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20 Eric Belanger C
Height/Weight: 6-0/185 | Birthdate: 12/16/1977 | Birthplace: Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 12 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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7/15/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Belanger Signs With KHL Team

News: Eric Belanger has signed a one-year contract with Yekaterinburg of the KHL, RDS' Renaud Lavoie reports.
Analysis: Eric Belanger has 358 points in 820 career NHL games but scored just three points in 26 games with the Oilers last season. It wouldn't be shocking if this is the end of his NHL career, although he could always give it another try after spending a year in Russia.

7/4/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers' Belanger Placed On Unconditional Waivers

News: Eric Belanger will be placed on unconditional waivers and is expected to be bought out, TSN Edmonton reports.
Analysis: After only scoring three points in 26 games last season, the Oilers appear to be parting ways with Eric Belanger. Instead of earning the $1.25 million he was set to earn with the Oilers, the center will test the free agent market.

4/22/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers' Belanger Hopes To Return Monday

News: Eric Belanger (groin) is planning to play in Monday's game against Ducks, Dan Tencer of CHED Edmonton reports.
Analysis: Eric Belanger has appeared in just two games since Mar. 8 due to the lingering groin injury, but it looks like he will be back on the ice Monday night. Belanger will boost the Oilers' depth, but don't expect him to make much of a fantasy impact over the season's final four games.

3/26/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers' Belanger On IR

News: Eric Belanger (groin) has been placed on IR by the Oilers.
Analysis: With three assists and 10 PIM in 23 games to date, Eric Belanger's fantasy impact has been limited thus far. His absence will likely result in a forward being called up by the Oilers in short order.

3/25/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers' Belanger (Groin) Will Not Return Monday

News: Eric Belanger (groin) will not return to Monday's game against the Predators.
Analysis: It seems Eric Belanger may have aggravated the groin injury that forced him to miss more than two weeks earlier this month. His status for Tuesday's game against St. Louis is uncertain.

3/23/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers' Belanger to Return Saturday

News: Eric Belanger is expected to return to the lineup Saturday after dealing with a groin injury the last couple weeks.
Analysis: Eric Belanger hasn't played since March 8. He went on IR with the groin injury and then returned to practice about a week ago.

3/19/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers' Belanger Leaves Practice

News: Eric Belanger (groin) left practice Tuesday unable to skate on his injured groin, the Edmonton Journal reports.
Analysis: Groin injuries are especially tricky in hockey, so it's tough to know when Eric Belanger will be ready to rejoin the team. He has totaled three assists in 21 games while playing a depth-line role for Edmonton this year.

3/16/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers' Belanger Close To A Return

News: Eric Belanger (groin) has returned to practice and is expected to return to action Wednesday, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: Eric Belanger hasn't played since March 8. He believes a wonky back is what led to the groin injury he is dealing with. He appears to be over both and should be safe to activate if you normally would do so.

3/10/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers Place Belanger On IR

News: Eric Belanger (groin) has been placed on IR, the Oilers' official site reports.
Analysis: Though Eric Belanger -- who has three assists in 21 games -- is now sidelined, the Oilers will get some help up front Sunday, with the return to action of Shawn Horcoff, Teemu Hartikainen and Ales Hemsky.

2/10/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers' Belanger (Toe) Will Play Sunday

News: Eric Belanger (toe) will play Sunday against the Blue Jackets, Dan Kamal of FOX Sports Ohio reports.
Analysis: The team sent Chris VandeVelde back down in anticipation of Eric Belanger's return. Belanger reportedly has two broken toes, but look him to be lifted from IR prior to Sunday's tilt.

2/7/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers’ Belanger (Toe) Practices

News: Eric Belanger practiced Thursday and could play Sunday after breaking two toes, the 630 CHED reports.
Analysis: Eric Belanger has been unproductive this season, averaging 13:08 minutes per game in eight games, yet no points to attest to that.

2/5/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers' Belanger Dealing With Two Broken Toes

News: Eric Belanger was placed on injured reserve Sunday as a result of two broken toes, the Edmonton Journal reports.
Analysis: The team had previously called the ailment an "unspecified injury," so now we officially know what he's dealing with. Eric Belanger is expected to miss at least a week as a result of the injury.

2/3/2013

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers Place Belanger On IR

News: The Oilers have placed Eric Belanger (unspecified injury) on injured reserve, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: To replace Eric Belanger up front, the Oilers have recalled Magnus Paajarvi from AHL Oklahoma City. With no points in eight games this season, however, Belanger's absence shouldn't affect too many fantasy owners.

1/21/2012

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers' Belanger To Return On Saturday

News: Eric Belanger (leg) will return to the lineup Saturday, according to the Oilers web site.
Analysis: Eric Belanger has been out of action for about a week but should return for the battle of Alberta on Saturday. Belanger is far from the best fantasy player unless you're in a league that rewards face-off wins.

1/15/2012

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers' Belanger Out Sunday With Leg Injury

News: Eric Belanger (leg) wasn't out for warm-ups and isn't expected to play Sunday, 630 CHED reports.
Analysis: Eric Belanger sustained a leg injury Friday. He's day-to-day. The Oilers were hopeful he'd be ready to play Sunday, but it appears he still needs to rest the injury.

1/14/2012

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Edmonton's Belanger Hurts Leg

News: Eric Belanger is day-to-day with a leg injury, Oilers Radio Network's Dan Tencer reports.
Analysis: The team is hopeful that he'll be able to play against the Kings on Sunday.

12/22/2011

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers's Belanger Winning His Share Of Draws

News: Eric Belanger has lived up to his hype as a face-off specialist this season, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: Eric Belanger has won an impressive 55.7% of his draws which places him just outside of the top 10 in the league, problem is he only has one goal to go with those draws which makes him a risky fantasy play even in leagues that count face-off percentage as a category.

7/2/2011

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Oilers Sign Belanger

News: The Oilers signed Belanger on Friday, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: Belanger signed a three-year deal for $5.25 million. He's a faceoff specialist, something the Oilers were looking for, so keep that in mind if you're in a league that has faceoffs won as a stat.

3/13/2011

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Coyotes' Belanger Steps In For Hanzal

News: Belanger has been given important minutes in Martin Hanzal's (lower body) absence, according to the Arizona Republic.
Analysis: Belanger has been called on to step up and take more responsibility defensively by facing the opposition's top lines. He has definitely responded to the challenge so far. Belanger has a plus-2 rating and has generated two goals and two assists in the last two games.

3/8/2011

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Phoenix's Belanger Has Three Points In Loss

News: Belanger had a goal and two assists in Tuesday's overtime loss to Vancouver.
Analysis: The three points on Tuesday were Belanger's first in his previous six games. He has just 10 goals and 30 points on the season in 68 games.

1/26/2011

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Coyotes' Belanger Nets Two Goals In Win Wednesday

News: Belanger scored two goals in Phoenix's 5-2 win over Colorado on Wednesday evening.
Analysis: The goals were his first since January 11th.

12/31/2010

Eric Belanger, C, EDM Belanger Ice Cold For Coyotes

Eric Belanger

Belanger Ice Cold For Coyotes

News: In the last 12 games, Belanger has only recorded two assists and he scored his last goal Nov. 10 against Chicago.
Analysis: Belanger has not been effective for the past month. Even though he is not typically a 20-goal scorer, he is expected to at least chip in and help the Coyotes' scoring-by-committee approach. So far he has been non-existent. Belanger does lead the team in face-off wins at 55%.

11/11/2010

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Belanger Scores Game Winner in Phoenix Victory

News: Belanger scored his fourth Wednesday to steal a 2-1 decision in Chicago.
Analysis: Belanger tallied only 25 seconds after youngster Kyle Turris recorded his fourth of the season as well. Belanger is providing veteran leadership to a team in need of it and is still productive enough to warrant fantasy consideration in most leagues.

11/6/2010

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Belanger: Phoenix Seems to Fit

News: Belanger scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's shootout loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis: He has quietly put up eight points in 13 games. And while that isn't gold-star worthy, it does make him valuable in deep formats with no position designations.

10/6/2010

Eric Belanger, C, EDM

Eric Belanger

Belanger Fitting in Well with Coyotes' Linemates

News: Belanger will play center on a line with Shane Doan and Wojtek Wolski, according to the Arizona Republic.
Analysis: The nine-year veteran didn't take long to get in sync with his new linemates. In 77 games last season with Minnesota and Washington, he scored 15 goals and had 26 assists. With that type of production, he does have the ability to set up skillful players like Wolski and Doan.