29-Year-Old Defenseman – Montreal Canadiens
Davis Drewiske Contract Information:
Signed a two-year extension with the Canadiens in June of 2013.
Drewiske cleared waivers Monday and has been reassigned to AHL Hamilton.
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Drewiske started the 2012-13 season with the Kings before getting traded to Montreal late for the stretch drive. He was on the active roster for his first nine games with Montreal, but was a healthy scratch for the final four regular-season games and in the playoff series against Ottawa. Oddly enough, the Canadiens signed him to a two-year deal in the offseason. Drewiske is considered a stay-at-home type with size on the back end. He suffered a shoulder injury in training camp that will force him to miss the first few weeks of the season. Once healthy, he'll give Montreal a capable NHL defenseman while the team grooms their younger blue-line prospects. He'll split time on the third defense pairing and as the seventh defender.
Drewiske is a solid, stay-at-home defenseman who got stuck behind a trio of veteran blueliners (Matt Greene, Rob Scuderi and Willie Mitchell) and only saw action in nine games last year for the Kings. He's in for a similar role again this year in the last year of his contract and figures to be the seventh defenseman on most nights.
Drewiske was limited to just 38 games due to a shoulder injury last year but wasn't a regular part of the Kings' blue line even when healthy. He has 16 points in 97 games at the NHL level and just 51 PIMs so there's very little short-term upside here from a fantasy perspective. He'll be back as the team's sixth or seventh blueliner again this time around.
Drewiske's a nice enough depth defensemen for the Kings but he offers very little from a fantasy perspective. He's put up a grand total of 11 points in 59 games at the NHL level across two seasons and you can expect a similar role and output this season.
Drewiske split time between the AHL and NHL, appearing in 17 games for the Kings. He's a solid two-way blueliner, though his offensive skills haven't shown up on the scoresheet on a consistent basis. He'll be a nice complement to Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson, Thomas Hickey and Colten Tuebert for many years to come but doesn't figure to impact too many fantasy squads.