Enstrom will be out indefinitely after undergoing knee surgery Thursday, Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Enstrom has reportedly been bothered by a knee injury since November, and has decided to address the issue now in hopes of getting back to full health ahead of next season. The 31-year-old blueliner was rock solid for the Jets in 2015-16, tallying 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) with a plus-8 rating through 72 games. The Jets promoted Julian Melchiori on Tuesday to round out the team's blue-line depth for the remainder of the season.
Enstrom went plus-2, finding twine and tallying an assist in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Stars. Enstrom was one of many that got in on the fun Thursday, recording his second multi-point game of the season. The 31-year-old defenseman is an excellent blueliner for the Jets at plus-15 on the year, but the former eighth-round pick is truly more valuable in reality over fantasy. Enstrom has 14 points in 60 outings to date.
Enstrom made his return to the score sheet Sunday, recording an assist in a 3-1 loss to Chicago. The Swedish defenseman snapped a four-game pointless streak when he assisted Chris Thorburn's second-period goal. Enstrom has seen his ice time drop below 20 minutes per game this year despite averaging at least 22 minutes per game every season since 2008-09. More alarming is the fact that his average power play time on ice is only 0:59 in 2015-16. Enstrom hasn't been paired with his usual partner Dustin Byfuglien very often this season, which is likely the reason for this drop in ice time.
Enstrom scored the team's lone goal in Monday's loss to the Avalanche. The goal was the first of the season for Enstrom, though he has been finding his way onto the scoresheet with five assists in the month. At this point in his career, the 31-year-old is far removed from his 50-point campaigns of five and six years ago, but he should be able to top last season's 23-point output.
Enstrom dished out two helpers in a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Enstrom's not the flashiest fantasy rearguard (three points and just six SOG in 13 games this year) but it's worth mentioning that he was able to crack 50 points two seasons in a row from 2009-11. The blue line in Winnipeg is crowded with the likes of Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers, but Enstrom has shown in the past that he's capable of producing offensively and, as such, shouldn't be overlooked in deeper leagues.
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