Saw Jordan Eberle doing a wicked stair-climb workout here in Calgary yesterday (I was also "doing the stairs" but was only heading down...and just one time). Dude is "working out like a maniac", has really "dedicated himself this offseason" and is "in the best shape of his life", ergo he'll have a monster season. Actually the last part of that was totally made up, I have no idea but this is the standard fare that you're likely to hear about 1000 times over the next month heading into training camps. Someone (other than me) should do a study of all the guys that are said to be in the "best shape of their life" and whether or not their performance improves. The one that sticks with me was Drew Stafford from last year, he came into camp in great shape, had a strong preseason and then converted that into a 52 point breakout season (increased his ppg from .48 to .84). Let us know in the comments if there are other ones that you recall.
Reports out of Finland say that Teemu Selanne will wait until September to see how his knee heals up before making a decision if he'll come back for another season. So fantasy GMs with early drafts will be driving blind on this one as you don't want to leave a 80-pt player on the board but don't want to pick a retired player either. My thinking is that if was going to retire he would have done that already, so I'd expect him to be back... and it's not like Teemu hasn't taken his time to make a decision before (see 2007/08 & 2008/09).
This was based on a tweet from Darren Dreger but I couldn't find any other info... DD says that Matthew Lombardi is making progress in his recovery from last year's concussion but still may not be ready for the beginning of the season. As I said with David Perron the other day, when a guy is still suffering some sort of symptoms from a concussion that happened 10 months ago, I think the term "progress" gets thrown around pretty lightly, and I wouldn't have a lot of confidence that anyone has any idea when he might be able to return. Again, recall that Crosby was only supposed to miss a week with a "mild concussion".
Interesting to see that more of you than I thought would rather see best case scenario projections (30% of the vote in yesterday's poll) over realistic ones. I suppose if you're pretty confident in your prognosticating ability that you'd rather just know what a player's potential is and then use your own judgment as to who to take risks with. Gives us something to think about as 30% is not an inconsequential number so maybe this is something we include in our projections in the future (not happening this year). We could give you a "likely" number and a "best case scenario" number and let you guys sort out what to use. Thoughts?