Fantasy Guide and Draft List updated as of yesterday. I added a GP projection for the goalies in the draft list (will be in the next guide update). Also, the iPhone draft app is updated.


Happy Birthday to the Maaaaaaaaaasquito himself - Ryan Ma!


Another homerun for Down Goes Brown! LOL - here are his tips for your fantasy draft.


Thanks to reader Brandon for this piece on Zac Rinaldo - a potential PIM stud this year if he can stick for the duration. And our own Dean's List writer Brendan Ross pens a new weekly OHL feature over at Hockey Writers if you want to check that out here.


Ken Holland singled out the following players for having good camps: Jiri Hudler, Jakob Kindl, Fabian Brunnstrom, Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith, Val Filppula and Jonathan Ericsson. Not mentioned - Tomas Tatar. Any Detroit readers have any feedback on him? He's not getting the buzz that he had in prior camps. Hudler and Brunnstrom are really stressed in this piece.


The Guide update includes a handful of revised projections and all the updated cuts. Included was my flagging of Rundblad as a risk for this season. He is looking as though he will either do what Karlsson did in his first season (play half a year) or there is a risk that he returns to Sweden for the season, or so the rumor goes. He played a risky game here at the Oshawa tournament and didn’t fix that in the main camp. Nothing to do with different ice surface, but perhaps nerves (culture shock) are playing a role. Because the problem is mental, not physical. The tools are there. He has slipped to ninth on my Calder list. As you know, Dalpe has surged to No.1.


Speaking of Calder lists, Matt Read is going up that chart in the next update. Last night’s contest he was fantastic. Like Nashville’s Craig Smith, he has really come out of nowhere in the last six months.


With James Wisniewski getting eight games, the odds that Savard makes the Blue Jackets increase dramatically. It’s like giving him an eight-game audition to show he belongs – and I think he will.


So Devante Smith-Pelley, Andrew Gordon and Patrick Maroon stick (so far) with the Ducks, while favorites such as Dan Sexton, Nick Bonino, Kyle Palmieri and Peter Holland are cut. Put me firmly in the Gordon camp. And I was a fan of Maroon up until last season. But he’s winning me over. As for DSP, I think he’ll be another year or two yet.


Yammy Yagr tallied three points, really clicking with Claude Giroux. This is probably the first second time (Mario) in his career that a linemate was actually pulling HIS value up, instead of the other way around.


Washington media considers the battle for the last roster spot to be between Eakin, Perreault and Bourque. Funny that they combined on each other’s points last night. Bourque tallied three assists, Perreault two points and Eakin a goal.


No surprise here – the Panthers have waived Steve Reinprecht. They also waived Michal Repik.


Notable CUTS:

ANA –Dan Sexton, Kyle Palmieri, Peter Holland, Nicolas Deschamps, Nick Bonino

BUF – Ales Kotalik, Shaone Morrisonn, Drew MacIntyre, Drew Schiestel, Dennis Persson, Brayden McNabb, TJ Brennan, Corey Tropp, Colin Stuart, Michael Ryan, Zack Kassian, Marcus Foligno

CGY –TJ Brodie, Leland Irving, Stefan Meyer, Brendan Mikkelson, Greg Nemisz, Joni Ortio, Ben Walter, Clay Wilson, Sven Baertschi and Max Reinhart.

CHI – Kyle Beach, Jimmy Hayes, Brian Connelly, Brandon Segal, Cristobal Huet (loaned to Swiss), Brett McLean

COL – Cameron Gaunce, Jonas Holos, Ryan Stoa

DAL – Ondrej Roman, Brad Lukowich

EDM – Olivier Roy, Chris Vandevelde, , Tanner House, Alex Plante,  Curtis Hamilton, Ryan Martindale, Tyler Pitlick

FLA – Steven Reinprecht, Colby Robak, Michal Repik

MON – Alexander Avtsin, Nathan Beaulieu, Jarred Tinordi, Brock Trotter

NSH – Ryan “ain’t no” Thang

NYR – Andreas Thuresson, Andre Deveaux

SJ –Brandon Mashinter, Tyson Sexsmith

VAN – Owen Nolan, Matt Climie, Niko Dimitrakos


Weise vs. Rinaldo:



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derek said:

Kindl Will he make the team this year? Is he a future PP QB? I assume Smith will be the man but is Kindl a PP #2?
September 27, 2011
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Dobber said:

Jugs of Kool-Aid In a keeper league, I'm chugging non-stop Rundblad and Tatar Kool-Aid. I don't mind waiting even two years on what they bring to the table, and how 'certain' they are of hitting that high-end potential in 5-6 years.
September 27, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Thanks for Link Loved the DGB draft piece.
Iginla + Decent + Center! LOL, loved that finish!
September 27, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

... Whats running out faster? The Tatar kool-aid or the Rundblad kool-aid?
September 27, 2011
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hockeyrobot said:

... Even with Mursak out, Tatar still is not being mentioned for a brief stint with the Wings to start the year. Emmerton and Ryan Johnson are battling for the fourth line centre spot, while the injury to Mursak has supposedly made room for Brunnstrom to start with the team (although he has said he'd be willing to go to Grand Rapids).

While I originally wouldn't have been worried about Tatar being sent right down, the fact that Brunnstrom is being talked about to fill the Mursak hole while he is not even being mentioned makes me a tiny bit uneasy.
September 27, 2011
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Lukasz said:

Ducks Oh, and Bonino lost his 4th line spot to Macenauer, who looked good on a line with JF Jacques and Parros.
September 27, 2011
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Lukasz said:

Ducks Maroon didn't show anything special, so he and McGrattan will go down as soon as pre-season ends. DSP will probably get 9 games and then go to juniors and then Beleskey should take his spot as he'll return from injury in a few weeks. Gordon has been playing really well so far and he is the reason why both Sexton and Palmieri went down to the AHL. Actually, I'm kind of hoping that Sexton will be picked up from waivers, as I just don't see a spot for him on this team. If he couldn't make the team now, then he sure as hell won't make it in the next couple of years with Palmieri, DSP and Etem waiting in line.
September 27, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Guide Updates Loving the updates in the Guide but I was wondering why some changes in blue aren't provided with a brief explanation. Ex. Grabovski's totals were changed (in blue) yet no quick explanantion of why.

It might be too much work but I wouldn't mind a quick snippet of why some of these changes are made. Obviously some of them are self explanatory with a teammate injury or camp cut but others are not.

Food for thought.
September 27, 2011
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Marc said:

Mario would have been nothing without Jagr Sarcasm is fun!
September 27, 2011
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Ed said:

Matt Read He's already on your list st #41 for the Calder.
September 27, 2011
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Henrik Salveson said:

Jagr Except when he played with Mario?
September 27, 2011
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