HEADS UP... we updated our 2010/11 Fantasy Scouting Report on Sept 21st (and we'll update it again in the next few days), so its some of the freshest fantasy hockey draft advice, projections & cheatsheets that you can find.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 32 of 33 shot thrown at him by an Islanders split-squad lineup that resembled a midget team. The young Russian has been impressive in the pre-season with a 1.37 gaa & .952 sv% in four appearances. The Flyers have been talking about how they think he needs time in the AHL but with Leighton out and Boucher being Boucher, then they may end up throwing Bobsky in there right away... stranger things have happened with the Flyers & their goaltenders.
Nazem Kadri was probably tired of having Ron Wilson slag him all over the media so he went out and put up 2+1=3 last night and made a statement that he belongs in the NHL this year... not sure if Ronny got the memo though. It's probably going to be an up & down year for the kid (literally) so keep your expectations in check.
Derek Stepan continues to make a strong impression in Rangers training camp as he had 1+1=2 last night in 16 minutes of ice-time and while we're still skeptical that he's going to be the Rangers #1C to start the year but he may have done enough to crack the opening day lineup as there's only one or two more cuts coming to the Rangers forward group. Lots of upside here but we'd say Stepan's a risky pick in one-year leagues.
Ruslan Fedotenko is also having a strong camp with the Rangers... he had two assists last night, was the game's first star and has 1+4=5 in three pre-season games. Give him a look if you're in the deepest of leagues and need someone who can give you 15 goals & 30 points.
The Caps have loaned Michael Nylander to the Panthers, but he won't be playing for the Panthers, he'll be with their AHL affiliate in Rochester... he won't be playing in the NHL this year, got it?
Here's the latest notable cuts:
The Bruins sent Joe Colborne & Zach Hamill down to the AHL... Colborne was expected to need some seasoning in the AHL this year but still looks like a good one. Hamill is a former 8th overall pick (2007) that will be likely be spending his third season in the AHL this year... take from that what you will.
SJ sent Cam MacIntyre to the AHL, the real surprise here is that the Sharks gave the college FA a one-way deal over the summer so they'll be paying him $600k to play in Worcester. He's been injured & hasn't been involved in much during training camp but once he's healthy he'll probably be on the Worcester-San Jose shuttle this year.
The CBJs cut Matthew Calvert, we're interested to see how the Jr. star looks down in the AHL... especially since the Jackets are thin on skilled prospects.
Ottawa cut Roman Wick, the euro-vet who made the trip across the pond from Switzerland... he was pretty underwhelming in the pre-season and we'd be surprised to see much of him in the NHL this year.
Zach Boychuk was penciled into the Hurricanes lineup by everyone after finishing up last season with the big club but he didn't impress at training camp and has been beaten out for a job by the likes of Drayson Bowman, Zac Dalpe & Jeff Skinner (who all look like they've made the team).
We all had high hopes that AHL scoring machine Brett Sterling would finally get an NHL shot with the Penguins but it ain't happening as he's been placed on waivers and will likely be sent to the AHL.