Ott will join the Blues as an assistant coach, effectively ending his playing career. After a 2016-17 campaign that saw him post just three goals and four assists in 53 games, Ott has decided to end his playing days and turn his attention to patrolling the back of the St. Louis bench. The 34-year-old ends his NHL career with 109 goals and 179 assists after suiting up for 848 games, but he will mostly be remembered for his physical play, for which he accrued 1,555 penalty minutes.
Ott had an assist and seven hits over 11:29 of ice time in a 4-1 win over the Rangers on Saturday. Ott made his debut for the Canadiens and had an immediate impact while centering the fourth line. He won an offensive-zone faceoff to set up the Habs' first goal and delivered a team high in hits. Collectively, Ott, Torrey Mitchell and Andreas Martinsen gave Montreal its best performance in quite a while from a fourth line. Going forward, Ott should be in the active lineup most nights, delivering in the more physical categories like hits and PIM.
Ott will play his first game with the Canadiens on Saturday against the Rangers. Ott spent 42 games with the Red Wings -- where he recorded three goals and three assists -- before being traded to Montreal. The 34-year-old center tends to be valuable in leagues that count physical performance, though, as Ott has recorded 101 hits and 63 PIM this season.
The Canadiens acquired Ott from the Red Wings on Tuesday in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2018. The acquisition of the 34-year-old Ott gives the Habs some added grit. Ott is mostly known for being an irritant, and the club likely plans to have him get under the skin of opponents in the postseason. Fantasy owners in deeper pools may value Ott for his hits (101) and fairly frequent trips to the sin bin (63 PIM).
Ott contributed a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's win over the Penguins. Ott's first-period goal came on the same shift as a crushing hit on Kris Letang, showing the combination of physicality and skill he was supposed to bring to Detroit. Unfortunately, the latter has been severely lacking, as the former 22-goal scorer has lit the lamp just three times while skating in a bottom-six role.
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