Wild West: Anaheim Injuries, Kahun, Yamamoto, and More




Celebrations in Anaheim this week as Ryan Getzlaf returns to join recently un-injured Ryan Kesler and the Ducks. The returns just serve to highlight the incredible number of man games lost to injuries so far for the Ducks. The Ducks have played nine games so far and we are looking at 38 man games lost in their top nine alone. Well, to be fair, we have no idea what this team would like like fully healthy, but certainly Patrick Eaves (nine games), Ondrej Kase (nine games), Corey Perry (nine games), Jakob Silfverberg (three games), Ryan Kesler (three games), and Ryan Getzlaf (five games) could all slot in on the top lines somewhere. Kesler and Getzlaf returning is certainly a boon to the team and Rickard Rakell should be thrilled to have his running mate back. The injuries haven’t necessarily hurt Anaheim though as John Gibson has been strong and they currently lead the Pacific Division. What happens when they are all healthy?


Potential Pickups:

Dominik Kahun seems like the definition of a weekly streamer. Chicago has four games over the next seven days, and Kahun has been getting 15 minutes a night with a rejuvenated Jonathan Toews and a streaking Alex DeBrincat both at even strength and on the power play. His shot pace has slowed a bit in the last couple of games, but at four percent owned in Yahoo he should be available as a depth stream for the week.


Kailer Yamamoto might be worth a quick add as well. He saw time on the top line with Connor McDavid in his most recent game with Ty Rattie on the shelf. With four games on tap this week it is a low risk chance to see what he can do with the opportunity. Unfortunately, he was not getting top power play time and only saw two shots. He also was not consistently able to stick when given the opportunity in 2017-18, but if this one does stick you don’t want to miss it.


Quick addition to this section – last week’s recommendation:

If you followed my advice and picked up Zach Parise for last week, you were handsomely rewarded. In his four games, he put up a stat line of two goals, three assists, 13 shots and one power play point. Not sure any of this week’s offerings will be that productive.


Line Combos:

Check out Frozen Tool Line Combos section for all of the latest, but in the meantime let’s take a quick trip over to the Dallas power play.

So any guesses as to who was on the top power play over in Dallas in their most recent game? Tyler Seguin (check), Jamie Benn (check), Jason Spezza (good for him), John Klingberg (check), and Tyler Pitlick (??). It turns out that unit saw 84% of the power play time and Tyler Pitlick saw a jump to over 17 minutes of overall ice time. He did not get any points, and only one shot, so maybe don’t schedule the parade yet, but it is definitely something to keep an eye on if he can hang in that slot. We do also know that Dallas loves to tinker with those top lines and they also lost that game 3-1 with no power play goals so that doesn’t help.


Drop or Not:

I hope that if you took one thing away last week it was to try and snag (or keep) Clayton Keller. He has four points in his most recent two games and has been reunited with Derek Stepan. I think that buy low window may be closed for now.


Steven Stamkos:

Yes, his three points in eight games is not ideal. No, you shouldn’t worry and do something drastic like drop him or trade him for Chris Tierney (who is crushing it by the way, though – sidebar – it’s not sustainable). It has only been eight games, but he is still shooting, he is playing with Brayden Point, and Yanni Gourde at even strength (which is good) and Nikita Kucherov on the power play (which is better). Hold or buy low if you can, his numbers will bounce back.


Thanks for reading.


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