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Jason Demers Headshot

Demers recorded an assist and logged 22:45 of ice time (5:01 with the man advantage) during Thursday's 5-4 loss to Dallas.

Demers has found himself on the No. 1 power-play unit of late, and while Thursday's helper didn't come with the man advantage, that development is a clear boost to his fantasy outlook. He's now registered a point and a minor penalty in three consecutive games, and his 17 shots, 11 hits and 11 blocked shots are respectable peripheral marks. Demers offers a serviceable cross-category profile in depper settings.
8:27 am (EST)
Adam Clendening Headshot

Clendening was a healthy scratch for the fifth time this season for Thursday's 5-4 loss to Dallas.

Clendening has flashed offensive potential in NHL and delivered results at the lower levels, but he has never been able to carve out a consistent enough role to be a viable asset in most settings. Until he receives regular playing time, he's obviously completely off the fantasy radar.
8:22 am (EST)
Blake Comeau Headshot

Comeau recorded a goal, three shots and four hits through 14:37 of ice time during Thursday's 4-3 loss to St. Louis. The tally was his first of the season.

Comeau is nothing more than a depth forward at this stage of his career, and he's currently being deployed in a fourth-line role. It's obviously not an ideal fantasy setup, and his 15 shots and 16 hits aren't moving the needle in the peripheral categories, either. It's safe to steer clear of Comeau in most settings.
8:17 am (EST)
Brett Kulak Headshot

Kulak has been a healthy scratch all seven games this season.

The 22-year-old defenseman suited up for 21 games in 2016-17, so it's likely he'll eventually draw into the lineup. The Calgary blue line is among the best in the league, and with Kulak profiling as more of a depth defenseman at this stage of his career, he's unlikely to carve out a big enough role to be a serviceable fantasy asset in the majority of settings.
8:14 am (EST)
Matt Bartkowski Headshot

Bartkowski received just 11:30 if ice time during Thursday's 2-1 loss to Carolina.

The depth defenseman has averaged only 12:05 of ice time for the season, and he's now posted a minus-1 rating in each of the past three games. Bartkowski has failed to register a point through seven outings, and his five shots, 11 hits and six blocked shots aren't moving the fantasy needle, either.
8:09 am (EST)
Freddie Hamilton Headshot

Hamilton was a healthy scratch for Thursday's 2-1 loss to Carolina.

Hamilton has only suited up for one game this season, and while he registered an assist in the contest, he found himself right back in the press box Thursday. The 25-year-old forward projects to remain off the fantasy radar in most settings.
8:07 am (EST)
Mikael Backlund Headshot

Backlund failed to register a point for the third consecutive game during Thursday's 2-1 loss to Carolina.

Following a breakout, 53-point showing in 2016-17, Backlund has struggled to duplicate last season's success with just two goals and three points through the first seven games this year. The center is a key cog for the Flames and is usually matched up against the opponent's best scorers, so his role isn't ideal for fantasy purposes. Still, with an average of 18:47 of ice time per game (including 2:20 on the power play), Backlund is in position to turn the corner sooner than later.
8:05 am (EST)
Johnathan Joseph Headshot

Joseph was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6 following his performance in a 33-17 win over the Browns.

Joseph intercepted Cleveland quarterback Kevin Hogan twice, one he returned 82 yards for a touchdown. Along with the picks, he had three tackles (two solo), one tackle for a loss and three passes defensed. The 33-year-old Joseph has taken on an expanded role in the secondary this season with the departure of A.J. Bouye in free agency and Kevin Johnson's knee injury.
8:05 am (EST)
Marc Staal Headshot

Staal recorded an assist, on shot, two blocked shots and two hits over 22:42 of ice time during Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders.

The helper improves Staal to a goal and three points through eight games. After registering just three tallies and seven assists over 72 games last season, he's off to a much better start offensively this year. However, he's more of a meat-and-potatoes defenseman, and it's probably still wise to steer clear in most fantasy settings.
7:57 am (EST)
Jimmy Vesey Headshot

Vesey registered two shots and five hits with a plus-2 rating during Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders.

The 24-year-old winger is still searching for his first point of the season and has just 16 shots and 10 hits on the campaign. Clearly, Vesey is looking for answers after collecting 16 goals and 27 points as a rookie in 2016-17. At this stage of the game, it's difficult to advocate for Vesey in most fantasy setups, but he still offers some cross-category potential for deep leagues.
7:53 am (EST)
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