Bonino extended his current point drought to five games Thursday against the Hurricanes. Now with just seven points in 23 games, Bonino is clearly not the player the Preds thought they were getting when they signed him to a four-year, $16 million contract in July. Bonino fell just three points shy of 40 with the Penguins last season, but at this rate he will be lucky to hit the 20-point mark this time around. He remains squarely in the No. 3 center role for the Preds behind Ryan Johansen and Kyle Turris, giving him modest fantasy value in deeper formats only.
Bonino has three points (two goals, one assist) in six games since being activated from injured reserve in mid-November. After signing a four-year, $16 million contract with the Preds in July, Bonino was pencilled in as the team's second-line center behind Ryan Johansen to start the season. However, he was only able to play three games in October before a lower-body injury caused him to miss the next three weeks of action. Now that he's back in the lineup, his second-line center role now sits with the recently acquired Kyle Turris, which means Bonino is stuck centering the third line, a role he was used to the previous two seasons with Pittsburgh. However, he's showing he's still a good source of offense from down the lineup, so Bonino could be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Bonino (lower body) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday, and he'll be an option for Tuesday's home game against the Capitals. This is excellent news for the Predators and fantasy owners alike, as Bonino plays in all situations and he's a proven commodity in the key fantasy categories of goals and assists. However, it remains to be seen how much ice time he'll get with Kyle Turris -- who was recently acquired in the three-team trade involving Matt Duchene -- also in the mix at the center spot. Since Bonino missed the last 11 games, we have him projected for a fourth-line role with secondary power-play time while he gets his legs back.
Bonino (lower body) was again on the ice for morning skate Friday, but he was not part of the line rushes, making him a projected scratch for the evening's contest against the Ducks, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports. Bonino's presence on the ice during the session suggests he's nearing a return to the lineup, but his absence from line rushes indicates it won't arrive Friday. The team will need to officially activate him when he's ready to rejoin the action, at which point his status should be updated again.
The Predators placed Bonino (lower body) on injured reserve Friday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. Bonino was previously considered day-to-day with his lower-body injury, but the Predators are now expecting him to be sidelined for a few weeks due to his ailment. It's been a relatively slow start to the season for the former Penguin, as he's only managed to pot one goal while posting a minus-2 rating over five games. The recently recalled Frederick Gaudreau will continue to occupy a bottom-six role while Bonino is on the shelf.
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