NHL injury updates on Yakupov, Price, Maatta, Demers, Palat and more…
Ajay Da Costa (@AjayDaCosta)
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The Big Guns (>80% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid – The McClavicle is looking better by the week. GM Peter Chiarelli has revealed that there’s a lack of “soft tissue injuries” around the affected area. His return date is mid-to-late January.
Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price – Price returned, but aggravated his knee injury when he stepped on a puck. He is slated to miss at least six more weeks and the Winter Classic with it. With Montreal rolling, Mike Condon makes for a good pickup in his absence.
The Second Liners (50%-80% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
The Depth Guys (20%-50% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Columbus Blue Jackets: Brandon Dubinsky – Dubinsky returned to the lineup only to try and pay his injury woes forward onto Penguins star Sidney Crosby. Dubinsky missed a game against St. Louis due to suspension but is otherwise doing fine. And it’s not like the Penguins are going to do anything about Dubi manhandling their captain, so why would he ever stop?
Edmonton oilers: Nail Yakupov – After a freak accident where a referee dragged Yak down and twisted his knee, the Oilers’ young, speedy, first overall pick’s prognosis is 1-3 weeks. Well… their third young, speedy, first overall pick.
The Mr. Irrelevants (<20% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Anaheim Ducks: Jiri Sekac – Sekac is still on the IR from an ankle sprain suffered on November 1st when the Predators’ Gabriel Bourque hit him. He just returned to skating though, so he could return before too long.
Buffalo Sabres: Zemgus Girgensons – Girgensons suffered an upper-body injury on November 14th versus the Sharks and made his return on November 25th. He’s off to a bad start so far, without points in four of his five games played.
Edmonton Oilers: Justin Schultz – Schultz has re-joined the team, but the Oilers put together another remarkably lackluster performance against the Leafs. Schultz himself only has one point this season.
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