It was locker-clearing day for the Penguins yesterday and though no one from the team would expand on any injuries players suffered or were playing through, there was this little nugget from general manager Jim Rutherford:
Dynasty owners everywhere: rejoice!
Sprong has nothing left to prove at the AHL level, posting a point-per-game mark last year to go with 32 goals in 65 contests. The 21-year old could help inject some offence in a team that struggled to score in the regular season at five-on-five.
Two things here.
First: keyword should. Lots of things should happen. People should be nice to each other. The Oilers should require fewer than three rebuilds to be a perennial playoff threat. Whether or not they will happen, well, who knows what the future holds.
Second: even if he does end up on the roster, what’s his role? Does he get fairly consistent top-six minutes like Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel have in the past? Does he play a third-line role with Derick Brassard to help lengthen the scoring in the lineup? He won’t be on the top power-play unit, that is certain.
Regardless, it’s good news that the GM even says should than outright says something like, “he has to work his way onto the team,” or, “we’ll give him a look.” A full offseason of training and a full camp with the main roster will help Sprong take the next step. I’m excited and I know fantasy owners are as well.
The full extent of Torey Krug’s injury was revealed and it was indeed a fractured ankle:
That he should be ready to go by training camp and will even get some time in the offseason to train is good news. With the information given, it should be all systems go for Krug come September. This injury shouldn’t be concerning for fantasy owners.