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42 Joel Ward RW
Height/Weight: 6-1/226 | Birthdate: 12/2/1980 | Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Team: Washington Capitals | College: None | NHL Experience: 7 | Salary: $3,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 30/18 | Average Draft Position: 264.50
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4/15/2014

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward To Play In World Championship

News: Joel Ward has been selected to Team Canada's roster for the upcoming IIHF World Championships in Belarus, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: Joel Ward had a career year in his third season with the Capitals. Part of one of the more formidable third lines in the NHL this season, Ward compiled career highs with 24 goals and 49 points while spending most of the season alongside Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr. Entering the final season of a four-year, $12 million contact, Ward will have plenty of incentive to build on this year's campaign, and is certainly worth keeping an eye on in later rounds of next season's fantasy drafts.

4/11/2014

Joel Ward, RW, WAS Banner Year Rolls On For Caps' Ward

Joel Ward

Banner Year Rolls On For Caps' Ward

News: Joel Ward supplied a goal and two assists in Thursday's 5-2 victory over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: Joel Ward continues to put his previous career-best numbers for a season in the dust, boosting his goal and assists totals to 24 apiece in both categories. He's provided at least a point in three straight contests.

3/21/2014

Joel Ward, RW, WAS Goals In Four Straight For Caps' Ward

Joel Ward

Goals In Four Straight For Caps' Ward

News: Joel Ward scored for the fourth consecutive game Thursday in Los Angeles, tallying the Caps' only goal in a 2-1 shootout loss.
Analysis: The marker came on his only shot of the game -- the second time that's happened in these four games. At age 33, Joel Ward has a stunning 22 goals and 42 points on the season -- both easily career highs.

3/19/2014

Joel Ward, RW, WAS Goal Streak Rages On For Caps' Ward

Joel Ward

Goal Streak Rages On For Caps' Ward

News: Joel Ward scored a goal in his third straight game in Tuesday's win over the Ducks.
Analysis: We're barely halfway through March, but Joel Ward is already enjoying his second-most productive offensive month of the season, as he's totaled four goals and four assists in 10 games. He could be worthy of adding in deeper leagues while he remains hot.

3/17/2014

Joel Ward, RW, WAS Caps' Ward Adds Two More Points

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward Adds Two More Points

News: Joel Ward contributed a goal and assist in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: With the Leafs holding Alexander Ovechkin to just one shot on goal in the game, third-liners Joel Ward and Jason Chimera stepped up to buoy the Capitals' attack. Ward's first-period power-play tally allowed him to reach the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career.

3/6/2014

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward Starting To Heat Up

News: Joel Ward provided a goal in Wednesday's loss to the Flyers.
Analysis: That's three straight games in which Joel Ward has provided points for the Capitals. He doesn't see a lot of ice time as a member of the third line, but his presence on the power play presents him with more scoring opportunities than his overall minutes might suggest.

3/1/2014

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Two-Point Game For Caps' Ward

News: Joel Ward notched a goal and assist in Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Bruins.
Analysis: Improved health has allowed Joel Ward to make a run at establishing a new personal-best in scoring this season, as he's now matched the career-high 35 points he previously posted with the Predators back in 2008-09. With 21 games remaining on the Capitals' schedule, expect Ward to surpass that total with ease.

2/8/2014

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Capitals' Ward Expected To Play Saturday

News: Joel Ward (personal), who was granted leave from Friday's practice for personal reasons, took the morning skate and is expected to dress for Saturday night's match against New Jersey, Adam Vingan of NBC4 Washington reports.
Analysis: Joel Ward should be good to go for the Caps' pre-Olympic finale against New Jersey on Saturday. With 17 goals, Ward is second only to Alex Ovechkin for the team goal lead, and has two goals and an assist in his last three games. He will face a stingy Devils team that has allowed two goals against or less in four straight games.

2/7/2014

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Capitals' Ward Excused From Friday's Practice

News: Joel Ward was excused from Friday's practice due to personal reasons.
Analysis: Further details regarding Joel Ward's absence were not provided. It remains to be seen if Ward will return to the team for Saturday's game against the Devils.

2/2/2014

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Capitals' Ward Tallies Three Points

News: Joel Ward scored two goals, including a power-play score, and had an assist versus the Red Wings on Sunday.
Analysis: Joel Ward is finally putting up the kind of numbers the Capitals hoped for when they signed him. He has 17 goals and 33 points in 56 games. He's already tied his career high in goals, and is two points away from his high in points.

1/13/2014

Joel Ward, RW, WAS Caps' Ward Riding Four-Game Point Streak

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward Riding Four-Game Point Streak

News: Joel Ward's assist during Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to Buffalo was his fourth point in as many games.
Analysis: With 27 points in 45 games so far this year, Joel Ward is on pace to easily surpass the career-high 35 points he posted back in 2008-09. Ward is a steady-eddie performer who boasts modest fantasy value in medium to deeper formats - don't be afraid to snap him up if he's still available in your league.

12/21/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS Caps' Ward On Career Pace

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward On Career Pace

News: Joel Ward scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's overtime loss to the Devils.
Analysis: He has 11 each of goals and assists, and he's on a career pace that has 50 points as a possibility. There's real value in his game, particularly in deep formats. Don't be afraid to take a chance on him.

12/13/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Ward Scores In Washington Loss

News: Joel Ward grabbed his 10th goal of the season in Friday's loss to Florida.
Analysis: Joel Ward has already surpassed his goal totals in each of the last two seasons and appears poised to make a run at 20-plus goals for the Caps. He's not shooting the puck terribly often but he's finding the net with more regularity. He has two points over the last four games.

11/27/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward Posts Two Assists In Loss

News: Joel Ward recorded two assists in Wednesday's loss to the Senators.
Analysis: The winger made his mark on the score sheet for the first time in four games, and finished with a plus-1 rating. He now has nine goals and seven assists through 25 games.

11/12/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Surprising Goal Output Continues For Caps' Ward

News: Joel Ward scored his ninth goal of the year Tuesday in an overtime win over the Jackets.
Analysis: That's three consecutive games with a goal for the veteran winger, who's nearly averaging a marker every two games. His previous career high is 17, set back in 2008, and he looks to be on pace to obliterate that. Joel Ward's already got one more goal than he scored all of last year, and three more than he scored the year before.

11/1/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward Doubles Goal Totals

News: Joel Ward snagged a hat trick in Friday's win over Philadelphia, doubling his season's goal total to six.
Analysis: Joel Ward has 10 points through 13 games for the Caps and cannot be entirely discounted despite the regression most expect will be coming. Ward has more value to the Capitals than most fantasy leagues, as much of what he does on the ice is not measurable in the box score.

9/27/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward (Illness) Back At Practice

News: Joel Ward (illness) returned to practice Friday, the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Joel Ward was back in action in a full capacity a day after missing practice due to a stomach ailment. He'll be fine for Tuesday's season opener against the Blackhawks.

9/26/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward Out Sick

News: Joel Ward (illness) did not practice Thursday, the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: There's no word yet on whether he'll be able to suit up for Friday's game against the Flyers, but there's no indication that the illness is severe enough to put his status for the regular season in doubt.

5/3/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward Returns In Game 1

News: Joel Ward returned to the ice in a 3-1 win over the Rangers in Game 1 on Thursday.
Analysis: Joel Ward last played on April 7, when he took a puck to the knee. He had 8 goals and 12 assists in the regular season. Ward skated for just over eight minutes and is a welcome sight for the Caps' defense that continues to allow opposing offenses high shot totals.

5/2/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Caps Get Ward Back

News: Joel Ward (left knee contusion) will return to the Capitals' lineup Thursday against the Rangers, the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Joel Ward, who missed the final nine games of the regular season, will re-enter the Caps' forward mix Thursday on the team's fourth line along with Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle.

5/1/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward Dealing With Knee Discomfort

News: Joel Ward acknowledges that he is dealing with a little lingering discomfort in his bruised left knee, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Joel Ward still hopes to suit up for Thursday's playoff opener against the Rangers, with further clarity on that front likely to come after the team's morning game-day skate.

4/30/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward Should Play Thursday

News: Coach Adam Oates said that he expects Joel Ward (left knee contusion) to play in Thursday's playoff opener against the Rangers, barring a setback, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Joel Ward, who recorded 20 points in 39 games with the Caps this past season, has recorded 10 goals and 22 points in 32 playoff contests overall, so he's worth a look in postseason pools for those inclined to back the Caps.

4/29/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward Targets Game 1 Return

News: Joel Ward (left knee contusion) hopes to be available for Thursday's playoff opener against the Rangers, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Joel Ward was able to practice Monday, which bodes well for his chances of playing Thursday. The winger -- who notched 20 points in 39 games with the Caps this past season -- has recorded 10 goals and 22 points in 32 playoff contests overall to date.

4/26/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Ward Uncertain Saturday For Caps

News: Joel Ward (knee) is uncertain about playing on Saturday against the Bruins, the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Joel Ward skated on Friday and his knee felt alright. With the red-hot Capitals locked in a playoff spot, it may make it less likely that he pushes back too soon and add some extra rest for the postseason.

4/25/2013

Joel Ward, RW, WAS

Joel Ward

Caps' Ward Out Thursday

News: Joel Ward (left knee contusion) won't play Thursday against the Senators, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: On the plus side, Joel Ward skated with the team Thursday morning and coach Adam Oates wouldn't rule the forward out for Saturday's contest against Boston.