Marc-Edouard Vlasic D SAN 6 Days

Vlasic (upper body) was on the ice for morning skate and looks like he'll play Saturday against the Predators, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

He's expected to substitute back in for Mirco Mueller, who replaced Vlasic in the lineup Thursday. Though his eight points and plus-12 rating over 30 games don't equate to high-end fantasy production, Vlasic is probably the Sharks' most vital blueliner for the steady play he provides on his own end.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic D SAN 7 Days

Vlasic (upper body) took part in Friday's optional skate, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

It's an indication that the injury that sidelined Vlasic for Thursday's game against the Wild is something minor. The blueliner will presumably take part in the Sharks' morning session Saturday, and if all goes well, he'll likely return to the lineup later that night for an important match with the Predators.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic D SAN 8 Days

Vlasic (upper body) didn't take the ice for morning skate and looks like he'll be out for Thursday's game against the Wild, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.

With Vlasic unavailable, rookie Mirco Mueller is slated to take his spot on the top pairing and play big minutes next to Justin Braun. The Sharks were labeling Vlasic as questionable heading into Thursday, so there would seem to be some optimism that he's not dealing with a long-term injury. He could return to the lineup as soon as Saturday's tilt with the Predators.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic D SAN 8 Days

Vlasic is questionable for Thursday's game against the Wild due to an upper-body injury, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

Vlasic didn't skate at Wednesday's practice a night after he collided with the end boards in a victory over the Oilers, resulting in him seeing a season-low 7:28 of ice time. His status likely won't be known until the Sharks conduct their gameday skate.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic D SAN 9 Days

Vlasic left Tuesday's win over the Oilers after he was knocked into the boards late in the first period, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

Coach Todd McLellan didn't specify the nature of Vlasic's injury in his postgame interview, but he indicated that the defenseman's removal had more to do with "precautionary-type stuff." The Sharks are expected to offer more information regarding his injury during Wednesday's practice, but he'll be considered questionable for Thursday's tilt with the Wild for the moment. The blueliner has eight points and a plus-12 rating over 30 games on the campaign.

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Vlasic added an assist and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's shutout victory over Carolina.

Vlasic remains the most pivotal part of the San Jose blue line, but his fantasy numbers aren't going to blow you away. He logs a solid number of minutes, consistently in the low 20s, and gets a few shots, but his six points in the first 20 games is kind of what you're going to get with him.

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Vlasic kicked off the Sharks' scoring Saturday against the Jets with a goal less than four minutes into the action.

Vlasic was credited with the tally when his shot from the point deflected off a Jets defenseman and into the goal. The Canadian Olympian is valued primarily for his contributions on his own end, but with two points and a plus-3 rating through two games, he's been a prime asset for fantasy owners in the early going.

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Vlasic (knee) has been practicing in full for the Sharks as of late, Kevin Kurz of reports.

Vlasic has been practicing next to Justin Braun on the first pairing through most of camp, as the Sharks look to create a larger role for a player who garnered Norris Trophy votes a season earlier. Though he's highly adept on his own end, Vlasic lacks the scoring aptitude of some of the league's other premier blueliners, which inhibits his value in fantasy. There should be more of an opportunity for him to find time on the power play this season now that Dan Boyle is departed, but it likely won't be a significant enough of a development to dramatically elevated his point total.

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Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic feels he will definitely be 100 percent by the start of training camp.

Vlasic suffered apparent head and knee injuries when he was hit by the Kings Jarret Stoll in the first round of this year's playoffs, but he is recovering nicely. Vlasic confirms the head injury is a thing of the past and believes strongly that a bit of time away will get his knee back into game shape. "It's a question of time - it's the exact same injury I had two years ago a the world championships and it takes six to eight weeks to heal," Vlasic said. "If I take care of it now, I should be 100 percent come training camp."

Marc-Edouard Vlasic D SAN 6 Months

NBC hockey analyst Keith Jones thinks Marc-Edouard Vlasic's injury was a major reason for San Jose's first-round elimination against the Kings.

"The strongest point I can make is that if Marc-Edouard Vlasic didn't get hurt, the Sharks are playing right now," Jones said. "The Bruins' series changed after [Krejci's injury in 2010]. The same thing happened to San Jose. I can't emphasize that enough, that's how important of a player [Vlasic] is to that team." Jones was referring to Philadelphia's rally from a 3-0 series deficit in 2010 versus Boston and how it was eerily similar to what happened to the Sharks. San Jose is thinking about retooling their roster, but Jones still thinks they are top contenders.