This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.
Fantasy hockey is back. Dang, it feels good to have some normal.
Let's hope it lasts.
The first few weeks of fantasy hockey can be pure chaos. You may have drafted a team early and you need to make moves to jettison some speculative picks that didn't earn jobs.
The schedule always starts slowly, so the sample size of games can make bad or sloppy performances feel panic-worthy.
I'm looking at you, Leafland – give the goalies (and Kyle Dubas) a chance and stop whining. Wait – that's a first-line skill in that fan base.
And before you bark, the Leafs are my team. I can say that. And I'm actually looking forward to Alex Bishop getting his David Ayres moment Saturday night.
Now, THAT would be fun.
Fantasy roster moves right now bring real stress. How long do you hang on? If you're like me, you're a little too patient.
Sprinting out of the gate is pure luck and honestly, a little dangerous in a marathon of a season. But stumbling through the first few weeks can hobble you for the year.
I'm going to practice less patience this year. I'm not going to Leaf-fan my roster, but I'll be a lot more ruthless - especially with highly rostered guys. That's a measure that can be based on perceived skill, not real ability to execute.
Now let's take a look at who caught my eye this week.
Jake Bean, D, Columbus (3 percent Yahoo!) – Bean