HEADS UP... we updated our 2010/11 Fantasy Scouting Report on Sept 21st (and we'll update it again in the next few days), so its some of the freshest fantasy hockey draft advice, projections & cheatsheets that you can find.
Stars keeper Kari Lehtonen had another strong outing last night stopping 22 of 23 shots in a win over the Avs... Lehtonen has only given up two goals over the course of his two pre-season games, stopping 56 of 58 shots. He's a risky play due to his injury history but if you're in a position where you have to roll the dice in the nets then give him a look and pray that he can keep it together physically.
There's eight dmen left at Ducks camp (including the injured Lydman) so it looks like both Cam Fowler & Luca Sbisa will be on the roster to start the year. As we've been telling you, Fowler has been playing a ton in the pre-season and has been effective on the PP. We'd still be concerned that Fowler might only be around for a nine game look so you don't want to be relying on him but he makes a very nice late round flier pick, especially in keeper leagues. [more]
That article also mentions that Bobby Ryan was back playing LW yesterday in practice and so the plans to move him to C may have been scrapped. Ryan was on the 2nd line with Koivu & Selanne at practice, so that leaves Matt Beleskey on the top line with Getzlaf & Perry. We wouldn't be worried about Ryan, he's going to get his points no matter where he plays but moving him back to wing obviously is a plus for Saku Koivu who jumps back up onto a very solid 2nd line.
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Sabres prospect Luke Adam had two goals in only 10 minutes of ice-time last night and while he may miss out on making the team due to the numbers game he was impressive from what we saw and we're high on him long-term. He's coming off a huge year in the Q with 49 goals in 56 games for Cape Breton and we have him at #62 in our fantasy prospect rankings... he's one to watch in the AHL this year for sure.
Kyle Beach was getting involved last night as he got into a scrap with BJ Crombeen. Beach is pushing hard to make the roster (we thought he would) but he only played 12 minutes last night and was a minus-4 in the game... so the Hawks may be leaning towards starting him in the A this year.
The Oilers waived Sheldon Souray, really just procedural... they're just letting everyone know again that he's available and hoping someone will grab him. No word if they'll send him to Oklahoma City or if he'll just continue to hang out on his lonesome waiting for a trade. He's a decent late round risk or waiver wire add if you have a deep bench as the payoff could be nice.
Notable cuts from yesterday:
- Predators sent goalie Mark Dekanich to the AHL which means that Anders Lindback has won the backup spot for now... nicely done by the big Swede and with the way that Barry Trotz shuffles goalies, taking a shot in the dark on Lindback isn't the craziest thing we've ever heard... although we are very high on Pekka Rinne this year.
- The Stars have waived goalie Brent Krahn, which wasn't really a surprise as it means that Andrew Raycroft was preferred as Lehtonen's backup. With the two goalies ahead of him, we wouldn't be surprised to see Krahn in the NHL for a few games this year.
- The Red Wings sent dman Brendan Smith to the AHL, he wasn't really a serious contender to make the team but looked good in a few pre-season games and we think he has a ton of upside.
- The Caps sent Cody Eakin back to junior... he stuck around longer than expected at camp and had two goals in the pre-season. He'll be a key player for Canada at the WJCs this winter.
- As suspected, Viktor Tikhonov & Mikkel Boedker were demoted to the AHL by the Coyotes... with 13 vets on one-way deals up front, there wasn't any room for the kids although Kyle Turris is still in camp and is in a dogfight for one of the last spots.