Frozen Fantasy: Injuries Galore
Frozen Fantasy: Injuries Galore

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

What the heck is going on? We come back from the All-Star break and guys are breaking down all over the place.

Bad timing for their teams. And you.

Jay Bouwmeester aside – all I can say is I'm glad he's still alive – hockey injuries seem to be on the rise. Maybe it's just the names involved, but maybe there's more to it.

Shea Weber. Erik Karlsson. Mark Giordano. Alexander Radulov. Nazem Kadri.

Don't forget Seth Jones, Brock Boeser, Andreas Johnsson and John Marino.

Oh yah – there's that guy in Edmonton. Yep, Connor McDavid. Plus more.

Most of these guys are elite players. A few are emerging and some are just great glue. But they're all significant losses.

To their teams and your fantasy lineup.

Hockey is hard on the body. About six or seven years ago, ESPN shared a stat that hockey hits were 17 percent harder than those in football, even though NHLers were about 20 percent smaller. And pundits seem to agree that hockey is the second-most difficult sport in the world (and hardest team sport to play).

Fantasy owners are now scrambling to replace these guys. And the harsh reality is that you can't – not without significant compromise. Do you go in search of a big-name defender to replace your hurt blueliner? Or do you fill with a lesser light and trade for a forward who can drain points with ease?

There's no easy

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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