Welcome to another edition of the Fantasy Hockey Injury Report. Every week, we will discuss some key injuries around the league and how they may affect your fantasy hockey team.  It’s never easy to deal with the injury bug, but it doesn’t have to be the demise of your fantasy hockey team. Let’s take a look at who’s dealing with what this week!


NHL Fantasy Hockey Injury Report Updates 

Connor Bedard - Chicago Blackhawks - Jaw

Rookie superstar Connor Bedard is expected to miss six to eight weeks after suffering a broken jaw. He took a high hit against the Devils and was not able to return to the game. The team then announced that he would need surgery and the timetable for his return. This is a huge blow to everyone; the team, fantasy managers and the fans. We know the Blackhawks are rebuilding, but you always knew that you could watch Bedard go out there and dazzle everyone. It doesn’t sound like his season is over, but he certainly won’t be ready for the start of fantasy hockey playoffs. 

Jack Hughes - New Jersey DevilsUpper-body

It was a really bad week for young superstars. Jack Hughes suffered an injury against Chicago and is considered week-to-week with an upper-body injury. We don’t know how serious the injury and the team may not have more answers. Hughes hasn’t been placed on IR, but the week-to-week status means that he probably needs to be reevaluated in a few days. Surgery may be required, but right now, the team is saying that it’s not something that will keep him out of the lineup for the remainder of the year. For now, fantasy owners need to sit tight and wait for another update. It would be devastating if Hughes couldn’t make a return this season.

Trevor Zegras - Anaheim Ducks - Lower-body

Trevor Zegras was placed on IR on Wednesday and will now miss at least the next three games due to a lower-body injury. Zegras left Tuesday’s game after colliding with a Predator player and head coach Greg Cronin did say that he would miss some time. We don’t know how long Zegras will be out of the lineup, but the news does not sound encouraging. He’s played a total of 20 games this season and has just seven points. At this year's stage, there’s no reason for him to be on a fantasy roster.

Jeff Skinner - Buffalo Sabres - Upper-body

Jeff Skinner sustained an injury in Tuesday’s game against Seattle and is expected to miss a couple of games. The team has called the injury week-to-week, so there’s a chance that he is going to be sidelined for more than just a few games. The Sabres are trying to stay competitive in the Atlantic Division, but this definitely hurts their chances. Skinner has 33 points this season and over 130 shots on goal, so he is a loss both for his real and fantasy team. 

Alex Ovechkin - Washington CapitalsLower-body

Alex Ovechkin is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury and there is a chance that he may have to miss a game or two. The Russian winger has been so durable his entire career so it’s a shock when we talk about him possibly missing a game. There is a chance that he will suit up against Seattle, but the team may want to give him a game off to rest whatever is bothering him. It doesn’t sound like anything serious, so we shouldn’t fear him missing too many games down the road.