HEADS UP... we updated our 2010/11 Fantasy Scouting Report Monday so if you have a late draft this weekend then this is some of the freshest fantasy hockey draft advice, projections & cheatsheets that you can find.
The big fantasy news from last night is that the Flyers gave Sergei Bobrovsky his first NHL start... on opening night... on the road... against the Penguins... and he stopped 29 of 31 for the victory... loco. The kid looked good from what we saw but was also flopping around like a fish on ice a few times as well. We're mildly intrigued by the kid and picked him up in one league about a week ago when it looked like he was going to start the year in the NHL and he's already paying dividends. If he's still available in your league then give him a look as it's a low risk play to grab him but as with any Flyers goalie, we're not sure we'd be counting on him long-term.
Nice debut for the Oilers last night and they were all over the Flames and took round 1 of the Battle of Alberta four-nil. Jordan Eberle was the star for the Oil with 1+1=2 including a sweet goal. Just one game but we're feeling good about our projections on the Big 3... Eberle - 56 pts, Hall - 52 pts & MPS - 41 pts. Long-term we still think MPS has the most upside.
No points last night but Mike Comrie fans have to be feeling good as he played on the 2nd line with Geno Malkin last night (17:26 of ice-time) and then jumped up on to the top PP unit (7:22 of PP time) with Crosby & Malkin... if this continues the points will come. We projected him for 24+28=52 but he's got talent and in the right situation (and this is THE "right situation") he could give you more than that.
I don't like to subject myself to watching the Wild too often but when I do I always come away amazed that Antti Miettinen can hold down an NHL job (on the top line no less!)... I just don't get it. Dude missed a number of great opportunities yesterday and despite being Finnish, he showed no finishing ability. His shooting percentage over the past five seasons is 9.7%, a pretty weak number for a 1st line player.
Tomas Kopecky had two assists last night for the Hawks and may now get a prime role in Chicago after the offseason purge. He played 19 minutes last night (almost seven on the PP) after averaging less than 10 mpg last year with barely any PP time. We're not really sold on this guy as he's never had more than 10 goals or 21 points in an NHL season and he's already 28 but maybe if he's given a lot of ice-time he could surprise.
Reason #3549 to disregard the pre-season... Patrick O`Sullivan was looking good in pre-season action and had 2+1=3 in four games and was promoted to the top line with Staal. Well when the real games started, O'Sullivan was on the 4th line and played 9:31 yesterday. He did jump onto the PP and played 3:12 there but he's not going to surprise anyone this year with that kinda ice-time.
We're not big fans of Paul Martin at FHS and found it a little odd that everyone assumed he would be the Penguins PP QB after coming over as a UFA. Well it's just one game but Martin only saw 2:20 on the PP whereas Alex Goligoski played 6:31 and scored a PPG... which is why we have the Gos for 43 pts this year and Martin for 38.
The Ducks signed 19-year old goalie prospect Igor Bobkov to an ELC... the big Russian will be one to watch in the OHL this year as he suits up for London. More on this from Anaheim Calling.