Ramblings: Notes on Mrazek, Vrana, Athanasiou; Islanders on the Waiver Wire (Mar 12)

Ian Gooding


Since Viktor Arvidsson was moved to IR with a lower-body injury, Andreas Athanasiou was moved to Arvidsson's line alongside Trevor Moore and Phillip Danault. Athanasiou has made the most of this opportunity, scoring goals in three consecutive games to go with five points in his last three games. Prior to Arvidsson's injury, Athanasiou had been a healthy scratch for five consecutive games, appearing to be the odd man out for a Kings team that has exceeded expectations this season. But now, AA might be worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues.  

Speaking of Moore, he recorded another three points on Thursday, giving him 29 points over his last 27 games – since the calendar flipped to 2022. In fact, that total leads the Kings over that span, and it's one point higher than Leon Draisaitl's over the same number of games. All it took for Moore was to be moved onto a different line, where his icetime has increased about four minutes per game and his power-play time over a minute per game. Yet Moore is still rostered in only 9 percent of Yahoo leagues and 25 percent of Fantrax leagues.


It wasn't that long ago that I mentioned how hot Adrian Kempe is. Since then, he has slumped to seven games without a single point. He helped his cause by taking four shots on Thursday, and he's still on the Anze Kopitar line and first-unit power play. Kempe has truly been a hot-and-cold player since mid-February, as he had scored six goals in the four games prior to his current slump.

Erik Karlsson returned to the Sharks' lineup on Thursday after a 15-game absence resulting from forearm surgery. He wasn't exactly eased into game action, logging nearly 26 minutes while recording a pair of assists. He seems to be bouncing back after a rough 2020-21 season, so get him back into your lineup. As well, his return could help the San Jose goalie situation, especially with minute-muncher Mario Ferraro also sidelined. Not that I want to be heavily invested in the San Jose goalie situation to begin with.    

Some unfortunate news for Robby Fabbri, who will miss the rest of the regular season with a torn ACL. Fabbri has provided decent production this season (30 PTS in 56 GP), but unfortunately, he can never shak