Cracknell notched his first career hat trick -- including one shorthanded goal -- with a plus-3 rating in 11:35 of ice time in Friday's 6-1 blowout win against the Sharks. It was the most unlikely hat trick in NHL history, but it was up there. He entered the game with a total of seven goals and 12 points through the first 60 games. Cracknell hadn't turned on the lamp in 11 games dating back to Feb. 11. The three-goal effort shouldn't move the needle much in terms of his fantasy appeal, and he remains useful only in the deepest of pools.
Cracknell signed a one-year, $675,000 contract extension with the Stars on Wednesday. Cracknell has been a solid bottom-six contributor for the Stars this season, posting career highs in goals (seven) and blocked shots (32) over 53 games. The big-bodied forward's limited offensive production keeps him off the fantasy radar in all but the deepest of formats, but he'll remain a solid depth option for Dallas in 2016-17 if he doesn't get snagged by Las Vegas in the expansion draft.
Cracknell (leg) returned to the lineup Monday, recording 12:12 of ice time in a win over the Capitals. The hard-hitting depth pivot missed five games before reuniting with the team for the most recent contest. Despite only averaging 10:13 of ice time, he's managed seven goals and 10 points to complement a plus-13 rating, which is second best on the Stars.
Cracknell (leg) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. According to the NHL's IR policies, Cracknell will be eligible to return to the active lineup for Sunday's game against Boston, though at this point there's no certainty that he will return as soon as that considering the team has not released any sort of timetable for his return. The 31-year-old's only has just one point in the month of February, so his absence isn't likely to affect the majority of fantasy owners.
Cracknell (leg) left Saturday's game against the Lightning in the third period after a collision along the boards. Cracknell was favoring his right leg after a hard but clean check. It's uncertain if he will miss any time, but Lauri Korpikoski or Jiri Hudler could draw if Cracknell needs time to recuperate. Only fantasy owners in the deepest of leagues need to worry about Cracknell.
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