News:Brad Winchester was released from his professional tryout Thursday, the team's official Twitter account reports.
Analysis: The Flames have a glut of forwards at the moment, and Brad Winchester just didn't fit into their future plans.
News:Brad Winchester scored his third goal of the season in the second period of San Jose's 5-2 win over Dallas on Thursday.
Analysis:Brad Winchester came through in his first game playing with Joe Thornton, despite only getting 13:21 of playing time. As long as he's playing where he is the point production should be up.
News:Brad Winchester will be joining teammates Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski on the top line, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis:Brad Winchester only has four points on the season although his ability to plant himself in front of the opposing goalie could prove to be valuable to the top line. Look for both his point production and ice time to go up with this move.
News:Brad Winchester scored his first goal as a Shark Thursday night as the Sharks defeated the Red Wings 5-2.
Analysis: It was the first points for San Jose's fourth line since opening night. Brad Winchester also contributed with an assist for his third point of the season.
News:Brad Winchester was signed by the Sharks to a one-year contract Monday, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: He's expected to work on the Sharks' fourth line, so there won't be significant opportunity to contribute in most leagues. Brad Winchester has generated points in less than 18 percent of 323 career games at the NHL level, meaning his history of production doesn't bode well for his fantasy prospects.
News:Brad Winchester has impressed with his pro tryout with the Sharks, Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis:Brad Winchester is reportedly in contention for a roster spot on the fourth line in San Jose. But even if he ultimately earns a contract with the Sharks, Winchester's fantasy value will be negligible since he's generated points in less than 18 percent of 323 career games at the NHL level.
News:Brad Winchester was knocked out by a punch from Vancouver forward Aaron Volpatti in Thursday's exhibition contest, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: The report goes on to say that Brad Winchester could have returned to action, but Sharks coach Todd McLellan opted to keep him out of the game. Luckily the injury to Winchester is not considered serious, but it's still a tough blow for a guy trying to make a good impression and win a roster spot out of training camp.
News:Brad Winchester will make an appearance in Sharks camp as a professional tryout, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Analysis:Brad Winchester started last season with the Blues and ended with the Ducks. A second-round draft pick by the Oilers in 2000, Winchester has yet to play more than 64 games in a single season. Given the Sharks' organizational depth at forward, it's unlikely that he would assume a significant role in San Jose if he ultimately latches on with the club.
News: Winchester, who was traded to the Ducks from the Blues on Monday, could eventually be placed on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Winchester reportedly practiced on the fourth line with Kyle Chipchura and George Parros in his first practice as a Duck on Tuesday, but coach Randy Carlyle had this to say about the newcomer: "We think he's a guy that can move up and down on our left side," Carlyle said. "We feel that there's a necessity to have a bigger body playing with (Ryan) Getzlaf and Perry. It gives us the flexibility to move Bobby Ryan around." Winchester would likely see an uptick in fantasy value if he gets to play on the top line in Anaheim.
News: The Ducks have sent a third-round pick to St. Louis for Winchester, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Analysis: Winchester, who turns 30 on Tuesday, has 14 points in 59 games this year and will likely assume a depth role on a Ducks team that is filling up on tough guys.
News: After behaving himself for four straight games, Winchester wasted no time before getting sent to the penalty box in St. Louis' game against Columbus on Saturday night. He tangled with the Blue Jackets' Derek Dorsett just 10 seconds after the puck dropped to start the contest.
Analysis: Winchester isn't among the truly elite enforcers in the league, but his 79 PIMs on the season place him in the top 25. He should blow by his previous career high of 108 PIMs, set just last season, before St. Patrick's Day.
News: Winchester scored for the third straight game in Monday's loss to the Coyotes. The goal gives him eight on the season, with four of those coming within the two weeks.
Analysis: He's not normally a goal-scoring threat, but it seems the net finder within him has been liberated since coach Davis Payne dropped Brad Boyes to the third line along with Winchester and Jay McClement. With injuries to three of their top-six forwards, the Blues need to find offense from atypical sources. And Winchester can be one of them. He's a big body who can hold his spot in front of the net, while getting regular duty on the power play.
News: Winchester scored the Blues' only goal Saturday. He now has goals in back-to-back games.
Analysis: He's a difficult fantasy roll unless you're in sin bin leagues. But he is on pace for close to 20 points and 120 PIMs -- that may be worth the last spot on a big roster.
News: Winchester scored his fifth goal of the season in the third period of St. Louis' 3-1 win over Chicago.
Analysis: Winchester fired a team-high eight shots on goal while administering three hits in 14:11 of ice time. The Blues have juggled their lines quite a bit this season, partially due to injury and partially due to a lack of scoring punch. Winchester has bounced around a bit, but now finds himself on the third line with Jay McClement and Brad Boyes.
News: The Blues have Winchester skating on the second line with Patrik Berglund and Matt D'Agostini, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Winchester, who has two goals in the last three games, is more of the worker bee on the second line. He'll do the dirty work like going into corners, getting in front of the net and pushing defensemen back. Winchester isn't going to find the back of the net often but he will be skating more shifts including time on the second power-play unit.
News: The Blues have upped Winchester's ice time and number of shifts the past two games, including time on St. Louis' second power-play unit. He averages 12.3 shifts per game and 7:42 of ice time this season, but has skated a combined 43 shifts (26:36) in the past two games.
Analysis: Winchester has scored two goals in the previous three games, including Saturday's game-winner over the Devils and a power-play marker against the Red Wings. He's been a fourth-line scrapper, who gets physical when the tone of the game dictates such behavior, but the Wisconsin native has been thrust into a bigger role due to injuries among the Blues' top-six forwards and the need to generate offense from any forward.
News: Winchester (knee) returned to the active lineup Monday night in St. Louis' loss to Colorado.
Analysis: Winchester was back on the fourth line and mixing it up with a fight and three hits in 8:23 of ice time.
News: Winchester (knee) will not play Thursday against the Predators, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Just an FYI if you're in a deeper league where he might be of value to you. Winchester's injury still hasn't healed since he suffered it in a fight with Jamal Mayers last week.
News: Winchester is dealing with a knee contusion, but he is still expected to travel for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Lou Korac of the Alton Telegraph reports.
Analysis: Expect Winchester to be a game-time decision for Wednesday's contest.
News: Blues winger Brad Winchester picked up a season high for penalty minutes with 17 on Saturday during a 3-2 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets. Winchester picked up a five-minute fighting penalty in the second period and that was added to a two-minute instigating penalty and a 10-minute game misconduct.
Analysis: Winchester has 77 penalty minutes on the season but just six points. Winchester has marginal Fantasy appeal and is best used in Fantasy leagues that reward for hits.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Blues LW Brad Winchester has moved into second place on the club in hits (108), surpassing D Roman Polak (105). Winchester has 42 hits in his last eight games, including nine against Columbus on Jan. 18.
Analysis: Winchester is at least doing something right after he has taken a big step back offensively in 2009-10. Winchester has marginal Fantasy appeal and is best used in Fantasy leagues that reward for hits.
News: Blues LW Brad Winchester scored his first goal of the season on Friday against the Lightning. Winchester scored his first of the season to give the Blues a 1-0 lead by beating Antero Niittymaki with a snap shot from the low slot 10:04 into the game. It was also his first point since Nov. 14.
Analysis: Winchester scored a career-high 13 goals in 2008-09 and was such a good presence from the Blues' checking line after being plucked off waivers from Dallas. Unfortunately, he hasn't had a repeat performance in 2009-10 and has even been a healthy scratch at times. Winchester has marginal Fantasy appeal until further notice.
News: The Blues also signed forward Brad Winchester and defenseman Mike Weaver to one-year deals worth $800,000 on Monday. "Brad had a career season and played a key role for our club by providing scoring and muscle up front," Blues president John Davidson told NHL.com.
Analysis: Winchester, 28, played in a career-high 64 games for the Blues in 2008-09 and registered career-highs in points (21), goals (13), assists (eight) and penalty minutes (89). He has skated in 183 career NHL games with the Blues, Edmonton and Dallas, collecting 34 points (18 goals) along with 242 penalty minutes. Winchester is a good energy-line forward for St. Louis, but has minimal Fantasy appeal Draft Day.
News: Blues LW Brad Winchester scored for the 11th time in Tuesday's win over the Stars.
Analysis: Winchester does not get involved offensively nearly enough to be relevant in Fantasy, so leave him on waivers.
News: Blues LW Brad Winchester scored his 10th goal of the season on Wednesday against the Blue Jackets. The goal came off of a David Backes assist on a snap shot.
Analysis: Winchester now has 14 points on the season with 10 goals and four assists. He is not involved offensively nearly enough to be relevant in Fantay, so leave him on waivers.
News: Blues LW Brad Winchester scored his ninth goal of the season against Nashville on Thursday, increasing his points total on the season to 13. The goal snaps a five-game streak in which Winchester didn't have a point.
Analysis: Every goal that Winchester has scored this season has come since Dec. 13. He's been more effective than he had been earlier in the year but still isn't worth using in Fantasy play. Leave him on waivers.
News: St. Louis LW Brad Winchester was only on the ice for just over six minutes on Thursday against the Senators. It was a good thing he got that time because otherwise the game would have been a shutout. Winchester recorded his eighth tally of the season to tie the game at one in the 1st period.
Analysis: Winchester's goal was his eighth and he now has 10 points on the year. All of his goals have come since mid-December which mean's he playing much better of late. He has been a regular in the Blues' rotation since late November, but is still not an elite scoring force. Winchester remains more of a low-end Fantasy reserve.
News: Blues LW Brad Winchester scored a goal during Monday's 5-4 shootout win against the Bruins. The Blues tied it at 1 when Winchester redirected Jeff Woywitka's shot from the point and the puck trickled between Tim Thomas' pads at 7:37 of the first period. Thomas, on his knees, looked up to the ceiling in frustration after the puck slid behind him. It was Winchester's second goal in seven games.
Analysis: Winchester has scored all seven of his goals this season since Dec. 13. He has been a regular in the Blues' rotation since late November, but is still not an elite scoring force. Winchester remains more of a low-end Fantasy reserve.
News: Blues LW Brad Winchester tallied an assist in 15:27 of ice time Thursday against the Avalanche. He also totaled seven penalty minutes, including five for fighting with Cody McLeod in the first period. Winchester has two assists and 47 penalty minutes on the season.
Analysis: Winchester didn't even get a sniff of the NHL this season until St. Louis claimed him off waivers from the Stars in late November. Now, he is getting regular minutes, even on the power play. Still, Winchester isn't an overly impressive player and is best used as a low-end Fantasy reserve.
News:The Sports Xchange reports LW Brad Winchester netted his sixth goal in 22 games with the Blues Saturday night against the Blue Jackets. Winchester is proving to be a reliable player in front of the net on the Blues' power play.
Analysis: Winchester didn't even get a sniff of the NHL this season until St. Louis claimed him off waivers from the Stars in late November. Now, he is getting regular minutes, even onm the power play. Still, Winchester isn't an overly impressive player and is best used as a low-end Fantasy reserve.
News: Blues LW Brad Winchester had his first career two-goal game during Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Sharks. Winchester's power-play goal came with 19 seconds left in the first period and he added his second goal 1:38 into the second. It was the first time he scored since being recalled from the minors.
Analysis: Winchester has pretty much been organizational depth since entering the NHL in 2005-06, but with a few more goals, he could earn regular PT. He remains a low-end Fantasy reserve until further notice.
News: The Blues have called up LW Brad Winchester from Peoria of the AHL.
Analysis: The 6-5, 215-pound forward set career highs in all offensive categories during the 2006-07 season with the Edmonton Oilers, playing in 59 games, scoring nine points (four goals, five assists) along with 86 penalty minutes. Winchester is primarily used as an enforcer and should only be looked at in leagues that reward heavily for PIM while he's up in the NHL.
News: The Stars signed LW Brad Winchester to a contract Wednesday. The terms of the deal were not released. Winchester appeared in 41 games for the Dallas Stars last season, collecting three points (one goal, two assists) along with 46 penalty minutes. He also appeared in six postseason games.
Analysis: The 6-5, 215-pound forward set career highs in all offensive categories during the 2006-07 season with the Edmonton Oilers, playing in 59 games, scoring nine points (four goals, five assists) along with 86 penalty minutes. Winchester is primarily used as an enforcer and should only be looked at in leagues that reward heavily for PIM.
News: Stars LW Brad Winchester did not record a point in 6:14 of ice time Monday against the Coyotes, but managed to spend seven minutes in the penalty box. The first five came after a fight with Nick Boynton and the last two minutes came on a roughing penalty.
Analysis: Winchester has five major penalties on the season and 35 penalty minutes. He is merely an enforcer on the checking line for the Stars when active. He is a low-end Fantasy flier in leagues that reward heavily for PIM.
News: Dallas activated LW Brad Winchester from injured reserve on Friday and assigned him to Iowa of the AHL for conditioning. Winchester sustained an abdominal strain in a game at Phoenix on Nov. 6 and missed the next eight games.
Analysis: Winchester has just one point in 10 games and 11 in 88 career games. He is in his first year with the Stars, but is not a big part of their man offensive attack. He is not a recommended Fantasy option when healthy and active in the pros.
News:The Dallas Morning News reports the Stars placed LW Brad Winchester on injured reserve with a strained abdominal muscle. He was injured during Friday's game against the Coyotes. He is slated to be re-evaluated during the week of Nov. 5-11.
Analysis: Winchester has just one point in 10 games and 11 in 88 career games. He is in his first year with the Stars, but is not a big part of their man offensive attack. He is not a recommended Fantasy option when healthy. He is out until at least mid-November.
News: Brad Winchester got into a scrap on Wednesday at Columbus against Jared Boll and he also picked up an assist and plus-2 rating in the shootout win.
Analysis: It won't be often when Winchester leads the Stars in plus/minus rating, sitting alone atop the category in any given night. Despite the solid night, he remains useful only in the deepest of Fantasy leagues which heavily reward penalty minutes.
News: The Dallas Stars made a series of offseason moves, including the re-signing of Cs Joel Lundqvist and Mike Ribeiro. The team also signed veteran tough guy Todd Fedoruk to a one-year deal and UFA W Brad Winchester to the same. D Trevor Byrne, W Marius Holtet, W Junior Lessard and C Toby Petersen were signed to one-year/two-way contracts.
Analysis: Byrne, Holtet, Lessard and Petersen will have minimal Fantasy value in 2007-08 unless injuries decimate the Stars. Fedoruk and Winchester are only worth a look in deeper Fantasy leagues which heavily reward penalty minutes. Lundqvist posted three goals and six points in 36 games in 2006-07, so his appeal is also minimal. Ribeiro bagged 18 goals and 41 assists in his first season in Dallas, so he is a solid pickup in the middle rounds on Draft Day in most leagues.
News: Oilers LW Brad Winchester, who isn't a favorite of head coach Craig MacTavish, is back in the press box after just two games. He's been a healthy scratch in seven of the last 10 games and is one of the leading candidates to be moved at the trade deadline.
Analysis: Winchester should not be owned in any Fantasy leagues while he is on the inactive list.
News: Brad Winchester scored a pair of goals and he had a plus-2 rating with four shots on goal in 14:25 of ice time on Sunday at St. Louis.
Analysis: Winchester has six points (3 G, 3 A) over the past seven games and he is seeing his ice time increase as a result. He is still only worth a look in larger Fantasy leagues which heavily reward penalty minutes.
News: Brad Winchester scored his first goal in 33 career regular-season games to put Edmonton up 1-0 at 13:54 of the first period of Tuesday's game at Montreal.
Analysis: Winchester is better known for his pugilism skills rather than his deft scoring touch. He is only worth a look in larger Fantasy leagues which heavily reward penalty minutes.
News: Brad Winchester has been recalled from Hamilton of the AHL on Thursday to possibly replace Georges Laraque (hip flexor) in the lineup against the Kings.
Analysis: Winchester is a big guy who has a mean streak, but he has no Fantasy value.
News: Brad Winchester was sent to Hamilton of the AHL on Sunday to make room for Rem Murray on the roster.
Analysis: Winchester might be back at some point, but he only has value in larger Fantasy leagues which heavily reward penalty minutes.
News: Brad Winchester was recalled from Hamilton of the AHL on Sunday to replace Igor Ulanov (ribs) in the lineup.
Analysis: Winchester might be worth a look in larger Fantasy leagues which reward PIM at a later date, but he will be sent right back down to play with the Bulldogs during the Olympic Games break.
News: Brad Winchester will be assigned to Hamilton of the AHL on Tuesday once Radek Dvorak (groin) is activated from injured reserve.
Analysis: Winchester will be back at some point, but he is only worth Fantasy consideration in larger leagues which heavily reward PIM.