Every fantasy owner has a favorite player. Even gurus that spend days studying stats and preparing for their respective drafts fall victim to ranking a player who once won them a championship just a bit too high. When those stalwarts falter, however, owners are less enthused about picking them again. Players are human, though, facing injuries, stubborn coaches and inconsistent linemates.
The following players will receive a fresh start, either with a new team or because of a clean bill of health. As such, they shouldn't be overlooked because of last year's dud.
After three straight 50-plus-point campaigns, Saad laid a 35-point egg in his second stint with Chicago. The 25-year-old still has plenty of gas in the tank, though, as he fired a career-high 237 shots on goal in 2017-18, with 18 sneaking through. He also added 17 helpers. With Patrick Sharp retired, Saad is looking at a full-time top-six role and could be paired with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane at both even strength and on the power play, which should help improve his production.
Skinner is coming off a rough season in Carolina, where he bumped heads with then-head coach Bill Peters. The 26-year-old was eventually dropped to the third line and finished the season with 24 goals, 25 assists and a career-worst minus-27 rating. Skinner will get a fresh start in Buffalo and likely man a line with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart, not to mention a power play unit