Upshall agreed to terms on a professional tryout agreement with Vancouver on Friday, Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet 650 reports. Upshall logged 73 outings with the Blues last season in which he recorded 10 goals and eight helpers -- his first 10-goal campaign since 2013-14. Despite the number of contests the winger appeared in, he still averaged a mere 10:59 of ice time -- although 1:46 of that came on the penalty kill. If the veteran does make the team coming out of camp, it will likely be due to his shorthanded contributions.
Upshall, an unrestricted free agent, is starting to draw more interest from NHL teams, Sportsnet reports. Upshall had a decent year in a bottom-six role for the Blues last season, as he scored 10 goals to complement eight helpers over 73 games and a mere 10:59 of average ice time. According to this latest report, he could latch on with an NHL club on a professional tryout agreement, otherwise, he has the option of playing overseas.
Upshall netted his 10th goal of the season, bagged an assist and dished out five hits in Saturday's win over Carolina. Upshall doesn't hold much fantasy value due to his fourth-line role, but he showed Saturday why he's worth owning in some very deep leagues. He's racked up 45 PIM and is never afraid to throw around the body, but his 18 points simply don't cut it in fantasy leagues that just concentrate on offense.
Upshall scored a goal and posted a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 3-0 victory against the Coyotes. Upshall has goals in back-to-back games for the first time since March 13-14, 2014. He still has just nine goals and 14 points overall on the season and the veteran remains useful only in the deepest of fantasy pools despite the unexpected two-game goal outburst. However, he is worth a roll of the dice Tuesday against the Avalanche in DFS as a low-priced option with upside, especially since Colorado ranks last in the NHL in goal differential.
Upshall scored a goal and had three shots on net over 13:50 of ice time in Thursday's 4-1 win over San Jose. St. Louis scored first when Upshall intercepted a pass at center ice, then set up the traffic in front of him to beat the Sharks' Aaron Dell with a wrister. It was the type of goal you'd see from more gifted snipers. His ice time Thursday wasn't a season high, but it was darn close. The introduction of some younger players to the active roster, like Ivan Barbashev, Magnus Paajarvi and Zachary Sanford, has led to more ice time for the veteran unit that had traditionally been the Blues' fourth line -- Upshall, Kyle Brodziak and Ryan Reaves.
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