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With Jonas Gustavsson injured - yet again - Petr Mrazek is the backup in Detroit for the time being. Howard has had six injuries between November of 2010 and March of 2012 (17 months). Each injury is minor, with the most serious one being a finger injury that cost him eight games. But he gets hurt often and if the next one is a long-term injury, then Mrazek will shine. Detroit is one of those teams that play a strong, sound system that makes goalies look good. If Mrazek gets an opportunity, he'll make a splash. I think he makes a good No.4 goalie in many fantasy formats. Just a good asset to sit on your bench in the off chance that he gets that opportunity.

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Linus Omark already acknowledged that he could be playing this season in the AHL. And yet he still came over. I, and many others, were fairly certain that he would be traded. After all, why would he leave in the first place if not for dissatisfaction over being stuck in the AHL?

Well, obviously not. There is no trade market for him. Not if his salary is near the league minimum and he was put on waivers yesterday. So a team can have Omark for free. We'll know at noon if anyone bites, but I suspect he gets through. Teams that could use him include, ironically, Calgary.

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Jonathan Blum is on waivers. Wow, did he ever fall from grace. From toast of the town… to this. I wonder about the Nashville development system. Ryan Ellis, Cody Franson, Jonathan Blum…I mean, Franson came around during his second year in Toronto, but in his first year Coach Ron Wilson didn't think much of him at all (and neither did Leafs fans). So many elite d-man prospects…yet to fulfill potential. Any more of these guys (can they ruin Seth Jones?) and we'll start to forget about their successes in Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.

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I only caught a part of the game last night, but Alain Vigneault is trying Chris Kreider in front of the net on the power play and he looked pretty good there. Great opportunity for him, no question.

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Other notable CUTS from yesterday:

Antti Raanta, Philip Danault, Drew LeBlanc (CHI)

Linus Omark (EDM)

Erik Haula, Zack Phillips, Jonathan Blum, Darcy Kuemper

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Jakub Voracek left last night's game with an UBI, though not said to be serious.

A couple of Twitter sources commented that Scott Laughton spelled very well last night, while Michael Raffl was average at best. Apparently, a roster spot is at stake and it will be one or the other. I still give the edge to Raffl.

Claude Giroux had an assist in the 2-1 loss.

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I was looking at the Yahoo average draft spot last night. Can't believe that, on average, Martin Brodeur is getting drafted before Cory Schneider. Really? Even if you could guarantee me Brodeur remains healthy throughout, I wouldn't take him.

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Ottawa's line combos from last night:

Frequency                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Strength        Line Combination

19.93%                                                                                                                                                                                                                           EV                      24 DA COSTA,STEPHANE - 14 GREENING,COLIN - 20 PETERSSON,ANDRE

18.58%                                                                                                                                                                                                                           EV                      59 DZIURZYNSKI,DAVE - 25 NEIL,CHRISTOPHER - 15 SMITH,ZACK

18.24%                                                                                                                                                                                                                           EV                      54

COWICK,COREY - 18 O'BRIEN,JIM - 55 ROBINSON,BUDDY

15.88%                                                                                                                                                                                                                           EV                      16 MACARTHUR,CLARKE - 61 STONE,MARK - 7 TURRIS,KYLE

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Viktor Stalberg left last night's contest with a UBI. Could be his shoulder. But his ice time went to Hornqvist, who saw over 22 minutes (and nearly seven on the PP).

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Nathan MacKinnon, who has been resting his hip flexor (team is being cautious), will probably make his preseason debut Thursday. I gotta see this one. Patrick Roy will juggle the lines a lot for the first 10 games, but I still want to see how MacKinnon is used, and how that works with the other centermen.

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Two more assists for Mark Arcobello last night, and he's seeing time with quality linemates thanks to the Gagner injury. He's worth drafting late, because he'll give you some good production until the team gets some bodies back.

It's also looking as though Darnell Nurse will make this team. He's certainly close, but the Oilers would have to cut a couple of players loose first (by trade, demotion or waivers) and I doubt they will do that.

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Watch Nurse carry this puck behind the net. Great play, very impressive. Oh, and Eberle scored:

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Nice looking Letang goal:

 


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Puckhead said:

Puckhead
Brodeur drafted before Schneider... Great point jsuites! Damn auto select!!!
September 25, 2013
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ChicagoChief said:

ChicagoChief
Omark to NJ? Lots of room for scoring potential there. Brunner and Omark played together in Switzerland last year until Brunner left for Detroit. They were the two top scorers in the league.
September 25, 2013
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... @ UKFlames

After years of chasing a playoff spot, the Flames have finally decided to rebuild. It is a necessary step but they are in for a rough season.

@Dobber

Brodeur is going to play more than Schneider until he is injured or he retires. The Devils were in playoff position before he went on IR last season, then they took a swan dive in the standings without him. Schneider was acquired to prevent that from happening again and to take over when Brodeur hangs'em up. Gretzky, Messier and Mario all played big minutes right until they stopped playing altogether and that is what Brodeur will do.
September 25, 2013
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jsuites said:

jsuites
Brodeur / Schneider Auto-drafting is the reason you're seeing Brodeur with a higher ADP than Schneider. Yahoo has Brodeur ranked 87th, Schneider 129th.
September 25, 2013
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Keep an eye on Da Costa tonight. Playing with Ryan and Michalek. Was the best forward last night in the Toronto-Ottawa game,
September 25, 2013
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First Round Pick said:

First Round Pick
... rataylor22 - I agree there is no hope here in Calgary for a playoff spot, but don't you think there's a refreshing feeling that the rebuild is FINALLY beginning to happen? It's starting to be fun to talk about the Flames "Young Guns" (haha, couldn't resist the old, failed marketing reference)
September 25, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... Isle B. - as stated, it would be highly surprising if the flames claimed Omark. I don't think it happens.

UKFlames - you're delusional. I live in Calgary, and yes the Flames are dead in the water.
September 25, 2013
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ultrawhiteness said:

ultrawhiteness
NSH D two undersized and average skating offensive D prospects might not turn out? SHOCKED.
September 25, 2013
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Wotan said:

Wotan
NSH's development of young Ds I can see your overall point about NSH and the Ds they developed. I still think you're doing them a bit wrong though: Every team has had its fair share of "blue chip" prospects that didn't turn out as expected.
On the flip side to Ellis or Blum the NSH system made a very good D out of Josi who wasn't drafted as early. So they can't be doing evrything the wrong way with their young Ds. This just once more teaches me to not take draft rankings too seriously....
September 25, 2013
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Omark I would be surprised if the flames claimed Omark, they don't have the room for him on the big club so what is the point of having the extra body.

@Isle B - Just for the record the team is far from "dead in the water", despite the rebuild. I guess you must be from out East where they pay no attention to what is going on out West.
September 25, 2013
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Team scrabble?? Are they choosing who makes the team in Philly by playing scrabble??

"A couple of Twitter sources commented that Scott Laughton spelled very well last night, while Michael Raffl was average at best."smilies/grin.gif
September 25, 2013
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Excelsior said:

Excelsior
... Yes Nurse was returned to the OHL after the game last night. He has looked impressive but isn't quite NHL ready . He needs to get stronger. Fedun, Lander and Pitlick sent to OKC.
September 25, 2013
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Mr. Guru said:

Mr. Guru
... And, Nurse gets sent back to junior after that behind the back pass.
September 25, 2013
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... I have to think that Calgary claims Omark. There seems like no downside to that move; add a much-needed skill player; create some interest for a dead-in-the-water rebuilding team; and tweak the archrivals!
September 25, 2013
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