Nolan (healthy scratch) will likely be the odd-man out as Matt Moulson draws into the lineup Saturday against the Islanders. Nolan played just 12 minutes against the Habs and posted goose eggs across the scoresheet. The normally physical winger had zero hits and zero blocked shots, and his invisible performance will see him get banished to the press box in favor of Moulson, who will make his season debut. Nolan will get other chances to draw back into the lineup, especially against heavier and more physical teams. His fantasy value is nil until he can establish a niche in the Sabres lineup, though.
Nolan was claimed by the Sabres on Wednesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. Nolan spent six years with the Kings before getting waived Tuesday; he appeared in 46 games last year, notching four goals and eight points. With the Kings looking to retool on the fly after missing the playoffs in two of the past three seasons, Nolan no longer had a part in the team's long-term plans. In Buffalo, where his father (Ted) was once the head coach, Nolan will likely assume a similar role, providing more physicality on a team that already has Evander Kane and Kyle Okposo. Nolan is in the final year of a three-year contract and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. His fantasy value is minimal in most leagues.
Nolan was waived by the Kings on Tuesday, James Mirtle of The Athletic Toronto reports. A power forward listed at 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, Nolan has accumulated a mere 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in 292 career games with the Kings. His NHL resume features back-to-back seasons of 100-plus hits (2013-15), but zoning in on one-trick ponies is not a great approach to take in fantasy hockey. Besides, he's likely to clear waivers and head to AHL Ontario.
Nolan logged 9:47 of ice time with four hits against Edmonton in his return from a leg injury Monday. Nolan's a depth winger in his sixth NHL season. He has yet to record more than 10 points in a single campaign.
Nolan (leg) still hasn't been able to return to practice, LA Kings Insider reports. Nolan has been sidelined since the end of February after a one-game return from the injured list due to a previous injury. There's little reason to eagerly await his return at this point.
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