HEADS UP... we updated our 2010/11 Fantasy Scouting Report on Sept 21st (and we'll update it again this weekend... hopefully today), so its some of the freshest fantasy hockey draft advice, projections & cheatsheets that you can find.
Your pre-season scoring leaders are Zach Parise (expected) and Chris Campoli (???)... both have put up 2+6=8 so far. Campoli had 1+2=3 last night for the Senators and while he's shown some potential in the past, he's never really been able to put it together. He should improve on the 18 points he put up last season but with Gonchar & Karlsson ahead of him and hogging all the PP time, we can't see Campoli being a great fantasy option... we're currently projecting 6+19=25 without a lot of PIMs or shots.
The Wild signed Jose Theodore to a one-year deal to be their backup goalie... we'd say he's only really going to be useful to you if you gambling that Backstrom goes down injured again, otherwise we can't see Theodore seeing enough action and we'd say his numbers would be in the bottom half of backup goalies... pass.
Another goal last night for Nikolai Zherdev and he's been feeling it in the pre-season with five goals in six games... there's no questioning this dude's talent and ability to produce in short stretches but he tends to go into lengthy periods of disinterest.
More after the jump...
Darcy Tucker announced his retirement yesterday and as we do here at FHS when a player of note retires, let's look back to Tucker's finest fantasy season... he's had a few decent points & PIMs season, but 2005/06 was probably his best as he put up 28+33=61 with 100 PIMs, 18 PPG & 189 shots... I think I had him on one of my teams that year, good times, Thanks Darcy.
TJ Brodie had another goal for the Flames last night and now has four in as many pre-season games. He played a solid 21:28 in the game so the coaches are giving him a good look but we still think he'll get squeezed out by the numbers game and will have to start in the AHL this year.
The Flames #2G Henrik Karlsson had another strong outing as he stopped 20 of 21 shots to beat Edmonton and has three wins in his first three appearances so far with a 0.75 gaa & .962 sv%. We don't think Kiprusoff's job is in jeopardy but Karlsson looks like he might be able to give you some solid numbers as a backup and maybe give Kipper a little more rest this season.
I'm sure everyone will be disappointed but the Nazem Kadri Watch may be over after he only played 11 minutes last night and Ron Wilson said he wasn't that good after the game... look for him to be heading to the AHL shortly.
On the flipside, a rookie who continues to impress is Derek Stepan as he scored (shorthanded) while logging nearly 22 minutes of ice-time for the Rangers... you have to think he's done enough to warrant a further look with the big club to start the regular season.
It is sounding like Erik Gudbranson has an excellent chance to stick with the Panthers to start the season... good for the kid but don't expect much, if any, offense out of him as he's just not going to be that type of player at this point in his career.
Notable cuts from yesterday:
- The Hawks sent Kyle Beach & Igor Makarov down to the AHL... neither really showed enough in the pre-season to deserve a spot. We wouldn't be surprised to see Beach in the NHL sometime this season but we'd be a little worried that Makarov might not be into a season of riding the bus in the AHL and could be a flight risk.
- The Coyotes released Kyle Wellwood from his try-out, so he's free to sign on with anyone. This seems to mean that Kyle Turris has won a job at camp... we're not overly optimistic about his prospects for this year but this is a start.
- Thomas Hickey has been cut by the Kings, not really a surprise as he only got into 19 AHL games last year due to injuries so he needs some more development time.