn’t lived up to expectations there and likely won’t live up to yours, if you select him just based on his last name. Staal is closer to 0.5 points per game than 1.0 (0.58). An enlarged role in Carolina, including more ice time against tougher opponents led to career low of -18. He also doesn’t take many penalties (this is really a good thing) nor does he do much of his work on the powerplay or GWG categories. David Backes, C, St. Louis Blues Now admittedly, Backes is a guy I find myself selecting more often than not. The interim captain in St. Louis (it’s only a matter of time until Alex Pietrangelo takes over) is a great all-around player. But has eclipsed 60 points just once in his career. While he does provide much more in regards to PIMs than the other members of this list, it’s not enough to justify taking him high. Dustin Brown, LW/RW, Los Angeles Kings The Kings captain is the least productive member of this list. He’s actually below 0.33 PPG in his career and even takes a surprisingly low amount of penalties. His most productive category is hits and is a good contributor to powerplay points. But yet again, not as much production as you’d first think. Marc Staal, D, New York Rangers While he has just four full NHL seasons under his belt, Staal is the defenseman most suited for this list. He’s never posted more than 29 points, or 8 goals. He doesn’t get much powerplay time, take many penalties or shoot all that much. You’d be better off selecting a younger, more offensive-minded defenseman to round out your core, than the defensively responsible, stay at home, Staal.   Once again, this is not a list of busts. All of these players are must owns in fantasy and should be great contributors. Just be mindful of where you draft them and who you’re leaving on the board. The post Fantasy Hockey 2013-14: Don’t draft on name appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.

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