Toby Enstrom once again saw his season shortened due to various injuries in 2016-17. The veteran blueliner only appeared in 60 contests -- tied for his second-lowest total, excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. Some might attribute his injury-prone nature to his limited size -- 5-foot-10, 180 pounds -- yet despite any perceived limitations, the veteran was able to piece together several productive seasons early in his career. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the last time the Swede hit the 30-point threshold was during the 2013-14 campaign, which was also the last time he was able to suit up for all 82 games in a year. At this point, the injuries have to be a red flag for fantasy owners, but those willing to take a risk on Enstrom could get 20 to 30 points relatively cheaply.
Enstrom (knee) has reportedly been protected via a trade to ensure the Golden Knights select somebody else from Winnipeg's roster, per Darren Dreger of TSN. While there are scant details regarding what or whom the Jets will lose instead of Enstrom, Winnipeg's fans will likely be celebrating that the club didn't give up the Swedish blueliner. After several productive seasons earlier in his career, the 32-year-old has changed focus to his defensive responsibilities, as he has reached the 20-point threshold just once in his past four campaigns. It's possible that Enstrom's fantasy value would have increased in Vegas, as he would no longer be paired with the offensive-minded Dustin Byfuglien and may have been tasked with shouldering some of the scoring load, but that ship appears to have sailed.
Enstrom (knee) was left unprotected by the Jets ahead of Wednesday's expansion draft, TSN reports. Enstrom recently agreed to waive his no-move clause, so the writing was already on the wall for him to be one of the Jets' selections to go unprotected. The 32-year-old veteran defender was limited to just 60 games during the 2016-17 campaign, keeping him to a career-low 14 points, while he also posted 24 hits and 94 blocked shots. With Enstrom available to be selected by Vegas, the Jets were able to protect the likes of Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers.
Enstrom (knee) has agreed to waive his no-move clause, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Enstrom is doing the Jets a huge favor by shedding his no-move clause, as the team now won't be forced to protect him in the upcoming expansion draft. Instead, Winnipeg will now be able to protect the significantly younger Tyler Myers (lower body) from being plucked by Las Vegas. However, this development doesn't necessarily mean Enstrom is on the move, as the 32-year-old blueliner has made it clear that he wants to remain in Winnipeg, Ken Wiebe reports. Either way, the veteran defenseman is no longer a viable option in most fantasy formats at this stage in his career. He only managed to tally 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) in 60 games last season.
The Jets could ask Enstrom (knee) to waive his no-move clause, the Winnipeg Sun reports. Unless the defenseman ditches the no-move designation, Winnipeg will be on the hook for the $5.75 million that remains in the final year of his contract next season. While there's no question that Enstrom is a talented player, his fantasy appeal has dropped precipitously. He notched 30-plus points in his first five seasons, but has lost a step over the years and this campaign was particularly rough on the veteran since he sustained a brutal concussion in March and then underwent season-ending knee surgery with 15 games left. We're still waiting to learn more about how his recovery from knee surgery is going, though you're bound to find him on the clearance rack as damaged goods until then.
Enstrom (concussion) will be out for 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing knee surgery Thursday morning, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Free Press reports. The Jets have been eliminated from playoff contention, so Enstrom's timetable isn't so much about when he'll return as it is about when he'll be fully healed in the offseason. The Swede appears to be on the downside of his career, having pitched in only 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) and a minus-7 rating over 60 games this season.
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