NHL Fantasy Hockey Injury Update: April 21, 2017 Cover Image
NHL Fantasy Hockey Injury Update: April 21, 2017
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Marian Gaborik Headshot

Gaborik underwent a procedure that will hold him out through at least part of training camp, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The veteran winger hasn't supplied much production in either of his last two seasons for the Kings, collecting just 21 points over 56 games in this season. His 2017-18 campaign won't start on a good note, but general manager Rob Blake indicated Monday that the team isn't considering buying Gaborik's contract out. He reportedly played hurt during 2016-17 and will be given an opportunity to get back on track next season. Considering his contract lasts for another four seasons, the Kings certainly hope he can turn things around despite turning 35 years of age in February.
Yesterday 5:09 pm (EST)
Joonas Korpisalo Headshot

Korpisalo will don the Finnish colors at the IIHF World Championships in May, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

Put frankly, Korpisalo didn't play well in 2016-17. While serving as the primary backup to Sergei Bobrovsky this season, he posted just a 2.88 GAA and a .905 save percentage while appearing in 14 different contests. At just 22 years of age, the youngster has some time to get it together, but the club has another goaltender (Anton Forsberg) in the pipeline that could also challenge him for a roster spot. Bobrovsky remains under contract for another two seasons, so the best Korpisalo can hope for is a backup role again in 2017-18. For now, he'll look to get in some competitive action on the international level during the offseason.
Yesterday 5:02 pm (EST)
Markus Nutivaara Headshot

Nutivaara will undergo hip surgery on Tuesday, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

Nutivaara is facing a four-month recovery, which should have him ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign. The 22-year-old will want to get back as quickly as possible given he will be competing for a spot on the 23-man roster with the likes of Ryan Murray, Scott Harrington and Gabriel Carlsson. As a rookie, Nutivaara recorded two goals and five helpers in 66 outings while averaging a mere 13:13 of ice time. Unless the blueliner can secure a more consistent role, fantasy owners may want to consider other options.
Yesterday 4:13 pm (EST)
Patrick Marleau Headshot

Marleau was powering through a broken thumb at the end of the year, Kevin Kurz of NBC Sports California reports.

Marleau still managed to register a goal in each of the Sharks' final three contests despite the broken digit, which almost certainly affected his ability to shoot the puck. The winger posted his lowest point total (46) in an 82-game season since 2001-02 (44). What the injury and the slight drop in production mean for the veteran's long-term future remains to be seen, but he will have an important decision to make as he will become a free agent on July 1 unless he re-signs with San Jose before then.
Yesterday 3:56 pm (EST)
Tomas Hertl Headshot

Hertl was dealing with a broken foot at the end of the season, Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Despite the injury, Hertl played over two minutes of extra ice time per game in the playoffs above his 17:13 average during the regular season. The 2016-17 campaign will likely be looked upon with disappointment from the 23-year-old, as he was only able to suit up in 49 contests, which resulted in a significant drop in production -- just 22 points compared to 46 in 2015-16. The team did not indicate that this ailment would affect the winger's status for next year, so look for him to be back to 100 percent for training camp.
Yesterday 3:48 pm (EST)
Joe Thornton Headshot

Thornton will have surgery Monday to repair a torn ACL and MCL suffered during the playoffs, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

The fact that Thornton was able to skate at all considering the extent of the damage to his knee is remarkable, but garnering a pair of helpers is all the more impressive. The veteran will now shift his focus to the 2017-18 campaign, although it is unclear if he will be ready in time for training camp. Another concern of course is whether the 37-year-old will want to continue playing -- assuming the Sharks offer him a new contract.
Yesterday 3:06 pm (EST)
Michael McCarron Headshot

McCarron was reassigned to AHL St. John's on Monday.

The IceCaps will certainly welcome the addition of McCarron as they are tied at a game apiece in their opening-round series against AHL Syracuse. The 22-year-old was used sparingly throughout the NHL season -- including just one playoff contest -- so he will likely be primed for some more competitive hockey. The center is by no means a shoo-in for the 23-man roster next year, but should factor into the discussion.
Yesterday 2:57 pm (EST)
Mark Borowiecki Headshot

Borowiecki (lower body) may be available for Game 1 on Thursday against New York, Dean Brown of TSN 1200 reports.

Considering Borowiecki has tallied just one helper in his last 39 appearances, fantasy owners probably shouldn't be relying on him too heavily once he is cleared to return. If the 27-year-old is able to give it a go Thursday, Fredrik Claesson would seem to be the leading candidate to get bumped from the game-day lineup.
Yesterday 2:49 pm (EST)
Tom Pyatt Headshot

Pyatt (upper body) is expected to be ready for Thursday's Game 1 clash with the Rangers, Dean Brown of TSN 1200 reports.

Pyatt was on the ice for just one shift in Game 4 against the Bruins and has been out of the lineup since. The Sens are unlikely to turn to the winger for offensive contributions -- he tallied 23 points this season -- but could get a boost from his defensive prowess, specifically on the penalty kill, where he averages 2:13 of ice time. Tommy Wingels and Chris Kelly both stepped in during Pyatt's absence and would likely watch from the press box if the Thunder Bay native is ready to go Thursday.
Yesterday 2:42 pm (EST)
Oscar Klefbom Headshot

Klefbom was absent from Monday's practice due to illness, but is expected to be ready for Game 1 against the Ducks on Wednesday.

Klefbom notched a pair of goals and an assist in six games against the Sharks while averaging over 21:19 of ice time per contest. In the event this malady sidelines the defenseman for longer than expected, the Oilers could struggle to replace his offensive contributions from the blue line. Andrej Sekera would be favorite to see an uptick in ice time if Klefbom is unable to give it a go.
Yesterday 2:25 pm (EST)
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