The Canadiens signed Andrighetto to a one-year contract extension Saturday, The Canadian Press reports. Andrighetto is a power forward projected to find a place within the top-six group in 2016-17. Brendan Gallagher sustained a lower-body injury this past season, and it allowed the Habs to sample Andrighetto on the top line. It's too early to tell where the Swiss skater will line up next season, but it's clear from this signing that Montreal is keen on giving him a hard look on how he fits in the future plans. Andrighetto registered seven goals and 10 assists in 44 games with the Canadiens to go along with 23 more points with minor-league affiliate AHL St. John's.
Andrighetto registered a helper in Thursday's 3-0 victory against Tampa Bay. Andrighetto has now built two three-game point streaks in March, but didn't reach the scoresheet in the other five appearances. Still, a goal and seven assists in that span is more than one can ask for from the winger, but it should be noted that the 23-year-old returned to his normal allotment of ice time in Thursday's matchup -- slightly over 14 minutes after skating for an average of 17:36 in his last nine.
Andrighetto registered an assist and scored a power-play goal during Tuesday's 4-3 victory over the Red Wings. With three points in his last two games, and seven over his last eight, Andrighetto has really stepped up his game recently. With Brendan Gallagher still out with an injury, Andrighetto has moved up to Montreal's second line. That, paired with good time on the power pay, makes the 23-year-old a sneaky fantasy play while he's getting the minutes.
Andrighetto (upper body) will be available for Saturday's contest against the Rangers, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports. Andrighetto served on the team's top line and on the power play prior to missing the last three contests with an upper body injury, so it will be interesting to see if he slots into the same role again Saturday. Even if he does, just 13 points over 37 contests this season don't make him a prime fantasy candidate. However, it might be worth monitoring his role over the next couple games and the potential implications for daily lineups that come with it.
Andrighetto (upper body) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Red Wings. There was now follow-up report on his status prior to the game, but Andrighetto will sit out his third straight contest. The 23-year-old was promoted to the top line just prior to the injury but went without a point in the three games prior to the injury. His next chance to play comes Saturday when the Rangers visit Montreal but expect an update when he's ready to return. It may also be worth monitoring what role he takes when he rejoins the lineup.
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