Ramblings: Injury Updates on Boeser and McAvoy; Laine Pots Three; Hall Extends Streak – March 7

Michael Clifford


We received an update on Charlie McAvoy’s injury on Tuesday afternoon and it appears he’ll be out at least a month with an MCL sprain. As noted in the link, he’ll be re-evaluated at that point.

As far as the regular season is concerned, the Bruins have all but wrapped up a playoff spot and it’s just a matter of jockeying for home ice. They will have to do so without McAvoy.

McAvoy had been very solid in roto leagues to this point, which is rare for a 20-year old rookie defenceman. He was on pace for 40-plus point, a monster plus rating, 60-plus penalty minutes, triple-digits in both blocked shots and hits. Outside of strictly points leagues, he’s likely a top-20 defenceman. That’s an excellent rookie fantasy campaign. Of course, he won’t reach those numbers now, but it’s a good sign for the future.

Just as a small aside, Zdeno Chara’s numbers have been considerably worse this year when he hasn’t been paired with McAvoy: the Bruins allow just shy of 30 percent more shots when Chara is on the ice with any other defence partner aside from the rookie. Of all players, I do wonder if this affects Tuukka Rask the most. Patrice Bergeron still isn’t back and with McAvoy out of the lineup now, that is a lot missing from the team when it comes to driving the play.


It looks as if Brock Boeser avoided serious injury after he went into an open door back-first late in Vancouver’s game Tuesday night. The team updated and said he would be out 4-6 weeks. You can read their update here.

I assume they’ll just shut him down for the season.

Again, it appears this could have been a lot worse and 4-6 weeks with a full recovery is great news for Boeser. This fantasy owner is excited to see what he can do next year.


We didn’t get much of an update on Ben Bishop from Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock. Bishop left Monday night’s game with what appeared to be a lower-body injury. The update is that he will miss at least a couple of games and the team hopes to know more when Thursday rolls arou