Polak signed a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs on Saturday. Polak spent the majority of the 2015-16 season with Toronto, notching 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) with a plus-8 rating over 55 games, before being traded to the Sharks in February, where he added three assists over 24 regular-season contests. The 2004 sixth-round pick will be a solid bottom-four defender for the Leafs in 2016-17, but won't be worth consideration in most fantasy formats due to his limited offensive upside.
Polak logged a team-leading four hits in Tuesday's 1-0 loss to the Blues. Polak didn't manage much beyond those hits. He had no shots and played just 15:40. He's not a defenseman the team turns to when the game is on the line. His biggest asset seems to be that ability to throw a big hit once a game. In the 15 games since he joined the Sharks he has no goals, one assist and has played more than 19 minutes only once.
Polak suffered a broken nose in Tuesday's game against Edmonton, but is good to go for Thursday's tilt, reports Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area. Polak was pretty well bloodied by Edmonton's Darnell Nurse, who has been suspended for the fight. It's good news for the team that they aren't down a defender, but Polak hasn't been all that productive during his short stint in San Jose. In his eight games there he has no points, a minus-3 rating, an average of just over a shot per game and two hits. As well, his average ice time of 17:11 represents a drop of over two minutes from where he was in Toronto.
Polak will make his Sharks debut Wednesday, reports CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz. Polak will skate alongside Brenden Dillon on the team's third pairing Wednesday, according to Kurz. His fantasy value doesn't change much with the change of scenery. He's getting a talent upgrade from Toronto, but may see a reduced role on a deeper blue line.
Polak was sent to San Jose along with Nick Spaling in exchange for a pair of second round draft picks and Raffi Torres. Polak is the latest in a string of trades for the Maple Leafs in which they are accumulating draft picks while ditching players that will be free agents at the end of the season. Not a prolific scorer, as he's registered just 13 points in 55 games, the 29-year-old will add grit to the Sharks' blue line as they make their playoff run.
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