Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Wolski Out After Hernia Surgery

The New York Rangers expect to be without forward Wojtek Wolski for the next 3-to-4 weeks after a scheduled surgical procedure on a sports hernia, which is to happen on Tuesday.  Wolski has been battling groin problems over the first month of the regular season, having returned to the ice and then back on the shelf a couple of times since the start of preseason and it has all come to a head now, so surgery is the next best option.

It's hard to call Wolski necessarily injury prone, but technically, he hasn't played a full 82-game schedule in his NHL career, missing a couple games here and a few games there, but he's usually in the 70+ range every year. Even missing that few games in a year will certainly hurt his overall consistency, especially if the injury (or injuries) occur in the middle of the season.  Something to consider going forward.

In six games this season for the Rangers, Wolski has posted 2 assists, which has the talented winger rated very low in the pool rankings in the early part of the season.  There is a certain level of potential given to Wolski, playing on a team with plenty of firepower, which certainly justified many poolies taking him at a reasonable sleeper position, but it will be a while before he realizes that potential.

ImplicationsIn the draft, Wolski belongs to Dale C., who obviously hasn't been able to take advantage of any of that potential that Wolski has to offer. Wolski was taken in the 9th round, 196th overall, a perfect sleeper position if Wolski was going to pick up 50 points or so. Even without Wolski in the line-up full-time, Dale currently ranks 2nd in the pool, only 1 point behind Wayne for 1st spot and 11 points up on 3rd, so it isn't like he is missing Wolski.

Wolski's potential return isn't until the beginning of December, so Dale will have something to think about when the first waiver draft rolls around in a few weeks, whether or not to keep the Wolski sleeper for another player that has already realized some of his scoring potential this season.

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