A couple of injuries to key players are at the forefront of this week's Drop Trends.
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Mark Streit (PHI - D)
Dropped: 3,920 times
Why? Suffered a groin injury that will sideline him for the next six weeks
Recommendation: If you don't have an IR spot then it's understandable to let him go for the time being, as Streit won't be back until January. However, if you can afford to keep him then you probably should. He's been a good source of offense from the blueline in Philadelphia and his play will pick up when he gets back, especially if Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux get going again.
Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG - LW, RW)
Dropped: 1,624 times
Why? Cooled off after hot start
Recommendation: Ehlers will probably go through hot and cold stretches during his rookie season. That isn't uncommon. He hasn't scored a goal in his last nine games and he has just three assists during that time. Don't be surprised when Ehlers picks it back up again.
Brandon Dubinsky (CBJ - C, LW)
Dropped: 1,611 times
Why? Out two-to-three weeks with an upper-body injury
Recommendation: Dubinsky is worth stashing away on injured reserve while he recovers. He has been productive this season with 11 points in 16 games, including three goals and five assists in his last nine contests.
Dale Weise (MTL - RW)
Dropped: 1,278 times
Why? Jumping off the bandwagon after he hot start
Recommendation: Weise doesn't have a point in his last three games and normally that wouldn't be a cause for concern, but in this case poolies are justified to cut bait. He was bound to be let go at any sign that his incredible start was fading. Weise has eight goals and 11 points in 18 games, but he had a career high 29 points last season and isn't known for his oftensive reliability.
Colin Miller (BOS - D)
Dropped: 1,174 times
Why? Unproven defenseman who could be slowing down
Recommendation: A lower-body injury knocked him from the lineup Saturday. Miller's six-game point streak just ended and he has gone just two contests without a point. Miller was still getting power-play time and it's unclear if he's a contributor or he just got off to great start. I don't have a problem with cutting him loose because he is unproven and now he's hurt.