Ramblings: Zibanejad Offer Second Half Upside (Jan 12)

steve laidlaw

2018-01-11

 

Kyle Okposo is heading into Buffalo’s bye week on a hot streak having scored five points in two games. It’s no secret as to why this was the case. Okposo was bumped up to play with Jack Eichel the past two games. Eichel is the only one producing much of anything these days, including Evander Kane who has cooled off in 2018 with two points in six games.

Zach Bogosian has been ruled out for 4-6 weeks, which led to Brendan Guhle getting a two-game cameo with the Sabres. He’ll be headed back to Rochester with Buffalo on their bye week, but we could see him back up next Thursday when they return.

Guhle has some strong scoring numbers at the AHL level and is considered a solid prospect. I’m not sure there’s room for him to be fantasy relevant this season however. They are struggling to produce even one fantasy relevant defenseman in Rasmus Ristolainen, let alone finding room for two. Read more about Guhle here.

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Alexander Wennberg skated 18:12 in his return to the lineup. He didn’t see any power play time, but that’s because the Blue Jackets’ top unit clicked on their lone attempt. I presume he’d have been on the second unit had there been a chance for it. Wennberg centered Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner, which isn’t all that appealing a situation. We’re drifting into write-off territory for Wennberg.

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Victor Hedman had to leave last night's game after his knee buckled:

 

No word on the severity yet, but it is believed to be bad. Stay tuned. Mikhail Sergachev stands to jump onto the Lightning top PP unit if Hedman misses time. Anton Stralman would then jump onto the second PP unit. However, it is possible that the Lightning could instead look for an option via trade. This would also affect Tampa Bay's goaltending negatively.

 

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Micheal Ferland is back on a hot streak having put up four straight games with a goal and assist. Amazingly, all of those performances came without any power-play scoring. This is all 5