Matthew Tkachuk's strong rookie campaign may have been lost in all the hype over the star debuts of fellow 2016 draftees Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, but his 48 points (13 goals, 35 assists) were good enough for sixth among rookies in 2016-17. Those scoring figures become even more impressive when you realize that the 19-year-old averaged a mere 14:40 of ice time last season; that was at least partially due to Tkachuk's rookie-leading 105 penalty minutes, but even when accounting for that, it appears that Calgary's coaching staff wanted to keep the rising star fresh for the future. If the youngster can spend less time in the penalty box and more time on the ice -- including on the power play, where he averaged 2:01 last season -- he'll be an excellent candidate to break out as a sophomore.
Tkachuk had a productive rookie campaign, putting up 13 goals and 48 points -- 13 of which came on the power play -- in 76 games. Furthering the delight of fantasy owners savvy enough to roll with the 19-year-old, Tkachuk also put up a whopping 105 PIM. All that production came in just an average of 14:40 of ice time, so there's a massive amount of growth potential for the 2016 first-rounder as he further adjusts to life in the NHL.
Tkachuk's two-game suspension for throwing an elbow to the face of Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has come to an end. Per Sportsnet's Mark Spector, the Flames have reassigned Garnet Hathaway to AHL Stockton with Tkachuk back in tow. The rookie winger -- who was selected sixth overall in the 2016 draft -- has been as advertised with his skills playing a 200-foot game. Forty-six points (13 goals, 33 assists) with a plus-14 rating and 12 power-play points has him on the redraft radar in just about any league format.
Tkachuk was handed a two-game ban Monday for his elbow to the face of the Kings' Drew Doughty on Sunday. The NHL was swift in issuing its discipline to the rookie, who unleashed a vicious elbow in the first period of what ended up as a 5-2 victory for the Flames. The 19-year-old will sit out a pair of what should be difficult contests, first against the Capitals on Tuesday then versus the Predators on Thursday. Tkachuk will be eligible to return Saturday in St. Louis.
Tkachuk scored a goal, added an assist and registered a plus-3 rating during Friday's win over Dallas. The forgotten man in the rookie sweepstakes, Tkachuk is turning in an impressive freshman campaign. He's up to 13 goals and 46 points while providing solid peripheral numbers with 94 PIM and a plus-14 rating. His offensive upside and cross-category profile will make Tkachuk a fantasy star sooner than later, and he's likely underappreciated in some circles.
Tkachuk (lower body) was on the ice for warmups and will dress for Wednesday's game against the Bruins. Tkachuk was considered a game-time call due to a recently surfaced lower-body injury, but he'll apparently give it a go Wednesday. The sixth overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft has produced immediately for the Flames, notching 44 points (12 goals, 32 assists), a plus-11 rating and 127 shots on goal through 65 contests. He's gone a bit dry recently, tallying just three points in his last seven games, but Tkachuk will look to get things back on track against Tuuka Rask and a Bruins club allowing just 2.61 goals per game on the road this season.
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