Spezza had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals. Spezza, who recently turned over 1,000 on the game odometer, has been a surprising source of offense. He has three goals and 10 points in 13 games. We're not certain Spezza can keep it up, especially after last year's 26 points in 78 games. But then again, he could still come close to 50 points. Your format will dictate if that means value or not.
Spezza will play in his 1,000th career game when the Stars square off against the Canadiens on Tuesday night. Spezza has recorded 326 goals and 570 assists over 16 seasons between the Senators and Stars. The venerable pivot looks rejuvenated in Dallas under new coach Jim Montgomery, as he's only 18 points away from matching his 2017-18 total in 68 fewer games. Two catalysts behind the rebirth of Spezza's game is that he's taking a career-high 63.5 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone this season, plus, the 35-year-old has seen close to a full-minute increase in playing time on the man advantage.
Spezza set up a Blake Comeau goal and scored a goal of his own Tuesday, helping his team earn a 4-2 win over Los Angeles. The 35-year-old is having a bit of a renaissance so far in 2018, as he's up to seven points in his first eight games of the campaign. He's not likely to continue this pace and rediscover the point-per-game ability he had in his prime, but he's showing signs of being a useful option when he's on the ice in most formats.
Spezza registered a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-1 road loss to the Senators. Some pundits believed Spezza was going to have his contract bought out by the Stars ahead of this season, but GM Jim Nill shot those rumors down back in June. So far, it seems like that was the right call, as Spezza has three power-play apples (four total) through five games. The second overall pick (Ottawa, 2001) once again looks like a useful fantasy option in the top six for a Stars team at 3-2-0 and sitting in the middle of the Central Division standings.
Spezza will not be subjected to a contract buyout from the Stars, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports. The Stars could save $2.5 million dollars over a two-year span by purchasing Spezza's contract, but GM Jim Nill apparently is not interesting in going that route. This is a nice consolation prize for the heady veteran after he experienced a 24-point drop last season and wound up with only eight goals and 18 assists over 78 games. Still, Spezza will probably need to make his way back into the top-six group to regain prominence in most fantasy setups -- even though it looks like he'll always be an option on the power play.
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