Zajac is out for eight-to-10 weeks with a injury. A huge hole at center, and also a huge opportunity for Josefson to play a lot of minutes. Similar situation to Hodgson in Vancouver with the Kesler injury.
I also think this means we see Elias at center, at least for the duration of Zajac's injury.
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The latest and greatest from the Hockey Pool Geek – the Draft Guru. I have toyed around with this a bit –essentially it tells you exactly what player(s) you need to focus on, and you update it with each pick (it is a tool that you use before and during your drafts).
The comments from Matt Bradley yesterday regarding Semin were surprisingly candid, but the content was spot on. Semin could be the best player in the league if he wanted to (or in the mix – his natural hockey talent is off the charts good), but he doesn’t care. He has the best shot in the game. He’s a big body, and he can fly up and down the ice. It isn’t a huge surprise that his game goes in the toilet when the intensity is cranked up and the ice becomes harder to earn.
Zach Bogosian has been a combined minus-45 over the past two seasons, after posting a plus-11 rating in his rookie season.
No time for summer audits this year, and I apologize. I was hoping to get to a few. However, I try and get one mailbag out per month, and I’ll usually have a 48 to 72 hour turnover on any email sent my way.
I hope you enjoyed the first installment of my Vegas draft preview – I am pretty excited for it. This is the same league I traded Stamkos/Shattenkirk/Lehtonen for Chara/Liles/Brodeur (ugly), but I have minimized the loss as much as I could with some recent trades.
Right now I have Lecavalier/Koivu the younger/Crosby/Ott as my centers. Ott was a top 10 center last year with our scoring categories, and obviously I’m banking a lot on a return from Sid.
I flipped Brodeur for Loui Eriksson, and my RW has the potential to be the best with Gaborik and Franzen (both Band-Aid boys, but Franzen was a top 10 RW and Gaborik just went from Christensen to Brad Richards as a line mate).
Chara has been the top defenseman in our league over the past few years, even with his decline in offensive production. The Stamkos trade still stings a lot, not only because of his upside, but because his value wasn’t fully maximized, and I hate selling low.
I could ramble about this league for a lot longer, so I’ll cut it short there.
I’ll have a 15 Points to Consider out before the end of the month as well. Aiming for next weekend.
The best wrist shot in the league:
One of the best two-way players of all time – a great video that brought back a lot of memories: