Victor Hedman will be out three to six weeks, according to the team. That timeline puts him back in the lineup anywhere from just after the All-Star Game until nearly the trade deadline. That is a huge blow for his fantasy owners, presuming they don't have Mikhail Sergachev on their rosters. He will, presumably, assume the top PP duties as he did after Hedman was injured in their most recent game.
The Columbus power play connected again last night, this time against Vancouver. After an abysmal start to the year, the Jackets power play now has 10 goals in their last 15 games going back nearly a month.
It’s worth noting that after Christmas, the team went to the two-defencemen setup with Zach Werenski and Seth Jones. They’ve also been skating most often with Artemi Panarin and Pierre-Luc Dubois. When the Jackets have those four on the ice since they were put together, the team is generating over 125 shot attempts/60 minutes on the power play. They’ve only played a little over 20 minutes together, so *extreme small sample alert*. However, that number is lightyears ahead of what the team was accomplishing before, putting up well under 90 shot attempts per 60 minutes.
Could the team using two defencemen be the turning point this power play needs? Maybe it is. The early returns are very promising. As always, please beware of a small sample like seven games, but at least they’re not wasting time as they were earlier in the year. If this works, it could be the missing piece the team needs, and would be a huge boost for fantasy owners of anyone on that top unit.
What, exactly, are fantasy owners hoping for with Alex Wennberg? He’s now 248 games into his career (before Friday night’s game), and that’s just over three full seasons. In those 248 career games, he has 29 goals and 334 shots. On an 82-game basis, that’s 10 goals and 110 shots. That isn’t in minimal ice time, either, that’s with nearly 17 minutes a game with infrequent penalty killing. Those might be passable numbers for a second-pair defenceman, not a top-six centre that was expected to be a significant fantasy contributor.
I get it, he had a load of PP points last year. That was a poor power play that rode a super-hot first-half to relevance. That is not a good power play, and with the emergence of