On Saturday, Martin Hanzal of the Arizona Coyotes missed his third straight game with an upper-body injury and on Tuesday, he was placed on the Injured Reserve, missing out on the late game against the San Jose Sharks, his fourth straight game. It appears that I had forgotten about his inclusion in the hockey pool, thus no mention of him on the blog yet.
It appears that Hanzal was hurt either late in Week Thirteen or early Week Fourteen, but he started missing time in Week Fourteen, which has now led to his placement on the IR. This likely means that his placement on the IR is retroactive, which means he is eligible to come off at any time now and that the Coyotes needed the roster spot for a healthy body.
The 27-year old Czech forward is a part of the annual Injury Prone List, so it should come as no surprise that he's on the IR once again.
If not for the injuries, Hanzal is having an alright season, scoring 7 goals and 15 assists in 31 games played, but now that he's back on the shelf, who knows when he'll be back on the ice?
Troy was cashing in quite well on Hanzal's recent success, as he picked up the forward in the Week Nine Waiver Draft and had seen 9 points in 10 games since his activation, which has helped him move up to 7th from 11th at the end of Week Nine. He currently looks at an 8-point gap up to 6th place, but that's just one good week away.
An updated list of injuries can be found here.