Thursday, January 24, 2019
Ducks' Kase Done For the Season
On Wednesday, the Anaheim Ducks provided an update to injured forward Ondrej Kase, saying that he will require surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and that his recovery will be in the 5-to-6 months range. With that being said, that effectively ends his regular season, but if the Ducks were somehow going to make it deep into the playoffs, I suppose there is a chance that he could return to action before the summer.
The focus though is the regular season, which now finishes at 11 goals and 20 points in 30 games this season and heading into the All-Star break, he was ranked 265th overall in scoring. Of course, that will fall dramatically with still another third of the season to go, but it was a pretty good push, even if it was diminished by injury.
In terms of timing for the hockey pool, it makes the decision really easy for Wilton's team to drop him and recruit some new talent for the last third of the season. With the Waiver Draft order now set, Wilton will pick 12th and 37th in the opening two rounds of the Waiver Draft and given that this is an injury situation, Wilton could take advantage of the bonus round here, if he had other players on the chopping block.
Wilton's team will open Week Eighteen in 14th place, 47 points out of the money and still a week away from any such roster changes going live. He'll have to sit with Kase for one more week.