Kukan scored his first goal of the season on two shots in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Stars.
The 27-year-old defenseman has been very productive lately by his standards, collecting four points in the last eight games while adding 10 blocked shots, nine hits, eight shots on goal and a plus-4 rating. He remains well behind Seth Jones and Zach Werenski for offensive opportunities on the Columbus blue line, but Kukan appears to be solidifying his spot in the regular lineup, a big step forward for a guy who has yet to play more than 33 NHL games in a single season.
Kukan posted an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Red Wings.
Kukan had a hand in getting the puck to the front of the net, where officials eventually ruled Alexandre Texier scored a goal without interfering with Red Wings netminder Jonathan Bernier. The assist is Kukan's first point in four games this year. The 27-year-old blueliner has added six blocked shots and a plus-1 rating from his third-pairing role. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect much from Kukan, whose career high in points in five, set in each of the last two seasons.
Kukan (knee) will be ready to go when the Blue Jackets face off with the Maple Leafs in the playoffs, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
While Kukan will be available when the playoffs kick off, the fact that Seth Jones (ankle) is also cleared to play could land Kukan firmly in the press box. In 33 regular-season outings for Columbus this year, the 26-year-old notched one goal, four helpers and 51 shots while averaging a mere 15:58 of ice time. Even if he is in the lineup, the defenseman's limited offensive upside makes him a low-end option in DFS contests and a non-starter in playoff pools.
Kukan (knee) has started skating and could return to action if the league resumes playing, according to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Kekalainen would only go so far as to say the team could have "most" of its injured players back, rather than specifically comment on Kukan's availability. Even if the blueliner is cleared to play, he could struggle to get into the lineup considering Seth Jones (ankle) is also near a return to action. The final spot on the blue line will likely come down to Kukan, Andrew Peeke or Markus Nutivaara.
Kukan (knee) signed a two-year contract extension with Columbus on Friday.
Kukan has been out of the lineup since Jan. 2 versus Boston, a stretch of 13 games on injured reserve. The blueliner has notched just five points in 33 contests for the Blue Jackets this year. Given his limited offensive upside, the Switzerland native is unlikely to provide much in terms of fantasy value going forward.
Kukan suffered a medial meniscus tear and articular cartilage injury during Thursday's game against Boston and is considered out indefinitely.
With Kukan set to miss extended time, Gabriel Carlsson should get an opportunity to hold onto a regular spot in the lineup, at least until Markus Nutivaara (upper body) is cleared to return. The 26-year-old's absence won't impact any fantasy owners, as he's only picked up five points while posting a minus-9 rating in 33 games this campaign, but it will undoubtedly test Columbus' blue-line depth. He'll be placed on injured reserve until he's ready to rejoin the lineup.
Kukan scored a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
The defenseman had yet to light the lamp in 62 career NHL games coming into Tuesday, but you'd never know it based on his first goal -- Kukan took a cross-ice pass from Sonny Milano as he skated in from the blue line, then sniped the top corner over Darcy Kuemper's shoulder with a wicked wrist shot from the circle. With Zach Werenski (shoulder) sidelined, the Jackets are still trying to determine their best power-play alignments, and Kukan manned the point with Ryan Murray on the second unit in this one. Given his success, expect him to keep seeing time with the man advantage despite his limited offensive resume.
Kukan blocked two shots in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Flames.
Kukan is irrelevant in all fantasy formats, as the defenseman has managed just a single point in six appearances this season. Over his career, the 26-year-old has never played more than 25 games in a season, and Kukan's career-high for points in a campaign is five, in 2018-19. Look elsewhere for blueline depth.
Kukan was inactive for Saturday's win over the Hurricanes.
Rookie Vladislav Gavrikov has seized control of the sixth spot on the Jackets' deep blue line, leaving Kukan and Scott Harrington in the press box for now. Kukan scored five points, all assists, with a plus-6 rating in 25 games last season for the club.
Kukan notched two even-strength assists in Tuesday's 6-3 win over Colorado.
Kukan's two helpers were his first and second points in the 2018-19 campaign. The 25-year-old has been stuck in a depth role through 11 games on the Columbus blue line, accumulating 12:46 time on ice per game. With no power-play time and limited ice time overall, this game doesn't change the fact that Kukan is still irrelevant in fantasy.
Kukan heads into the All-Star break with zero points and a minus-1 rating in nine games on the season.
The Jackets' seventh defenseman hasn't had many opportunities to break into the game-day lineup, and he's already been sent to AHL Cleveland on a conditioning assignment once after spending too much time in the press box. Barring an injury ahead of him on the depth chart, Kukan's fortunes aren't likely to change much in the second half.
Kukan was recalled from his conditioning stint in the minors Monday.
Kukan played five games with AHL Cleveland, in which he tallied two points and zero PIM. The defender is unlikely to break into the lineup right away, hence the need for his conditioning stint in the minors in the first place.
Kukan was reassigned to AHL Cleveland for a conditioning stint, the team announced Wednesday.
Kukan has appeared in just one of the Jackets' previous 19 outings and can now spend up to two weeks in the minors in order to get some game action. When he is in the lineup, the Swiss defender is logging a mere 12:21 of ice time and has zero points to show for it.
Kukan will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game versus Colorado, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.
Scott Harrington is set to replace Kukan in the lineup, having just been activated off injured reserve. The 25-year-old Swiss-born rearguard failed to register a point in Columbus' first two games, posting a minus-1 rating.
Kukan will play for Team Switzerland at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, Tom Reed of The Athletic Cleveland reports.
Kukan was used sparingly by the Blue Jackets this season, but he played pretty well when he was inserted into the lineup, picking up four assists while posting a plus-2 rating in 11 contests. The 24-year-old blueliner will hope to use the World Championship as an opportunity to prove he deserves a regular spot in Columbus' lineup in 2018-19.
Kukan (upper body) was activated from the injured reserve list Friday.
Just two days after inking a two-year extension with the Blue Jackets, Kukan will rejoin the Jackets' corps of defensemen. He winds up missing just short of the four weeks he was expected to be sidelined. However, there is no guarantee the 24-year-old will immediately slot into the lineup with as many as eight blueliners potentially available Saturday. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Blue Jackets demote one or more of the defensemen when Ryan Murray (undisclosed) is ready to go.
Kukan (upper body) agreed to terms on a two-year, one-way deal with Columbus on Wednesday.
Perhaps the most significant aspect of Kukan's new deal is that it is a one-way contract, which means he will make the same in the NHL or AHL, thereby discouraging the team from demoting him. An upper-body issue has kept the defenseman out of the lineup since Feb. 18. The 24-year-old could be available in late March; however, if the team is out of playoff contention, it could opt just to keep him on the shelf.
Kukan (upper body) is likely to miss four weeks of action, George Richards of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
This is a bleak prognosis for the burgeoning rookie, who's managed four helpers and a plus-3 rating in 10 games. Look for the Blue Jackets to start relying on Ryan Murray, a fifth-year defenseman accustomed to working on the power play -- although we're not aware of any immediate plans for Murray to be situated in that special teams spot.
Kukan (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Monday and is expected to miss a week of action.
Prior to getting hurt, Kukan appeared to be hitting his stride with helpers in consecutive games. Fortunately for the Blue Jackets, they can replace the Switzerland native with Ryan Murray -- who was recalled from a conditioning assignment. Even once he is given the all-clear, the 24-year-old Kukan could find ice time hard to come by with Murray now back in the fold.
Kukan left Sunday's game against Pittsburgh with an apparent upper-body injury, and won't return.
The malady occurred during the first period, but the 24-year-old did record an assist before going to the dressing room. Kukan has been playing well after receiving a call-up despite skating mainly on the third pairing, recording five assists in 10 games, and his status should be updated by the team before Tuesday's game at New Jersey.
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