We are a couple weeks into the full NHL season and the injuries are starting to pile up across the league. Aaron Ekblad, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Tyler Bertuzzi, just to name a few notable fantasy options, have already hit the IR and will be out for lengthy, if varied, timelines. Ottawa has started to endure their own as Josh Norris is expected to miss at least a couple weeks with a shoulder injury suffered over the weekend. This is how they lined up without him:
Your eyes do not deceive you, that is Derick Brassard lining up at 2C, where he started their home matchup against Dallas on Monday night. Brassard was signed just before the season for depth down the middle but played his first game of the year yesterday. I'm sure there were a lot of fantasy owners pining for Shane Pinto to get moved up, but it seems the team likes him in that third-line role, which is often used as a shutdown trio.
We'll see how long this lasts. Maybe Brassard does stay there until Norris returns but it's hard to see him playing 18 minutes a night at this stage of his career. He hasn't averaged over 15 minutes of TOI/game over a full season since 2017-18.
Even without Josh Norris, Ottawa