Vermette was a healthy scratch for the seventh time in March during Sunday's 4-2 win over the Devils. The veteran center has dipped below Derek Grant on the depth chart and appears likely to continue watching from the press box most nights. Two of the past three games he's drawn into have also been in a back-to-back spot, so that might be a trend to watch for moving forward. However, Vermette has also logged less than 10 minutes of ice in each of those past three outings, so he's not a serviceable fantasy option at this stage of the season.
Vermette received just 8:52 of ice time during Thursday's 4-3 shootout win over Winnipeg. The veteran center has now gone nine games without a point and has seen his minutes steadily decline. With the Ducks healthy for the first time all season, he's slotted back into a depth role. It definitely makes Anaheim more difficult to play against, but Vermette is off the fantasy grid in the majority of settings unless he's receiving more consistent ice time.
A game after playing a season-low 9:25, Vermette played over 20 minutes on the team's top line and scored a goal and two assists in a win Sunday against Arizona. Vermette played with Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell and assisted on both of Rakell's goals before adding an empty netter to seal a 5-2 win. This is the fourth time this season Vermette has logged over 20 minutes, even though his ice time has declined since Ryan Kesler returned to the lineup. However, it seems as though the Ducks have found a new combination for their top line -- for now, at least -- and if Vermette sticks with Getzlaf, an elite playmaker, he'll be able to collect even more points. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Vermette if he stays on the top line.
Vermette received just 9:25 of ice time during Friday's 2-1 win over Calgary. This was the veteran's lowest TOI total of the campaign, and it's important to note that he's seen a significant decline in minutes in consecutive games with Ryan Kelser back in the lineup. Vermette is currently behind Ryan Getzlaf, Kesler and Adam Henrique on the depth chart, so the 35-year-old pivot's fantasy stock is currently at an all-time low. Additionally, with just six goals and six assists through 39 games this season, Vermette's value was already way down.
Vermette came through with two goals in a 3-2 win over St. Louis on Wednesday. The two goals against the Blues marked the first time Vermette had scored since Nov. 3 against Nashville. It'd be nice to believe fantasy owners could trust him, but with just nine points in 25 games and two coming in this one, the reality is that owners will need to see a lot more consistent play from Vermette before he belongs on a roster.
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