Thank the Lord, the dog days are over, we have stuff to talk about...
Patrick Sharp had an appendectomy yesterday and will be out 3-4 weeks... he should still be fine to start the season but he may have to work to catch up at the beginning of the year.
Ryan Callahan was named Captain of the Rangers yesterday... great choice as he's a heart-and-soul player and also a fantasy monster. People are really high on him this year and while I like him to be a six category stud, I'd be careful not to go too crazy with your expectations for his point total, think 55-60.
Zach Bogosian is still unsigned but he is working out with his Jets teammates and he's confident something will get done soon... so I wouldn't worry that he's going to be slow off the start or missing any action.
Craig Smith of the Predators leads the rookie tournament Rocket Richard Trophy race as he potted four goals (and added an assist) in the Preds first game against Tampa [recap via OTF with video that looks like it was shot by somebody's mom]. Smith is one to keep any eye on in training camp as he's really come on in the last year and will push for an NHL job but the Preds typically like to season their prospects in Milwaukee first.
Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner with 2+2=4 in a barnburner 8-5 rookie game against the Islanders. He's a good looking prospect and is probably worthy of being ranked higher than #306 in our Fantasy Prospect Rankings but I still think he's heading back to Jr. this year.
Caught some of the Canucks-Flames rookie game last night [boxscore] and a kid named Nathan Longpre was impressive for the Canucks with 2+1=3... he'd be a sweet add in your rookie tournament fantasy league.
The Devils have invited Anton Stralman, Petr Sykora & Steve Bernier to training camp and I'd guess at this point that all three of them will accept... In Lou We Trust with the details. All are extreme longshots but Stralman would be the one I'd keep an eye on as the Devils could use some help at the rear of the PP.
The Cannon takes a shot (see what I just did there?) at projecting the CBJs leaders in a number of stat categories. They're predicting big things for James Wisniewski (13+42=55) and a big bounceback season from Steve Mason (34W, 2.25 & .921).
Still with the CBJs... Jonathan Willis is a fan of Mark Dekanich, as am I. He sees this as a great opportunity for Dekanich to grab the #1 job and I am all over it, as I have Dekanich ranked #22 in the Breakout Bible and predicted 20-24 wins for him this year. Especially with goalies, it's all about the opportunity, moreso than the hype or even talent. There are a ton of goalies that could have breakout season if given the opportunity but playing behind Mason and for a team that has higher expectations this year, I can see Dekanich getting a legit shot.