Nestrasil was returned to AHL Charlotte on Friday. There have been obvious signs that Nestrasil is falling out of favor in Raleigh. He'd been waived in early January -- only to stick around upon clearing -- and then rode the bench for 22 games before returning to action for a mere 9:51 of ice time in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Lightning. Until he finds himself in a more favorable situation, you can safely ignore Nestrasil in all fantasy formats.
Nestrasil was called up from the minors Wednesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Nestrasil previously appeared in 18 NHL contests in which he logged five points, 25 shots on goals, and 10 hits. With Brock McGinn (upper body) and Jeff Skinner (upper body) still dealing with injuries, Nestrasil will provide some much needed depth, even if he doesn't crack the lineup.
Nestrasil was placed on waivers by Carolina on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. The center has only played in two games since Dec. 13, a healthy scratch in all of those games, so Carolina is looking to free up a roster space. If he clears waivers, he will report to AHL Charlotte.
Nestrasil served as a healthy scratch for the sixth consecutive game Wednesday against the Penguins. Nestrasil has played in only 16 games this season with five points to show for it, and is frequently relegated to the bench whenever the Hurricanes have 16 healthy forwards, which is currently the case. As such, he currently has a fantasy value of about zero, and should not be on your roster.
Nestasil was a healthy scratch Saturday against the Capitals. This should come as no surprise to anyone who had been keeping an eye on Nestrasil's ice time -- he skated a season-low 7:24 Thursday against the Ducks. With just two points in eight games along with a minus-4 rating, Nestrasil has not endeared himself to the Hurricanes' coaching staff this season; as such, he should not be on anyone's fantasy roster right now.
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