Antoine Roussel showed signs of becoming more than just a physical presence in the Stars lineup last year, scoring 12 goals in 60 games -- and five in his final 10 -- before a hand injury cost him the last five weeks of the season. The 27-year-old France native has also flashed some scoring prowess on the international stage, and Dallas will head into 2017-18 seemingly ready to give him a spot on the second line alongside Jason Spezza and Martin Hanzal, a role that should allow Roussel to establish new career scoring highs across the board if he can hang onto it. While he's unlikely to suddenly turn into Wayne Simmonds, he could reach the 20-goal and 40-point plateaus for the first time.
Roussel (hand) netted six goals and added two assists during France's run at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Roussel's season-ending hand injury clearly didn't seem to bother him very much, as he tied for second in goals in the tournament. The 27-year-old enjoyed a decently productive 2016-17 campaign with Dallas despite missing 22 games to injury, racking up 27 points and posting a plus-1 rating to boost his already good reputation as a two-way player.
Roussel's injury concerns his hand and he'll miss 6-to-8 weeks of action, Sean Shapiro of NHL.com reports. As coach Lindy Ruff relayed to Shapiro, Roussel's timeline effectively rules him out for the balance of the regular season. Of course, with the Stars' playoff chances dwindled down to fractions, it's safe to say that we won't see the jack of all trades back until the 2017-18 campaign. As a result, Remi Elie has been called up from AHL Texas as a reinforcement option, while Brett Ritchie should be a mainstay in the top six.
Roussel (upper body) could miss the rest of the season, Sean Shapiro of NHL.com reports. A well-round contributor, the initial prognosis on Roussel is not looking so hot since he left Thursday's game against the Islanders after 5:20 of ice time. However, it would be wise to wait for the Stars to issue official word on Roussel before dropping him in fantasy leagues. It shouldn't be long before more is known about this situation.
Roussel left Thursday's game with an upper-body injury and won't return. The forward had put up some nice numbers recently, coming in with six points in his last five games, so the injury couldn't come at a worse time for him. His status for Saturday's contest against the Islanders should be revealed after the game or following Friday's practice.
Roussel put up a goal, an assist, a plus-2 rating, a hit, a blocked shot and four shots on net in Tuesday's win over Pittsburgh. That's quite the stat line for a player who wasn't exactly a top pick in fantasy drafts. Roussel has a lot of value due to the number of penalty minutes he logs while still serving as an offensive contributor. However, Tuesday's performance was an absolute best-case scenario.
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