Players having down years is nothing new, and it's up to fantasy owners to decide which are simply on the decline and which are primed for bounce-back campaigns during their drafts. There are a lot of factors that go into whether a player fits the mold of a bounce-back candidate, but opportunity and situation are always most important. The following players will be in a great position to bounce back in a big way in 2019-20.
Cory Schneider New Jersey Devils
Although rookie netminder MacKenzie Blackwood burst onto the scene in 2018-19, splitting starts with Schneider down the stretch, Schneider outplayed the youngster from February until the end of the season, posting a .921 save percentage and a 2.46 GAA in his final 17 outings. Unfortunately, he compiled an ugly 6-8-1 record over that span. Nonetheless, Schneider's $6M AAV essentially guarantees that it's his starting job to lose, and the 33-year-old won't be supplanted if he can continue to play at the level he finished at last year. Meanwhile, the addition of P.K. Subban (53.4 Corsi For Percentage) on the blue line will help defensively, while a healthy Taylor Hall along with rookie Jack Hughes and KHL stud Nikita Gusev should add enough offensive support to make Schneider's win total worthwhile in the fantasy realm.
Semyon Varlamov New York Islanders
Varlamov isn't a traditional bounce-back candidate since the .909 save percentage he logged in 2018-19 wasn't necessarily bad (although it did represent a notable regression from the .916 mark