Saturday, April 06, 2019

Morning Player Notes (Apr 6)

The 2019 season struggles of Alexander Wennberg of the Columbus Blue Jackets were punctuated with a healthy scratch for rookie forward Alexander Texier on Friday night, which will probably lead to another one on Saturday night, in the final game of the regular season against the Senators.  Wennberg has now likely finished the year with 2 goals and 25 points in 75 games this season, which was only good enough for 380th in pool scoring after Friday night.  It was a horrible disappointment and certainly worthy of the scratching.

Clayton's team picked him up in the 9th round of the draft, 218th overall, which doesn't make him the biggest bust of the regular season, but he is one of eight duds on Clayton's team.  By dud, I mean ranks at least two rounds less in the overall scoring standings than the round he was picked in (-50 spots from their pick selection).

The Dallas Stars took the opportunity to rest some key players on the front half of back-to-back nights, after the team clinched their playoff spot.  It didn't seem to matter to them where they necessarily finished, in terms of a wild card spot, so they sat both Jamie Benn and Mats Zuccarello for their game against the Chicago Blackhawks and got soundly thumped for their lack of motivation, 6-1.  Neither player were up to snuff this season, finishing with some disappointing numbers overall, but the Stars are in the playoffs and at the end of the day for the team, that's all that matters.

Benn was a disappointment to Chelsea's team, which took him in the 3rd round, while Zuccarello was only a even-money kind of pick for John P., who bought low and got some low returns, thanks mostly to injuries.  Neither team really featured in the money conversation past the opening quarter of the season in the end.

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