Ramblings: Werenski Out for Season; Goalie Situations in New Jersey, Toronto, Seattle (Nov 12)
Zach Werenski is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering a separated shoulder and torn labrum during Thursday's game. This is the worst possible news for those rostering Werenski, in particular those rostering him in single-season leagues. Werenski is already a certified Band-Aid Boy, having missed at least 14 games in each of the previous two seasons.
With Werenski out long term and Adam Boqvist also sidelined with a broken foot, Jake Bean deserves an immediate pickup in many league formats (3% Yahoo/27% Fantrax). Although he did not record a point on Thursday, Bean logged a season-high 26 minutes (including PP1 duties) while blocking six shots. That number was inflated by the fact that the Jackets were down to four defensemen because Erik Gudbranson also left with an injury. However, the icetime total is still notable because Bean had never reached 20 minutes in a game this season prior to Thursday.
Before the season, I had mentioned Bean as a potential deep sleeper because of potential second power-play use and closer proximity to Boqvist than perceived. I don't think Tim on the Five Hole Fantasy Podcast was completely sold on my pick, though. Although I've been cold about starting Bean since adding him to one of my lineups just before the season, I won't have any reservations about starting him next week with the Jackets playing four home games.