Fantasy Fare: David Legwand. Who?

David Legwand of the Predators has made a long career out of being a fantasy hockey's Mr....

David Legwand of the Predators has made a long career out of being a fantasy hockey's Mr. Irrelevant, though that may be changing this year. (Reuters)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:14 PM ET

The active and reserve rosters of the 12-team keeper league I’m in show nearly 400 NHL players accounted for. Perhaps surprisingly, David Legwand is not among them.

In a wildly free-spending fantasy pool where anyone with a pulse gets snapped up from the waiver wire, the 33-year-old Predator is not among them, even though he ranks top 40 in scoring among centres with 15 points in 19 games.

Now, either everyone -- including myself -- has been asleep at the wheel to let him slip through the cracks, or, more likely, nobody believes Legwand is going to maintain his pace, that this is just a hot streak in an otherwise vanilla fantasy career. The facts back this up. In 14 seasons, the former No. 2 overall pick has been a difference-maker for poolies only once -- in 2006-07 when he went 27-36-63 with a plus-23. But outside of his 53-point season two years ago, the veteran centre has been pretty much a lock for around only 40, which has left him as waiver-wire fodder in all but


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