Ramblings: Stamkos Injury Revealed, Ekman-Larsson on the Block (Oct 2)

Ian Gooding

2020-10-02

Now that the Tampa Bay Lightning have won the Stanley Cup and completed not-so-socially-distanced celebrations back home, we've learned more about what ailed Steven Stamkos throughout the playoffs. According to GM Julien BriseBois, Stamkos underwent sports hernia surgery before the season pause. BriseBois stated that Stamkos' rehab resulted in a "compensation" injury while he was preparing to participate in the return to play.

In spite of the injury, BriseBois said he expects Stamkos to be ready for the 2020-21 season (whenever that will start). Even if that is true, I'm still drafting Stamkos at a slight injury discount after he missed 13 regular-season games and almost all of the postseason. It wouldn't be a major injury discount, as Stamkos did play 82 and 78 games over the previous two seasons (although just 17 games in the season before, 2016-17). Stamkos has averaged between 1.1 and 1.2 points per game over each of the last four seasons, so don't forget the significant upside that is still there. You can see where I have Stamkos ranked in the Roto Rankings Top 100 (although I'm thinking of moving him down a little bit).

It's a real credit to the depth of the Lightning that they were able to win the Stanley Cup in spite of one of their top scorers playing just under three minutes in the entire postseason. Even with potential offseason losses, the Lightning will be just fine going forward.  

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If you followed the playoffs closely, you'll know how much Tyler Seguin struggled (just two goals and 13 points in 26 games). Although the Stars haven't confirmed this, it is believed that he had been suffering from multiple injuries himself. We'll have to wait and see what those injuries are, but fantasy owners will need to know whether those injury issues will carry over into the 2020-21 season.

I don't usually combine regular-season and playoff stats. However, Seguin's goal-scoring troubles extend well back into the regular season. Over his last 30 regular-season games, Seguin scored just six goals to go with 19 points. Add the regular season to the postseason and it's eight goals in his last 56 combined games. The Stars as a team weren't scoring much during that stretch anyway, which would have affected his numbers regardless. Yet I also wonder if the injury issues also affected him then.  

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The latest TSN Trade Bait board was released on Thursday, with Oliver Ekman-Larsson appearing as the new #1. Further reports have suggested that Boston and Vancouver are two teams (the only two teams?) on OEL's trade list. Edmonton has also reportedly expressed interest, although it sounds like they are not on his list. By entering a quick Twitter search, you can find an infinite number of trade proposals involving these various teams. Or just make up your own.

Since Ek