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DT: Time to let go of Vlasic?

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Just three weeks remain in the NHL season, so you are probably adjusting your rosters for a playoff run. We wish you the best of luck and hopefully injuries don't stand in your way, as you look for your league championship.

 

Marc-Edouard Vlasic (D - SJS)

 

Dropped: 1,296 times

Why? Considered day-to-day with an apparent lower-body injury.

Recommendation: On top of being injured, Vlasic has posted just two assists in his last nine games. He didn't play on Saturday, but it's not expected to be a long-term ailment. It sounds like he'll be back before the end of the season, so he could be picked up again down the line. I don't have a problem with the decision to drop him for the time being even though the crop of available defenseman is probably fairly thin.

 

Craig Smith (C, RW - NSH)

 

Dropped: 1,081 times

Why? Cold down from hot streak and has gone pointless in five straight games.

Recommendation: Smith had five goals and five assists in five contests from Feb. 27 to Mar. 8. He has been much more quiet recently, but he's still playing with Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro. Smith's cold streak at this time in the year justifies cutting him loose, but he is worth keeping an eye on down the stretch.

 

Robin Lehner (G - BUF)

 

Dropped: 1,004 times

Why? Dealing with some issues related to his high-ankle sprain from earlier in the season.

Recommendation: Lehner has missed the last two games to rest his ailing ankle, but he could be back in the crease this coming week. He is probably a depth netminder on most rosters, so letting him go isn't that big of a deal, but he does have decent peripherals this season and I would hang onto him for a little while longer. Buffalo should update his status shortly and then you can act accordingly if he's still on your team.

 

Keith Kinkaid (G - NJD)

 

Dropped: 912 times

Why? Cory Schneider is on the mend and Kinkaid has struggled in his last three appearances.

Recommendation: Schneider is slated to return in late March, but more importantly Kinkaid has surrendered 13 goals in his past three games. He hasn't posted a save percentage better than .875 during that span. The shine he had in wins over San Jose and Los Angeles is gone and dropping him is the right move.

 

Lee Stempniak (LW, RW - BOS)

 

Dropped: 864 times

Why? He is on a six-game scoring drought.

Recommendation: Stempniak is still playing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, so there is hope that he can shake out of his recent struggles. He has one goal and five assists in 10 games with the Bruins since he was acquired from New Jersey. Marchand and Bergeron have been quiet during that span as well, but that shouldn't last very long. I think dropping him is a bit hasty, but you need to make quick decisions this time of the year so it is understandable. I would be a bit more patient with him, though.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.