Brendan Ross with an in-depth look at Nail Yakupov, a prospect many consider to be the best since Sidney Crosby.

 

Brayden Schenn may not have his name pencilled in on the Calder Trophy any more, but he did have a hat trick in the AHL last night. He'll be back up with the Flyers if he keeps lighting the lamp with regularity. As I wrote about below with Grachev on the Blues, Schenn would be in the NHL right now if he were playing in a different city (Flyers have more depth and less cap space than most other teams).

 

A few readers today are noting their frustrations with a few Sabres - Leino, and Ennis. The frustrations stem from a lack of PP ice time. Depth, which Buffalo has a lot of this season, is the enemy of fantasy hockey. Unless the goal of your league is to accumulate as many 45-55 point players as possible, teams with three even scoring lines rarely make good bets to pick players from.

 

With no clear cut number one PP guys (aside from Vanek and Pominville) up front, the Sabres are likely going to roll with different combinations and the hot hand for much of the season. Know what you are in for when you draft guys from teams with a lot of forwards with comparable skill sets and talent levels.

 

Geno Malkin is out tonight - more knee soreness. The team is not calling it a setback. ACL recoveries generally have soreness in and around the site of the surgery - perhaps his is more painful or the team wants to be more careful. Either way, not great news for Malkin owners (like myself).

 

Peter Mueller skated today with the fourth line - Adrian Dater speculates that he won't be playing tonight. No word on what he is dealing with, exactly. I don't think he'd be skating if his concussion symptoms had returned.

 

Evgeni Nabokov is starting tonight for the Isles.

 

As McDonald is out with a suspected concussion, the Blues are going to dress Evgeni Grachev tonight. Grachev had a stellar preseason and would very likely have made the NHL on a team with less forward depth than St. Louis.

 

The Oilers have put Hall-Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle together tonight for the game against Vancouver.

 

AHL scoring star Alexandre Giroux has bounced around over the last few years from Washington, to Edmonton, and now Columbus. He's failed to stick at the NHL level - speed and skating the biggest culprit. The Blue Jackets have called him up to play with Umberger and Vermette on line two tonight.

 

To make room for Giroux, the Jackets sent down Cam Atkinson.

 

Sounds like the Kabanov-to-Sweden rumors were just that – rumors. Kabanaov was traded to the Shawinigian Cataractes yesterday, who are hosting the Mem Cup in 2012. A great situation for him.

 

Light night of games – only four teams were in action. I caught some of the Buffalo/Carolina game. Some thoughts:

 

Jamie McBain had an assist and looked pretty decent. Saw almost four minutes of PP time.

 

Jason Pominville was clocked by Bryan Allen – Pominville was fishing for the puck at his feet. He left the game with what appeared to be a concussion.

 

Luke Adam had three shots on goal, but ended the game pointless. He saw a ton of PP time  (over seven minutes) – the Sabres are giving him every opportunity to continue the good play.

 

Rick DiPietro sustained a concussion the other night after getting a puck off of the mask. There isn’t really much else to say here – another season, and DiPietro/Connolly/Hemsky are on the sidelines.

 

More coming later in the morning.


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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Rafalski Light Could Ian White be in a better situation?
October 15, 2011
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MGW said:

MGW
Ennis move Made the Ennis move in a very limited keeper (7/20) and neither Ennis or Marchand would be considered at the end of the year. I agree, I think Ennis should take the next step at some point, but it doesn't look as promising as it should for this year.
I'd probably agree that Vanek is the one who could carry the team, but he's also the one who seems to disappear for stretches, everyone seems to forget that when he's on like he is right now.
I consider Roy a more consistent force than Vanek, and even if Vanek's upside is 90+, what are the chances he consistently leaves his heart on the ice. That's why I feel Roy is the top player on that team, but hey, maybe that's just me
October 15, 2011
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Bender said:

baconnol
Not Fair The Oilers get to have 4 on a line... Hall-Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle.
October 15, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Sam - looking at PP TOI through this season only. Vanek/Pominville well ahead of the pack. I'm a big Roy fan - he'll be there too.
October 15, 2011
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Sam said:

Sam
Derek Roy "With no clear cut number one PP guys (aside from Vanek and Pominville) up front, the Sabres are likely going to roll with different combinations and the hot hand for much of the season."


What is up with the Dobber crew this season? Last couple years Vanek was the biggest hot and cold, inconsistent player around. Skating slow as ever and zero determination or drive. No faith in the guy anywhere to be found. Pominville was barely on the bloody radar! Now these are the "go to" guys on a team chock full of talent!?

Derek Roy is a slow starter and coming back from injury I expect even more so. Give him some time to get going and by the end of the Season he will be this team's top player. Mark it!!!
October 15, 2011
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Sam said:

Sam
Derek Roy "With no clear cut number one PP guys (aside from Vanek and Pominville) up front, the Sabres are likely going to roll with different combinations and the hot hand for much of the season."


What is up with the Dobber crew this season? Last couple years Vanek was the biggest hot and cold, inconsistent player around. Skating slow as ever and zero determination or drive. No faith in the guy anywhere to be found. Pominville was barely on the bloody radar! Now these are the "go to" guys on a team chock full of talent!?

Derek Roy is a slow starter and coming back from injury I expect even more so. Give him some time to get going and by the end of the Season he will be this team's top player. Mark it!!!
October 15, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... Its hard to see how Schenn will produce decent #'s in PHI, its just too crowded. This could be a 3 yr wait time. A common theme on some teams it appears. I put the O/U on Grachev's TOI at 8:00. Most prospects arent given much opportunity these days. Why do they have these guys anyways? Stick to the free agent market and pick up some grinders if thats whay you want.
October 15, 2011
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... It didn't take a Nostradamus to see that a player who had already been injury-prone would likely miss even more games coming off of a serious leg injury.

Last night notwithstanding, this year's Sabres resemble the 2006-07 President's Trophy winning Sabres. The players that were young then (Vanek, Roy, Pominville, Stafford) have become the leaders a la Briere and Drury and now they have a whole new generation of good young forwards to supply the depth. They might have a better group of defensemen now and have the same great goalie. They might not score quite as much up and down the lineup, but thw whole team could be a +/- bonanza.
October 15, 2011
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Buffalo87 said:

Buffalo87
Re: Ennis and Roy I'm one of the biggest Ennis fans around, been a huge fan of his since his draft year and I was lucky enough to have my favorite team draft him. He may be better than Roy one day but I wouldn't count on that happening this year or next. The offense certainly does flow through Thomas Vanek, as good as Roy can be, Vanek is the only guy on that offense that can carry that team on his back.

If it's a one year league, dropping Ennis for Marchand is a pretty lateral move but in a keeper league I definitely would not make that move. Ennis will get there, it just might take some time.
October 15, 2011 | url
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slufoot said:

slufoot
MGW There's a good thread on the boards regarding Malkin's knee. Most players with ACL injuries have down years the year they return. Its a tough injury to come back from in top shape. But with Malkin, even at 70% he could post a PPG. The sitting of games has an immediate effect, but long term I like it as his chances of re-injury are much higher during the first 6 mos after he returns from surgery on the knee.

I think the Ennis drop could be a bad one - he'll better than Roy eventually just not this year). And Vanek is the top talent on that team bar none.
October 15, 2011
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Chad said:

tryhard87
Filatov Gets sent to the AHL and scores 2 goals and 1 assist in his first game. So much talent this guy has, I would love to see him actually put it all together at the NHL level at some point.

2 games in the NHL and had 1 assist and then he's scratched? Was he really that atrocious defensively? He only received 14.5 and then 12.5 TOI in the 2 games too.

Any Ottawa fans (Big_Ev) with an opinion on him in Ottawa so far? Is he not getting a fair shot or is he just screwing it up?
October 15, 2011
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MGW said:

MGW
Buff I totally agree with your assessment on Buffalo, Angus. And I actually think Roy is the top talent on that team, and when he's up to full speed, he will be piling up the points this year while getting even a larger chunk of the PP time. That sure doesn't leave much room for guys who would likely get top PP minutes on other teams, like Stafford, Ennis and Leino.
October 15, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Just expanded my thoughts on Buffalo.

Big game from Schenn last night too.
October 15, 2011
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MGW said:

MGW
Malkin H8ter I swear, you guys all pump up Malkin and then now I'm gonna quit the site!!!!

But, seriously, in reality this is really crappy news for Malkin owners (like myself as well). I wonder if he's going to have to tone it back this year (and in future years?) because of the nagging knee? I sure hope not.

I drafted Ennis in one league and I've been so disappointed with his PP time etc. I decided to dump him for Marchand. I sure hope that works out, but Buffalo is just so deep and with Vanek, Pominville, Roy, Stafford seemingly entrenched as the top PP forwards (along with Adam?!?!), I just don't know if I can trust Ennis (along with Leino) until something drastically changes.
October 15, 2011
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KK said:

Kudelskis Krushers
Dalpe - LBI He left the game early last night.
October 15, 2011
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Buffalo87 said:

Buffalo87
Re: Leino I know Lindy Ruff feels he has a very deep top 9 so he's kind of been rolling with the hot hands on the power play. Roy, Adam, Pominville, Vanek have been mainstays pretty much on the top 2 units but the other 2 spots have kind of been cycled in with who's playing well. Stafford has seen a lot of time but other than that he's kind of been spreading the PP time out. I like Leino but there are a lot of guys ahead of him on the team from a purely offensive standpoint.
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Yarrrr said:

shortcuttomoncton
Leino? Any comments on Leino in the Buffalo game? Numbers say he saw almost no PP time and won 2 of 6 faceoffs. Is there a reason for this, or is he just not going to be the valuable LW pickup people were claiming?
October 15, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Kabanov to Sweden was not a rumor. He literally signed with Farjestad. But now that he is traded he will not report.
October 15, 2011
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Ryan Ma said:

Maaaasquito
... RE: Pominville

He only left the game briefly, he still ended up garnering plenty of ice-time 19:48 and 6:20 on the PP.

No need to worry
October 14, 2011
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