Puempel secured a one-year, two-way deal with Ottawa on Friday. Puempel appeared in just 26 games for the Sens this past season and was able to tally two goals and one assist while averaging 11:20 per night. The winger was significantly more productive in the minors where he put up 30 points in 34 contests. The 23-year-old's fantasy value remains limited as it is unclear how much time he will spend in the majors and he is not a part of Ottawa's power-play units. Puempel's contract pays $900,000 at the NHL level, but only $75,000 in the AHL.
Puempel was reassigned to AHL Binghamton on Monday. Puempel stuck with the Sens for quite some time this year, appearing in 26 games and recording two goals to go along with a helper. In 11:20 of ice time during that span, the 23-year-old was relatively ineffective, but still managed to find twine in the last regular season contest for Ottawa. The winger will finish out the last three games with AHL Binghamton.
Puempel will be in the lineup Saturday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Coach Dave Cameron is finally giving Puempel another chance in the lineup, sticking him on the third line over Ryan Dzingel. The 23-year-old has drawn a healthy scratch in seven of the last nine and should not be on fantasy radars.
Coach Dave Cameron won't put Puempel in the lineup "for the sake of putting him in," Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports. Cameron also noted that he likes the way his lines are performing, which could mean more healthy scratches for Puempel in the near future. Even if the 23-year-old suits up, the winger has two points in 16 games this year and can be safely left on waivers. The 2011 first-round pick will have to develop his game and show more promise before being considered fantasy relevant -- he has just three goals and two helpers in his career.
Puempel will be in the lineup for Thursday's matchup against the Panthers, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Puempel has only made one appearance since being recalled Feb. 29, logging just 7:35 of ice time and failing to impact the box score against the Blues on March 1. The 23-year-old winger will replace Nick Paul on the fourth line, but with only two points on the year, he can be safely ignored in all formats.
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