Girgensons scored his second goal of the season during Monday's overtime loss to Washington. After a promising sophomore season in 2014-15 (15 goals and 30 points over 61 games), Girgensons has just nine goals and 23 points over his past 96 games. He's completely off the fantasy radar outside of deep keeper/dynasty formats. It might take a change of scenery for Girgensons to find his offensive game, as he is clearly behind Jack Eichel and Ryan O'Reilly on the depth chart for the foreseeable future.
Girgensons played just 9:07 in Friday's loss at Washington and was held without a point, his 10th straight scoreless game. Girgensons was bucked down to the fourth line for this one, skating with Derek Grant and Matt Moulson. The former first-rounder has just four points through 20 games and should be nowhere near a fantasy roster right now.
Girgensons had an assist in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Jets. Manning the third-line center spot alongside Tyler Ennis and Sam Reinhart, the former first-round pick has three points in seven games this season, and could see an increase in production playing with skilled line mates, but will need to see more ice time (currently averaging a career-low 12:07 per game) to be a consistent fantasy threat.
After spending some time on the wing the previous season, Girgensons is set to be a full-time center this season, The Buffalo News reports. Ryan O'Reilly and Jack Eichel were Buffalo's top two centers all season, and with Johan Larsson solidifying a spot in the middle of the lineup, it was difficult to play Girgensons at center and give him the ice time he deserved. While his offensive numbers dipped in his sophomore season, he nonetheless was one of Buffalo's top two-way players. Head coach Dan Bylsma used Girgensons on the left wing with middling success, and by moving him back to his natural center position, is hoping for a bounce-back season. Girgensons was signed to a one-year, $1.15 million "show me" contract and still has plenty to prove. He's a marginal fantasy player who will take his share of draws, and 20 goals is likely his ceiling for the year.
Girgensons signed a one-year deal with Buffalo on Thursday, TSN's Travis Yost reports. The 14th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Girgensons has struggled to fit in offensively, having produced 30 points in 2014-15, only to see that number decline by 12 combined goals and assists in 10 more games played last season. At only 22 years old, the Latvian evidently showed enough potential to justify a one-year deal but he's still projected for a bottom-six role in the upcoming campaign.
Rank Among Leaders
Last 7 Games
|3 Year Avg||67||10||13||23||-6||1||1||1||231||294||58|