Absurd rumours that Savard is done... el Nino signs... Stajan out "some time"... Lehner blanks Leafs... Fowler has busy debut... creepy Swedish twins
HEADS UP... we updated our 2010/11 Fantasy Scouting Report yesterday, so its some of the freshest fantasy hockey draft advice, projections & cheatsheets that you can find.
There are rumours that Marc Savard could miss the entire season due to post-concussion syndrome but the Bruins were quick to refute the reports. Here's the real story... the fact that Savard is still having symptoms from a concussion that he suffered six months ago is troubling and, yes, it is possible he can't play this year but let's not jump to conclusions... you really never know with concussions. Sure, he's a risky pick but we think if you can get him in the range of 60 point players then we'd take that risk.
We'll let you know when we see some cuts that are noteworthy... so far it's been as expected, mostly just players being sent back to Jr.
The Islanders signed Nino Niederreiter to an ELC and from everything that we're hearing, it sounds like the team is very impressed and we wouldn't be shocked if he's in the NHL for the entire season. We wouldn't expect much production but it's an encouraging sign if you drafted el Nino in your prospect draft.
An update on the Mike Smith injury that we mentioned yesterday... he has a fractured finger that will keep him out for at least a week, so nothing that serious.
The Flames Matt Stajan suffered a shoulder injury in last night's exhibition game and according to the team he could miss "some time"... we're not sure if some is being used as in "boy, its some hot today" or as in some, meaning more than none? He'll be re-evaluated shortly and we should know more then.
The Sens Robin Lehner posted a 24 save shutout of the Leafs last night to open up the pre-season. He's a good looking prospect who had a solid year in the OHL last year (2.80 & .918) and looks to be headed to the AHL this year as a 19-year-old.
Cam Fowler had a busy debut for the Ducks last night as he played 24:40, with 8:16 on the PP and chipped in a PP assist... so it looks like they're going to give him every chance to impress. There are openings on the Ducks blueline but we still think Fowler will be heading back to Jr. eventually.
Brett MacLean & Kyle Turris both scored last night for the Coyotes so that's a good start as they have an uphill battle to make the team out of camp. The Coyotes have 13 forward on one-way deals and both these guys are on two-ways so they might both have to start in the A again... although we think MacLean has slightly better odds and could sneak onto the team with a strong camp.
A quick note on one of the more interesting try-outs as Jonathan Cheechoo was held off the scoresheet but was a minus-2 in 17:35 of ice-time last night as he attempts to crack the Stars roster... we don't think he'll make it.
What's distracting us today?
- It's training camp that means certain players are stressing about cuts. Down Goes Brown with some signs you might be gettin' cut.
- We love gif's. Nice to know we don't need to depend on YouTube for all of our animated needs. Check out the gif of The Twins we found on Total Pro Sports. It's creepy, yet awesome... all at once: