Kuhnackl signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Islanders on Saturday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Kuhnackl was in and out of the lineup through the 2018-19 campaign, ultimately dressing for a career-low 36 contests. While slightly elevated ice time led to a near doubling of his point rate last season, he still hasn't reached the point of widespread fantasy relevance.
Kuhnhackl had two assists a rating of plus-1 in a four-game sweep of the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.
Kuhnhackl actually set the tone for the Islanders when he scored a goal early in Game 1. That goal ended up being overturned via replay, but it got the crowd into the game and the Islanders scored shortly thereafter. Kuhnhackl has solidified his role on the third line.
Kuhnhackl has been held scoreless in his last five games.
Kuhnhackl has played back-to-back games due to injuries to Valterri Filppula (shoulder) and Andrew Ladd (knee). Kuhnhackl will likely keep seeing playing time as the Isles have now lost Tanner Fritz (hand) for the remainder of the season and GM Lou Lamoriello stated Sunday that he has no plans to call up any players from AHL Bridgeport.
Kuhnhackl recorded a goal and two blocked shots in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Capitals.
Kuhnhackl forced a turnover before nonchalantly dangling the puck into the offensive zone and wristing it past Capitals netminder Braden Holtby, appearing to expect an offside whistle to render the play dead throughout the entire process. Alas, the German winger found the back of the net for the first time since Nov. 13, but his fantasy upside remains extremely limited until he can log regular minutes.
Kuhnhackl will play on the second line with Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey on Thursday in Columbus, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Kuhnhackl was expected to be a healthy scratch for the second straight game but was taking line rushes in place of Michael Dal Colle during warmups. There is no word on if Dal Colle suffered an injury or if coach Barry Trotz just decided that Kuhnhackl will give the team a better chance to win versus the Blue Jackets. Kuhnhackl has three goal and three assists in 21 games this season for the Islanders.
Kuhnhackl is expected to be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks, NHL.com's Scott King reports.
Kuhnhackl had previously been sidelined due to an illness, but it appears as though that's no longer an issue. The 27-year-old winger will have to wait until after the NHL's All-Star break for his next opportunity to crack the lineup.
Kuhnhackl (illness) will not play in Sunday's contest against Anaheim, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Even if Kuhnhackl wasn't dealing with an ailment, he likely wouldn't be in the lineup anyway. He's been injured or a healthy scratch in 18 of the last 20 games and has just six points in 19 contests this season. The 6-foot-2 forward will have one more chance to play before the All-Star break on Tuesday in Chicago.
Kuhnhackl (illness) didn't make the trip to D.C. for Friday's game against Washington, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Kuhnhackl will remain absent for Friday's game against the Capitals as he continues to battle a bug. Even when healthy, the 26-year-old winger doesn't always draw into the lineup. He should be evaluated again ahead of Sunday's game against the Ducks.
Kuhnhackl didn't play Thursday against New Jersey due to an illness, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Kuhnhackl likely would have replaced Michael Dal Colle in the lineup for Thursday's contest if he hadn't fallen ill prior to puck drop. The 26-year-old winger will be reevaluated prior to Friday's matchup with Washington.
Kuhnhackl (undisclosed) will be in the lineup versus the Islanders on Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Kuhnhackl has been injured or scratched in 10 of the last 11 games, but will rejoin the lineup with Valtteri Filppula (upper body) out of action. The 26-year-old forward has tallied a mere six points in his 18 outings this season and will be hard pressed to reach his career-high 16 points from 2016-17.
Kuhnhackl (undisclosed) could be ready to play Thursday versus the Blackhawks, Islanders web site reports.
No injury for Kuhnhackl was ever announced but coach Barry Trotz indicated Wednesday that was the reason that Kuhnhackl has missed 10 of the past 11 games. In 18 games so far this season Kuhnhackl has three goals and three assists and is a plus-1. Even when deemed healthy, Kuhnhackl won't be a must start for Trotz or fantasy owners.
Kuhnhackl has fully recovered from an undisclosed injury and could draw into New York's lineup Saturday against Detroit, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
The German winger has missed the last three games with an undisclosed injury, but Kuhnhackl seems primed and ready to make his return to the Islanders' lineup Saturday against the Red Wings. Despite being deemed healthy, he's yet to officially be named to Saturday's lineup and could wind up being scratched in favor of a better option.
Kuhnhackl (undisclosed) took the ice prior to Thursday's practice session, Brian Heyman of Newsday reports.
The Islanders will have two more practices ahead of Saturday's clash with Detroit, so it's probably a little early to completely rule Kuhnhackl out of the lineup, though it certainly doesn't look great. In the meantime, Josh Ho-Sang figures to make his 2018-19 debut if the German winger is unable to play.
Kuhnhackl (undisclosed) is still day-to-day and won't be in the lineup versus Vegas on Wednesday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Kuhnhackl will miss his third consecutive outing due to his undisclosed injury. Prior to getting hurt, the winger shook off a nine-game pointless streak with an assist against the Penguins on Dec. 6. Once cleared to return, the German will need to return to a top-six role if he is going to have any sort of fantasy value.
Kuhnhackl (undisclosed) was not on the ice for warmups and won't play in Monday's game, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Kuhnhackl will miss his second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury, and it's unclear how long the German will be out. Ross Johnston will dress in his place.
Kuhnhackl (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with the Penguins.
Considering two of Kuhnhackl's five points this season have come against his former club, coach Barry Trotz will likely want to dress the German winger if he is healthy enough to go. Even taking on a top-six role with the Isles, which he has bounced in and out of, the 26-year-old's ceiling is likely in the neighborhood of 20 points this year.
Kuhnhackl (undisclosed) will not play Saturday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Kuhnhackl missed the team's practice Saturday morning, and the nature of his injury remains largely a mystery. Consider the German forward day-to-day. Ross Johnston will take his place versus the Red Wings.
Kuhnhackl scored twice in a 5-2 victory against the Canucks on Tuesday.
He's struggled to stick in the NHL, and yet, when he's played this season, Kuhnhackl has produced. After Tuesday, he has three goals and four points in seven games. Last season, he only has two goals and eight points in 69 contests, and he's never scored more than five goals or 15 points in a season. That, along with the fact he's scored his three goals on just seven shots, likely indicates he really isn't due for a breakout season. Still, owners in deeper leagues would be wise to keep an eye on Kuhnhackl just in case, especially if one is in need of help in the blocks and hits categories.
Kuhnhackl was promoted from AHL Bridgeport on Monday.
Kuhnhackl saw action in just one game while down in the minors, but tallied a pair of goals and an assist for the Sound Tigers. Apparently, the offensive explosion was enough for the organization to bring him back to Long Island ahead of Monday's matchup with Montreal. Whether the winger slots into the lineup in favor of Ross Johnston or Cal Clutterbuck remains to be seen.
The Islanders loaned Kuhnhackl to AHL Bridgeport on Wednesday.
With Robin Lehner (strain) day-to-day, the Islanders needed to make room on their roster for another goaltender ahead of Thursday's matchup with Pittsburgh, making Kuhnhackl the odd-man-out. The 26-year-old winger will likely return to the big club as soon as Lehner is deemed fit to play.
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