Hamhuis sat out Saturday's game against the Islanders as a healthy scratch. Hamhuis was signed to a two-year deal by the Predators this summer after spending the previous two seasons in Dallas. He is expected to spend most of the season as part of the Preds' third blue line pairing, opposite either Yannick Weber, Anthony Bitetto or Matt Irwin. As such, his fantasy value remains limited to very deep formats.
Hamhuis penned a two-year, $2.5 million contract with Nashville on Wednesday. Hamhuis spent the first six years of his NHL career with the Predators, in which he logged 483 games and racked up 32 goals and 129 helpers. The veteran will likely have to hold off youngsters Yannick Weber and Anthony Bitetto for regular minutes, while his addition all but guarantees Alexei Emelin will not be back with the club this season.
Hamhuis notched three goals and 21 assists while also blocking 113 shots in 2017-18. After missing the 20-point plateau for back-to-back seasons, Hamhuis was able to tap back into his offensive ability in his second season in Dallas, and 24 tallies was also his highest point total since 2012-13. What's impressive is only two points came on the power play, and he finished third on the team for points by a defensemen even without a strong presence on the man advantage. Although Hamhuis will now enter free agency at 34 years old, after his strong performance in 2017-18, he should be able to find a suitor and lace up the skates next year.
Hamhuis became the 318th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 regular-season games played mark. Hamhuis is the 106th defenseman to accomplish the daunting feat. The aging defenseman continues to rebound from a sub-par 2016-17 season -- he is on pace to surpass his point total from last year (16) and is carrying a positive plus/minus ratio (4) for the first time in his last two campaigns. However, Hamhuis isn't producing consistently enough to be considered outside the deepest of leagues.
Hamhuis (face) will return to Sunday's game against the Sharks, Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News reports. Hamhuis briefly left Sunday's game after taking a stick to the face, but apparently the injury wasn't severe enough to hold him off the ice for the remainder of the contest.
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