Defensemen Round Up: Dan Boyle, Letang, Edler, Seabrook
(4/13/12) If you use separated roster spots for defense in your pool, you know that the performance on the fantasy blue line can make or break a championship. Stipulating that GMs must carry defensemen changes the dynamic and strategy at the draft table, as fantasy owners are forced to reach for players who simply would not be drafted in pools that pick straight from the All Skaters List. Here's a recap of the top defensemen performances after 2 days of playoff hockey.
Dan Boyle had 2 assists in the Sharks OT win over the Blues. Boyle is a Stanley Cup champion (TB) and one of the most consistent regular season producers from the back end since the lockout. If you drafted him, and if the Sharks can score the upset, it was a great pick.
Kris Letang did not disappoint in Game 1 vs. Philadelphia, although the Pens sure did. Letang assisted on the Penguins' first two goals. Although missing 31 games this year with concussions, Letang has the most promise of all the fantasy defenders going in the 2012 Playoffs... that is if the Flyers lose the series. Classic high risk/high reward pick if you took Letang.
Three defensemen scored goals in Game 1: Alex Edler, Brent Seabrook and Willie Mitchell (LA), while 13 other blueliners picked up a single assist. Click here for the current playoff scoring list of top defenders.