Kukan scored his first goal of the season on two shots in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Stars. The 27-year-old defenseman has been very productive lately by his standards, collecting four points in the last eight games while adding 10 blocked shots, nine hits, eight shots on goal and a plus-4 rating. He remains well behind Seth Jones and Zach Werenski for offensive opportunities on the Columbus blue line, but Kukan appears to be solidifying his spot in the regular lineup, a big step forward for a guy who has yet to play more than 33 NHL games in a single season.
Kukan posted an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Red Wings. Kukan had a hand in getting the puck to the front of the net, where officials eventually ruled Alexandre Texier scored a goal without interfering with Red Wings netminder Jonathan Bernier. The assist is Kukan's first point in four games this year. The 27-year-old blueliner has added six blocked shots and a plus-1 rating from his third-pairing role. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect much from Kukan, whose career high in points in five, set in each of the last two seasons.
Kukan (knee) will be ready to go when the Blue Jackets face off with the Maple Leafs in the playoffs, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports. While Kukan will be available when the playoffs kick off, the fact that Seth Jones (ankle) is also cleared to play could land Kukan firmly in the press box. In 33 regular-season outings for Columbus this year, the 26-year-old notched one goal, four helpers and 51 shots while averaging a mere 15:58 of ice time. Even if he is in the lineup, the defenseman's limited offensive upside makes him a low-end option in DFS contests and a non-starter in playoff pools.
Kukan (knee) has started skating and could return to action if the league resumes playing, according to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports. Kekalainen would only go so far as to say the team could have "most" of its injured players back, rather than specifically comment on Kukan's availability. Even if the blueliner is cleared to play, he could struggle to get into the lineup considering Seth Jones (ankle) is also near a return to action. The final spot on the blue line will likely come down to Kukan, Andrew Peeke or Markus Nutivaara.
Kukan (knee) signed a two-year contract extension with Columbus on Friday. Kukan has been out of the lineup since Jan. 2 versus Boston, a stretch of 13 games on injured reserve. The blueliner has notched just five points in 33 contests for the Blue Jackets this year. Given his limited offensive upside, the Switzerland native is unlikely to provide much in terms of fantasy value going forward.
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