Gryba played a team-low 12:49 in Saturday's loss to the Senators. He recorded 14 PIM, one shot and five hits. Through four games, his 15:07 is the lowest average ice time of any Oilers defender. He's reliably contributing hits, with 13 on the season so far, but there's little else you can depend on him for by way of fantasy.
Gryba contributed two hits and two blocked shots to the cause in Wednesday's 3-0 win over Calgary. Gryba recently got a contract extension, but he may be the odd-man out once Andrej Sekera returns. However, Sekera's status isn't clear, so Gryba could be the sixth defender until November or December. Nonetheless, his ice time will be limited and his contributions won't be significant for most fantasy formats.
Gryba signed a two-year, $1.8 million contract with the Oilers on Tuesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. Gryba notched six points (two goals, four assists) in 40 games as the Oilers' seventh defenseman in 2016-17. The 29-year-old will likely continue to fill a similar role over the next two seasons with Edmonton, so he won't be a viable option in most season-long fantasy formats.
Gryba was a healthy scratch in Sunday's game against Nashville. With Darnell Nurse and Adam Larsson both healthy Sunday, Gryba found himself on the outside. A healthy blue line in Edmonton jeopardizes any fantasy value you might in Gryba. He's a cusp player when everyone is healthy.
Gryba scored the game-winning goal in the third period of Thursday's 3-1 victory over the Kings. Less than four minutes after Los Angeles tied the game 1-1, Gryba answered back with the goal on what he called "a lucky play" after the game. That may well be an apt description, as the blueliner's calling card is his physicality (71 hits and 34 PIM through 18 games), not his offense (two points, 18 shots).
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