This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.
Last week, a reader asked if they should drop Eric Staal. He'll be 35 in 10 days and he's managed just one point in seven games.
Seems obvious. And it is.
Four years ago, Ken Campbell of The Hockey News talked about NHL players getting faster, stronger and more skilled. Fast forward to 2019 and that trend continues.
Training is better. So are nutrition and recovery.
Another cohort of rookies arrives every season. They've been training and eating properly since they were barely in school. They've also had skill coaches and conditioning gurus from that age.
And their skills at 20-to-23 or 24 – even the guys destined for lower lines – are better than 30-something aging stars. Sometimes you just have to let go to the guys you've loved forever.
Like Eric Staal.
There's a reason he's only owned in 20 per cent of leagues.
Here are a few other guys who, like Staal, have gotten off to a slow start. Some will be fine, while some simply should not be owned. Others need to be weighed carefully. Let's take a look.
No worries here
Sebastian Aho (22) – three points in nine games
Timo Meier (23) – two points in seven games
Tyler Seguin (27) – five points in 10 games
Should pick things up, but best behind them
Jamie Benn (30) – four points in 10 games
Anders Lee (29) – three points in eight games
Jonathan Toews (31) – two points in five games