Jackman was placed on unconditional waivers Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. He's facing a contract buyout from the Predators. After spending his first 13 NHL seasons in St. Louis, Jackman attracted Nashville in free agency ahead of the 2015-16 campaign. He was used sparingly by the Preds, averaging a career-low 13:51 of ice time. While the 35-year-old will never be mistaken for a scoring threat, he's a fearless veteran who isn't afraid to get in the way of pucks -- he's blocked 342 shots in the last three years.
Jackman was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's 5-3 win against the Stars. With Shea Weber returning from a three-game absence due to to lower-body injury, somebody had to sit, and Jackman was unlucky enough to draw the short straw. Mind you, with just five points in 61 games, he has not contributed much offensively this season. Furthermore, his plus-1 rating suggests he is barely keeping his head above water defensively. Bottom line, Jackman represents too big of a fantasy risk to be in your lineup right now. Seek out other options if you can.
Jackman enters the All-Star break with just three points in 49 games this season. Jackman registered exactly 15 points in each of the previous two seasons, but will be lucky to reach double-digits this year given his current pace. In truth, with guys like Shea Weber and Roman Josi patrolling the Preds' blue line, the team really doesn't need him to add much by way of offense anyway. Other than his team-leading 60 PIM, Jackman doesn't rank particularly well in any peripheral stat category, giving him marginal value at best in most fantasy formats.
Jackman left Monday's game against the Rangers briefly in the second period after taking a puck to the knee, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. Jackman was visibly in considerable pain following the shot, hobbling around the ice as he finished his shift. Fortunately, he returned to the game later in the third period, and finished with a respectable 18:14 in ice time. Jackman has just two points in 35 games so far this season, rendering him pretty much useless in all but the deepest of fantasy formats.
Jackman received a fighting major and a game misconduct during Saturday's 7-0 rout of the Jets. He saw just 7:55 of ice time but was a plus-2 and had 15 PIM. It's an odd-looking stat line for Jackman, who plays a physical game but usually shows enough discipline to say out of penalty trouble. For example, he had just 47 PIM all of last season, but he's already up to 26 after Saturday's scrappy affair with the Jets. Consider it a nice little bonus for the handful of you out there who own him - it won't happen often.
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