The Band-Aid Boys List - updated!


You've heard me talk about 'em. You've often wondered if I just pull them out of a hat (or perhaps, a certain body oriface). Nope. I get 'em off this list. A DobberHockey staple since 2005.



Definition of "Certified": The player is virtually guaranteed to miss games and is a significant risk to miss 12 or more.


Definition of "Trainee": The player has shown signs that he could become Certified. He is probably going to miss six or seven games in the coming season and has some risk of suffering an injury that will cost him 12 or more.


The rule of thumb - if you ever manage to acquire, accidentally or otherwise - a member of the executive committee or a Certified Band-Aid Boy, get them off your team immediately. Although they may have fantasy value, they are probably not worth the headache (no pun intended) if you can acquire a player of equal value who is not on this list. If you acquire any Certified Band-Aid Boy for the price of them as if they play 65 games, then that works - just don't overpay and expect a full season out of them.


If you acquire a Band-Aid Boy Trainee, then keeping this player should be okay...but too many of them on your team could (will?) be trouble. It is possible to go from "certified" back to "trainee", or from "trainee" right off of this list. But poolies need to see some stability in games played - often one healthy season isn't enough to clean the slate.



Dobber's Band-Aid




President, CEO - Rick DiPietro
Vice President, head operations - Peter Mueller
Vice President, knee operations - Martin Havlat
Secretary of Groins - Marian Gaborik
Band-Aid Treasurer - Sheldon Souray

Band-Aid Boy Hall of Fame


Mario Lemieux

Alexei Zhamnov

Eric Daze

Ziggy Palffy

Eric Lindros

Dominik Hasek

Peter Forsberg

Pavel Bure




(Note - this is strictly for guidance in fantasy hockey. This list is not meant to belittle the seriousness of a player's injury problems, nor is it meant to punish a player for 'playing hard' and being a 'warrior' on the ice. It is what it is - a list of players who are at greater risk of missing games. "How" they miss those games matters little in fantasy hockey. In other words, this list is meant to be used as a tool to help your run your fantasy team, not to insult anyone)



Certified Band-Aid Boys
Daniel Alfredsson Guillaume Latendresse
Nik Antropov Vincent Lecavalier
Mikael Backlund Kari Lehtonen
Sean Bergenheim Kris Letang
Marc-Andre Bergeron Matthew Lombardi
Todd Bertuzzi Joffrey Lupul
Kevin Bieksa Andrew MacDonald
Dave Bolland Evgeni Malkin
David Booth Ryan Malone
Pierre-Marc Bouchard Andrei Markov
Rene Bourque Paul Martin 
Justin Braun
Daniel Briere Andrej Meszaros
Michael Cammalleri Milan Michalek
Daniel Carcillo David Moss
Daniel Cleary Peter Mueller
Ryan Clowe Nikita Nikitin
Sidney Crosby Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Pavel Datsyuk Joni Pitkanen
Steve Downie Kyle Quincey
Tobias Enstrom Peter Regin
Martin Erat Derek Roy
Mike Fisher Kris Russell
Johan Franzen Tuomo Ruutu
Marian Gaborik Sami Salo
Mikael Samuelsson
Nathan Gerbe Andrej Sekera
Brian Gionta Alexander Semin
Marcel Goc Patrick Sharp
Sergei Gonchar James Sheppard
Mike Green Jack Skille
Jaroslav Halak Mike Smith
Taylor Hall Vladimir Sobotka
Martin Hanzal Sheldon Souray
Martin Havlat Jason Spezza
Ales Hemsky Alexander Steen
Chris Higgins Jeff Skinner
Shawn Horcoff Jose Theodore
Nathan Horton Scott Upshall
Marian Hossa James van Riemsdyk
David Jones Semyon Varlamov
Jacob Josefson Lubomir Visnovsky
Tyler Kennedy Ryan Whitney
Ryan Kesler Justin Williams
James Wisniewski
Chuck Kobasew Marek Zidlicky
Mikko Koivu
Dmitri Kulikov Josh Harding 
Ville Leino Niklas Backstrom





Band-Aid Boy Trainees
Craig Anderson Markus Granlund
David Legwand
Jamie Benn Jordan Leopold
Patrice Bergeron John-Michael Liles
Bryan Bickell  Brenden Morrow
Zach Bogosian Tyler Myers
Derick Brassard James Neal
Dustin Byfuglien
Ryan Callahan T.J. Oshie
Jeff Carter Steve Ott
Brandon Dubinsky Dustin Penner
Alexander Edler David Perron
Tyler Ennis Nikita Nikitin
Viktor Fasth Devin Setoguchi
Valtteri Filppula
Alex Galchenyuk Jared Spurgeon
Sam Gagner Jordan Staal
Ryan Getzlaf Drew Stafford
Curtis Glencross Viktor Stalberg
Alex Goligoski Paul Stastny
Mikhail Grabovski Chris Stewart
Milan Hejduk Alex Tanguay
Cody Hodgson Vladimir Tarasenko
Patric Hornqvist Jonathan Toews
Jaromir Jagr Thomas Vanek
Erik Johnson Colin Wilson
Evander Kane  Henrik Zetterberg
Saku Koivu
Niklas Kronwall
Chris Kunitz





Missing anybody? Overlook someone? Please comment! I review the comments before each update. We're helping each other here - trying to avoid the pitfalls of the Band-Aid Boy where possible




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4T2 said:

Callahan Time for his promotion, he's definitely certified now!
December 16, 2013
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Front89 said:

Letang Letang has got to be executive at this point, he's been out 3 separate times this year alone
April 12, 2013
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JAMZ said:

Tiers While I always love reading this post, I would like if there were more tiers. For example, as a Joni Pitkanen and Derek Roy owner, it's hard to see them both in the same category. Roy had one serious injury last year and has been otherwise quite reliable. Pitkanen seems to be held together with cheap tape the past two seasons. Let's get another category just below the executive, where guys like this can dwell.
April 11, 2013
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Rollie1967 said:

Sami Salo Salo should be an executive by now. President of the Snake-Bitten Committee, for actually getting bitten by a snake while playing golf. He once got benched for a poor play, and the GM put him on the DL with 'hurt feelings'
August 03, 2012
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Hockey Hoser said:

Hockey Hoser
... wow what a list. That's like half of the NHL lol.
August 02, 2012
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coldsquad2002 said:

... Had to laugh at your Excutive Committer positions followed by your statement that the list is not to belittle anybody.
Also surprised that you did not name Berard to the position Excutive in Charge of Future Watching.
I have a few guys on this list. JVR, Hossa etc. Better deal them quick smilies/smiley.gif
August 02, 2012
Votes: +1

hockeypoolfanatic said:

No Varlamov? Shocked to not see Varlamov on this list.
August 02, 2012
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firmverm said:

Coliacovo Carlo Coliacovo would seem to be a glaring omission, unless he's not eligible because he's unsigned? Guy has never played more than 67 games.
August 02, 2012
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Jammer said:

JvR JvR is already certified? In the three years he's been in the NHL his games played is: 78, 75, 43. True, last year he was a train wreck. But that's one year. Based on last year you should definitely list him as a Trainee. Certified? I'm not so sure.
August 02, 2012
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bitterwingsfan said:

Dastyuk As a Wings fan, pretty surprised to see Pavel Datsyuk as "certified." I could see him being a "trainee" considering the last two seasons, yes, he has missed 12 and 26 games, respectively. That's a legitimate red flag, sure. But..a broken hand seems like such an anomaly in the grand scheme of things. I realize that the 26 games missed 2 seasons ago still "counts" but that's not an injury that's going to linger or potentially come back to haunt him. Not to the point that it would warrant saying "yes, from now on I'd bet 20 bucks this guy will miss 12 or more games every season." In fact, outside the prior 2 seasons, the last time he missed more than 7 NHL games was prior to the lockout. Maybe it's my fan bias talking, but if I were voting on this, I'd vote "trainee" and then re-evaluate again after this season. If he misses significant time once more, then I think there's a stronger argument for "certified."
August 02, 2012
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marcaroge said:

...... Great list!

I would like to suggest Pavel Bure as a future nominee for Dobber's future Band-Aid Boy Hall of Fame (13 seasons in the NHL and only 4 seasons where he played more than 76 games).

As for Zherdev, I don't think he was injured that often. Rather, I think he may have missed a lot of games because he was benched (a.k.a. a healthy scratch)
November 16, 2011 | url
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Dobber said:

Dukla I was and still am a little...I guess 'bothered' is the word... that I had to draft Briere. I needed the upside, but once I drafted him I immediately went with safe, durable players afterwards. Just the fact that instinctively that fear existed in me makes him an automatic on this page. Granted, the last two years he missed 12 games (six per year) and that is borderline eligible. But if you recall what his issues were - he was initially supposed to be out for much much longer. And at this point he strikes me as a one-in-three chance of missing half the season. playing most of the season this year will change things, obviously.
November 11, 2011
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Flyer Fan said:

Flyer Fan
President Emeritus On behalf of the international brotherhood of podiatry, I just want to say that I think it's high time one of the true legends of the of the game, a first ballot Band-Aid Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg got the respect he deserves from the Band Aid Boy Executive committe and was named "President Emeritus".
November 11, 2011 | url
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DuklaNation said:

... Since becoming a regular in 2001, Briere has only missed significant time in 2 seasons, not sure if that really qualifies him. Most players do get injured at times.
November 11, 2011
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notoriousjim said:

... i think markov is more of just an old man still able to play. if you are drafting a guy that age and expecting a full season you are just nuts.
November 11, 2011
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Gabriel Leblanc said:

markov andrei markov a band-aid boy trainee? i would think by now he has graduated to have become a certified band-aid boy
October 30, 2011
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shaun b said:

Additions I can only assume that the more stats we begin to use, like hits and blocked shots etc, the more players who aren't usually fantasy relevant are now becoming so.

Players you'd never draft are now being considered and therefore I'd like see them on this list. Great job. Thanks.
October 20, 2011
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gfunkb7 said:

... I believe Tim Connolly belongs in the executives as well, as let's say, the intern-Monica Lewinsky smilies/shocked.gif. Could be a nice add-on. The only year I don't own him (last year), he doesn't get hurt. He's got skills, but he's a freaking sissy! Wouldn't [draft] him even with a ten foot [hockey stick].
August 19, 2010
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Ian said:

August 16, 2010
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mike hess said:

few left to pick Longer list than I remember seeing historically? I think you just have to limit who you pick and hope they only miss 5-10 games, that is why you have IR slots and a waiver wire. Otherwise, you are eliminating a lot of talent from from the pool on draft day.
August 16, 2010
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Dobber said:

... Grant - if I bet 20 bucks on them missing 10 games this year, then they're on the list certified. If I bet 20 bucks on them missing 5 games this year, then they're trainees. I would put my money where my mouth is for every one of these guys.

Not basing on last year's injuries - in every case they are multiple-year problems. I base it on future risk. To say I just looked at last year's injury list kind of offends me. Green was hurt last year, was he on there? D.Sedin? C'mon. Sounds like you own a lot of players on this list...
August 16, 2010
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Dobber said:

AL - good point I re-worded that blurb. Now it makes more sense.
August 16, 2010
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mick said:

ryan smith how is he not certified, he is guaranteed to miss 15 games? in my books anyway smilies/smiley.gif
just his style of play bound to get hacked in front of the net
August 16, 2010
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AL said:

grindin griers
... Of the certified BAB which ones would be worthwhile? I know you mentioned to get them off your team immediately, but c'mon ... Spezza, Semin, Hossa, Franzen???
August 16, 2010
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Grant Goossens said:

... Didnt read the top, but i agree with it now. Add Gaborik onto the band aids tho, never drafting that guy ever
August 16, 2010
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Grant Goossens said:

... So you put basically anyone who had an injury last year or the year prior on the list? Even if they were totally not there fault. Some of the players on there hardly ever miss games due to major circumstances. Although I do agree with some I think the list is exxagerated to a point where every fantasy valued player is a band aid
August 16, 2010
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Alex McDonald said:

September 06, 2009
Votes: +6
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