Isn’t Joffrey Lupul sweet? He’s a good looking man, he’s got Lupe’s troops and he can score goals. Hell, my girlfriend loves him. You know what else? He gets injured a lot. When he’s healthy, he’s productive and when he’s not . . . well, he’s not. And far too often lately, it’s been the latter. There’s only so much a man of his social stature can achieve when he spends a considerable amount of time in the press box.
Last year was not a bad season. He scored 22 goals and was on a 53 point pace over 82 games. He’s a career 0.64ppg player. Those are very good numbers for any second liner in the league. The problem is, Lupul teased us with one spectacular season and another great lockout year – albeit he was hurt – and was handed a very fat contract.
So long story short, last season was not as bad as everyone made it out to be. Lupul is who we think he is, and that’s a very good secondary scorer when healthy.
Like I mentioned above, Lupul is a very good secondary scorer and when he’s playing, he instantly provides depth and balance to a usually top-heavy team. He has the ability to take over games all by himself when he’s playing to his full potential, punishing people with his hard-nosed style of play, relentless offensive attack and underrated puck-handling skills. This guy’s mitts are nifty.
Just don’t expect Lupul to put up 80 points. It’s not going to happen.
His value is largely dependent on how many games he plays, which makes Lupul a fantasy risk. If there are safer options on the board with similar talent, take them over Lupul. He’s an above-average fantasy forward who needs to stay healthy in order to stay fantasy relevant. He should score 40-55 points, but if he gets powerplay time on the first unit and stays healthy the whole season, he could score closer to 65. But that seems like an ultimate ceiling for him. He’s a good option in the middle of your draft, but there are better ones (Simmonds, Backes, MacArthur for example).
Just because all 22 goals are worth watching.
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