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Some big injuries last night in the Houston/OKC game - Jonas Brodin is out for a few weeks with an upper body injury after taking a shoulder-to-shoulder check from Taylor Hall (Hall was given a match penalty which the league has since rescinded).

 

Wild star prospect Mikael Granlund will be out for a few weeks with a leg injury after taking a hard hit into the boards, as well. All in all, not a great night for Minnesota fans.

 

Hall won't miss the game tonight due to suspension, but he wasn't slated to play, anyway. The team wants to make sure he is 100%, so they are resting him in the second game of back-to-backs for now.

 

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After writing about him on Thursday night, Roman Horak went out and recorded a natural hat trick for Abbotsford last night - he now has 10 goals to lead the AHL in scoring. He must be licking his chops looking at Calgary's depth up the middle.

 

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Michael Latta had a goal, seven shots on goal, and seven PIM for Mikwaukee. Latta is a 21-year-old who was taken in the 3rd round by the Preds back in 2009. He could have some value if he makes the show as a combo player with points and PIM. 

 

Calvin Pickard was stellar for Lake Erie, stopping 42 of 43 shots in the victory. He's been impressive this season.

 

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Jordan Schroeder played his best game of the season (by far) for the Wolves - one goal, two helpers, and he set up a number of high quality scoring chances. He needs to string together a few of these games to get things going offensively. 

 

Chris Tanev had a goal and an assist on the Chicago back end. Zack Kassian added two helpers. A great game all-around for Vancouver's top young players.

 

Kyle Beach had two goals and a fight for Rockford (against Connauton). Beach isn't a complete write-off, but he has been a huge disappointment since his draft selection back in 2008.

 

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Syracuse beat Adirondack 4-1 – Tampa Bay prospects against the Flyers prospects.

 

Defenseman Matt Taormina, who is in the mix for a bottom pairing spot in Tampa Bay, had a goal and an assist for Syracuse.

 

Cory Conacher scored a goal, as did Richard Panik. The Lightning have a handful of forward prospects who are very close to making the jump.

 

Dustin Tokarski stopped 22 of 23 shots – Anders Lindback is the goalie of the future in Tampa Bay, but don’t discount Tokarski.

 

Brayden Schenn was pointless with a minus-3 rating.

 

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Robin Lehner stopped 28 of 31 shots for the win, and managed to avoid any fights (although he did earn two PIM for a delay of game penalty).

 

Emerson Etem scored two goals for Norfolk, and Peter Holland added one.

 

Former Leaf Luca Caputi had two helpers, as did defenseman Sami Vatanen.

 

You have likely seen Vatanen’s name a lot here – don’t expect that to change any time soon. He’s the real deal, and his smooth transition to North American hockey bodes really well for his fantasy value in the short to medium term.

 

Etem led the WHL in goal scoring last year – he’s a big sniping winger. Holland is a steady two-way center who has the upside to be a 50-60-point guy at the NHL level. Could be a nice long term fit behind Getzlaf (if Getzlaf re-signs with the Ducks).

 

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Speaking of the Ducks – assume hockey comes back, assume the cap is the same, and assume Perry and Getzlaf are UFAs next summer. How much do you offer them? I’d give Perry more, for sure. Does he command Parise money? More? Less? How about Getzlaf?

 

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There were 21 goaltenders taken ahead of Henrik Lundqvist back at the 2000 Draft. The Hockey Writers profiles all 21 of them. Some names you will recognize, while many you won’t.

 

2. Brent Krahn – Selected in the 1st Round (9th Overall) by the Calgary Flames


The Flames selected Krahn after he posted a 33-6-0 record for the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL. However, Krahn’s statistics declined in his last three years of junior hockey.


Krahn spent eight years in the Flames organization, but a series of knee injuries hindered his development. After playing the 2007-08 season in the AHL, the Flames decided to let the Winnipeg, Manitoba leave as a free agent.


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Jamie McBain is headed to Finland, but for how long?

 

"Ideally, I'm only over there a week and I'll come back," McBain said. "Hopefully it's just to get a game or two in and come back.


"It's a win/win either way. Hopefully I'm coming back in a week or two weeks but it gives me a chance to get skating with a team, get a couple of games under my belt and hopefully be ready to come back and play here."


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Tyler Bozak probably isn’t the answer for Vancouver’s third line center spot, writes Canucks Army.

 

What does it say about Tyler Bozak, that he was a marginally effective player last season, while playing his minutes against secondary competition next to a dynamic forward like Phil Kessel (whom he was attached at the hip to for roughly 85% of his shifts)? What's going to happen to him when the player streaking down his right wing is Chris Higgins? And what's going to happen when his minutes are chopped down substantially, and his near three minutes of power play action are taken away?


I like Bozak, but at this point he’s a dime-a-dozen player. Maybe he could thrive in the right environment, but I see him as a stop gap in Toronto until someone else is ready to take over.

 

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The latest lockout injury – Alex Steen, who is playing for Modo in the SEL, is out for three weeks with a thigh injury.

 

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After we find out the NHL cancels the Winter Classic, news leaks that they are making concessions regarding the “make whole” provision (essentially taking less/no money from the players). I’m doing my best to ignore the CBA issues until some actual traction with discussions is in place. Following this horror story is a complete waste of effort and time until then.

 

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Darren Helm broke a bone in his face during an informal skate-around with other NHL players. No word on if he needs surgery or on a timetable for a recovery yet.

 

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The winners of the “Why I Love Fantasy Hockey” contest will be announced either Sunday or Monday. I’m finalizing my post as well (although I’m not sure I can adhere to the 250 word count limit).

 

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Some KHL action from yesterday:

 

 

SKA puts up nine goals – some beauties in this highlight package:

 

 

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Here is a review of my writing from last week, and a look ahead to next week.

 

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Now more than ever, patience is a virtue. And that is the theme of this DobberHockey wallpaper with a certain prospect.


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Excelsior said:

Excelsior
... Roman Horak scored a natural hat-trick last night for Abbotsford in a little over 6 minutes.
November 03, 2012
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StrongArms said:

StrongArms
KHL Scoring I feel like more than half the goals I've seen scored in the KHL are 2 on 1 one timers. That open ice really helps I guess....it reminds me of playing NHL 96 on Sega.
November 03, 2012
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