Cory Schneider got the call last night for his first start of the season and looked very solid stopping 32 of 33 for the win over Carolina. We figured that Schneider would be traded at some point last season and would be a starter somewhere else by now but that didn't happen so we're going to stop predicting when he'll get moved... but we're still liking him to end up as a #1 at some point within a few years, so he's a solid investment in keeper leagues and in the meantime should give you solid numbers in limited action.
Mason Raymond was elevated to the top line last night and that helped him open his goal account as he had 2+1=3. This will be great for him if he can hold down this job permanently but we have doubts. Mikael Samuelsson was the guy bumped off the top line but he still managed 1+2=3 last night in only 12 minutes of ice-time. We don't really expect big things from him as he's more of a playoff-type guy and always seems to underwhelm during the regular season... his 30 goals last year were nice but that was a career high and so was his 53 points.
Shane Doan was off to a slow start with no points in his first three games but said recently that he was going to pick it up... well he delivered last night with two assists and seven shots in 21 minutes of action and from the part of the game we saw, he was everywhere. He's no longer the fantasy stud that he used to be but can still be a valuable part of your team as he'll typically give you a nice contribution in PIMs & shots.
Eric Belanger is still the Coyotes preferred #1C right now and he had 1+1=2 last night but Kyle Turris also saw some time in that spot in addition to filling in for the injured Martin Hanzal on L2 and 1st unit PP duty... Turris hasn't hit the scoresheet yet this year but be patient with the kid.
The Ducks top line had a big night as they combined for seven points and Corey Perry had the game winner, his third goal in as many games... so they seem to have shaken their first week slump and Perry, especially, can go on long streaks, so buckle up.
Chicago has sent 19-year-old dman Nick Leddy down to the AHL... he played in the Hawks first six games but saw his ice-time fluctuate all over the place and was probably heading towards some scratchings, so he's better served by playing a lot in the AHL.
Sabres prospect Luke Adam is tearing up the AHL right now as he's third in league scoring with 4+5=9 in five games on the back of two separate four point nights... kudos to all those that own him in keeper leagues as the kid is looking great (he's ranked #62 in our fantasy prospect rankings but will certainly be moving up). He's likely only a Tim Connolly injury away from getting the call from Buffalo.