Antoine Vermette C CHI 2 weeks ago

Vermette scored his first goal as a Blackhawk and went plus-1 with a pair of penalty minutes in Tuesday's Game 4 triple-overtime victory against Nashville.

Vermette managed only three points -- all assists -- in 19 games with Chicago after coming over in a deadline deal, and he was held off the scoresheet in his 2015 playoff debut Sunday. However, he made his presence felt this time by winning 12 of 20 faceoffs and finally breaking through in the goal column. That should be enough to keep Vermette in the lineup, at least for a little while.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 2 weeks ago

Vermette will rejoin the lineup for Game 3 Sunday against the Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Vermette was scratched from the first two games for performance-based reasons, but will re-enter the lineup Sunday as the Blackhawks look to retake the series lead against the Predators. The team hasn't clarified yet who will sit in his place.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 3 weeks ago

Vermette will be a healthy scratch for Game 1 of the Blackhawks' first-round playoff series against the Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Coach Joel Quenneville suggested that Vermette's scratch was for performance-based reasons, as his no goals and three points over 19 games with the Blackhawks clearly registered as a disappointment. Even so, it's still surprising that Vermette will be banished to the press box, considering that the Blackhawks gave up a 2015 first-round pick to the Coyotes in February to acquire him. Perhaps the team is already writing Vermette off as a sunk cost.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 3 weeks ago

Vermette went without a point in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Avalanche, giving him no goals and three assists over his 19 games with the Blackhawks.

Even during his time as the Coyotes' top center earlier in the season, Vermette was never regarded as a premier scorer, but rather for his competence in a variety of different facets, most notably the faceoff circle. However, the Blackhawks surely expected more than the three points he provided upon coming over prior to the trade deadline, especially since he was flanked by far superior talent than he often played alongside in the desert. Vermette's ineffectiveness could end up costing him ice time during the playoffs, or quite possibly, his lineup spot, as he wasn't skating on a regular line during Monday's practice, according to CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 2 months ago

Vermette collected two assists in Saturday's 6-3 rout of the Sharks.

It took nearly five full games, but the newest Blackhawk finally found the scoresheet after coming over from the Coyotes at the trade deadline. Vermette has been spending most of his time centering Chicago's second line between 21-goal scorer Brandon Saad and highly-touted rookie Teuvo Teravainen, so expect to see the 32-year-old's name on the scoresheet more often going forward.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 2 months ago

Vermette is scoreless in two games with his new team the Blackhawks, but he was the lone Chicago player to register a score in the shootout victory over the Oilers on Friday.

With Vermette it only strengthens a potent Blackhawks' shootout team. Despite not getting on the scoring sheet in two games since the trade from Arizona, Vermette had some very good chances in regulation and overtime against the Oilers. He also won 58 percent of the faceoffs against Edmonton. Against the Rangers, Sunday's opponent, Vermette has three goals and seven assists in 24 career games. He does have a goal against the Rangers when he was with the Coyotes in two games this season.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 2 months ago

Vermette was so-so in his debut with the Blackhawks on Monday against the Panthers after the deadline deal with Arizona last week, ESPN Chicago reports.

Vermette only skated for a little less than 13 minutes against the Hurricanes, but you should see a bigger role on Friday against the Oilers. He centered the second line on Monday, but only won 29 percent of the faceoffs. He had a takeaway and a giveway in the game. It will take some time to adjust to the Blackhawks' system -- but with Edmonton and Arizona, his former team, in two out of the next three games on the schedule it will help him adjust.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 2 months ago

Coach Joel Quenneville confirmed Vermette would make his team debut Monday against the Hurricanes, ESPN Chicago reports.

Vermette skated between Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad on the second line at the Blackhawks' morning skate, and figures to be deployed there in his team debut. The center is more valuable in real life than in the fantasy realm, as his modest 35 points and minus-23 rating with the Coyotes would suggest, but by virtue of playing alongside more talented linemates than he enjoyed in Arizona, his per-game scoring rates and plus/minus rating both figure to notice improvement.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 2 months ago

Vermette has been traded to the Blackhawks for prospect defender Klas Dahlbeck and a first round pick, according to CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

He immediately slots into the top six and his fantasy value has gone up significantly. The trade is not official, as the league office is still finalizing. But that's just a formality.

Antoine Vermette C CHI 3 months ago

Vermette netted the Coyotes only goal in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Rangers. He has four points in his last seven games.He's also one of the Yotes most desirable trade chips and could be on a speed train outta town at any point in the next few weeks. And that means his fantasy value will go up. Keep an eye on his landing spot -- he might bring you a cheap boost when it happens.