Frozen Fantasy: Get Aggressive or Get Left Behind

Frozen Fantasy: Get Aggressive or Get Left Behind

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

There are two things no fantasy manager wants to hear – LTIR and first-round pick.

Yes, Nikita Kucherov. I'm talking about you.

Kucherov left last Saturday's game with groin pain. I'm worried – deep groin pain is a symptom of a labrum tear. Yes, that's what Kucherov had repaired last year.

It could be just a muscle imbalance injury. So for now, we know he's out for at least 10 games and 24 days. Maybe more. I really hope it's the minimum.

So, is the season already lost for Kucherov's managers?

It's hard to claw back from an early season deficit. But it's also too soon to panic.

Some guys start slowly. That includes first-round picks on your competitors' rosters. Talking about you, Mitch Marner. And others. So, all is not lost.

But you need to be aggressive – and ruthless – on the wire to stay in touch with the leaders. Short term, you might be able to capture 60-75 percent of a first rounder's production if you roll the hottest on and off your roster.

And medium-term, you might need to trade an early-round pick off to a hot start in order to stabilize your roster. What's better? Keeping a possible Norris Trophy winner and working the wire every week? Or trading that guy to get an above-average forward and a 45-point defender - especially one off to a slow start?

Your risk tolerance will dictate that. So will the length of the injury absence. But

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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