Upshall had two shots on goal and two penalty minutes in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to St. Louis.
The 34-year-old has quietly been productive this season notching 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 27 games, but is currently on a five game pointless streak -- his longest of the season. Regardless, Upshall has only been receiving 11:15 of ice time and skating mainly on the fourth line, making his early season point total quite impressive.
Upshall recorded his first goal of the season and added two assists in Saturday's win over the Blue Jackets.
The fourth-line winger only had one assist in his previous 11 games entering Saturday and isn't known for his offensive output. The veteran offers depth scoring and strong PIM totals, but ultimately isn't very valuable outside of some very deep fantasy leagues.
With their forward group having been decimated by injury this preseason, the Blues have turned to a familiar face in Upshall to provide reinforcements. Upshall's never blown anyone away with his offensive ability, but his value comes from his ability to provide energy, his responsibility in his own end, and his penalty-killing abilities. That said, none of these qualities directly show up on the scoreline, limiting Upshall's fantasy prospects.
The gritty winger played for the Notes the past two seasons before testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent this summer. He garnered a PTO with the Canucks earlier in the month, but was ultimately released. St. Louis has been hit hard with injuries, and devastating is the recent news that Robby Fabbri (knee) will be out for the entire season. Upshall can probably help in a pinch, but he won't be coveted in fantasy circles since he's accumulated a mere 47 points over 206 games over the last three seasons -- including 2014-15 with Florida.
Upshall was released from his professional tryout agreement with the Canucks on Friday.
Upshall made it deep into the preseason before getting the axe, but just couldn't earn his way onto the 23-man roster. The 33-year-old notched 10 goals and eight helpers in 73 games with the Blues last season. What's next for the winger is uncertain, but it clearly won't be a full time gig in Vancouver.