Prout played a season-high 18:56 in Saturday's game against the Capitals, Andrew Gross of the North Jersey Record reports. After falling out of favor with head coach John Tortorella in Columbus, it appears Prout has found a home in Newark. While the extra usage might not necessarily translate into offense, he has logged plenty of hits and blocked shots over the years. Prout might be a player to watch down the stretch in deeper pools if his ice time continues to stay in the 18-20 minute range.
Prout was brought in from the Blue Jackets in a swap for Kyle Quincey on Wednesday, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. In a straight exchange of defesenmen, Prout will get a chance to crack the lineup in New Jersey, something he was unable to do in Columbus. Even when he has been active, the 26-year-old averaged a mere 13:04 of ice time per game in his limited 15 outings and garnered three helpers. Unless he can secure regular starts, Prout will likely remain fantasy irrelevant.
Prout, and not Scott Harrington, was the odd man out on the Blue Jackets' blue line Saturday with Markus Nutivaara returning to action from an undisclosed injury. Prout's play has been somewhat erratic lately and he saw just 5:50 in ice time during Friday's OT loss to the Penguins, so the benching wasn't a big surprise. Harrington had his own struggles Saturday against the Devils, though, so Prout could return to the lineup Tuesday in Detroit.
Prout picked up two assists with a plus-3 rating, two PIM, two blocked shots and a hit in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Hurricanes. With both David Savard and Markus Nutivaara out due to undisclosed injuries, Prout saw over 15 minutes of ice time and responded with his first two points of the season. Once the Blue Jackets' blue line gets healthier, however, he could find himself back in the press box most nights.
Prout (back) was recalled from his conditioning stint Friday. Oliver Bjorkstrand returned to the minors to make room for Prout, who's missed the past 18 games with back spasms. Columbus is one of the NHL's most surprising teams, as it currently sits atop the Metropolitan Division standings -- slightly ahead of the defending champion Penguins -- but Prout isn't likely to cause much of a stir in fantasy leagues outside of those heavily weighing hits and PIM. He finished with 102 and 139 of those, respectively, in 64 games of the 2015-16 campaign.
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