Fantasy Hockey: 5 players to watch if Seguin is to miss any length of time

Darren Kritzer

The Dallas Stars held Tyler Seguin out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday for what the team described as a muscle issue, but the former Boston Bruins forward played Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks, recording no points and two shots on net in the loss. After being held of practice again on Saturday, questions were raised about his status come Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Head coach Lindy Ruff:

“Again, we kept him off. We’ll see where he’s at,”

After being listed as a game-time decision, the unexpected happened with the Dallas Stars tweeting out the latest on his status.   

No additional updates on his condition were announced. Only that the injury was suffered in the game against Chicago, so it was likely another injury that kept him out of practice the other two days. From a fantasy perspective, you have to be concerned about the concussion, and it's possible long term effects. 

This season, Seguin has scored 12 goals, added 11 assists, with 69 shots and a plus/minus of +6. Heading into tonight's action, his 23 points put him in a tie with Steven Stamkos for 28th in the league. 

If Seguin is to miss an extended period of time, here are five players you might want to consider to replace him until he returns.

Stars C Dustin Jeffrey: 0 goals, 1 assist, -3, 13 SOG

Owned in 0% of Yahoo Leagues

The former 6th round selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2007 has played in just three games for the Stars this season, but he may be the likely candidate to take Seguin's spot on the top line playing with Jamie Benn and Valeri Nichushkin. In his career, he has 15 goals in 103 games.

Wild F Dany Heatley: 6 goals, 3 assists, -8, 52 SOG

Owned in 46% of Yahoo Leagues

Heatley has just six goals on the season, but two of those have come in the last three games. the former first rounder has games against the Flyers, Blackhawks and Blue Jackets this week. in his career, he has 18 goals in 28 games against Philly.

Oilers F Sam Gagner: 2 goals, 6 assists, -6, 38 SOG

Owned in 40% of Yahoo Leagues

Gagner has been on a role as of late, recording points in seven of the last eight contests. His next three games are against the Coyotes, Avalanche and Flames. Keep in mind he plays well against Colorado, have recorded 36 points all-time against them.

Canadiens C David Desharnais: 2 goals, 5 assists, +3, 30 SOG

Owned in 7% of Yahoo Leagues

His two goals have come in the last five games, which has silenced some of his early fantasy critics, including Montreal's mayor Denis Coderre. After just one point in his first 19 games, it's a miracle he is still on the club, let alone the wire.

Capitals F Joel Ward - 9 goals, 7 assists, -3, 43 SOG

Owned in 9% of Yahoo Leagues

Ward hasn't found the back of the net in his last eight games, so he's due for a breakout. His next three games come against the Hurricanes, Predators and Rangers, three teams he has just one goal against lifetime, so he's really due.