Matthias has been unable to crack the Jets' lineup, instead spending game days in the press box.
Matthias has featured just twice since Jan. 12, a stretch of 42 games. Even when the center has been in action, it has been sparingly, as he averaged 11:10 of ice time in his 27 regular-season outings. Unsurprisingly, given his lack of play time, the 29-year-old was limited to a mere three points. With the emergence of young players like Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers (undisclosed) and Jack Roslovic, it's hard to imagine Winnipeg will bring back Matthias next season -- especially at his current $2.125 cap hit.
Matthias logged a mere 7:22 of ice time in his return from an upper-body injury against the Predators on Tuesday.
While Matthias did make a brief appearance on the power play (24 seconds), he should probably be considered a temporary stop gap to replace the late scratch of Paul Stastny (lower body). As such, the center is unlikely to play more than 10 minutes in any game the rest of the way and could find himself sitting down as a healthy scratch periodically.
Matthias (upper body) has been given the green light to return to the lineup.
While he may be healthy enough to play, Matthias could still find himself watching from the press box as a healthy scratch in favor of Mark Dano. Considering the 29-year-old Matthias has just three points on the year, few fantasy owners will be languishing over whether he will be in the lineup versus the Predators on Tuesday. Those that are will likely have to wait until warmups to see if the Ontario native suits up.
Matthias (upper body) hit the ice Tuesday in a regular jersey, Mitchell Clinton of JetsTV reports.
Despite Matthias taking part in the game-day skate without limitations, coach Paul Maurice won't make any changes to the lineup ahead of Tuesday's clash with the Rangers, per Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun. Even once cleared to return -- and activated off injured reserve -- the 29-year-old could find ice time hard to come by, in part due to the emergence of Jack Roslovic.
Matthias (upper body) continues to skate in his injury rehab, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Matthias, who's been sidelined since Jan. 12, remains on injured reserve for a Jets team that is a virtual lock to make the playoffs. This means the club can afford to be extra cautious with the brutish winger listed at 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds.
Matthias (upper body) was once again back on the ice ahead of practice Thursday, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.
It doesn't appear that Matthias is making much progress given that he first stepped on the ice for a solo skate nine days ago, but perhaps there's more to the story than what's been reported. The low-end winger remains on injured reserve, where fantasy value goes to waste.
Matthias (upper body) skated prior to practice Tuesday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Matthias won't be eligible to return until he can be cleared for contact and takes part in some practice sessions with the team. The winger has spent long stretches as a healthy scratch, which means there is no guarantee he is back in the lineup even once given the all-clear.
Matthias (upper body) was designated for injured reserve Wednesday.
The change in status does little to affect Matthias' recovery timeline, considering the team used a retroactive tag and can still bring him back as soon as he is cleared to play. It seems unlikely the Ontario native will be ready in time for Thursday's matchup with Anaheim, so fantasy owners can probably anticipate a post All-Star break return. Tucker Poolman was recalled from the minors in a corresponding move.
Matthias (upper body) will not be in the lineup against the Sharks, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.
Matthias will miss his third outing due to his upper-body malady. A healthy scratch for much of the year, the natural center has been limited to just 25 games this season, in which he has tallied a mere three points, 23 shots and 20 hits. Even once given the green light, there is no guarantee the 29-year-old won't find himself in the press box more often than not.
Matthias (upper body) won't participate in Sunday's tilt against Vancouver, Sara Orlesky of TSN reports.
This marks the third straight game that Matthias has missed, and his next chance to go will be Tuesday against San Jose. The 29-year-old has only posted three points (one goal, two assists) in 25 games this season, while Jack Roslovic and Marko Dano should continue to see extended looks on the fourth line in his absence.
Coach Paul Maurice labeled Matthias (upper body) day-to-day ahead of Saturday's contest against the Flames, Mitchell Clinton of Jets TV reports.
Matthias' day-to-day status thus leaves him doubtful for Saturday's affair against the Flames, but we'll provide another update on his status if he's ultimately able to rejoin the action. Assuming he sits out, his next opportunity to return arrives Sunday when the team returns home to face the Canucks. The Jets may be forced to add another body from the AHL ranks for Saturday's game, or the club may roll with seven blueliners if Mattias can't go.
Matthias (upper body) won't be in the lineup for Saturday's game against Minnesota, Jets Insider Jamie Thomas reports.
Matthias' absence shouldn't impact any fantasy lineups, as he's only tallied one goal and three points in 25 contests this season, so he isn't a viable option in season-long or daily formats. With Matthias unavailable, Brendan Lemieux will draw into the lineup against the Wild.
Matthias was a healthy scratch for Sunday's 4-0 victory over St. Louis.
This was the seventh straight game Matthias has been scratched, and he's only posted two assists in 18 games this season. This certainly isn't new territory for the 29-year-old, as he only played in 45 games in 2016-17, and has struggled to find a consistent role throughout his time in Winnipeg. Matthias has been known for his size, intensity, and faceoff skills throughout his career, but he's well off the fantasy radar these days.
Despite blocking a shot in practice, Matthias is slated to suit up versus Arizona on Tuesday, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.
Considering Matthias has just two points in 16 outings -- which were scored during the same game -- few fantasy owners would be impacted by his exclusion from the lineup. Fortunately, the forward appears to be on track to play and isn't expected to miss any time. In the event the Ontario native is a late scratch, Marko Dano would slot into the Jets' fourth line.
Matthias picked up his first two assists of the season in Sunday's win over the Penguins.
Matthias wont turn in many multi-point efforts this season, but it's good to see him involved in the offense. The third-liner has struggled to stay healthy in recent years and has caused nightmares for fantasy owners who drafted him in deeper formats. The fact the 29-year-old has never hit 30 points in a season tells you all you need to know about his fantasy relevance.
Matthias (shoulder) is ready to go for training camp and the 2017-18 campaign.
With the postseason all but out of reach, the decision was made in March for Matthias to have shoulder surgery in order to give him more time to get ready for the upcoming year. The 29-year-old will no doubt be hoping the injuries are behind him after logging just 45 outings in 2016-17. Even when healthy, the winger is a bottom-six grinder who's more likely to rack up hits and blocked shots than points.
Matthias will undergo season-ending surgery to repair the labrum in his shoulder, TSN's Brian Munz reports.
What an unfortunate end of the 2016-17 campaign for Matthias, who finishes with 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in 45 games. The burly pivot has consistently been used on the penalty kill over the years, so that's where his absence should hurt the most.
Matthias (upper body) will sit out Thursday's game against the Islanders, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
The first-year Jet missed the team's most recent game, a 5-4 loss to Nashville on Monday. Matthias has struggled with injuries this season, missing 26 games, but he has a respectable eight goals in 45 games as a bottom-six forward. In Matthias' absence, Nic Petan will enter the lineup and center Winnipeg's fourth line.
Matthias' status is up in the air against the Islanders on Thursday due to an undisclosed ailment, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Despite picking up the knock, Matthias still managed to record 14:05 of ice time, notching one shot, one blocked shot and five PIM. The veteran forward has just one goal in his last 11 outings and probably shouldn't be expected to start appearing on the scoresheet with any sort of frequency. If the 29-year-old is unable to give it a go, the Jets will likely need to recall a player from AHL Manitoba.
Matthias has failed to record a goal in his last 10 outings.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Matthias is struggling to score when you consider he has a mere three shots on goal during this drought. The winger has managed to register two helpers, 14 hits, and six blocked shots, which is not going to inspire confidence in fantasy owners. Given he has never reached the 30-point threshold, expecting the 29-year-old to suddenly start scoring at a significant clip is probably just wishful thinking.