Frozen Fantasy: Fear the Wear-and-Tear
Frozen Fantasy: Fear the Wear-and-Tear

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

I love Auston Matthews. Who doesn't? But I don't love his injuries.

Then again, who does?

Matthews is a big boy. He plays the game fast, so there's a lot of force behind the hits he absorbs. So injuries seem inevitable. Does that make him injury prone?

I spend over an hour commuting each way to work. I have a lot of time to think. And every time I thought about Matthews this week, another guy popped into my head. And it scared me. Every time.

Evgeni Malkin.

Gulp. Malkin is an all-world player. He's easily in the 10 best players in the world…when he's on the ice. But he misses an average of about 20 games a season. And those absences weren't for broken bones, food poisoning or the flu. They were for shoulders and knees. And that elbow.

Those are wear-and-tear injuries. They're the kind that can linger. Remind you of anyone?

I hope not. But like I said, I have a lot of time to think. And I just can't shake images of Malkin in my head.

Sure, Matthews needed surgery for a broken femur as a young teen. No issues there. But that was followed by a back injury with the ZSC Lions in Switzerland. Again as a teenager. And then a concussion and injuries to both shoulders in the NHL. The shoulder may be the same one he hurt in high school. And he's only 21.

Malkin is a brilliant offensive player. Matthews

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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