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38 Rudolfs Balcers LW

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April 1, 2020 08:20 PM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Scoreless in March
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers' final point before the hiatus came Feb. 27 against Vancouver.

Given that Balcers had just three points all season and only appeared in 15 games, there's probably no reason to roster him in any fantasy format. He's only 22 years old, so he has time to develop, but he's a long way away from contributing.

February 28, 2020 12:16 AM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: First NHL goal in almost a year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Canucks.

Balcers lit the lamp just 14 seconds into the third period to give his team a 3-1 lead. That goal turned into the game-winner after Vancouver pulled back within one, but Bobby Ryan closed out the win with a pair of insurance tallies, completing a hat trick in the process. The goal was Balcers' first at the NHL level since March 26, 2019, so his fantasy value remains minimal.

February 25, 2020 03:12 AM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Recalled to Ottawa
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers was brought up to the Senators from AHL Belleville on Monday after several moves were made at the trade deadline, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

Balcers might be with Ottawa for good given the Senators' fire sale, or he might return to Belleville for the Calder Cup playoffs. He's scored 16 goals and 20 assists for Belleville but hasn't scored in seven NHL games this year.

January 18, 2020 07:40 PM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Headed to minors during bye week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers was sent down to AHL Belleville on Saturday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

Balcers will continue to see plenty of ice time with Ottawa's minor-league affiliate during the Senators' bye week. While things are always subject to change, expect Balcers to return to Ottawa in time for its next game Jan. 27.

January 1, 2020 07:32 PM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Gets call from big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Senators recalled Balcers from AHL Belleville on Wednesday.

The Senators assigned Jean-Christophe Beaudin to the minors Tuesday, so Balcers will replenish the team's forward depth. The 22-year-old Balcers hasn't played an NHL game yet this year, but he's been excellent with Belleville, as he generated 24 points over 19 games.

November 12, 2019 10:48 AM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Sent to minor-league affiliate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Senators assigned Balcers (lower body) to AHL Belleville on Tuesday.

Balcers has yet to play this season due to a lower-body injury, so he'll head to the minors to get himself into playing shape before retruning to the big club. The Latvian forward notched five goals and 14 points while averaging 12:21 of ice time per contest in 36 appearances with Ottawa last campaign.

November 7, 2019 10:40 AM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Making progress in recovery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers (lower body) returned to practice in a non-contact jersey Thursday.

Balcers has yet to play this year due to a lower-body injury, but his presence on the ice Thursday suggests he's made significant progress in his recovery recently, and could be closing in on a return to game action. However, the 22-year-old winger will need to be cleared for contact before making his season debut, so he should still be considered out indefinitely until that occurs.

September 28, 2019 01:12 PM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Timeline becomes clear
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach D.J. Smith said Balcers (lower body) will be out for around a month, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.

Balcers will likely start the season on injured reserve until he's ready to play. The 22-year-old winger was impressive in his first stint with the big club last year, posting 14 points over 36 games in a bottom-six role. He has a good shot to stay with the big club once healthy.

September 27, 2019 11:52 AM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Facing lengthy absence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to general manager Pierre Dorion, Balcers will be "out for some time" with a lower-body injury, Hailey Salvian of The Athletic reports.

The Senators have yet to release a specific timetable for Balcers' recovery, but it sounds like he'll miss the first few games of the regular season at a minimum. The 22-year-old winger, who notched 14 points in 36 games with the big club last campaign, will likely slot into a bottom-six role once healthy.

September 26, 2019 11:20 AM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Done for Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers will not return Wednesday after suffering a lower-body injury against the Canucks.

The injury occurred in the first period of Wednesday's preseason contest and will keep him out until at least the next game. Balcers is likely a longshot to crack the Senators' Opening Night roster, and an injury at this stage of the preseason will not help his chances. There figures to be an update on Balcers before the Sens' final preseason game Saturday.

April 5, 2019 02:32 PM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Headed to AHL affiliate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Senators reassigned Balcers to AHL Belleville on Friday.

The Senators only have one game remaining on their schedule, so there's no reason for them to keep depth skaters like Balcers around at this point. The 21-year-old forward will finish the season having notched five goals and 14 points in 36 appearances with the big club.

March 21, 2019 02:04 AM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Three assists in four games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers generated an assist in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Canucks.

Balcers has four points in nine games in March, giving him 10 points in 28 contests for the year. With only 16 hits, 21 blocked shots and 40 shots on goal, it's hard to recommend the Latvian winger for fantasy purposes, as none of his stats move the needle all that much.

March 2, 2019 07:56 PM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Ready to rock
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers (illness) is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's game against Tampa Bay,'s Corey Long reports.

Balcers missed Thursday's game against the Oilers due to an illness, but he was never expected to be sidelined for long. The 21-year-old Latvian will return to a bottom-six role Saturday, skating with Brian Gibbons and Mikkel Boedker on the Senators' fourth line.

February 28, 2019 10:48 AM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Ruled out Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers will miss Thursday's clash with Edmonton due to illness, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

Balcers is starting to find his stride, as he has four points in his previous eight outings while averaging 11:49 of ice time. The winger will be replaced in the lineup by fellow youngster Drake Batherson versus the Oilers, though the two could find themselves competing for minutes down the stretch as the club probably wants to evaluate all its young talent.

February 27, 2019 02:48 AM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Stays in Ottawa
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers is back with the Senators per the NHL's official media site.

The 21-year-old was sent to the AHL via a paper move Monday to preserve his eligibility for the AHL playoffs, but is back with the big club. The Latvian will likely be an integral part in the Ottawa rebuild going forward and has six points in 19 games this campaign.

February 25, 2019 04:36 PM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Demoted to AHL in paper move
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers was assigned to AHL Belleville on Monday, per the AHL's transactions list.

This is likely only a paper move. Several young players on other teams were similarly assigned to the AHL to ensure that they can be sent back down to the minors later this year. Balcers has four points in his last eight games, and the Senators aren't playing for anything, so it would be surprising if the 21-year-old wasn't recalled essentially immediately.

February 2, 2019 11:40 AM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Returns to NHL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers was called up from AHL Belleville on Saturday.

This is Balcers' second call-up of the 2018-19 campaign. Selected in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2015 draft -- the Sharks nabbed him before he was sent to Ottawa in the Erik Karlsson deal -- the winger will look to build upon the two points that he's accrued through his first eight games in the NHL. However, it appears that he'll have to push Nick Paul or another fourth-liner out of the lineup in order to see game action against the Red Wings on Saturday.

January 23, 2019 10:28 AM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Shipped down to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers was reassigned to AHL Belleville on Wednesday.

Balcers served as a healthy scratch in Tuesday's matchup with Arizona and will now spend the All-Star break playing in the minors. The winger has just two points in his eight outings this season, in which he logged a mere 9:52 of ice time per game. With Colin White healthy, the Senators may opt to leave Balcers in the minors following the break.

January 6, 2019 09:36 PM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Records first NHL goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers scored his first career NHL goal in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Hurricanes.

It took the 21-year-old only two games to light the lamp for the first time. Balcers is stuck on the fourth line and isn't seeing much ice time since his recall from AHL Belleville, but he's talented enough to work his way up the depth chart if he proves he can deliver a consistent effort.

January 4, 2019 09:56 PM
Senators' Rudolfs Balcers: Recalled from minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Balcers was promoted from AHL Belleville on Friday.

Balcers has been impressive in the minors this season, racking up 14 goals and 12 helpers in 36 outings. The 21-year-old winger was brought in as part of the Erik Karlsson deal and could get his first look at NHL action either Saturday or Sunday versus Minnesota or Carolina, respectively. In a corresponding move, Jack Rodewald was shipped down to AHL Belleville.

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