Dobber’s Band-Aid Boys

by Dobber on February 9, 2016 | (12 Comments)


Dobber's Band-Aid Boys - 2015-16 edition updated! Which players are at risk to hurt your fantasy team by missing games?



You've heard me talk about 'em. You've often wondered if I just pull them out of a hat (or perhaps, a certain body oriface). Nope. I get 'em off this list. A DobberHockey staple since 2005.



Definition of "Certified": The player is virtually guaranteed to miss games and is a significant risk to miss 12 or more.



Definition of "Trainee": The player has shown signs that he could become Certified. He is probably going to miss six or seven games in the coming season and has some risk of suffering an injury that will cost him 12 or more.


The rule of thumb - if you ever manage to acquire, accidentally or otherwise - a member of the executive committee or a Certified Band-Aid Boy, get them off your team immediately. Although they may have fantasy value, they are probably not worth the headache (no pun intended) if you can acquire a player of equal value who is not on this list. If you acquire any Certified Band-Aid Boy for the price of them as if they play 65 games, then that works - just don't overpay and expect a full season out of them.


If you acquire a Band-Aid Boy Trainee, then keeping this player should be okay...but too many of them on your team could (will?) be trouble. It is possible to go from "certified" back to "trainee", or from "trainee" right off of this list. But poolies need to see some stability in games played - often one healthy season isn't enough to clean the slate.


Dobber's Band-Aid


President, CEO - Kris Letang
Executive Vice President - Johan Franzen


Vice President, knee operations - Joffrey Lupul
Secretary of Groins - Marian Gaborik
Band-Aid Treasurer - James Wisniewski


Band-Aid Boy Hall of Fame

Mario Lemieux, Alexei Zhamnov, Eric Daze

Ziggy Palffy, Eric Lindros, Dominik Hasek

Peter Forsberg, Pavel Bure, Rick DiPietro

Peter Mueller, Sheldon Souray, Martin Havlat


(Note - this is strictly for guidance in fantasy hockey. This list is not meant to belittle the seriousness of a player's injury problems, nor is it meant to punish a player for 'playing hard' and being a 'warrior' on the ice. It is what it is - a list of players who are at greater risk of missing games. "How" they miss those games matters little in fantasy hockey. In other words, this list is meant to be used as a tool to help your run your fantasy team, not to insult anyone)



Certified Band-Aid Boys

Aleksander Barkov


Evgeni Malkin


Matt Beleskey

Ales Hemsky


Henrik Zetterberg


Mike Smith

Alex Galchenyuk


Jacob Josefson


Mikhail Grabovski

Alexander Semin


James Neal


Mikko Koivu

Alexander Steen


James Reimer


Milan Michalek

Alexei Emelin


James Sheppard


Nathan Gerbe

Andrei Markov


James Wisniewski


Nikita Nikitin

Andrej Sekera


Jaroslav Halak


Niklas Backstrom (G)

Andrew MacDonald


Jason Spezza


Patrick Eaves

Beau Bennett


Jeff Skinner


Paul Martin 

Brian Gionta


Jimmy Howard


Paul Stastny

Brooks Laich


Joffrey Lupul


Pavel Datsyuk

Cam Fowler


Johan Franzen


Raffi Torres

Cam Ward


Kevin Bieksa


Rene Bourque

Chris Higgins


Kris Letang


Ryan Kesler

Clarke MacArthur


Kris Russell


Ryan Murray

Colin Wilson


Marek Zidlicky


Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Craig Anderson


Marian Gaborik


Scott Upshall

Darren Helm


Marian Hossa


Semyon Varlamov

Dave Bolland


Mark Giordano


Sergei Bobrovsky

David Booth


Martin Erat


Sidney Crosby

David Jones


Martin Hanzal


Stephen Weiss

David Krejci


Martin Havlat


Steve Downie

Derek Roy


Mathieu Perreault


Taylor Hall

Dmitri Kulikov


Michael Cammalleri


Tuomo Ruutu

Eric Fehr


Mikael Backlund


Vincent Lecavalier

Evander Kane


Mike Fisher


Zach Bogosian



Mike Green



Band-Aid Boy Trainees


Alex Tanguay


James van Riemsdyk


Patric Hornqvist

Alexander Edler


Jiri Tlusty


Patrick Sharp

Brandon Dubinsky


John-Michael Liles


Paul Martin

Brent Burns


Jonathan Toews


Ryan Callahan

Bryan Bickell


Jordan Leopold


Sam Gagner

Carl Hagelin


Jordan Staal


Shawn Horcoff

Chris Kunitz


Justin Williams


Simon Despres

Chris Stewart


Kari Lehtonen


Steve Ott

Cody Hodgson


Kris Versteeg


T.J. Oshie

David Legwand


Kyle Okposo


Thomas Vanek

David Perron


Kyle Palmieri


Tobias Enstrom

Drew Stafford


Logan Couture


Tyler Bozak

Dustin Byfuglien


Marc Staal


Tyler Ennis

Erik Johnson


Marco Scandella


Tyler Myers

Francois Beauchemin


Mats Zuccarello


Valtteri Filppula

Jared Spurgeon


Matt Read


Victor Hedman

Jeff Carter


Michal Neuvirth


Viktor Stalberg

Max Pacioretty


Mikael Granlund


Vladimir Tarasenko

Robin Lehner


Olli Maatta


Zach Parise



  • Grondini

    Do you see big change in your list for 2016-17?

    • Dobber

      Yes, I’ll need to update this.

      • Grondini

        Thanks!!! Really love your tools that you are offering to us… the fan!

  • Jean-Philippe

    I wonder why is Alex Galchenyuk on this list ? he missed 2 games in the last 2 seasons.

    • Dobber

      Because the list is from February

  • JHouly

    Just an idea. I think it would be great that the names would be in alphabetic order.

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  • garrett neilly

    How long does it take to be moved from a list? I ask since JVR and Markov have both missed only 2 games each over the past 3 seasons which should at least get them moved off of the certified list, shouldnt it?

    • Dobber Sports

      It's really just my call. I'll never trust Markov, so he stays.  JVR I moved down to trainee because you are absolutely right.

      • garrett neilly

        Fair enough, The General was damaged goods for a significant amount of time and age is working against him.

  • simon cadieux

    Semin and Nikitin = Certified AND Trainnees….