Does Vincent Lecavalier have any MVP-calibre seasons left in the tank, or is it now a case of him settling in as a 60-75 point supporting offensive player?
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Some OHL news to pass along from Brendan Ross:
Max Domi had four points (including a hat trick) in his OHL debut for London last night. Nail Yakupov had a three point night to start the season off in Sarnia.
Minnesota's newly-formed top line had a great game last night, combining for eight points (Heatley, Koivu, and Setoguchi). I'm not really sure what to expect from the trio this season - I like Setoguchi has a sleeper but Heatley has looked like a worn-down player over the past few seasons. Still, he has a ton of skill and is a big body.
Mikko Koivu is a great two-way player, but does he have much more to give in terms of offense?
Gaborik and Brad Richards had a goal and an assist each last night.
Martin Havlat hasn’t been cleared for contact with his shoulder at this point.
A few injuries in Colorado – Brandon Yip out with a broken arm, and Jan Hejda out for a month with a knee injury. Hejda’s injury opens up a spot for a young defenseman – perhaps Stefan Elliott?
Fabian Brunnstrom looked good for the Wings last night – he’ll have to play lights out for the rest of the pre-season to leapfrog a few players for a roster spot.
Three points for Rich Peverley last night – Peverley has a great shot at 60+ points for the Bruins this season. He’s a versatile player and there are some holes on the right side to fill.
Brandon Saad continued his strong camp for the Hawks with a goal and a helper last night. Pretty rare that a recently drafted second rounder can step in and have this sort of impact. Saad is definitely pushing for a roster spot.
Max Pacioretty is looking like he is well past his injury issues - had two goals and was all over the ice for the Habs last night.
James Wisniewski has been suspended indefinitely for a hit to the head on Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck. I can't find any video footage of the hit, but will post it up when I do.
Evgeni Grachev is having a great camp for the Blues (three goals in four games). The Rangers dealt him for a draft pick at the draft, as they had similar players in the system and wanted to save a contract (NHL teams can have a maxmium of 50 players signed to contracts). Grachev is a long shot to make the roster this year, but he has top six upside. He was very raw last season but appears to have developed a lot over the course of this summer.
Word out of Ottawa yesterday – David Rundblad is able to return to Sweden if he doesn’t make the Sens. He hasn’t been awful in training camp, but he hasn’t stood out as many had anticipated. He still has a few games to turn it around.
Interesting story on Stephane Da Costa – quite the story as he followed his hockey passion from France to Texas at the age of 17.
Marc Staal is likely to miss New York’s European exhibition games, and could miss the regular season opener as well. The team is being very cautious as he has been experiencing some concussion-like symptoms. He’s an integral part of the team and they would miss him immensely if he missed any time at all.
The Wings have moved Valtteri Filppula to the wing, for now. His time as a fantasy sleeper has come and gone for me.
I’m expecting a big season from van Riemsdyk. He’s looked great during the camp/pre-season and seems to have found his comfort zone in the NHL.
Another guy who will finally emerge as an NHL star – Jamie Benn. He’s a household name at this site as we have so many knowledgeable readers and posters, but he hasn’t earned a name for himself around the league, yet. A sleeper for a PPG season, likely 65+.
The geniuses over at the Hockey Pool Geek with another stellar team audit – mine is on the way as well. I can’t wait.
The KHL goon squad sickens me. A good read on the situation from Puck Daddy.
Jarome Iginla has been fighting back spasms for much of camp. Calgary would be smart to hold him out until the opener. Doesn’t exactly have a whole lot to prove…
Jaromir Jagr is back!