The 2015-16 NHL season has reached its quarter mark. All 30 teams have played at least 22 games and in some cases, squads have played 26 contests.
That can only mean one thing: it is time to hand out our early season fantasy hockey evaluations.
It has been a great season for many of the game’s top stars. Patrick Kane is averaging 1.52 points per game and the Dallas Stars studs, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, aren’t far behind him. It should be an exciting scoring title race.
With scoring down overall, goaltending numbers are through the roof. Usually fantasy owners are in for a long year if they miss out on the goaltenders run during the draft, but this season, solid netminding play appears to be everywhere.
Unfortunately, not everyone is impressing owners like Kane, Benn, Seguin and several goaltenders. There are a handful of stars that have been quite frustrating.
Here are the five most disappointing fantasy players through the first quarter of the 2015-16 season.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
The “what is wrong with Crosby” narrative has been a bit overblown. Fans who have watched him play know that the former first-overall pick is doing just fine.
Last week, he scored a pair of goals and recorded nine shots on net against the St. Louis Blues. Crosby has three goals and six points in his last seven games.
Nevertheless, the lack of results on the scoring sheet has landed Crosby on this list. He didn’t score in his first five games of the season, and he has been held pointless in 14 of his 23 games in 2015-16.
That is very un-Crosby like. The five goals, 15 points and minus-10 rating through a quarter of the season are too.
Jonathan Toews, Chicago
With all the attention Kane is getting, it is easy to overlook Toews’ disappointing start.
The Blackhawks captain has eight goals and 15 points in 25 games. If this pace continues, it will be the first time in his career during a non-lockout season that Toews doesn’t reach the 50-point plateau.
Normally he can also be counted on for a great plus/minus, but Toews is struggling in that department too. He only has a plus-four rating on the season. Last season, Toews posted a career-high plus-30 rating.
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim
Maybe there is some kind of captain jinx in the air or something. Two years ago, only Crosby had more points than Getzlaf did as the Duck captain posted a career-high 31 goals and 87 points.
This season, Getzlaf barely resembles that player as he only has one goal and 16 points in 21 games.
Luckily, he can contribute in other ways as he is on pace for 60-plus penalty minutes and 190-plus shots on goal, but still, the lack of goal scoring from one of the game’s best stars and top 20 fantasy players is definitely disappointing.
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia
The Flyers 26-year-old winger joins Getzlaf in the one-goal club. Voracek has just one goal and 13 points with a minus-nine rating in 25 games this season.
That is far from what fantasy owners envisioned when they selected Voracek at the end of the second or beginning of the third round. In 2014-15, he had a career season, scoring 22 goals and 81 points. He also had 221 shots on goal and 78 penalty minutes.
Voracek has 75 shots on net and just six penalty minutes this season.
It could be worse though. Fantasy owners are only stuck with him through April. Philadelphia signed Voracek to a eight-year, $66 million contract over the summer.
Tuukka Rask, Boston
The way the season started for Columbus and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, it is hard to imagine anyone beating him out for the netminder spot on our list.
But Rask has been epically bad.
In 16 starts, he is 8-7-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .899 save percentage. Among the 42 qualified goaltenders, Rask is ranked 37th in both categories.
For a netminder who went in the third or fourth round, that is absolutely terrible.
Stats accurate through games played on December 2.