Evgeni Malkin is looking like the Malkin of old so far this preseason. He picked up a goal and two assists (including a very pretty one) and is looking like a great late first round pick. Many have him around 15-20 overall (like both Yahoo! and ESPN) on their draft lists... but we'd recommend you take him somewhere in the 5-10 range.
Our top ranked fantasy prospect on the Pens, Joseph Morrow, had a pretty good game as well. He picked up 1+1=2 yesterday. He's a longshot to make the team as he's just turning pro but he's somebody to keep your eye on long term.
David Rundblad played over 21 minutes last night and picked up an assist. I still think he's making the Sens this year and will give owners a breakout season.
Watched some of the Leafs - Sabres game last night and two rookies really stood out for the Leafs. Matt Frattin (two assists in almost 19 minutes of action) and d-man Jake Gardiner (one assist in more than 26 minutes) looked very good. Brian Burke sounds like he wants these guys to get some AHL experience but if they keep playing like this they may force his hand.
I'm getting the feeling the most important addition the Sabres made this off-season was Robyn Regehr. He was playing with Tyler Myers last night which should allow Myers to join the rush a bit more often. Maybe this will help him get back to the numbers (48 points) he put up in his rookie season.
Luke Adam picked up a goal, an assist, seven shots and played almost 19 minutes last night. We love Adam but we would be much more keen on his fantasy prospects if things weren't so crowded up front in Buffalo. There are lots of injury prone guys ahead of him on the depth charts, so there is some hope.
Still with the Sabres... looks like the mystery on how the Sabres will get under the cap has been solved. Ales Kotalik and Shaone Morrisonn have been put on waivers. This shouldn't impact any fantasy teams.
Mark Streit (not to mention Matt Moulson and Frans Nielsen) had three points for the Isles last night. Make sure Streit isn't forgotten about in your league. He should finish in the Top 5 or 10 in d-man scoring.
The Islander goalie controversy gets a little more confusing. Both Al Montoya and Kevin Poulin played well last night. We'd stay well clear of all Islander goalies but Montoya is the guy to bet in if you're forced.
It seems like a long time ago (actually it was two years) but David Booth once played at a 68 point pace. Last night, he had 1+1=2 and with some talent around now he should bounce back a bit, assuming he can stay healthy.
Sam Gagner fell awkwardly into the boards. No word on extent but a serious injury would really suck as we're hoping he takes a big step forward this year.
Paul Postma continued his strong pre-season with a goal. He now has five points in two games. He's one of the only decent fantasy prospects Winnipeg has in the system. He's got two full AHL seasons under his belt (45 pts in 69 gms last year). He's got a shot to make the team, although we wouldn't expect too much this season.
Jonas Hiller played his first preseason game and things went well... 21 shots, 21 saves. After all his vertigo issues we're happy to see him on ice doing his thing.
Harri Sateri with the surprising shutout for the Sharks last night. Last season, he played seven AHL games after a few years in Finland. We wouldn't hold out hope for him but with Antero Niittymaki out for awhile he'll try to steal the backup job from
Alex Stalock Thomas Greiss.