IRCam Atkinson
RW CBJ
4 days ago

Atkinson (foot) will travel with his team to Las Vegas ahead of Tuesday's road game against the Golden Knights, Tom Reed of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

EDGE Analysis

Atkinson, who's missed the past 10 games, remains on injured reserve with no clear timetable for his return. We'd have to get a sense of his participation level in upcoming practices and/or morning skates before being able to confidently project him to return on a given day. If Atkinson doesn't come back Tuesday, then perhaps he'll be ready by Thursday's game against the Coyotes in Arizona. The shifty winger is worth hanging in most leagues, despite his slow start comprised of 13 points (six goals, seven assists) through 32 contests.

IRCam Atkinson
RW CBJ
1 month ago

Columbus placed Atkinson (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Atkinson is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks due to a foot injury, so this move is nothing but a formality. Sonny Milano could assume a regular spot in the Blue Jackets' lineup until Atkinson is given the green light.

IRCam Atkinson
RW CBJ
1 month ago

Atkinson will miss the next four-to-six weeks with a fractured right foot, Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Atkinson's fractured foot will require surgery later this week after the injury was originally sustained during the first period of Saturday's game against the Flyers. In his absence, Matt Calvert and Markus Hannikainen seem to be in line for unexpected playing time.

IRCam Atkinson
RW CBJ
1 month ago

Atkinson came up with assists on a pair of goals to help double up the Maple Leafs in a 4-2 victory.

EDGE Analysis

Atkinson has struggled to find the net and hasn't done it since Nov. 24, but he now has four assists in his past four games. However, the lack of goals are a solid concern for Atkinson, as he's nowhere near the numbers he usually puts up during a full season right now.

IRCam Atkinson
RW CBJ
1 month ago

Atkinson, who watched Saturday's game against the Coyotes from the press box, will return to the lineup for Tuesday's home game versus the Oilers, Steve Gorten of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella evidently has no trepidation about sitting star players when they're caught in a lengthy point drought -- Atkinson hasn't marked the scoresheet in six straight games -- but fortunately for him, the Blue Jackets shut out the 'Yotes on home ice, 1-0. Atkinson has been an extremely frustrating player to own in fantasy since he's only collected nine points (six goals, three assists) in 25 games, though there's hope that his short break away from game ice has allowed him to clear his head and come back stronger.

IRCam Atkinson
RW CBJ
1 month ago

Atkinson is shaping up to be a healthy scratch Saturday night versus the Coyotes, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

EDGE Analysis

This helps explain why the Blue Jackets called up Sonny Milano from AHL Cleveland when Tyler Motte was already on the active roster serving as a spare forward. Atkinson's mired in a six-game pointless stretch with a minus-5 rating over that span. It's highly recommended that you search for alternatives until the 2008 sixth-round pick starts showing signs of snapping out of his funk.

IRCam Atkinson
RW CBJ
2 months ago

Atkinson scored a pair of even-strength goals, leading his team to a 5-2 win over the Senators on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

The 5-foot-8 winger had been held without a goal since Oct. 27, so this could be a slump-busting performance that he needed. Atkinson has been a pretty big fantasy letdown to this point, scoring just six goals and nine points after a 35-goal outburst last season. He should start to pick up the scoring moving forward.

IRCam Atkinson
RW CBJ
2 months ago

Atkinson came up empty on a game-high seven shot attempts in Friday's 2-0 win over the Rangers at home.

EDGE Analysis

Having signed a seven-year, $40.25 million contract extension Thursday, Atkinson looked poised to show that he's worth every penny in this contest, but he ended up stretching his goalless streak to six games. Still, the heavy shot volume salvaged his night in daily fantasy leagues, where every bit of production was critical on the two-game slate. He'll resume hunting for that elusive fifth goal in Monday's road game against the Sabres.

IRCam Atkinson
RW CBJ
2 months ago

Atkinson inked a seven-year, $40.25 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Thursday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

EDGE Analysis

Atkinson set career highs in goals (35), assists (27), shots on goal (240) and power-play points (21) in 82 games last season, so it was really just a matter of time until the Blue Jackets signed him to an extension. He's had a slow start to the campaign, notching four goals and two assists in 15 games, but he's locked into a role skating on Columbus' first line and top power-play unit, so his offensive production will likely begin to improve as the season wears on. The 2008 sixth-round pick will be 35 when his contract expires in 2024-25, so he should remain a desirable fantasy asset for the duration of his new deal.

IRCam Atkinson
RW CBJ
2 months ago

Atkinson produced a game-winning assist on the road Tuesday evening, as the Blue Jackets edged the Canadiens 2-1 in overtime.

EDGE Analysis

That counts as the first point through four games for the American winger since his activation from injured reserve. He's amassed 50 shots in 15 games this season, so it's quite disappointing to see Atkinson with only four goals, but a little more puck luck and he could easily undo what's been a career-low 8.0 shooting percentage.