The world of fantasy hockey is a busy place, so we’ll review the best and worst performers each week to help you see what you might have missed and learn about emerging trends. Jason Zucker is having a strong January, with five points in six games and 16 points in his last 19 games overall. Zucker would prefer to stay with Minnesota and is putting up the points to earn that spot.
Hayley Wickenheiser, a four-time Olympic gold medallist and Canadian hockey legend, announced her retirement Friday. A few summers ago, Hayley Wickenheiser participated in a summer camp in Cole Harbour, N.S. The camp was run by hockey coach Brad Crossley, well-known for his work with NHLers like Sidney Crosby. After working alongside Wickenheiser on the first day of camp, Crossley went home and told his young hockey-playing daughter about the scrimmage.
SAN JOSE — Forward Tomas Hertl, out for the last two months with a right knee sprain, participated in Sunday’s optional skate and is hoping he can take part in full practices with contact in the near future. Hertl has been a light participant in some recent practices, doing mainly shooting and skating drills, and is eager to step take the intensity up a notch. Hertl, 23, hasn’t played since Nov. 17 when he hurt his knee in a game against the St. Louis Blues. “Every day its better and stronger. Now it’s almost full practices. Next week hopefully, full practices with contact,” Hertl said. “We’ll see next week if I can start more pushing, more battles. It’s mostly coming back pretty fast now. “I