Ramblings: Injuries to Hamilton, Heiskanen, Karlsson, and Goalies (Jan 17)

Ian Gooding

2020-01-17


Let’s cut right to the chase here. There seemed to be a higher-than-normal number of injuries on Thursday, so let’s try to sort these out.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, Dougie Hamilton needed help getting off the ice after twisting his left leg while falling. You can watch, but it looks very painful.

Hamilton would be a significant loss, and judging by the look of this one, I’d expect him to miss time. Based on this season’s performance, Dougie has been a top-5 fantasy blueliner. Among defensemen, he currently sits tied for second with 14 goals and fourth with 40 points. His value is further supplemented in multicategory leagues, where his 170 shots lead all defensemen and his plus-30 is second among all players. Needless to say, this is a bad turn of events for fantasy owners that have been riding his success and waiting for him to finally reach his full potential.

The Hurricanes play again today (Friday). Assuming Hamilton doesn’t play, I’ll keep you posted on what his injury means to the defensive pairings and power-play combinations. The Canes didn’t have a power play after his injury, so we didn’t get to see exactly how things would play out. Jake Gardiner would be the easy guess for first-unit power play time. He’s just 10 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, so he might be the way to go for Hamilton owners that don’t play in shallow leagues.

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Hamilton wasn’t the only blueliner to suffer an injury on Thursday. Miro Heiskanen left Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury after taking a stick to his head. The second-year blueliner is not having the same level of fantasy success that Hamilton is, especially considering that he has just three points (including an assist on Thursday) over his past 16 games. Heiskanen is one of the league’s best young blueliners who is averaging 24 minutes per game in his sophomore season, so any time missed would be significant for