To Vasilevskiy or not to Vasilevskiy. That is the question.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is the top goalie in the NHL and in fantasy. He's a stud. His preseason ADP is 5.3. But the answer is clear in 10-team (or even 12-team) leagues, even if it's unpopular. Vasilevskiy's numbers for 2020-21 were great and so was he for the first three-quarters of the season. But he stumbled the rest of the way – his save percentage barely topped .900 while his GAA almost hit 3.00. Looking back, Vasilevskiy did almost the same thing the season before. Those kind of prolonged slumps from your first-round pick can destroy a season. I know. I took him seventh overall last year. I was competitive until the three-quarters pole.
In contrast, a point-per-game (plus) scorer rarely slumps for more than a few games. Yep, safe can be boring, but consistency is critical out of your top picks.
Do your prep. Don't get sucked into ADP. Don't get left behind right out of the gate. This season, a stud forward is your best bet for a competitive team all season long.
1. Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton – This is going to be a special season for McDavid. He's in his prime and the team around him is better than it's been in years. Shedding the weight of carrying the whole squad will lift McDavid to new heights, even if he's not in the run-and-gun North. He's going to earn yet another Art Ross and Hart