Hudler was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Capitals, as head coach Lindy Ruff searches for stronger play on the puck, Bill Nichols and Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News report.
Hudler has managed just two goals and seven points this season, although both goals and five points have come over the past seven games. Apparently that wasn't good enough progress for Ruff. If you were considering Hudler in deeper fantasy pools based on the recent hot streak, Saturday's healthy scratch should splash cold water on that notion.
With an assist against the Rangers on Tuesday, Hudler's point streak is at three games.
That's good, but he still doesn't look like the player most were hoping for when he signed in Dallas. He didn't take a single shot and saw only 10:24 of ice time. On the season, he's averaging less than a shot per game and has only seven points through 21 games.
Hudler scored a goal and registered an assist through 12:30 of ice time during Monday's win over Los Angeles.
The veteran posted a top-10 finish in points just two years ago, and he hit stride Monday while skating on the No. 1 line. His fantasy value is in limbo because Jamie Benn's (foot) return could quickly bump Hudler to a supporting role again, but Monday's showing highlights Hudler's fleeting uptick in fantasy value. It could also represent a sign of things to come. In deep seasonal leagues, it isn't out of the question to make Hudler a speculative add. He's also a potential low-priced consideration in daily contests while receiving a top-line look.
Hudler skated on the No. 1 line with Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza during Monday's morning skate, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Seguin and Spezza are the two best healthy scorers for Dallas, so Hudler's fantasy stock receives an instant upgrade with his projected promotion. While there is no guarantee the 33-year-old veteran sticks in the role for the entire game or beyond Monday's date with Los Angeles, Hudler is a potential low-priced flier in daily contests for the game and his production is worth monitoring in deep seasonal leagues.
Hudler (illness) is in the lineup for Sunday's game in Chicago, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
After missing a whopping 20 games to a mystery illness, Hudler finally returns to the Stars' lineup where he will be inserted into the third line. The 32-year-old hasn't registered a point or even a shot on goal in only four games this season, but with a supposedly full bill of health, he'll be on the look for his firsts of the season Sunday.