At this time in the summer, we miss hockey so much, experts and insiders have no other choice but to focus on Fantasy Pool and bold predictions for the upcoming season.
That what probably prompted Sports Illustrated to publish a list of NHL Fantasy Bust Candidates for the 2019-20 campaign, and quite surprisingly the first name that is put out there is an unexpected one.
Because we all love him, because he is a great player, because he freaking played through a Stanley Cup final with busted ribs and a hole in one of his lungs.
However, SI’s Dan Falkenheim is certain: Boston Bruins veteran forward Patrice Bergeron will be a bust this upcoming season.
Falkenheim’s explanations are hard to swallow, but they do make sense however:
“Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron all finished as top 25 fantasy forwards after each had set career highs in points. Will that happen again this season? Probably not. The “Perfection Line” is only getting older—Marchand is 31 and Bergeron turned 34 in July—and there’s going to be some comedown from the trio’s combined 1.24 point-per-game pace. When healthy, Bergeron has been a much better fantasy contributor the past two years. That’s part of the problem, though. Bergeron has also missed 35 games in that time and has only eclipsed 70 points once in the last 11 seasons. Don’t reach for Bergeron over other centers like Sebastian Aho or Jack Eichel.”
We unfortunately got a preview of this during the last round of the playoffs when the three players failed to lead the way in the Stanley Cup final against the St. Louis Blues.
And you know how it ended for Bergeron and the Bruins…
Now, Falkenheim is telling us what to expect at the start so there are no bad surprises moving forward…
What do you think about his prediction?
Source: Sports Illustrated
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