Dan Hamhuis managed to stay healthy last year, playing in 79 games in his first season with the Stars, but it was otherwise a disappointing campaign for the veteran as he managed only one goal and 16 points. He still has one year left on a somewhat bloated contract, so after going unclaimed in the expansion draft he'll return to Dallas to supply some experience and depth for a team that's beginning to break in a number of blue-line prospects. Hamhuis' main value to the Stars this year will likely be as mentor rather than on-ice contributor.
Hamhuis was not protected by the Stars for Wednesday's expansion draft. Dallas has issues on the blue line, but it has left the 34-year-old defender exposed. With a number of quality blueliners available to Vegas, Hamhuis might be safe from being selected by the expansion franchise.
Hamhuis (lower body) will rejoin the lineup for Sunday's game against the Devils. Hamhuis missed Friday's contest against the Sharks due to the lower-body issue, but the ailment appears to be behind the blueliner. He should slot into his normal spot in the lineup, but doesn't possess a ton of fantasy appeal other than as a sleeper option in daily lineups.
Hamhuis will not suit up for Friday's matchup with the Sharks due to a lower-body injury. Hamhuis misses just his third game of the season and it's not immediately clear when this injury manifested itself. With no points and a minus-7 rating in his last 10 games, Hamhuis isn't a major commodity for the fantasy hockey playoffs anyway.
Hamhuis logged just 19:30 of ice time during Monday's loss to Washington, and it was the third straight outing he logged fewer than 20 minutes. While the 34-year-old veteran has long been a better real-world player than fantasy asset, at this stage of his career, Hamhuis is hardly worth considering in most virtual settings. He entered Monday's game with a solid 52.5 Corsi For percentage at five-on-five, but with just 15 points through 64 games, his lack of offensive production keeps him off the fantasy grid. Additionally, with Dallas all but officially out of the playoffs, there is plenty of incentive for the Stars to take a closer look at their younger blueliners at the cost of Hamhuis' ice time.
Hamhuis picked up an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss against the Capitals. The helper ended an 11-game scoreless drought dating back to Dec. 27, and he added three blocked shots and two hits. Hamhuis is on track for just 16 points this season, but he is still valuable to fantasy owners in deeper pools for his blocked shots (60) and hits (55).
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