Hodgson's outlook getting worse... Petrov doubtful for training camp... Murphy & MPS shine in rookie tourney action... Esposito knows how to talk
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Mike Gillis is saying that Cody Hodgson could miss training camp & the exhibition schedule with his on-again-off-again back injury. Gillis said that he won't require surgery but this seems like a downgrade from his status since as of last week they were only saying that he might not play in the Canucks rookie tournament games, so definitely nail-biting time if you're a Cody owner as this isn't sounding good. Regardless, we think he'll have to start the year in the AHL anyway.
Islanders GM Garth Snow says that Kirill Petrov is doubtful to show up for training camp as he's under contract to Kazan in the KHL and so far Garth hasn't been able to get him out of it.
A few notables from rookie tournament action on Sunday:
Carolina keeper Mike Murphy posted a 33 save shutout win over the Rangers... with Justin Peters moving up to take over the backup duties with the Canes, Murphy should see a lot more AHL action this year after only appearing in 20 games last year (.917 sv%). He was OHL goalie of the year in 2007/08 & 2008/09 and we think he has a bright future.
Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson had two goals in his debut for the Oilers... he doesn't get the hype that Hall & Eberle have been getting but don't forget that he's played almost three full seasons in the SEL & was the leading scorer at the World Championships last year, so he's already been competing against men, so he's ready for the NHL. We're being fairly modest with our expectations for him this year (around 40-45 points) as there's still some uncertainty there but we're very high on this kid's long-term potential as we have him ranked #2 in our Fantasy Prospect Rankings.
What's distracting us today?
- Cam Janssen and Dustin Brown are paying it forward. We want to know if Sean Avery will keep it going if somebody does him a favour.
- The Hockey News talked to Phil Esposito about his famous speech during the 1972 Summit Series (video below) and he didn't disappoint: "...the best way to make a speech is emotionally if you want to get your point across. Unfortunately, that’s why politicians are f----ing losers." Okay Phil, whatever you say.