Ramblings: Blue Line ADPs for Next Year; Eichel Returns to Practice – March 14

Michael Clifford

2018-03-14

The big injury news from Tuesday was Jack Eichel returning to the Sabres and participating in a full practice. He was slotted in his usual second line position as well as the top power-play unit. The original diagnosis for his high-ankle sprain was four to six weeks and a return on Thursday would be about four and a half weeks.

Everyone around the Sabres was hesitant to say that Eichel was guaranteed to return Thursday and they do have another full practice on Wednesday morning. We should know more then. It would be a huge boost to those in the midst of their head-to-head playoffs.

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Andreas Johnsson was called up by the Leafs from the AHL and it looks like he’ll be in the lineup on Wednesday when Toronto hosts Dallas.

The 23-year old is a point-per-game player for the Marlies this season.

It’s uncertain how long he will stay with the big club and given that he’s in a fourth-line role, there won’t be much fantasy impact even with his second-unit PP slotting. It is a nice showcase for dynasty owners though to finally be able to assess what they have in Johnsson.

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Bad news for the Bruins and their fans as Patrice Bergeron will be out another week. There is no need to rush him back, really, as the team is 6-1 since his injury and they have a nine-point cushion on Toronto with a game in hand. They need him healthy for a month from now, not today.

That doesn’t help fantasy owners who will be without Bergeron for this week of H2H playoffs. Should he return next week, though, it is a four-game week for Boston. Hang in there.

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Kevin Shattenkirk has been shutdown in his attempt to return to the Rangers lineup. It’s not officially the end of his season, they’re just giving him a few days off before reassessing him.

I don’t see there being much reason for him to return in 10 or so days for 7-8 games at the end of a lost season but I’m not the coach or the GM. Either way, fantasy owners should prepare as if he will not return for this campaign.

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After leaving Calgary’s last game with an upper-body injury, Matthew Tkachuk missed Tuesday night’s matchup against the Oilers. We have no further word at this time.

It’s a huge blow for fantasy owners at the moment. He’s one of those guys that produces so well across the board that you can’t replace him with a waiver pickup. Sam Bennett would be the short-t