Originally Posted by vandalay
Wow, lots of gutsy calls with OEL first over Fowler and Campbell and with guys like Hedman and Kulikov near the bottom. Don't forget we are talking about points-only fantasy hockey here. Hedman and Kulikov, along with OEL, are all 2009 draftees and they have put up similar numbers so far, so why is OEL so routinely expected to be the better point-getter?
Last season's stats:
OEL - 32 points (82 games)
Kulikov - 28 points (58 games)
Heman - 23 points (61 games)
Injury history? Maybe, but OEL has had some injuries already too. I would go:
Carlson / Goligoski
OEL / Kulikov
Schultz / Hedman
Wisniewski (injury AND suspension prone)
Timonen (close to retirement)
Visnovsky (I expect him to retire from the NHL)
Point totals thus far are pretty even, but Hedman and Kulikov have yet to hit the 30 point plateau, and both have a full season over OEL.
OEL has made the next step, can't quite say the same for Hedman and Kulikov.