Ramblings: Crosby Hits 400; Jack Eichel and Mike Smith Injured; Shot Drops – February 12

Michael Clifford

2018-02-12

A nine-game slate for a Sunday is a pleasant surprise from the NHL given their inability to properly schedule almost anything. Here’s where you need to know.

*

Jack Eichel was announced as “out indefinitely” by the team due to a high-ankle sprain. On the bright side, if there is one, is that it’s not the ankle that kept him out for two months last year. There are eight weeks left in the campaign, and I don’t see much point bring back your franchise centre from such an injury to see if he can push your team from 28th place to 26th over the final 10 days of the season. Phil Housley had this to say:

Fantasy-wise, this is brutal for fantasy owners. Eichel had 21 points in his last 19 games, 53 points on the year, was going to push for 20 power-play points, and was going to soar past 250 shots on goal. You can’t replace that on the waiver wire.

For those that don’t own him in keeper leagues, now is the time to buy if the person who does own him is in the hunt for first place. If that person doesn’t want to move him, so be it, but they should be motivated to do so. Dobber has him as a top-10 keeper skater in his most recent rankings update and I concur. Even if it’s 90 cents on the dollar, now is the best time to go trade for him.

By the way, in Sunday’s game, Evan Rodrigues assumed second-line centre duties with Evander Kane jumping to the top power play. Kane should stay there, Rodrigues I’m much less certain about. It was a game they lose 5-4 to Colorado, a team without their top scorer as well.

Tyson Jost scored a power-play goal here and played 18:43, including over 5:30 of power-play time. He has eight points in 16 games since the calendar turned to 2018 and has averaged over 18 minutes a game over his last four. Hopefully he’s starting to live up to his top-10 pick billing. 

*

Heads up Dustin Brown owners, was suspended one game for his knee on