- Fantasy Hockey Top 10
- Written by Tom Collins
The Top 10 fantasy hockey players over the age of 35
Many of us fantasy hockey junkies are always looking for the next big thing, and in doing so, will overlook guys who are still performing well despite their relative old age.
Many of us look at just potential, and would easily trade a veteran player who is good for 60 points for a rookie who may one day get 70.
It’s a shame more of the older players don’t get their due. Many of them help you win your pools, which is more important than having the new kid on the block.
With that said, here are the top 10 fantasy players who are over the age of 35.
Elias is one of the most underrated fantasy players of the last 10 years. All he`s done during that time is average 0.88 points-per-game. Last season, Elias had 53 points in 65 games with the Devils, scoring 17 power play points and five shorthanded points. The biggest worry for Elias owners is whether he can keep getting ice time — his average time on ice has gone down a minute in each of the last two seasons. But if he can stay healthy, there’s no reason why the 38-year-old couldn’t get 60 points this upcoming season.
The former Sens captain just keeps on producing, no matter where he is. In Detroit, he did miss 14 games with an injury, but still managed to put up 18 goals and 49 points to go along with 18 power play points and four game-winning goals. While the 41-year-old hasn’t made a decision of whether he wants to play another season, he showed last year that he can keep up and still be an effective player for fantasy owners.
With only eight years NHL experience, Streit must seem like a fresh-faced rookie on this list, but the 36-year-old Swiss star has is doing things defencemen 10 years younger only dream about. Last season, Streit put up 10 goals and 44 points and was just one of five 30-and-older defenceman to be in the top 20 in scoring for dmen. Streit should still be good for 40-plus points, as there’s not a lot of defencemen in Philly who can usurp his power play time.
While everyone keeps waiting for Markov’s knees to give out, truth is he’s only missed one game in the last two seasons. And thanks to a continuing power play presence in P.K. Subban as his partner, the 35-year-old Markov is still racking up the points. Markov has a tendency to sneak in from the point as most penalty killers worry about Subban teeing it from the point, allowing him to get closer for shots and cross-crease passes. As long as the two are paired together, Markov should be good for 40 points a season.
Hossa was one of only six players to score at least 30 goals, 30 assists and have a plus-minus of at least a plus-25. He also took 241 shots, added three shorthanded goals, four game-winning goals, and 75 takeaways. The 35-year-old is a constant concern for owners as he has a permanent spot on the Band-Aid Boy list, but he’s only missed 19 games in the last three seasons, so there is some hope that he continue to be relatively healthy.
There’s been some debate about exactly how well Iggy will do in Colorado this season — can he keep up with the high-flying Avs is the big sticking point — but all signs point to the 37-year-old continuing to be a relevant fantasy player. Iginla hasn’t had a full season less than 30 goals 1999-2000. He still possesses a wicked shot, and should be a good veteran presence on a young Colorado team. Although there is some concern about his shot total (just 209 this past season), Iginla, should be able to score 30 goals and 60 points.
Imagine how many career points Jagr would have if he didn’t miss part 150 games due to various lockouts and another three years playing in the KHL. Right now, he’s sixth on the all-time points list with 1,755, and should pass Marcel Dionne and Ron Francis this season. Even in his old age, he’s still getting it done. The 42-year-old Czech put up 67 points on a bad Devils team last year. How good can he be with some extra scoring prowess next to him this season?
Even though his points took a bit of a hit when he was traded to the Rangers — which seems to happen to most players who go to New York — St. Louis is a special case. After winning the Art Ross trophy in 2013-14, many were wondering if he could even be a point-per-game player for another season. He was making a pretty good run at it before he was traded, at which point he scored just one goal and eight points in 19 games with the Rangers. He followed that up with an emotional 15 points in 25 playoff games as the Rangers went to the finals. While an Art Ross may be out of the realm of possibility for St. Louis in New York, it would surprise no one if he put up 70 points this season as a 39-year-old.
The 36-year-old puts most younger players to shame with his commitment to defence while still putting up the points. This past season, Datsyuk scored 17 goals and 37 points in 45 games, an off-year for the Winged Wonder. Datsyuk’s moves are as pretty as you’ll find in the NHL and his ability to contribute in many fantasy hockey categories makes him a must have for your fantasy squad.
Chara is one of the best all-around fantasy players in the NHL. He’ll never lead in any one category, but will be at the top of the list in many of them. Chara is the only defenceman in last five years to have a season of at least 40 points, 10 power play goals, 60 pims and be a plus player (which he did last year). In fact, only nine active players have ever hit that mark, and Chara and Dion Phaneuf are the only two to have done it more than once (they have each done it three times).Chara is also one of only 23 defencemen last season to have 150 hits and 100 blocks. The 37-year-old contributes in almost any category your league might have, and shows no signs of slowing down.