Hey gang - Angus here. Came across an interesting writing opportunity earlier today (more on it here). I formally tossed my hat in the ring, and I`d love your support. Read that link, and let those who make the decisions know you`d like to see me there too (or, if you picked Malkin too early this year at my recommendation, keep on reading).
Late draft? The Fantasy Guide and Draft List are updated through Friday, October 7.
Ryan Kesler will make his season debut tomorrow night - that's fast. Kudos to you for taking a chance on him at the draft.
Here is today's Puck Daddy column. Also, please note that my THN columns have shifted from Tuesdays and Saturdays... to Mondays and Thursdays. So that THN column will be up this afternoon.
The Jackets continue to shake things up - Matt Calvert has been sent back down.
Peter Mueller is practicing with the team, which is a good sign, but with the fourth liners /scratches, which is not a good sign. Still no official word on whether or not he has concussion symptoms. He hasn’t taken a hit to the head, but perhaps he has some headaches and is being cautious.
How good is Johan Hedberg looking in terms of fantasy own? Marty Brodeur missed practice yesterday with a shoulder injury.
Patrick Kane is holding up well as a centerman. I didn’t expect that – but he’s won 56.7 percent of his faceoffs. This ‘experiment’ just might stick…
Evgeni Malkin will miss the next two games with the soreness in his knee – and that’s what it is, not his foot. He did not accompany the Pens on their two-game road trip, and neither did Brooks Orpik, Dustin Jeffrey and Sidney Crosby (per the post-gazette).
Is this the year that we start including John Tavares in Art Ross conversations? He’s going to be in them, eventually. But this year? Why not? It’s not like he’ll give you warning of it. Did Jaromir Jagr give you a heads up when he topped his career high of 99 with 149 points in 1995-96? I don’t have the pool books in front of me, but I’m betting they had Jagr pegged for around 100. Just something to think about. He’s certainly taking another step forward, anyway, as I and many others said that he would.
With Doughty on the shelf, the Kings have recalled Voynov – who shouldn’t have been sent down in the first place and I have a hunch he will make it impossible for them to send him down again.
Zac Dalpe’s disastrous start is now complete – he is out “week to week” with a lower body injury. Coach Paul Maurice wasn’t using him anyway. Look for something along the lines of 20 points in 45 games this season.
Chris Kunitz. Now there’s a man with a smart agent. Turris needs to give that agent a call, pronto.
Finally, something nice to say about Nikita Filatov – he has three points in two AHL games and is plus-1. The guy needs to dominate that league before attempting to do so at the NHL level.
While I’m looking up some AHL numbers – Brayden Schenn has six points in three games and Kyle Palmieri has six points in two games. Paul Byron has two points in three games (that’s actually second on the team) and Cam Atkinson has one point in two games.
If you haven’t gone to Goalie Post to see the free chart that gives you the starting goalies for each day – then your competitors have an edge on you. Check it out. And I’m working on setting up a free one-week trial for everyone. You HAVE to see the gold that Justin Goldman has been sending members. The members are going wild over it – they can’t believe the nuggets they’ve been getting for their 83 cents a month!
Mike Fisher will be out for at least another week. He will not make this three-game road trip for Nashville. The longer he remains out, the more time Craig Smith has to show his stuff.
Speaking of Smith, he was taken off David Legwand’s line. Guess it was working too well.
Surprised to see Teddy Purcell scratched Saturday. I thought he was beyond that. Ryan Shannon, however, isn’t as surprising.
Jason Blake is out for three months with that laceration. So Pat Maroon will get a look, but I’m willing to bet Palmieri gets back up as well. Especially if Maroon doesn’t assert himself.
The status of Andy McDonald will be updated today – he is suspected of having a concussion.
Dustin Jeffrey has been cleared for contact now. The Penguins are slowly rounding into shape. Although it seems as though Malkin will be playing 65 games at best, given his knee soreness. That still means 90 points in this man’s opinion.
McGrattan vs. Janssen - wow:
Easton – how/why they designed the Stealth RS: