Ramblings: E. Karlsson Out For Season, E. Kane Suspended, Toffoli Outdoor Hat Trick (Feb 16)

Ian Gooding

2020-02-16

Another day, another injury. Erik Karlsson will miss the rest of the regular season with a broken thumb that will require surgery. Karlsson's season ends at 57 games, which means that this is the second consecutive season in which he has failed to reach 60 games.

Signed to a long-term deal by the Sharks this past offseason, Karlsson should be ready to go next season. However, I mentioned to anyone who would listen that I was leery about using a high pick on Karlsson entering the season, so I'd recommend at least a Kris Letang-like discount if drafting him next season. I understand the thumb injury isn't related to other ailments he's had in the past, but this is a defenseman who appears to have a ton of mileage that has resulted from some major minutes throughout his career.

As for the Sharks, this is yet another blow to what has been a nightmare season, as they are well out of playoff contention with both Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl sidelined. Sharks scorers could take another hit in value because of Karlsson's ability to distribute the puck. Entering Saturday's games, Karlsson leads the Sharks in both assists (34) and points (40).

One name that might come to mind for fantasy owners is Tim Heed, who entered the lineup on Saturday after being a healthy scratch for 18 of the last 19 games. If you think he can immediately provide some offense, keep in mind that he has just one assist in 26 games this season. He is worth watching, though, as his value took a major hit back when the Sharks acquired Karlsson.

For what it's worth, the Sharks still have Brent Burns. He is on a five-game point streak with six points (2g-4a) over that span. He recorded an assist while logging 27 minutes on Saturday.

To add insult to injury for the Sharks, Evander Kane was suspended three games for his elbow to Neal Pionk during Friday's game. Fortunately, Pionk did not leave the game after the