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Fantasy Hockey Scouts: Daily Dosage - Sept 29th, 2009

We updated the FSR & 2009/10 Projected Stats on September 23rd and we'll do another update on the 30th... 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  

Pacioretty

Habs coach Jacques Martin has declared Max Pacioretty the big winner in training camp (well, he didn't use those exact words) by awarding him a spot on the top line with Gomez & Gionta to start the year.  We're not the types to say "we told you so" but lets just say that people that bought the Breakout Bible know that we're big on Pacioretty as we made this call in the Bible...

Given the lack of size amongst the Habs’ top 6 forwards we wouldn’t be shocked to see him riding shotgun on one of the top two lines and then its just a matter of playing his game and the points (& PIMs) will come.  We’re climbing out on a limb here but we like this kid to surprise with 45-50 points.

This scout grabbed him in two pools so far and he's a great late round under-the-radar pick.

Ryan Bayda has made the Penguins after joining them on a try-out basis... good for him.  He'll probably be their 13th forward so we wouldn't get too excited.

Theo Fleury officially hung up the skates yesterday... a little surprising that he didn't give it a go in the AHL for a while this year and try to get back to the big leagues... guess he figures he can make more money promoting his new book and doing the speaking tour.

Stralman

The Flames traded Anton Stralman to the Blue Jackets yesterday for a 3rd round draft pick.  He could finally get that chance that we've been waiting for him to get as the CBJs have a desperate need of someone to man the point on the PP.  Look for Stralman to get some nice opportunities and we think he's got the talent to take advantage, so this move gives his value a nice boost.

It's looking more and more like Sergei Shirokov will make the opening day roster for the Canucks.  He led the team in preseason points with seven and has gotten better every single game.  The most important item is that he's looked very good playing with the Sedins.  Shirokov could top 50 points if he sticks on the #1 line all year.  Draft him as a late round flier...  he could pay huge dividends. [more]

The Panthers have been impressed by Dmitry Kulikov, their 1st round pick from this summer (14th overall), and are trying to get him signed so he can start the year in the NHL.  He's got some lingering KHL issues to sort out so it's unclear if that can all be resolved by later today.  If not, then he'll have to head back to junior... stay tuned.

Lots of note-worthy cuts yesterday...

Bruins cut Zach Hamill and Brad Marchand, both had impressive camps so they appear to be closer to the NHL than we had thought.

Bernier_J

LA returned Brayden Schenn to Brandon and sent Jonathan Bernier and Thomas Hickey to the AHL.  We'll be watching all three of these guys closely this year as they all have bright futures.  Bernier could be back in the NHL if one of their goalies gets hurt or struggles.

Columbus sent Maksim Mayorov to the AHL and assigned John Moore to Kitchener (OHL).  Moore, especially, was impressive in camp and after a big season in the OHL, the 2009 1st rounder (21st overall) will surely get a long look in next year's training camp.

Tampa had to cut some veteran forwards and so they put guys like Ryan Craig and Adam Hall on waivers... none of these guys should have been counted on by anyone.

Vancouver decided that Andrew Raycroft is better at opening the door to the bench, so he won the job as Luongo's back-up and stud prospect Cory Schneider was sent to the AHL.  A trade has to be coming sometime this year for Schneider and we think he'll be a #1 somewhere in the NHL next season, so grab him and stash him away, if you have the room, in a keeper league.

Atlanta released Manny Legace, so Ondrej Pavelec will be their opening day starter, as we mentioned yesterday.

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...  

Hansen

The Canucks Jannik Hansen was impressive in training camp and appeared to have made the roster and then he decided to fight Gilbert Brule in the final pre-season game and ended up breaking his hand... he's out for 4-to-6 weeks... stupid.  This could be the break (pun intended) that keeps Cody Hodgson around for, at least, nine games.

The Avs David Jones has a bruised chest and is out indefinitely.  We weren't really planning on going anywhere near him (or any Avs, outside of Stastny) in our leagues, so no big loss here.

This is a little concerning... PM Bouchard missed the final eight games last season with a concussion and he's been complaining of headaches, fatigue and flu-like symptoms during training camp... so it could just be the flu but its enough for us to steer way clear of that potential mess.

We have good news... David Krejci looks set to go for opening night, he's expected to be in the line-up following his rehab from offseason hip surgery... we have a soft spot in our heart for DK after our triumphant breakout call in last year's Breakout Bible (see our Breakout Tracker for details).

Daily Distraction 

What's distracting us today?  This is just a rebuttal to all those people that say that pre-season games are meaningless... tell that to Jim Vandermeer's brain-case after it was speed-bagged by Steve MacIntyre (we know this is from last year but lest we not forget)...