Sobotka registered an assist, three shots and a minor penalty during Thursday's 2-1 win over Vegas. After notching a single goal through 11 games, Sobotka has now marked the scoresheet in consecutive outings and is up to a respectable eight goals and 21 points for the campaign. Those numbers limit his appeal to deep fantasy settings, but it's worth noting that the 30-year-old veteran is well on his way to a career-best offensive output. Because of Sobotka's versatility and 200-foot game he can move up and down the lineup, so when skating in a top-six role like he is currently, he does offer more scoring potential.
Sobotka recorded two assists (one on the power play) and three shots during Thursday's 3-0 win over Dallas. The versatile forward is having a nice campaign with five goals, 17 points, 58 shots, 24 PIM and 44 hits through 29 games. Those are solid secondary numbers in deeper settings, and Sobotka is currently receiving consistent top-six minutes and power-play time. His cross-category profile also offers a high fantasy floor and buoys his value when he misses the scoresheet.
Sobotka registered a shorthanded tally in the Blues' 4-1 victory over the Oilers on Thursday. Sobotka probably won't record an easier goal this year, as Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot misplayed the puck behind the net, allowing it to pop out to the waiting center. The 30-year-old tallied four goals in his previous nine outings in addition to 13 hits, 12 shots and six PIM. As a result of his role on both the power play and penalty kill, Sobotka logged a season high 20:29 of ice time Thursday and should continue to see plenty of opportunities moving forward.
Sobotka scored one goal and fired three shots on net Saturday against Columbus. Sobotka is fitting into his top-six role nicely, as he has one goal and seven assists through 12 games so far. However, he'll need to keep producing at this level if he wants to stay in a top role, since head coach Mike Yeo has said it'd be nice to have Sobotka with the bottom-six to provide more balance to the lines. As long as he keeps producing like this, though, his spot is safe.
Sobotka received a $5,000 fine for high-sticking Patrick Sharp in Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks. The Russian winger received eight PIM in the contest, and his fine is the maximum allowed under the terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement. However, since he's dodged a suspension, fantasy owners can deploy him as usual for Thursday night's road contest against the Avalanche.
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