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8 Jan Hejda D
Height/Weight: 6-4/237 | Birthdate: 6/18/1978 | Birthplace: Prague, Czechoslovakia | Team: Colorado Avalanche | College: None | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $3,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 5/3 | Average Draft Position: 230.00
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12/13/2014

Jan Hejda, D, COL

Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Picks Up Assist

News: Jan Hejda was credited with an assist in his 22:18 of ice time in Thursday's win over the Jets.
Analysis: Jan Hejda holds down a top-pairing role for the Avs, but he's valued mostly for what he contributes in the hits and blocked shots categories than for any puck-moving. The assist marked just his fifth point in 29 games on the season.

10/29/2014

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Dishes Two Helpers

News: Jan Hejda assisted on both of Colorado's goals in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Sharks.
Analysis: Jan Hejda's not known as much of an offensive contributor, but what he has been contributing in spades so far are hits and blocks -- 29 and 17, respectively. That gives him solid value in fantasy formats that count those peripheral stats.

5/1/2014

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Played With Two Broken Fingers

News: Jan Hejda played with two broken fingers in Round 1 against the Wild, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: With two broken digits and a pin inserted into his thumb, the 35-year-old Czech is yet another example of a player valiantly battling through a significant injury in the postseason. It's unclear as to how or when Jan Hejda hurt his hand, but it was evident something was wrong as he finished the series pointless with a minus-6 rating and dropped his stick on several occasions. In bittersweet fashion, the Avs' heartbreaking overtime loss at home in Game 7 will allow his hand plenty of time to heal up in preparation for training camp in September. Furthermore, it appears that Hejda -- who was second on the Avs in average ice time this season behind partner Erik Johnson -- still has gas in the tank, so look for him to play another key shutdown role in Colorado's top-two D pairs in what will be the final year of his contract.

4/16/2014

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda To Play In Game 1

News: Jan Hejda (upper body) will be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 against the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The Avalanche confirmed his availability following his participation in Wednesday's practice. Expect him to rejoin Erik Johnson on Colorado's top defensive pairing.

4/16/2014

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Back At Practice

News: Jan Hejda (upper body) practiced with the team Wednesday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: There's no official word yet, but Jan Hejda's presence at practice would suggest that he'll be available for Thursday's Game 1 matchup with the Wild. The blueliner recorded six goals and 11 assists in 78 regular season games this year.

4/16/2014

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Jan Hejda

Ducks' Hejda Day-To-Day

News: Jan Hejda (upper body) is day-to-day, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: More on Jan Hejda's status Wednesday, but coach Patrick Roy noted Tuesday that he expects the blueliner to be ready for the team's series against the Wild, which opens on Thursday.

4/14/2014

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Day-To-Day

News: Jan Hejda suffered an upper body injury Sunday against the Ducks, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Head coach Patrick Roy said the team is hoping Jan Hejda can play Thursday in Game 1 of their first round series against the Wild, but for now, his status is completely up in the air. The good news is Hejda has a couple days to rest up, so keep an eye out for an update as Thursday nears.

1/29/2014

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Jan Hejda

Hejda Contributing Off Scoresheet For Avs

News: Jan Hejda is a combined minus-4 in his last two games, and has just a single point in his last nine.
Analysis: Jan Hejda continues to play a top-four role on the Avs' blue line, seeing upwards of 20 minutes per game on a regular basis. However, with just 14 points in 48 games, he is not a regular source of point production for fantasy owners. He does, however, lead the team in hits (119). He's also tied for first in plus-minus (plus-10) and tied for second in blocked shots (90), so there is some fantasy value here in the formats that utilize those categories. Just don't expect a whole lot of offense out of the guy.

12/14/2013

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Back In Lineup Saturday

News: Jan Hejda (knee) will return to the lineup Saturday vs. the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: As anticipated, Jan Hejda didn't endure any setbacks after returning to practice a few days ago and will be slotted back into the defenseman ranks for the Avalanche. He'll presumably rejoin Erik Johnson in the Avs' top pairing.

12/12/2013

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda On Track To Return Saturday

News: Avs coach Patrick Roy said Wednesday that Jan Hejda (knee) is still on pace to return to the lineup Saturday against the Wild.
Analysis: So long as Jan Hejda continues to progress without setback, it seems likely that he'll beat the 10-14 day timetable initially set for his return from a knee sprain. Fellow blueliner Ryan Wilson (back) is also on track for a Saturday return.

12/10/2013

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Could Return This Weekend

News: Jan Hejda (knee) could return to action Saturday against the Wild.
Analysis: The decision will be made based on how Jan Hejda progresses during practice this week, but his return appears imminent barring no further setbacks. In addition, fellow defenseman Ryan Wilson is on a similar return timetable as Hejda, potentially putting the Avs back at full strength defensively before the weekend's out.

12/9/2013

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Targeting Quick Return

News: Jan Hejda (knee) could return Saturday against Minnesota or next Monday against Dallas, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Jan Hejda hopes to resume skating this week, which would presumably give him a shot to suit up over the weekend. He owns an impressive plus-17 rating through 26 games, and is targeting a return at the beginning of his 10-to-14-day timetable.

12/7/2013

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Out Up To Two Weeks With Knee Injury

News: Jan Hejda will be out for 10-to-14 days with a knee sprain.
Analysis: The Avalanche had expressed optimism that the knee injury Jan Hejda suffered Thursday night wasn't serious, and it appears that's the case, though he'll still miss a decent chunk of time. At least he won't do any further damage to his plus/minus rating, which currently sits at a robust plus-17 through 26 games, good for fourth in the NHL.

12/6/2013

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Injury Doesn't Look Too Serious

News: Jan Hejda (knee) is headed back to Denver for tests, but Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports that the injury is not as serious as originally thought.
Analysis: Dater's exact words were, "this is not a catastrophic injury to the important Avs defenseman," which is obviously encouraging but nothing should be assumed until x-rays and an MRI are done. More should be known over the weekend, so for now, just consider him day-to-day.

12/5/2013

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Injures Knee

News: Jan Hejda suffered a knee injury during Thursday's game and will not return.
Analysis: The injury comes at a disappointing team, as Jan Hejda had three points in his past four games heading into Thursday's action. He also carries a ridiculous plus-17 rating through 26 appearances, which is good for second place in the entire NHL.

11/29/2013

Jan Hejda, D, COL Avs' Hejda Finishes Plus-3 In Win

Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Finishes Plus-3 In Win

News: Jan Hejda was credited with an assist in Friday's win over the Wild and finished the game with a plus-3 rating.
Analysis: It was the third straight game in which Jan Hejda gathered a helper, giving him a total of nine points on the season. It's in the plus/minus category where he's really been a difference-maker in the fantasy game, however, as his plus-17 rating now ties him with the Sharks' Justin Braun for the league-wide defenseman lead.

10/16/2013

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Scores First Goal Of The Season

News: Jan Hejda scored his first goal of the season Tuesday against the Stars, tallying with just seven seconds left in the first period.
Analysis: Despite playing over 20 minutes per game (including a team-high 23:04 Tuesday), Jan Hejda doesn't find too many scoring opportunities. His two shots Tuesday gives him just seven this season, and he gets practically no power play time.

4/13/2013

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Nets Game-Winner With Eight Seconds Left

News: Jan Hejda's first goal of the season was a game-winner that gave the Avalanche a 4-3 lead over the Canucks with just 7.6 seconds remaining in Saturday's contest.
Analysis: Jan Hejda snuck a slap shot past Corey Schneider from just inside the blue line, providing the last-place Avalanche with a thrilling win over the playoff-bound Canucks. The goal was just his 18th in a career that has lasted 462 games so far.

7/2/2012

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Out With Wrist Surgery

News: Jan Hejda will need wrist surgery but could be ready for training camp in September, according to the Denver Post's Adrian Dater.
Analysis: The Avs insured themselves by signing Greg Zanon on Sunday, but odds are good that Jan Hejda will be ready for training camp.

3/3/2012

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Still Seeing Healthy Minutes Despite Lack Of Scoring

News: Jan Hejda has zero goals and just four assists in his last 24 games.
Analysis: Despite the lack of production, Jan Hejda continues to enjoy a top-four role on the Avs' blue line this season, currently teaming with Ryan Wilson on the team's second defensive pairing. Lucky for him, he is not expected to score much, but he is expected to provide a steady defensive presence, something that his team-worst minus-13 rating suggests he's having trouble doing overall. If you're relying on him for fantasy purposes, you could probably do better considering his shortcomings at both ends of the rink.

2/19/2012

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Struggling With Defensive Play

News: In 18 games since the start of January, Jan Hejda has posted a positive plus-minus rating just twice. He is a combined minus-5 over that stretch.
Analysis: This should not come as much of a surprise as Jan Hejda has struggled in the plus/minus column the last two seasons before his arrival in Denver this year. Given that he's also a lightweight in the scoring, PIM and shots-on-goal categories, there isn't much room for Hejda to add fantasy value anywhere else. Avoid using him if you can - he won't help your totals much.

1/21/2012

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda (Groin) Healthy, But Could Still Sit Saturday

News: Jan Hejda (groin) will be available for Saturday's game against Los Angeles but still might not play, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: He appears to be over the groin injury that kept him out of Wednesday's 4-3 OT win against Florida, but Jan Hejda's availability now makes for eight healthy defensemen on the roster and coach Joe Sacco says he only intends to dress six against the Kings. Although he has 12 points in 47 games so far this year, Hejda's plus-minus rating of minus-15 is worst on the team, so he's a prime candidate to sit out for at least a game. We suggest you look around for a better d-man option for your fantasy lineup Saturday.

1/19/2012

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Sits Wednesday

News: Jan Hejda (groin) will miss Wednesday's game against the Panthers, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: With 12 points and 16 PIM in 47 games, Jan Hejda hasn't provided much fantasy value this season, especially when his minus-15 rating is factored in.

12/31/2011

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Jan Hejda

Colorado's Hejda Ready To Go

News: Jan Hejda (head) will play in Saturday's game against the Ducks, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Jan Hejda took an elbow to the head in Thursday's game, but fortunately it appears he avoided a potential concussion. Expect Hejda to play his regular role on the Avalanche's blue line Saturday night.

12/30/2011

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Jan Hejda

Avs' Hejda Feeling Woozy After Elbowing Incident

News: Jan Hejda took an elbow to the head during Thursday's win against Phoenix, but wasn't feeling well after the game, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: There was no immediate word on whether Jan Hejda would miss Saturday's game against Anaheim. It's possible that Hejda just got his bell rung and won't miss any time, so consider this a watch-and-wait situation.