Eastern Edge: Deployment and Injury Situations to Monitor for Lindholm, Kakko, Jenner, Strome, and More

Brennan Des


In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll discuss a player to watch early on for each team in the conference. Some players are on this list because monitoring early deployment will help us gauge season-long outlook. Other players are on this list because injuries should result in increased opportunity to start the season.

Boston Bruins – Hampus Lindholm

With Charlie McAvoy expected to miss the first two months of the campaign, Lindholm will start the season as Boston's top blueliner. He should see a high volume of minutes, resulting in plenty of blocks and hits. Although Lindholm hasn't put up huge offensive numbers in the past, he's expected to fill in for McAvoy on the team's top power-play unit, which could help him produce at a high rate early on.

Buffalo Sabres – Jack Quinn

The eighth overall pick of the 2020 draft ranked third in points per game (1.36) across the AHL last season, tallying 61 points in 45 outings. He had a strong showing in the preseason and looks primed to enjoy a top-six role with some power-play time this year. Quinn has the talent to be a valuable fantasy hockey asset, but only time will tell if he's ready to make an impact this season.

Carolina Hurricanes – Ondrej Kase

Over the course of his career, the 26-year-old forward has had many promising and productive stretches derailed by concussions. Kase begins a new season with a new team and looks like he'll be a part of Carolina's top power-play unit. He's expected to start the year on the fourth line but has potential to move up the lineup – although I'm not sure if he'll be able to displace the team's young talent and work his way into the top-six. Injuries remain a concern with Kase, but favourable deployment could help him produce this season. 

Columbus Blue Jackets – Boone Jenner

Columbus' captain is coming off a career season that saw him score at a 61-point pace while skating o