Quietly, Vrbata has 13 points -- two goals -- through his past 14 games with a 4.2 shooting percentage. However, it is worth noting that seven of those points came in just two outings. Still, the veteran is a potential candidate to be traded at the deadline because of his power-play prowess and cheap one-year contract ($1 million), so he could find himself in a more favorable fantasy situation to end the season. Vrbata is worth owning in deeper seasonal leagues, and if he lands with the right team, he could warrant universal ownership.
The 35-year-old posted a point on four of Arizona's five goals on his way to a season high. He also had three assists on Jan. 13 versus Winnipeg. Since then, Vrbata has two goals and nine points in six games. He's on pace to make January his best month of 2016-17 yet.
Vrbata netted a goal on a penalty shot with seven seconds left in Tuesday's 3-2 loss against Dallas.
Sure, it was a garbage-time goal, but it was pretty all the same, as Vrbata pulled a brilliant move to beat Kari Lehtonen. If you can get past his poor plus-minus, Vrbata has offered solid production for deeper fantasy formats, as he owns 23 points in 35 games.
With just one marker on 41 shots (a 2.4 shooting percentage) in December, Vrbata is eyeing positive regression in the goal column. He's been the lone reliable offensive contributor for Arizona, but Vrbata still sports an underwhelming eight goals and 22 points through 33 games. Still, Vrbata is worth owning in the majority of seasonal leagues because of his high shot volume (3.15 per game), and in the right matchups, he's a potential value play in daily contests because he's typically priced for profit.
Vrbata was rewarded with a goal Sunday against the Oilers after throwing the puck at the net.
Vrbata opened the scoring in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Edmonton by firing the puck towards the net only to see it redirected into the net off a defender. The tally was the 35-year-old's seventh of the season and third point in his previous five outings. The winger is one of the few bright spots on an otherwise struggling Yotes squad.