Friday, September 23, 2011

Fantasy Question Mark: Jaromir Jagr

Up until the NHL season officially starts, many will be participating in fantasy hockey drafts. With the injury ninja in full force last season there are no doubt more than a few questions to be raised about some of the players you might want to draft for the season. We'll profile some of the Question Marks leading up to the start of the NHL season to help you out.
Will you gamble on Jaromir Jagr this season?
It's been three years since we've seen Jaromir Jagr's mullet flapping around in the NHL. After playing the past three seasons in the KHL with Avangard Omsk, Jagr has decided to return to The Show for another tour at age 39. Many thought Jagr would return to Pittsburgh where he played a majority of his career. Then in a twist, he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers for a 1 year $3.3M contract. So what is Jagr's fantasy value?

Jagr was an almost point-per-game player in the KHL scoring 145 points in 155 games, but how does that translate to NHL terms? Last year he placed 8th in scoring, and tied for 5th in tournament scoring at the recent 2011 IIHF World Championships. This tells you he can still play competitive hockey, but don't expect him to put up the numbers he used to in the NHL.

Injuries have not been a problem for Jagr in recent years has he has not missed any significant time, but who knows how his body will handle the faster and tougher NHL. We saw him get drilled at the Olympics by Alex Ovechkin, so it'll be interesting to see how his body handles this season.

With all this in mind, it's not that far off to say Jagr won't throw up 60 points this season. His hands are still there, and depending on who is he lined up with he could be a very effective playmaker and a definite asset on the powerplay. Jagr could go anywhere mid-draft because of his name and if he heats up for you all the other GM's will be wishing they had the Moves Like Jagr.

 

4 comments:

  1. lining up so far w/ Giroux and JVR. Should get prime PP time... For a peripheral league (BS and Hits)and one year I'd have him placed about the range of 120th pick.

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  2. I want a deck of Jagr cards.

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  3. Everytime I hear that song on the radio I think of Jagr

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  4. Jagr will score 25 goals and get around 60ish pts
    I would take a chance on him in the later rounds

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