- Tristan H. Cockcroft, Fantasy
Injuries have struck a few more key fantasy players the past week. Here's a closer look at some of the key men on the sidelines, as well as some recommended stand-ins for them:
Ed Jovanovski, D, Canucks: He underwent abdominal surgery last Wednesday and will miss a minimum of six weeks, keeping him out of the Olympics later this month. Jovanovski had actually been a bit of a fantasy disappointment, with six goals and 28 points in 39 games, though all six of his goals and 17 of his points came on the power play. His agent is already saying Jovanovski could miss at least eight weeks of action, essentially ending his fantasy season. By the time he returns, he'll likely be spending the final weeks merely preparing for the postseason, so don't count on him providing much help.
Suitable replacements: From Vancouver's roster, Nolan Baumgartner, Mattias Ohlund and Sami Salo will have to pick up the slack, though none is available in many leagues (less than 10 percent apiece). The Blackhawks' Duncan Keith is worth a look, as he'll play a much bigger role as a scorer now that Jaroslav Spacek is in Edmonton and Adrian Aucoin is out for the year. Keith scored two goals last Thursday, and is one of the few available defensemen who could rival Jovanovski's offensive output. The Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall is another; he had two assists in his first game back from knee surgery, and won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL's top defenseman in 2004-05. He was considered a potential bargain entering the season and still could be just that.
Tristan Cockcroft examines some of the top injuries.