Hamhuis logged just 19:30 of ice time during Monday's loss to Washington, and it was the third straight outing he logged fewer than 20 minutes. While the 34-year-old veteran has long been a better real-world player than fantasy asset, at this stage of his career, Hamhuis is hardly worth considering in most virtual settings. He entered Monday's game with a solid 52.5 Corsi For percentage at five-on-five, but with just 15 points through 64 games, his lack of offensive production keeps him off the fantasy grid. Additionally, with Dallas all but officially out of the playoffs, there is plenty of incentive for the Stars to take a closer look at their younger blueliners at the cost of Hamhuis' ice time.
Hamhuis picked up an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss against the Capitals. The helper ended an 11-game scoreless drought dating back to Dec. 27, and he added three blocked shots and two hits. Hamhuis is on track for just 16 points this season, but he is still valuable to fantasy owners in deeper pools for his blocked shots (60) and hits (55).
Hamhuis will be scratched in Monday's contest against the Blues, reports Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. While Hamhuis is mired in a slump, on many teams he might not be seeing a healthy scratch right now. But this is the trouble with the Stars' carrying eight defensemen and committing to giving everyone ice time. Any player on a slump can easily get scratched. While top players shouldn't find themselves in that situation, it's something to consider when rostering Dallas defenders in season-long formats. There isn't a defenseman on the team that has played every game this season (though injuries and a missed meeting for John Klingberg share blame there).
Hamhuis posted a season-high four shots in the Stars' overtime loss to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Hamhuis hasn't put up a point in the last six games, despite consistently seeing around 20 minutes of ice time and getting the second most power-play minutes among team defenders. He shouldn't be counted on for much offensive production.
Hamhuis signed a two-year, $7.5 million deal with the Stars on Friday, reports TSN. Hamhuis will act as a rudder on the Stars defence. He's never delivered more than 37 points in any season and is more of a steady 20-25 point man. There are better fantasy options, but his presence will be a huge benefit for whomever is in the Stars' net.
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