Biega chipped in an assist and three hits Saturday on the way to a 4-3 overtime exhibition win over host Los Angeles. This was a nice performance from the depth defenseman, who has logged just 94 games through his first three seasons at the NHL level. Still, even if he manages to crack the Opening Night roster, don't expect much rink-run out of Biega.
Biega will be used as a forward in Saturday's game against the Penguins, Blake Price of TSN 1040 reports. Biega is expected to work on the team's checking line due to Markus Granlund (illness) and Nikolay Goldobin (illness) each being under the weather. Don't bother with Biega in all but the deepest of fantasy pools.
Biega has just two assists in 18 games this season. Biega hasn't played a game for the Canucks since Jan.25 and appears to be on the outside looking in. The 28-year-old has never played more than 51 NHL games in a season and isn't known for his offensive contributions. Even if the Canucks do continue to slot him in the lineup, it's unlikely he'll be of much fantasy value.
Biega was recalled from a conditioning assignment in the minors Monday, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports. Biega will be thrust into action with Alex Edler (finger) expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks. In his lone appearance this season, Biega saw 8:37 of ice time in which he logged just one blocked shot. During the 2015-16 campaign, the defenseman tallied seven helpers in 51 games, so fantasy owners should not expect much in terms of production.
Biega was sent to AHL Utica for conditioning Saturday. It's not clear how long the conditioning assignment will last, but the hope is that he'll benefit from the deliberate attempt to get him back into playing shape. After all, the defenseman has only drawn into one game this season, logging a mere 8:37 of ice time in an Oct. 23 game against the Ducks.
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