Frozen Fantasy: Misjudged Assets
Frozen Fantasy: Misjudged Assets

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

Last October, no one believed in the Golden Knights. Except for the Golden Knights. By June, everyone believed.

I love a good underdog story.

That team was constructed on the backs of several NHL general managers that had misjudged their assets. How else does a team end up with Reilly Smith, Alex Tuch, William Karlsson, Marc-Andre Fleury … should I go on?

This year, there are plenty of misjudged assets in the NHL.

I'll start with Carolina. At least I was on that bandwagon. They're even better than I thought and Rod Brind'Amour has barely started.

I'm buying. In a big way.

I'm not buying Calgary. They're awful. That back end is horrible. Mike Smith looks old behind them. Only one line works. Trading Dougie Hamilton was a huge mistake.

Talk about misjudging assets.

Then there's Los Angeles. I don't know what to say. They've lost six in a row and been outscored 29-8. They are a team of individuals that just can't get their crap together. It can't be all on Ilya Kovalchuk.

Anaheim has lost four straight, mostly because John Gibson is the only guy showing up. St. Louis is on life support because Jake Allen's talent has been misjudged for years. Philly is just biding time for Carter Hart to arrive.

What went wrong? St. Louis and Calgary flipped half their rosters in the offseason in an attempt to shed the weight of underperformance. Anaheim plays big, heavy hockey in a league

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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