Milan Lucic
LW EDM
3 months ago

Lucic is determined to rebound in 2018-19, the Edmonton Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lucic finished the season with a dismal 34 points in 82 games -- his lowest point total since 2012-13 with Boston (27). However, the 29-year-old enforcer is only looking forward to contributing in 2018-19. "There are ways to bounce back, but it's on me to do that. I'm not giving up on myself and I'm not giving up on this team. I just have to find a way to find my confidence again and be the player I've been in the past," Lucic said. "I still consider myself a top-six forward and I still have a lot of confidence in myself that I can produce at a high level. I believe in myself and I know how to come out of tough because I've been through them in the past." Lucic started the season strongly -- registering 26 points in the first 36 games, then only tallied eight in the final 46. The Vancouver native is an early Comeback Player of the Year candidate next season (especially if he can get more shifts alongside Connor McDavid) and didn't let the lack of offense derail his physical style (254 hits in 2017-18).

Milan Lucic
LW EDM
4 months ago

Lucic has only collected one goal in his last 40 games, the Edmonton Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lucic's last goal came on Dec. 23 against Arizona -- he has attempted 73 shots since then without any results. The 29-year-old winger's lack of production has even gotten him demoted to the third line in recent games. While he has surpassed his totals in hits and blocks from last season (235 and 25, respectively), Lucic has yet to post a positive plus/minus in his last 15 contests. Owners can be grateful for his consistent numbers in the physical game but can temper expectations for his offensive upside.

Milan Lucic
LW EDM
4 months ago

Lucic collected an assist in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Senators.

EDGE Analysis

The unusual 2017-18 season continues for Lucic -- he has now recorded an assist in back-to-back games after not registering a point in the previous six. Despite the inconsistent offense, the 29-year-old winger was at least keeping up his notorious physical style (227 hits in 74 games this season) -- but now Lucic has failed to register a hit in three of his last four games. With his ice time down as well from 2016-17 (16:12 on average), owners might want to pursue more reliant options during the playoff push.

Milan Lucic
LW EDM
4 months ago

Lucic notched an assist in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Hurricanes.

EDGE Analysis

The Vancouver bruiser turned in an unusual performance -- he scored his first point since Mar. 5 and failed to register a hit or blocked shot. Lucic has only amassed 33 points in 73 games in 2017-18 yet has bested his totals of hits and blocked shots from 2016-17 (227 and 24, respectively). Lucic is still randomly seeing time alongside Connor McDavid but is best relied on in leagues that appreciate his enforcer role.

Milan Lucic
LW EDM
4 months ago

Lucic (illness) rejoined his teammates at practice Thursday, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lucic should thus be ready to roll for Thursday's matchup against the Islanders, likely in his usual spot alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisatl. The 29-year-old winger scored his first goal since Dec. 23 on Monday and will attempt to build off of that effort Thursday against a New York club surrendering 3.49 goals per game on the road this season.

Milan Lucic
LW EDM
4 months ago

Lucic did not participate in practice Wednesday due to an illness, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lucic still has another day to rest up before the Canucks return to action, so fantasy owners should keep their eyes peeled for another update on his status come game day. Should the bug keep him from taking the ice against the Islanders, the Oilers will need to shuffle their lines and power-play units around to accomodate his absence. Zack Kassian is expected to return for the matchup and would presumably take Lucic's place in the lineup if he can't go.

Milan Lucic
LW EDM
4 months ago

Lucic finally found the back of the net in Monday's 4-3 victory over the Coyotes.

EDGE Analysis

The goal was Lucic's first since Dec. 23 -- a span of 29 games. With 32 points in 66 games in 2017-18, Oilers' general manager Peter Chiarelli surely expected more when he reunited with the former Bruin to the tune of a seven-year, $42 million dollar contract in 2016-17. Despite the underwhelming sophomore season in Edmonton, the British Columbia native is still valuable across many formats thanks to continually sharing time alongside Connor McDavid combined with his physical style.

Milan Lucic
LW EDM
4 months ago

Lucic is determined to turn his drought around in March, the Edmonton Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lucic's goal-scoring drought has now reached 27 games. The physical winger has nine goals in 63 games this season but none have come in the 2018 calendar year. "It's been a rough two months. Sometimes you just have to start fresh," Lucic said, "The thing is it's March 1 starting on Thursday. I have to start fresh with a new month." The slump is clearly bothering Lucic -- he missed an open net in the Oilers' most recent loss to San Jose and also failed to retaliate after fellow teammate Matt Benning was cross-checked in the back by Evander Kane. However, head coach Todd McLellan has been pairing Lucic with Connor McDavid most recently which can only help.

Milan Lucic
LW EDM
5 months ago

Lucic recorded an assist in Sunday's 6-5 victory over Anaheim.

EDGE Analysis

Lucic picked up the secondary helper on Iiro Pakarinen's goal late in the third period -- his first point since Jan. 20. The 29-year-old enforcer has yet to score a goal in the last 25 games despite spending time alongside Connor McDavid on the first line and on the power play. For now, Lucic should only be relied on in deep leagues that cater to his bruising style (195 hits in 62 games this season).

Milan Lucic
LW EDM
5 months ago

Lucic knows he must evolve with the changing pace of the NHL, the Edmonton Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

As his offensive drought continues and frustrations mount, Lucic realizes his bruising style isn't evolving with the current state of the NHL. "I look back at 2006 and I remember Jason Smith and Matt Greene and (Chris) Pronger here, where there was lots of banging, and now it's stick-on-puck (checking). You have to find a way to adjust," he said. "I've always been able to produce and be good in the O-zone, making good plays. I have to be more on my toes and anticipating but that's confidence." The 29-year-old's productivity has clearly been affected on both ends of the ice, positively and negatively -- while he is currently in the midst of a 10-game pointless drought, Lucic has also delivered 13 hits in the last two contests. He still remains worth owning because his enforcing style remains relevant across all formats.