It's not just this writer though -- it's everywhere. I was just using this article as the most recent example of Spezza getting 'disrespected'.
The guy is a legit top 10 centre (possibly forward) in the league but he's never ever treated that way (even by his own fanbase).
Ottawa Player's tend to get little love or respect imo especially Spezza....EK is right there as well, case in point the backlash from EK winning the Norris, if EK played in a southern market the NHL would be pumping his tires to no end and i imagine alot more non sens fans would love the guy!
From a fantasy perspective, Ottawa's usually been a pretty terrible bet.
So that's understandable.
Depends on the player and how deep your league is really.
For example, Karlsson last season was probably one of, if not the most valuable players in fantasy last year because of the amount of points he got while taking up a defenseman slot, when compared to the next best option.
Spezza was also great, especially if your league had a faceoffs won stat category (more than any other player in the league), this because he's so often ignored and you can pick him up in the middle rounds.
It just depends on the situation, like most players in fantasy leagues.
The sens probably have one of the best young group of players in the NHL and is an up and coming team. Alot of people seem to also forget all of the prospects you guys have. Spezza has fallen off the map since the 2010-11 season and even after the great year he put up last year I doubt he'll ever be regarded as one of the best forwards in the game. Not even a sens fan btw.