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Fantasy Hockey Roundtable: We’re Very Disappointed in You

February 3, 2010 | By Steven Ovadia | comment on this post
Alexei Kovalev hasn't worked out for the Ottawa Senators.
Alexei Kovalev has been among the season’s biggest busts.

This week, the Fantasy Hockey Roundtable was asked: “Which three players have been the most disappointing so far this year?”

Here’s what we said for RotoRob:

It’s hard to pick just three players who have disappointed me this season. I’ve been let down by so many, so many times. But if I had to pick just three, I would go with:

1. Evgeni Malkin — He finished last season with 35 goals. This year, Malkin had just 18 in his first 47 games, and just six goals in January. He finished last season so strong, looking like nothing could stop him. Malkin had 50 goals in his eyes after he lifted the Cup. By the time Christmas rolled around, he looked like he would be grateful to
score just 20 goals.

2. Alexei Kovalev — His disappearance isn’t surprising, but it is disappointing. Kovalev’s last two seasons in Montreal were great. But with 13 goals in 51 games for Ottawa, he hasn’t lived up to anyone’s expectations. Ottawa had to know Kovalev is one of the game’s streakiest players, but for whatever reason, it chose to throw its lot in with him. A lot of Fantasy owners made the same mistake.

3. Christopher Higgins — He’s never had huge numbers. In fact, his career-high is just 27 goals. But coming to the offense-minded Rangers, it was reasonable to expect Higgins to finally have that breakout season he always seemed to be flirting with. The idea was that he would just hang out in front of opposing nets and collect goals. For whatever reason, that hasn’t happened in New York. And when Higgins does have the rare scoring chance, he can’t cash in. He’s snake-bitten, as you can see with his six goals on the season.

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