Shaw signed a PTO with the Flames on Tuesday, Sirius XM NHL Network Radio reports. Originally drafted by Florida with a third-round (76th overall) pick, Shaw has been busy racking up the frequent flyer miles. The Flames mark the fourth NHL team he's been associated with, and there's not even a guarantee that he sticks around with Calgary. Turning 26 years old Oct. 5 -- two days after the Flames' regular-season opener -- Shaw has contributed just 12 goals and 19 assists through 180 career contests. He's a power forward at 6-foot-3, 208 pounds, and a versatile one no less, but he has plenty to prove to a numbers-hungry fantasy audience.
Shaw collected 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 72 games during 2017-18, playing with both Anaheim and Montreal. Despite playing in 42 of Anaheim's first 43 games, Shaw was deployed to waivers, but was shortly claimed by Montreal where he settled in and played in each of the last 14 contests. Down the stretch in Montreal, Shaw averaged 14:01 of ice time and was able to average two hits per game, while pitching in four assists including bagging two apples against Washington on March 24. The 14 tallies on the year were a career high for the 25-year-old, but he still hasn't flashed the production that made him a near point-per-game player in the juniors. Shaw will be a restricted free agent, so he'll need a new deal to come back above the border.
Shaw had two assists, one shot on net, one hit, and a two-minute minor penalty in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Capitals. Out of necessity, coach Claude Julien has elevated Shaw off the fourth line, so the 25-year-old may skate into points here and there, as was the case Saturday when he posted his first multi-point effort in a Montreal uniform. After going pointless for 14 games, Shaw has handed out three assists over the last two games. The two-game burst of scoring is nice, but before this mini run, Shaw had a mere two points over 21 games.
Shaw registered an assist through 13:56 of ice time during Friday's 3-0 win over Buffalo. This was Shaw's first point in 14 games dating back to Feb. 8, and he was also a healthy scratch for six contests during the scoring drought. He's playing more consistently of late because the Habs are dealing with so many injuries, but fantasy owners probably shouldn't fret leaving him on the waiver wire in the majority of settings.
Shaw -- who was held out Saturday as a potential trade chip -- is expected to return to the lineup against the Flyers on Monday, John Lu of TSN.ca reports. Based on the team's line rushes, it appears any trade market for Shaw has evaporated. The 24-year-old has been a frequent healthy scratch throughout the year, although the departure of Tomas Plekanec could open the door for Shaw to see additional ice time.
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