Lemieux finished the season with 12 goals, five assists and 108 PIM in 63 games between the Jets and Rangers. Lemieux was buried on the fourth line in Winnipeg, but he quickly endeared himself to the Rangers' faithful after coming over in the Kevin Hayes deal at the deadline. On Broadway, the physical forward amassed six points and 44 PIM in 19 games. Lemieux will likely be penciled in on the third line next season with New York and can certainly help out fantasy owners in search of enforcers with a bit of touch.
Lemieux produced a Gordie Howe hat trick in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Oilers on Monday. Lemieux got the fight out of the way first, dropping the mitts with Jujhar Khaira in the second period. Seven minutes later, he scored his 11th goal of the season, and then supplied a helper on Brett Howden's equalizer in the third period. Lemieux has two goals and three assists in seven contests since being traded from the Jets, clearly succeeding with almost five more minutes of ice time per game. While it's unlikely the fourth-liner continues this pace, he could be a valuable DFS option for Wednesday in Vancouver.
Lemieux assisted on both Rangers goals in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to Detroit. Both goals were scored by linemate Pavel Buchnevich. A change of scenery at the trade deadline has done wonders for Lemieux's value, as he has three points in five games with the Rangers after recording 11 points in 44 games with Winnipeg, where he was buried near the bottom of a significantly more talented forward corps. Remarkably, this performance matched Lemieux's previous career assist total, accrued over 57 games.
Lemieux will make his Rangers debut Wednesday night against the Lightning. The Jets castoff reportedly will operate on a line with highly-touted rookie Lias Andersson and burgeoning winger Pavel Buchnevich. While that projected line generally lacks experience, Lemieux is bound to see more than the 7:30 of average ice time that he saw in Winnipeg, and we wouldn't underestimate the second-round (31st overall) pick from 2014's fantasy prospects in an expanded role.
The Jets traded Lemieux -- along with a 2019 first-round draft pick and another conditional pick -- to the Rangers for Kevin Hayes on Monday, TSN reports. Lemieux was caught in a bottom-six role for the Jets, but he showed flashes of offensive potential based on 10 goals and a pair of helpers between 53 games and 7:30 of average ice time. Getting dealt to a rebuilding team figures to do wonders for his development, and he'll be under club control as a restricted free agent this offseason in case the Blueshirts like what they see from the 2014 second-round, 31st overall pick.
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