A healthy scratch Saturday, Calvert responded to the benching in style. He's never going to be a dynamic fantasy asset, but has been an important part of the Blue jackets' success this season in a checking role.
Calvert was a healthy scratch for Saturday's 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Coach John Tortorella gave no reason for sitting Calvert, but the fact that the winger has zero points and a minus-5 rating over his last 10 games might have had something to do with it. Markus Hannikainen looked good in his place Saturday, scoring his first NHL goal, but Calvert still seems likely to rejoin the lineup in short order.
The goal improved the 26-year-old winger's totals to four tallies and six points trhoguh 23 games. Calvert is a depth forward (14:35 of ice per game) and has begun 53.5 percent of his five-on-five shifts in the defensive zone. There aren't many fantasy formats where he moves the needle because Calvert doesn't contribute in the peripheral categories, either.
The winger will be eligible to be back Saturday after missing five straight, however, he might not end up slotting into the lineup. With only three points in 17 games, Calvert hasn't been very productive this season so far, so he isn't worth a start unless he shows signs of turning it around.
Calvert (upper body) skated before Thursday's game and could return to the lineup Saturday against the Coyotes, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
He's missed five games so far with the injury. Calvert, who has two goals, three points and 12 PIM in 17 games this season, will likely resume his spot on the fourth line when he returns to action.