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!


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slufoot said:

slufoot
Vinny I think we all know who the MVP is in Tampa. Lecavalier's (and Stamkos') production will be dictated by who Boucher decides to play St. Louis with.
September 24, 2011
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Adrian Keogh said:

Goalin Crazy UK
Yup Vityaz The Isles of the KHL!
September 24, 2011
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Puckhead said:

Puckhead
Rundblad... My bad on the bigger ice comment...brain fart! Thanks Ev.
September 24, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... @Puckhead The Sens do want Rundblad in Binghamton, they have made that clear. He will play in Binghamton. The Skelleftea GM put the issue to rest and said it's not even worth speculating. Also, NA ice is smaller not larger.

@Kevin You're right, he was overhyped by Dobberites. My prediction for a full NHL rookie season from him was about 25 points max. If anyone didn't expect that he would need some time to adjust to NA hockey then they weren't looking at the full picture. Nobody else around the league expected him to be amazing right away. You get people like Dobber who probably haven't seen him play a ton and they predict him to win the Calder? C'mon man. Even Adam Larsson won't get 40 or 50 points and he is looking good in pre-season.

That begin said, Rundblad won't be spending a full year in Binghamton, I think that's safe to say.
September 24, 2011
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Karbinkopy said:

Karbinkopy
Hejda injury I'd count Tyson Barrie as a possible candidate for that open spot as well. He's been playing some really good hockey for the Avalanche this season and has been taking advantage of his heavy shot.
September 24, 2011
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Kevin said:

mrmojorisin
Rundblad Rundblad should/will NOT make the Sens, his play has been average in comparison to the rest of the NHL prospects getting tons of ice in the pre season. Here is another great example of what can happen when people fall in love with a prospect, people saying he would be 40 to 50 points this season fell victim to the aforementioned "hype machine" - Cowen will be the Sens only rookie Dman this season.
September 24, 2011
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Puckhead said:

Puckhead
Rundblad... Rundblad is ABLE to return to Sweden? or he WILL return to Sweden? Should he not make the Sens? I think organizationally, they would rather he play in Binghampton to start, so that he can better acquaint himself with the larger ice, and be available for call ups. Plus, 50pts in 55 SEL games, doesn't seem like he needs to prove anything else back home. Am I wrong?
September 24, 2011
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Evan Hotham said:

Big Ev
... No worries, I know what you mean after having seen that Silver Seven headline the other day. They worded it oddly. Also, Angus, I'm not in agreement with what Dan Martin said, I just find people are looking too much into Rundblad's comments from the other day so I had to speak up smilies/smiley.gif

and no Dukla Nation, Cowen isn't taking his spot. I say that because they are two completely different spots. One is a shut-down left side D-man, the other is an offensive right-side d-man, one whom the Senators have plenty of right now. Rundblad had to beat out Karlsson, Gonchar, or Lee to earn a solid role on the team.

He will be called up around Christmas.

and there are no steals of the draft 3 months after the draft. Hear that comment waaaay too much about every player.
September 24, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Ev, changed my wording. I read the byline on the Silver Sens website and took it for something it wasn't.

September 24, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... Rundblad is suffering from the prospect hype machine fatigue. He isnt ready yet. Cowen is taking his spot. Saad was playing hurt in 2nd half last season. Perhaps the steal of the draft IMO.
September 24, 2011
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Dan Martin said:

DanMartin
... Big Ev, you should know by now to take what Angus says with a grain of salt. I find he's a very good writer (in terms of structure and readability), but much of what he states isn't well formed, is sometimes ignorant and occasionally made up (or opinion stated as fact).
September 24, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
Rundblad That wasn't the really the word out of Ottawa. He said he hasn't decided, but the assistant GM said there's no point for him to go back to Sweden. So most likely he will listen to his bosses and he will be in the AHL if he doesn't make it. Not sure where you got "likely to return to Sweden" out of those quotes. That line is painting a wrong picture for your readers.
September 24, 2011
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Iginla The flames have been saying that there is no reason to rush him back (excuse the pun)m as it is preseason and he will play once better.
September 24, 2011
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