Prout signed a two-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Friday. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Prout's biggest contributions come with being a physical presence along the blue line, amassing 124 hits and 87 PIM while collecting just eight points through 56 games this season. Still, he remains irrelevant in the majority of fantasy leagues but now has three points in the past four games. It's possible he'll improve over time, but he's probably not worth monitoring at the moment unless participating in the deepest of leagues.
Prout (suspension) can return to action Saturday against the Devils after serving out his one-game suspension. Prout played in 24 consecutive contests for the Blue Jackets' prior to being suspended, so it is unlikely coach John Tortorella will leave him out of the depth chart given his gritty style suits the type of system Tortorella likes to implement. While he may be returning to the ice, the blueliner offers little in terms of fantasy value as he is stuck in a nine-game scoring rut and should remain benched from your fantasy lineup.
Prout has been suspended one game for punching an unsuspecting opponent, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. Prout is currently riding a nine-game goalless streak, so he is unlikely to be missed from your daily lineups. The 26-year-old was probably saved from a longer suspension due to his previously clean record. The defenseman will miss Thursday's meeting with the Red Wings and then can return Saturday against the Devils.
Prout could face a suspension or fine for his cheap shot on Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov during Sunday's game, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Prout sucker-punched the unsuspecting Kucherov and was subsequently given a 10-minute misconduct. It'll be a tough act to defend to the Department of Player Safety, but Prout probably won't miss more than a game or two, if that.
Prout scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Bruins. He hadn't found the back of the net since March of 2014, so don't look for a repeat from Prout any time soon. The stay-at-home blueliner now has three points, 43 PIM and an ugly minus-14 rating in 32 games on the season.
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