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

Chris Kane

2018-10-23

 

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