Losing your top scorer during a playoff push in late February or early March can leave you on the outside looking in come the fantasy postseason.
Injuries play a major role in fantasy hockey each season. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to prepare for them; they are completely out of your hands.
What you can control is who you draft and who you add off the waiver wire, and that includes players coming off an injury-shortened, subpar season. Knowing whether a player returning from injury is worthy of an early, middle-round or late draft pick could go a long way in determining whether you make the playoffs and win your league.
Those fantasy owners who were scared off by Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne’s injury woes in 2013-14 almost certainly regret not drafting him last year after he won 41 games and had a stellar 2.18 goals-against average and .923 save percentage to finish second in 2014-15 Vezina Trophy voting.