The fantasy spin on Bruins RW Miroslav Satan

Bruins RW Miroslav Satan (pictured here with the Penguins) has a gaudy name brand, but don't expect him to help your fantasy squad.

Bruins RW Miroslav Satan is only 1.5 percent owned in ESPN leagues. Fantasy owners would be wise to keep it that way.

Slated to see ice time in seven-to-ten days, Satan is not yet in the Yahoo! player pool. When he gets there, you need not add him.

You might ask: Why would I even be tempted to add him? This is a 35-year-old who has not cracked 60 points since 2005-06.

But Satan’s name brand and track record still pack power. Perhaps they should: In each of the eight seasons between 1998 and 2007, Satan surpassed 200 shots on goal. In seven of those eight campaigns, he amassed more than 20 power play points. And he is a right wing, which makes him more valuable in Yahoo! formats.

But based on Satan’s numbers with the Penguins last year, he is too streaky to hold down a roster spot. Statistically speaking, he disappeared as a scorer in mid-November. Nine of his 17 goals and seven of his 19 assists came in the Penguins’ first 20 games. In the 45 remaining games in which he played, Satan tallied only eight goals and 12 assists.

Given those numbers, you might expect Satan to get off to a quick start with the Bruins. The problem is Satan is skating for Slovakia in the 2010 Winter Olympics. So his homeland will reap the benefits of a fast start before the Bruins do.

Moreover, any 35-year-old is on shaky fantasy ground to begin with; competing in the Olympics only heightens the injury risk inherent in older players.

photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons


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