Curtis Lazar finished up his second campaign as a pro with six tallies, 14 assists and 78 shots on goal – an improvement upon his rookie season, but still not much for fantasy purposes. The 21-year-old is unlikely to break out on the Sens anytime soon, as the top six is quite crowded in Ottawa. A natural center, he can't even break into the Sens' top three lines at that position, so he's likely going to have to ply his trade on the wing. With that in mind, the 2013 first-round pick's appeal is limited to deep keeper formats.
Lazar finished the 2015-16 season with six goals, 14 assists and 18 PIM in 76 games. Lazar sat out the season finale with an undisclosed ailment, but it shouldn't hamper the center moving forward as Ottawa was out of playoff picture and held no reason to risk further injury. The 21-year-old wasn't spectacular in his second campaign with Ottawa, but he did reach the 20-point mark for the first time, which poses as an improvement from last season's 15. Lazar returned to his natural role at center when Kyle Turris (ankle) was ruled out for the year, but the position seems quite crowded on the Sens and he could potentially move back to the wing.
Lazar has been ruled out against the Sabres on Saturday with an undisclosed injury. Lazar has struggled to contribute of late, as he will end the season on an eight-game goalless streak. While the young center did manage to reach the 20-point mark this year, it is not the type of production that had fantasy owners clamoring to pick him up. If he can continue to improve heading into 2016-17, the 21-year-old is worth keeping an eye on for the future.
Lazar expressed he's more comfortable at the center position, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Lazar shifted back to center with Chris Neil and Nick Paul on the wings after Kyle Turris (ankle) was ruled out indefinitely in late February. The 21-year-old has just two points in March, but with the chemistry of the fourth line mounting, Lazar seems poised to take advantage of more opportunities at his natural position down the stretch.
Lazar registered a shorthanded goal, a plus-2 rating and five hits in Saturday's 5-0 win over Montreal. It was a nice game for Lazar, who hadn't lit the lamp for 19 straight coming into Saturday. The 21-year-old winger has now matched last season's total of six markers, and overall has made strides in his second year -- he has 20 points to date.
Lazar skated on the third line during Tuesday's practice, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Lazar was previously on the fourth line, but with Kyle Turris (ankle) ruled out indefinitely, the 21-year-old will get an increase in chances on the third at the center position. Skating with Alex Puempel and Alex Chiasson on Tuesday against the Blues, it'll be interesting to see how he responds to the jump. Lazar has 18 points and 91 hits on the year, averaging 13:38 of ice time.
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