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Fantasy Hockey Scouts: Daily Dosage - Sept 25th, 2009

We updated the FSR & 2009/10 Projected Stats on Wednesday... 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.

Daily Diarrhea  

Del Zotto

The Rangers sent blueline prospect Bobby Sanguinetti to the AHL.  He'll be up this year eventually but it looks like the NYRs will be starting the season with fellow prospects Michael Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy on the team.  Remember the Rangers don't have a true PP QB and it appears as though they may start the year with Del Zotto filling that role on the 1st unit and Gilroy seeing some time on the #2 unit... great opportunity for both these guys and fantasy GMs will want to keep an eye on this.  If the Rangers pick up another dman via a trade MDZ will likely go back to junior before he gets ten games NHL experience as he's too young to be sent to the AHL.

We thought M'sota dmen Marek Zidlicky and Brent Burns would be the main benefactors of new Wild coach Todd Richards opening up the offense but it appears that Kim Johnsson might get the biggest boost... he's had three assists in two pre-season games and played a team-leading 8:29 on the PP last night.  KJ was a fairly productive player before he arrived in Minny (he averaged 41 points a year over the three seasons prior to the lockout) so its not that outlandish to think that he could regain that old form under a new coach.

Eriksson

A line that really seems to be clicking in training camp is the Dallas 2nd unit featuring Loui Eriksson, Brad Richards and James Neal.  All three have been chipping in as Eriksson is 4+2=6 in four games, B-Rich is 1+5=6 in four games and Neal is 2+2=4 in four games.

Martin Skoula wasn't good enough to make the Florida Panthers so now he's pimping out his services to the CBJs... this isn't really fantasy worthy news unless we've somehow gone back in time and its 2001 all over again.

Notable cuts from yesterday... The Flames sent Mikael Backlund to the AHL, as we hypothesized the other day... the kid's got a lot to prove to us as we're not convinced he's got what it takes to be a big point producer in the NHL.  The Coyotes were busy announcing a new coach but still had time to cut Al Montoya, dude was one of the worst goalies in the AHL last year and despite that making him a perfect candidate to make the Coyotes, Jason LaBarbera was better (...I can't believe I just typed those last four words).  Speaking of less-than-fantastic goalies, Dan Cloutier's try-out with the Red Wings has amounted to him being released.

So Wayne's cashing out in Phoenix (literally) and this is a great move for the team as we weren't big fans of his coaching record (see: dead last in our coach rankings).  Dave Tippett takes over and we're big fans of Tipsy although he doesn't have a ton to work with in the desert and his forte is getting his teams to clamp down defensively.

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...  

Vancouver

Two Canucks hit the LTR yesterday.  Mathieu Schneider and Pavol Demitra will miss the start of the season after offseason shoulder surgery.  You knew injuries would be coming to these two eventually so you can't be too shocked.  Schneids should be back a few games into the season while Demitra will be out till November.  Look for Shane O'Brien and Sergei Shirokov to try to fill the voids.

Sidney Crosby left last night's game in the first period with a sore groin.  The team and Sid said that it's nothing to worry about, it just got a little tight on the bus ride over and there was no point risking it.  So don't go trading him right away... but this is a good reminder that Crosby has been susceptible to a few knocks during his career while Ovechkin & Malkin have both been Russian machines and rarely miss any games.... just something else to think about if you have a top 2 selection in your league's draft.

Mike Cammalleri also left last night's game early with a LBI... again, nothing serious so don't go jumping off any bridges.

Daily Distraction 

What's distracting us today?  So if Evander Kane met his namesake Evander Holyfield it could very well be the most awesome interview ever right? 

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