Frozen Fantasy: Drop Eric Staal. Now.
Frozen Fantasy: Drop Eric Staal. Now.

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

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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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