Eberle & Omark shine for Oil... Jussi moving back to center?... Streit likely out 6 months... a few notable camp cuts... some classic fantasy team names
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Big night for the Oilers top line as Jordan Eberle, Shawn Horcoff & Taylor Hall combined for four goals in a blowout of the Canucks... Eberle was the real star here with 2+1=3 and again, this is just the pre-season but we think our prediction that he'll outscore Hall this year is looking good.
Another Oiler who impressed last night was Linus Omark as he had 1+2=3 including a slick goal while playing with Penner & Brule on the 2nd line. He's good enough to make this team and he's surely impressed in camp but his two-way contract may work against him and the team may decide that he's better off starting down in the AHL while they break in "The Big 3" rookies to start the year.
The Canucks Cory Schneider was the victim on all eight Oilers goals last night... his position as Luongo's backup is safe but he's never looked that good in the NHL after spectacular stints in the NCAA & AHL. He needs to pick it up as this whole season is an audition for all the other teams to prove that he's worthy of a #1 job. We think the talent will shine through eventually and he will get that chance, just not sure how long it will take.
Interesting position shifting going on in Carolina as coach Paul Maurice is considering moving Jussi Jokinen back to the #3C spot, this after a 30+35=65 season last year as a top line winger. We don't have to tell you that this isn't going to help him in his bid to repeat those numbers... we were already projecting him to come back to earth this year anyway. The impressive camp from Patty O'Sullivan has made him a viable candidate to take JJ's spot on the top line.
Conflicting reports on Mark Streit's injured shoulder as one report has him out for 6 months already while another says that he's seeking a second opinion and as of now is only out indefinitely. Both of these are probably right but the team will wait until they get the second opinion that confirms the first before they admit defeat. As we said yesterday, this is tough as Streit is one of the best fantasy dmen out there and his absence would really hurt the Islanders PP as well.
The Islanders will probably be looking for help on D pretty soon but yesterday they added Manny Legace as a training camp try-out... he gives them some insurance in case Rick DiPietro doesn't hold up for the whole season (or pre-season).
The cuts are getting a little more interesting, still nothing too crazy... here's the notable ones:
Dallas let Jonathan Cheechoo go from his try-out... doubt he finds NHL work.
Tampa cut Euro-vet Niklas Persson and we'd bet he'll be heading back across the pond.
Toronto sent Jerry D'Amigo to the AHL... he still could go down to Jr. eventually but this gives them a little more time to evaluate him.
Chicago cut dman prospect Shawn Lalonde... but he's still one to watch.
Nasvhille sent Jonathon Blum back down the AHL... not a shock but we're surprised that he didn't last loner in camp, this kid's still a real good looking prospect (ranked #31 in our fantasy prospect rankings) so don't sour on him.
What's distracting us today?
- It Happened in Hockey with shares a story featuring John Garrett, a scoreboard and Mike Gartner. Always a great read... although he did spell Gretzky wrong later in the post.
- Puck Daddy has the winners of his fantasy team name competition.... our favourite? Pimping Ain't Parise.
- Finally since this Scout owns him in three leagues already... Claude Giroux's sweet SO goal from the other night: