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21 James Wisniewski D
Height/Weight: 6-0/208 | Birthdate: 2/21/1984 | Birthplace: Canton, MI, USA | Team: Columbus Blue Jackets | College: None | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $7,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 86/54 | Average Draft Position: 103.08
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3/3/2015

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James Wisniewski

Ducks Acquire Wisniewski In Late Deadline Deal

News: James Wisniewski was traded to the Ducks on Monday along with a 2015 third-round draft pick in exchange for forwards William Karlsson and Rene Bourque and a 2015 second-round draft pick, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: James Wisniewski will likely assume a top-four role on defense with his new organization, giving the Ducks an added dose of puck-moving ability on the blue line. The 31-year-old has predictably been unable to replicate last season's 51-point scoring outburst in 2014-15, but he's still been an above-average source of goals and assists for a defenseman. Assuming the foot injury he suffered in Saturday's game against the Penguins doesn't prove too problematic, Wisniewski's fantasy value figures to notice a small uptick with the move, as his placement on a superior Ducks squad should allow his plus/minus mark to recover from its current minus-10 standing.

3:16 PM

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James Wisniewski

Ducks' Wisniewski Has Bone Bruise

News: The Blue Jackets diagnosed James Wisniewski's foot injury as a bone bruise prior to dealing him to the Ducks, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: The Ducks likely wouldn't have been motivated to deal for James Wisniewski had he been dealing with something more serious such as a fracture, so the bone bruise shouldn't be considered a long-term setback. However, it could delay the blueliner's debut with his new team, as it doesn't seem likely at the moment that he'll be ready to suit up for either end of the Ducks' back-to-back set Tuesday against the Coyotes and Wednesday against the Canadiens.

6:43 AM

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James Wisniewski

Jackets Examining Wisniewski's Foot

News: James Wisniewski (foot) will be examined Monday after suffering an injury while blocking a shot Sunday night, Aaron Portzine of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Until further details are revealed, consider him day-to-day in advance of Tuesday's game against the Caps. James Wisniewski is a key cog on the Columbus blue line, which would make a lengthy absence particularly damaging if he's found to have suffered any significant damage.

3/1/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Injures Foot

News: James Wisniewski had a sore foot in the aftermath of Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Penguins, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: James Wisniewski will be evaluated when the team gets back to Columbus, ahead of Tuesday's game against the Capitals. He scored a power-play goal in Sunday's loss, and the injury didn't affect his ice time. If Wisniewski cannot play Tuesday, Jordan Leopold could join the lineup.

3/1/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Scores In Loss

News: James Wisniewski recorded a power-play goal in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Penguins.
Analysis: James Wisniewski has been effective on the power play all season, registering 14 points and picking up all but one of his goals with the man advantage. With the trade deadline imminent, it's possible the defenseman could be moved, but he should continue to be a reliable fantasy option regardless of his team.

2/25/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski On The Trade Block

News: As per the terms of his contract, last week the Blue Jackets officially requested a list from James Wisniewski of 10 teams to which he would not accept a trade, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: The defenseman has stated publicly that he doesn't want to leave Columbus, and may have crafted his no-trade list to try and make any deal difficult by including any teams who could actually swallow his $5 million cap hit, but it's clear now that Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is actively looking to move James Wisniewski by Monday's trade deadline.

2/24/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Returns To Lineup

News: James Wisniewski will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Sabres.
Analysis: The Jackets made James Wisniewski a healthy scratch for the first time all season in Sunday's game against the Rangers. It was a curious decision given that the blueliner ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 27 points, but coach Todd Richards has been less pleased with his defensive effort of late. Fortunately for Wisniewski owners, it sounds like his banishment to the press box was just a one-game wake-up call rather than something that will become a permanent arrangement.

2/23/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski A Healthy Scratch Sunday

News: James Wisniewski was a surprise scratch on Sunday, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Comments from Blue Jackets' coach Todd Richards seemed to indicate that the move was due to poor recent play from James Wisniewski, but expect the trade rumors to multiply given how far the Jackets are from a playoff spot.

2/15/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Excelling Post-Injury

News: James Wisniewski turned in an active all-around outing in Saturday's loss to the Islanders, finishing with an assist, two PIM, five hits, and three shots on goal.
Analysis: James Wisniewski returned to action Friday against the Flyers after missing the Jackets' previous two games with a lower-body injury. He also picked up an assist in that game, and currently holds a four-game point streak dating back to before he missed time with the ailment. The 30-year-old probably won't ever replicate the surprising 51-point output he achieved last season, but there's still a place for him in most fantasy leagues.

2/13/2015

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James Wisniewski

Blue Jackets' Wisniewski To Return Friday

News: James Wisniewski (lower body) will likely make his return Friday against the Flyers, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: James Wisniewski participated in Friday's morning skate, working on the third pair alongside Kevin Connauton. Wisniewski's likely return will push Jordan Leopold out of the lineup.

2/11/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Skating On Own

News: James Wisniewski (lower body) resumed skating on his own Wednesday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: The Blue Jackets won't play their next game until Friday against the Flyers, but James Wisniewski will probably have to resume practicing with the rest of the team Thursday to have a realistic shot at returning to the lineup over the weekend. The lower-body ailment has kept him unavailable for the Jackets' last two games.

2/9/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Could Return By End Of Week

News: James Wisniewski (lower body) will not play in Monday's game against the Kings, but could return by the end of the week, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: James Wisniewski suffered a lower body injury last Friday and while there was initial some hope that it would only hold him out one game, he'll miss his second straight contest with the injury. After Monday's game, Columbus is off until Friday so he'll target a return then against the Flyers.

2/6/2015

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James Wisniewski

Blue Jackets' Wisniewski Won't Play Saturday

News: James Wisniewski (undisclosed) will not play Saturday against Ottawa, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: James Wisniewski left Friday's game with an undisclosed injury and has already been ruled out for Saturday's matchup. He'll remain in Columbus to be evaluated by the team's medical staff, after which a more detailed report should be available.

2/3/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Breaks Slump With PP Goal

News: James Wisniewski scored a power-play goal -- accounting for the entirety of the Jackets' offense -- in Tuesday's loss to Arizona.
Analysis: He'd gone four straight without a point before breaking out of it in this one. All in all, James Wisniewski's scoring pace has been rather disappointing this year, although he is coming off a solid month of January despite the drought at the end of it.

1/20/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Notches Three-Point Night

News: James Wisniewski scored a power-play goal and added two even-strength assists in Monday's 3-1 win over the Wild.
Analysis: He's picking up his pace, scoring five points with a plus-5 rating over his last four games. James Wisniewski now has a respectable five goals and 22 points in 41 games on the season, but the blueliner is capable of more.

1/13/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Returns To Practice

News: James Wisniewski (illness) returned to practice Tuesday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: James Wisniewski was on the ice for the Jackets' full 45-minute session. There doesn't appear to be any concern about him missing Wednesday's tilt with the Canadiens.

1/12/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski (Illness) Misses Practice

News: James Wisniewski (illness) did not practice Monday.
Analysis: James Wisniewski, as well as Scott Hartnell, is dealing with an illness but is expected back on the ice Tuesday. Consider him probable to play Wednesday against the Canadiens.

1/4/2015

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Bags Third Goal In Loss

News: James Wisniewski tallied a power-play marker in Saturday's loss to the Coyotes.
Analysis: Goals have been hard to come by for James Wisniewski in the wake of last season's career-best total. He hadn't been able to find the net since his two-goal effort all the way back on Nov. 14, and may continue to struggle in that capacity while he attempts just a shade over two shots per game. Wisniewski should continue to offer above-average assist totals from the blue line, which is probably enough to make him roster-worthy across most formats.

12/12/2014

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Grabs Two Helpers

News: James Wisniewski picked up a pair of assists, four penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in Thursday's overtime road win against Washington.
Analysis: It's his second straight game on the scoresheet -- following Tuesday's power-play assist against Philadelphia -- after a five-game scoreless drought. With 13 points (seven of them on the power play) and a minus-2 rating in 25 games, he's putting up pretty typical James Wisniewski numbers -- now all he needs to do to really make this a normal season is miss a few more games to injury.

11/26/2014

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Notches Assist Tuesday

News: James Wisniewski picked up an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Jets.
Analysis: He's been picking up the pace recently, scoring two goals with six assists in his last 10 games despite the Blue Jackets' struggles. If he stays healthy, James Wisniewski might be able to take a run at another 50-point season.

11/15/2014

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Strikes Twice On Power Play

News: James Wisniewski scored his first two power-play goals of the season in Friday's win over the Flyers.
Analysis: After recording only two points in his first eight games, James Wisniewski has heated up of late, notching two goals and six points in his last five games. He is a power-play specialist who logs heavy minutes in Columbus, meaning he should be able to deliver consistent offensive production. As long as he remains healthy, which is always a concern with him, Wisniewski should come close to duplicating the success of his career-high 51-point season in 2013-14.

11/9/2014

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Has Three-Assist Night

News: James Wisniewski picked up three assists, including two on the power play, in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Lightning.
Analysis: The Blue Jackets' roster is barely NHL-caliber right now thanks to eight injured regulars plus Jack Johnson serving a suspension, but James Wisniewski's return from a broken finger has at least helped spark the club's power play unit. He'll get you points from the blue line, but be wary of the damage he can do to your plus/minus with the Jackets winless in their last nine games.

11/6/2014

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James Wisniewski

Blue Jackets Activate Wisniewski From IR

News: James Wisniewski (finger) was officially activated from injured reserve Thursday, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: James Wisniewski's activation was a foregone conclusion after the defenseman announced he was ready to play Friday against the Hurricanes following a successful practice session Thursday. The Blue Jackets will move Ryan Murray (knee) to injured reserve for what is believed to be a short-term deployment, so it shouldn't be long before the team is back at close to full health on the blue line.

11/6/2014

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James Wisniewski

Blue Jackets' Wisniewski To Play Friday

News: James Wisniewski (finger) will play Friday, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: James Wisniewski is set to return to action after practicing each of the last two days. It's not exactly clear where he will line up Friday with Jack Johnson (suspension) out, but he will likely be part of the Blue Jackets' first or second defensive pairing.

11/6/2014

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James Wisniewski

Jackets' Wisniewski Takes Part In Practice

News: James Wisniewski was on the ice for practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Coach Todd Richards seemed pleased with James Wisniewski's performance during the session, noting that the blueliner was able to shoot the puck and take part in some additional drills. With another quality practice on Thursday, he could receive clearance to return to action either Friday against the Hurricanes or Saturday against the Lightning.