Ramblings: Getzlaf Retiring; Laughton & Byram Return form Concussions & Managing the Rest of the Fantasy Schedule (Apr 6)

Alexander MacLean

2022-04-06

Ryan Getzlaf is planning to retire at the end of the season. He had an excellent start to the year, propped up by some high percentages, but as the campaign has progressed it does appear that he is nearly running on empty. He had an incredibly impressive career, winning all of the important titles including Olympic Gold and the Stanley Cup. On top of that he spent his entire 18-year career with one team, and at this point he has to be the most famous Anaheim (Mighty) Duck of all time.

Congrats on an incredible career and a well-deserved retirement.

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Both Scott Laughton and Bowen Byram returned to the lineup last night after each missed several games with concerning concussions. Byram hasa long history of head/neck issues, so he really has to proceed with caution here. There is a long and impactful career at stake, though in the short term he makes the Coloarado blue line even better, and is worth a look in standard fantasy leagues. He's only 19% rostered on Yahoo, so check your waiver wires (69% owned on Fantrax).

Laughton has also had some concussion issues lately, and took a little longer than initially anticipated to be cleared to return this time around – however the Flyers are on the outside of the playoff picture, so there really was no need to rush him. Now that he is back, he brings a wide range of production to your fantasy lineup. The 27-year old is up over a point every other game, and adds one PIM every two games, nearly two shots per game, two Hits per game, and six FOWs. To top it off he also blocks more shots than the average forward, and has two SHPs on the season. The more categories your league counts, the better Laughton looks.

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New Jersey's superstar Jack Hughes is done for the season after sustaining an MCL strain. The team is playing it cautious, and rightfully so with nothing left to play for this year. He finishes the season on pace for 94 points. The kid is just getting started.

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Speaking of absurd point paces,