We are officially at the halfway mark of the regular season, and the 46th episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast is designed to help you make sure you’re in midseason form.
Elan and Brian take you through the biggest fantasy news of the week, leading off with our take on whether David Perron will prosper in his new Pittsburgh home, and which Penguins will feel the effects of his arrival on the depth chart. Injuries and outjuries in Chicago, Toronto, and St. Louis also get coverage, as well as a detailed outline of the rough road ahead for Toronto and the inevitable regression of a very fast starter in St. Louis. Also, Paul Stastny’s doing stuff!
We then move onto goalies, where Brian opens up about the soul-searching that’s led him to consider (re-)adding a goalie to our top tier, and recommends a surging ‘tender who’s waking up from a season-long slump.
Elan brings back last season’s ever-popular Sustainable or Fleeting game, where he and Brian run down several hot hands and work through the evidence to decide whether they’ll keep cracking or flame out. The segment includes a surprising new d-man in Columbus, a we-should’ve-known forward in LA, an actual Flame, an efficient Red Wing, and a Keeping Karlsson favourite in (of course) Winnipeg. We also quickly run through three players who suddenly find themselves in fortunate positions on their team’s top lines, and discuss who’s likely to make the most of their opportunity.
The episode’s penultimate segment is our patented lightning round, featuring a blue chip G prospect, a barely-relevant defenseman, and the NHL’s most quietly efficient even-strength goal-scorer.
And finally, we close off with a snoozer that Pierre McGuire was wrong about.