Reaves has been traded to the Penguins, Frank Seravalli of TSN reports. The Penguins wanted to add some toughness to their club and that is exactly what Reaves brings to the table. The hulking winger posted 13 points and 104 PIM for the Blues last season. Reaves offers virtually nothing offensively and he is only a fantasy option in leagues that highly value PIM and hits.
Reaves is unavailable to be taken by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, as the Blues included him on their protected list. The physical winger has played with the Blues since entering the league in 2010, and he's surpassed the 200-hit mark in four straight years despite never averaging even nine minutes of ice time per game. It's hard to speculate as to why St. Louis wants to keep a player who posted seven goals and 13 points this past season -- both career highs. The only logical conclusion is that Blues general manager Doug Armstrong feels Reaves' role as an enforcer, spark plug and leader makes him important to retain.
Reaves delivered five hits over 12:37 of ice time in Monday's 4-1 win over Arizona. Reaves has played a more controlled game this season, taking fewer penalties and not being so quick to seek out a body for the sake of the punishment, but he's picked up the pace in both categories of late. The man who leads the Blues with 209 hits (2.9 per game) and 92 minutes in penalties (1.28 per game) is averaging 4.6 hits and 1.8 PIM per game over the last eight. Reaves' activity is a sure sign we're getting closer to the playoffs.
Reaves (foot) has been cleared for action and will be in the lineup for Tuesday's tilt with Edmonton. After missing Monday's practice to have his foot examined, Reaves was a full participant in Tuesday's morning skate, where he assumed his normal spot on the fourth line. If you're looking for hits, then Reaves is your guy. Outside of that, the hulking wing doesn't provide much from a fantasy standpoint.
Reaves injured his foot while blocking a shot during Sunday's loss, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. The bruising winger missed Monday's practice while having his foot evaluated, so no further information was available. Reaves point-production has always left a lot to be desired, but he can contribute in deeper leagues, owning high figures in the penalties in minutes and hits columns. Look for the team to give an update on Reaves status for Tuesday's game against Edmonton after morning skate.
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