Verhaeghe has two points, both goals, in his last 15 games.
Verhaeghe had a dominant season in the AHL last year -- he scored 34 goals and had 82 points in 76 games. But he's toiling on the fourth line in Tampa Bay and opportunities are few and far between. Verhaeghe has the skill to be fantasy-relevant, but that won't happen until he moves up the lineup.
Verhaeghe scored a goal and added two hits in Friday's 7-1 win over the Jets.
Verhaeghe struck for the Lightning's fifth goal, which would end Connor Hellebuyck's outing. The 24-year-old forward had gone five games without a point after a hat trick on Jan. 7. Verhaeghe has a decent six goals and four assists with 43 shots in 35 contests in a bottom-six role this season.
Verhaeghe scored three goals -- one short-handed, one on the power play and one at even strength -- in Tuesday's 9-2 win over the Canucks.
The shortie in the third period may have been offside, but it also made the score 8-2 and a replay probably seemed like a waste of time for everyone involved. Verhaeghe only had two goals and six points through his first 28 NHL games, so he's not likely to repeat this performance any time soon, but the 24-year-old rookie does have a modest three-game point streak going and could work his way off the fourth line with his recent efforts.
Verhaeghe scored a goal in Saturday's 5-3 victory over the Senators.
It was his first point in 10 games. Verhaeghe is a depth forward who gets less than 10 minutes of ice time per game. There's no fantasy value in that.
Verhaeghe scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 7-1 win over San Jose.
It was Verhaeghe's first NHL goal. He broke in on the left wing and just wired a wrister top shelf over Aaron Dell's glove-side shoulder. His production isn't enough to make him fantasy worthy, but it sure was a memorable night for Verhaeghe.
Verhaeghe has one assist in 14 games this season and has been a healthy scratch several times.
Fans on social media have been especially angry about Verhaeghe's play, but there's nothing wrong with it from an advanced metrics perspective. The young player doesn't get much time, but acquits himself well when he's out there. He goes to the net, but doesn't have much to show for it. There's plenty of time for Verhaeghe's skill to shine through. Right now, he's not worthy of rostering until he starts to show some of that off.
Verhaeghe picked up an assist Saturday in a 4-3 loss to Florida.
It was his first NHL point in his second NHL game. Verhaeghe led the AHL last season with 82 points and tied with teammate Alex Barre-Boulet for that league's lead in goals with 34. But he's skating on a lower line in Tampa Bay and there's every chance he projects as a third-line depth scorer. Verhaeghe won't have much fantasy value this year, but his development will be fun to watch. And maybe he'll burst the bubble on his projection.
Verhaeghe signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning on Friday.
Coming off a career-best, 82-point campaign with AHL Syracuse in 2018-19, Verhaeghe decided it was best to remain with the Lightning organization. The 23-year-old returns to Tampa Bay on a one-year, two-way deal and will hope that his breakout season -- even though it came in the minors -- was enough to warrant an NHL call-up in 2019-20. Drafted by the Maple Leafs in the third round of the 2013 draft (82nd overall), Verhaeghe has yet to dress in an NHL game.
Verhaeghe signed a one-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Verhaeghe had a career season within the Lightning organization in 2017-18, amassing 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) in 58 games with AHL Syracuse, which was good for second-most on the team. Verhaeghe led the team in power-play goals (seven), and his 0.82 points per game average in the regular season was the highest of any player on the team having played at least 19 games. His eight points (one goal, seven assists) throughout seven games in the Calder Cup Playoffs were also good for second on the team. Despite the career-best season by the 22-year-old center, he is a long shot to crack the NHL lineup in 2018-19, especially given the offensive talent down the middle for the Lightning.
Verhaeghe (undisclosed) returned to the lineup for AHL Syracuse on Saturday in which he registered a goal and an assist.
Verhaeghe missed the opening month of the season after being designated for injured reserve by the Lightning coming out of training camp. Now healthy, the center is back in the minors where he will likely spend the bulk of the season. Two points in his first game back is certainly a good start to the year.
Verhaege (undisclosed) will be on injured reserve to start the 2017-18 campaign, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Verhaeghe was productive in the minors last season, notching 29 points in 45 games with AHL Bridgeport, but he wasn't expected to carve out a significant role with the big club this campaign, so fantasy owners shouldn't need to concern themselves with his availability. The 2013 third-round pick will likely be assigned to Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate once he's cleared to play.
Verhaeghe was traded from the Islanders to the Lightning on Saturday in exchange for goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis, TSN reports.
The 21-year-old has yet to make his NHL debut and even split the 2016-17 campaign between AHL Bridgeport and the ECHL's Missouri Mavericks; he recorded 61 points in as many games between the two leagues. It's too early to predict what kind of fantasy impact he'll have, but the future should be bright given that he was originally picked by the Maple Leafs in the third round of the 2013 draft.
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