Injury Ward: A New Year, A New Batch of Injuries

Brennan Des




Happy New Year, my friends! With another year, comes another fantasy hockey championship – I wish you the very best in your journey! Here’s this week’s latest in the injury world. If you don’t see a certain player below, there probably haven’t been any major developments in their progress. Once there is a significant update, I’ll be sure to have it for you on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza!


Rickard Rakell – Has been dealing with an upper-body injury that has kept him out of Anaheim’s last four games. The team hasn’t released much information about the injury, so we don’t know how long he’ll be out. 


Darcy Kuemper – Is officially week-to-week with a lower-body injury. Kuemper was selected to represent Arizona at the All-Star game on January 25th and didn’t make any comments to suggest that this injury will definitely prevent him from participating. Kuemper was one of the league’s best goalies in 2019, posting a 31-17-8 record, 2.10 GAA and .931 SV% in the calendar year. Antti Raanta has had a few good starts and a few bad starts in Kuemper’s absence, but I think he remains a strong option in fantasy hockey given Arizona’s strong defensive style of play. 




Charlie McAvoy – Is on injured reserve (IR) with a lower-body injury and hasn’t been skating recently. The team hasn’t released a timetable for his recovery, so it seems that they’re taking this one day at a time. He was moved to the IR on December 27th, so he isn’t eligible