HEADS UP... we updated our 2010/11 Fantasy Scouting Report Oct 4th so if you have a late draft this weekend then this is some of the freshest fantasy hockey draft advice, projections & cheatsheets that you can find.
Tim Thomas got the call from the Bruins in game #2 and he backed up all the talk that he's going to try to get his #1 job back with a 29 save shutout of the Coyotes. We're big fans of Rask but there's something about this situation that makes us a little uneasy and if you're a Rask owner and have the bench space then Thomas would provide nice insurance. Maybe it's the fact that even though Thomas had an off year last year (he struggled with injuries), he wasn't that bad (.915 sv%). Thomas also sports a .924 sv% over his last three seasons combined and Boston is a very stingy defensive team (2nd in the league in gaa last year).
Nathan Horton was a sexy bounce-back pick in a lot of drafts as most people thought he'd thrive in a new situation playing with a center like Savard. Well there's no Savard right now but Horton is still thriving... he had two goals in the Bruins opener and two more points yesterday while playing on the top line with Krejci & Lucic.
Still with the Bruins, just a heads-up as I know a lot of people were hoping that either Dennis Seidenberg or Johnny Boychuk would be manning the point on the PP with Chara but it looks like Claude Julien's first choice for the moment is Matt Hunwick. Hunny Bear took a step back last season with only 14 points but don't forget that he had 27 points in only 53 games in 2008/09 (although he did play some forward).
Follow the jump for some non-Bruins related fantasy news...
Jonathan Bernier got the call in the second night of back-to-back games for the Kings and he performed well stopping 29 of 31 in a loss to Calgary. Terry Murray has said that he wants to reduce Quick's workload this year so look for Bernier to see more action than a lot of backups and if he outshines Quick as we expect then there's always the upside that he takes over the #1 job at some point.
Tomas Vokoun was regularly under seige last year as the Panthers allowed the most shots in the league (34.1/game) but he stood tall with a .925 sv%. Well maybe FLA has patched up some of the leaks as they started the season by only allowing 13 shots against Edmonton last night but Vokoun wasn't his usual self by giving up three goals and taking the loss. We wouldn't be worried about Vokoun, he started slow last year as well (.912 sv% in Oct) and was great the rest of the way (.927 Nov to Apr) and that's been the way he rolls over his entire career (.910 career sv% in Oct and .917% Nov-Apr).
A day after leading the Coyotes in ice-time in his first ever NHL game, Oliver Ekman-Larsson came back to earth as he was 5th amongst PHX dmen in ice-time (18:38) in game #2. As it is with most 19-year old dmen, it's going to be an up & down season, so be prepared for the turbulence.
One of the drawbacks of Wolski moving to wing and Belanger jumping up to the 1st line in Phoenix is that Scottie Upshall has been relegated to the 4th line after seeing a lot of top line action last year. He was on his way to a breakout season last year (32 points in 49 games) until he was hurt and although he's very fragile we like him as a contributor in a number of categories but seeing around 12 minutes of action on the 4th line is not going to help.