Another week of fantasy hockey and some food for thought …
Catching up from last week: Yanni Gourde has two points in three games since March 1 and, with Anthony Cirelli, continues to be worth considering in deep leagues. … Zach Sanford and Robert Thomas' ice time continues to fluctuate and they have just one point between them. … Pavel Buchnevich is on a five-game point streak with five assists, including one on the power play, in his last three games. … The Islanders have lost six straight and Jean-Gabriel Pageau has zero points with a minus-7 rating in his last four games.
That's Chris Driedger's save percentage in 11 games this season. Driedger makes about six percent of Sergei Bobrovsky's $11.5 million salary. That's great for Driedger but embarrassing for both Bobrovsky and the Panthers, who despite their short history have featured some world-class goaltenders — they retired Roberto Luongo's No. 1 jersey Saturday. A quick history on Driedger: selected in the third round by Ottawa, Driedger made just three appearances in relief (95 total minutes) for the Sens over three seasons before bouncing around in the AHL and ECHL, and only now is he getting his first real shot in the NHL, eight years after getting drafted. The (former?) minor-league journeyman is single-handedly keeping the Panthers' playoff hopes alive, going 6-2-1 with a 2.16 GAA.
Common sense says Driedger won't be able to keep this up. Not only does he lack the