Capped: Injuries and Impact for Wilson, Bertuzzi, and Landeskog

Jamie Molloy

2022-10-20

Hockey season has started and hopefully we're all enjoying every single game so far that our teams have played – unless you're a San Jose Sharks fan then it's just been a bunch of pain with a rocky start to say the least. With the start of hockey season, there are always a bunch of injuries to either start the season or some that linger into the year. This week I will be discussing players who are currently injured (as of the time of writing this article) who provide solid fantasy production. The main point of this is to help identify players who are hurt who may have been dropped from someone's team due to lack of roster flexibility in the moment, these could also be 'buy-low' targets in your league. I will also highlight in each player's blurb who are some players who could gain value by proxy of the injuries ahead of them in the lineup.

* For this article, I won't be including the stat tables that I'm sure many of you are used to seeing from me. With the nature of this being a discussion about team fit, line chemistry, projected usage, etc. This to me doesn't require stat tables as this isn't discussing the value of a contract to a real-life perspective. *


#1) Tom Wilson – RW – Washington Capitals

Contract: $5.166M – 2 Years remaining

While Tom Wilson is a 'character' to say the least, he is still a quality right winger at the NHL level, and we'd all be foolish to think otherwise. In May of 2022 he had surgery to reconstruct a torn ACL in his left knee and his timeline to return to the Capitals star-studded lineup was 'six-eight months' from the time of the surgery. Based on the latest news, it seems that the earliest that we could expect Wilson to return to game action would be late November on the optimistic end and up until sometime in January at the latest (barring any setbacks that is). Realistically, he could miss about 25-games or more which is a little unsettling considering the type of player that he is and the type of injury he is recovering from. Wilson may come out of the gate a little slow upon arrival to the lineup, but he should be placed back in their top-six alongside players like Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, as well as Dylan Strome who has seen some reps on the top line. While Wilson is injured, players who are seemingly going to benefit from this would include the likes of Connor Brown (depe