With a goal and four points through his past five games, Doan is showing up on the scoresheet more frequently of late. However, he still shouldn't be confused with a strong fantasy asset in any setting. The veteran has just five goals and 19 points through 54 games this season, after all. There will be plenty of trade speculation surrounding the career-long Coyote (and Jet) over the coming weeks, but it's unlikely that a new uniform would provide a noteworthy fantasy boost.
Doan (upper body) is now considered probable for Thursday's meeting with Vancouver, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Original reports coming out of the desert had Doan as questionable to square off with the Canucks, but this latest news should be encouraging for fantasy owners. A final decision on the winger likely won't be made until closer to puck drop to ensure the 40-year-old is not feeling any discomfort after warm-ups. If for some reason the winger is unable to play, Ryan White will likely slide into the Yotes' fourth line.
Doan has played in all 47 contests for Arizona this season, compiling modest totals of four goals, 11 helpers and 69 hits. Given his minimal offensive production, the winger has certainly faded quickly from last season's 28-goal outburst, which should exclude him from most fantasy rosters. If Doan is unable to suit up versus the Canucks, Josh Jooris will likely slot into the game-day lineup.
Doan dished out two helpers Thursday in Minnesota.
This was an excellent showing for the 40-year-old veteran against Vezina Trophy frontrunner Devan Dubnyk. Unfortunately, strong performances have been few and far between for Doan this season, as this was the 13-time 20-goal scorer's first multi-point effort in 45 tries.
Doan registered his 400th career goal while playing in his 1,500th game Friday night. Unfortunately for the captain, his night was spoiled by the 'Yotes losing to the Maple Leafs, 4-1.
While both feats are quite remarkable -- theScore notes that Doan became the sixth player in NHL history to reach 1,500 games played with one club -- it's tough to ignore the fact that Arizona has dropped four straight games. The 40-year-old winger entered this most recent contest on a six-game pointless drought, so one would think that he'll be able to play a more relaxed and focused brand of hockey now that he's unlocked those gaudy milestones.