Zolnierczyk (undisclosed) is no longer listed on injured reserve, according to the NHL media site. Zolnierczyk's first eligible date for activation arrives Sunday and his activation from injured reserve suggests he will be ready to return when first eligible. Even if he rejoins the lineup as expected, it will likely go unnoticed in the vast majority of fantasy leagues given his 8:33 average time on ice. He has tallied three points in 15 contests with the Predators this season, but that's hardly enough to push him onto the radar. There's also no guarantee Zolnierczyk will be in the lineup when healthy given his borderline status.
Zolnierczyk was placed on injured reserve Monday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. Zolnierczyk participated in practice Monday and played in Saturday's game against the Red Wings, so his placement on injured reserve comes as a bit of a surprise. Given that he averages just 8:33 of ice time, the borderline NHL winger's disappearance from the lineup shouldn't have a large impact in fantasy leagues. His status should be updated again when he's ready to return to action. Colton Sissons appears the top candidate to take his place among the forwards unless the team elects to recall another from its AHL affiliate.
Zolnierczyk recorded his first point of the season with an assist during Saturday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche. Zolnierczyk has now skated in six consecutive games since being recalled from AHL Milwaukee earlier in January. However, he's only averaging roughly 10 minutes in ice time on the Preds' fourth line, so he offers very little by way of fantasy value at the current time.
Zolnierczyk was called up from AHL Milwaukee on Tuesday. Zolnierczyk will provide some much needed depth after Reid Boucher was claimed off waivers by New Jersey. With the Admirals, the winger has racked up six goals and 10 assists in 24 outings. The 29-year-old's lone 2016-17 appearance came Oct. 22 against the Penguins in which he tallied two PIM, one hit, and one blocked shot in 7:50 of ice time.
Zolnierczyk was assigned to AHL Milwaukee on Tuesday. Zolnierczyk appeared in one game for the Predators this season, seeing the ice for just 7:50 minutes. The 29-year-old left-winger has played in only four NHL games since the 2014-15 season and with his demotion to hockey minors, that trend will likely continue during the current campaign.
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