- Tristan H. Cockcroft, Fantasy
Two of the problems with the long layoff for the NHL is the unpredictability in the game, and the impatience of fantasy owners with slow starters. Folks, it might be frustrating to see your top picks get off to slow starts, but remember, these guys haven't played a game at the highest level of competition in more than 14 months, and the new rule changes do take some adjustment. Taking a look at some of the coldest players through the season's first 10 days, here are four whom you shouldn't fret about at least, not yet.
Rob Blake: There's only one reason to worry about Blake, and that's the back problem that plagued him throughout the preseason. He has struggled, with just three assists and a minus-5 rating through five games, but he's still shooting the puck a fair amount, with a pace for more than 225 shots. Blake should get into a better rhythm as the season progresses, and he has the added motivation of playing for a new contract. Once the Avalanche find the right defensively minded option to skate alongside him, Blake should thrive.
Tristan Cockcroft discusses some of the early slow starters.