We updated the FSR & 2009/10 Projected Stats today... for those of you who already bought it, we rammed it in your inbox earlier... and for everyone else, don't you think it's about time you got the freshest produce available? or maybe you're the type of GM who's happy with his glossy magazine that was written in early July?... check out the FSR page for details.
Wayne Simmonds and Teddy Purcell put on a show for the rabid hockey fans of Kansas City last night as Wayne had two goals (giving him four in four pre-season games) and Teddy was 1+1=2 (has four points in three pre-season games). We liked what we saw from Simmonds last year but we thought he was a year away from being fantasy-worthy, perhaps we were wrong. Purcell is one of our favs as he's been a proven setup man at every level and we think its only a matter of time before he breaks out in the NHL.
We also thought that James van Riemsdyk would start this season in the AHL but the kid has been impressive in the pre-season, with two more goals last night that gives him 3+1=4 in four exhibition games... he looks like he might nail down an opening night roster spot and could be an impact rookie.
Nazem Kadri is putting on quite a show for Leafs fans, scoring the game-tying goal late in the third and then scoring this beauty in the shootout win over the Penguins but it appears it will all be for not as he should be heading back to the OHL soon. The Leafs already have 12 veteran forwards on their roster plus Jason Allison, plus Rickard Wallin plus three 23-year old hopefuls in Bozak, Hanson and Stalberg... so we can't see them keeping the kid.
This is great... Caps coach Bruce Boudreau on whether Michael Nylander will play at all in the pre-season (he hasn't yet), "I don't know. Potentially." Basically the Caps want Nylander to take his giant cap hit and bugger off to the KHL but Nylander doesn't want to leave so there's a battle to see who can piss each other off more. Avoid Nylander as it looks like either he'll be scratched the whole year or be playing in the KHL.
A few notable cuts from yesterday... the Hurricanes cut Drayson Bowman and Bryan Rodney, which is good news for other rookies like Zach Boychuk and Jamie McBain, who survived. Chicago is sending Kyle Beach back to the WHL as they have too much depth up front right now. The Sharks will send Logan Couture to the AHL to start the year and the Caps will let stud dman prospect John Carlson dominate in the AHL for a while... watch for this kid to be back soon.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
There's a bunch of guys with minor bumps and bruises, we'll only highlight the more interesting ones here...
Tom Preissing, he of many random injuries & illnesses, has a knee issue now and will be out for 4-to-6 weeks. We don't think you should have been counting on much from him this year anyway (he missed half of last season due to vertigo). He does have some potential though as he put up 43 & 38 points the first two years after the lockout.
Adam Burish will have ACL surgery and is out for 6 months... no fantasy impact with him but this will give 2005 7th overall pick, Jack Skille, more hope of making the team.
What's distracting us today? Looks like we have a new celebrity puckhead. Vince Vaughn is apparently a big Hawks fan... now that he has a new movie out. Vaughn oozes cool and we could use a bit of cool in the celebrity NHL fan ranks... so a big FHS welcome to Vince. This video just got linked to by every blogger out there.
Check out Vince talking about hockey and his new movie thanks to NHL.com