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Let's shake things up around here on the weekends

Marianne Helm

Surely most of you have heard of crowdsourcing, which is defined (by wikipedia) as "the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community".

So I had a thought... why can't we bring this concept to FHS?  Like seriously, we have a great online community, you guys are watching the games just like we are and you guys are just as much experts as any of us.

Whoever is writing up the daily dosage or injury updates can only watch a game or three and then has to rely on other sources, highlights, boxscores & recaps to come up with the content for their post.  So dream with me for a sec... let's say we had multiple people watching every game each night through fantasy goggles and reporting on what they noticed.  That way it would be like we were all watching every game each night!  Powerful stuff, I know.

Alright, so let's try CrowdScouting out.  So do what you do this weekend, watch the games you would normally watch and if you see anything that you think would help out your fellow FHSers, then drop it in the comments or tweet us (@TheScouts or #FHS).  Here's just a few examples of things you should let everyone know about:

  • Goalies that look shaky
  • Interesting line combos & PP units
  • Who is getting all the TOI?
  • Somebody who looks hurt
  • Players creating scoring chances, hitting posts or near misses

Hell, a live blog may even break out if the joint is jumping... you just never know.

I'll kick things off with a few items from last night:

Evander Kane threw down the first candidate for fantasy line of the SEASON with 1+2=3, plus-2, nine PIMs, seven shots and five hits.  That in just 14:37 of ice-time.  Dude is just nasty.

Ryan Miller stopped 45 of 46 last night and has only let in three of 80 (.963) so far but sits with a number 2 in the L column.

So much for easing Seth Jones in... he led the Preds with 25:46 of ice-time last night, 2:37 on the PP and a team leading 5:55 on the PK.  Josi's injury led to this but it's a good sign that Trotz has confidence in him in all situations right away.

Elias Lindholm only played 9:16 in his NHL debut but did play on PP1.

The only plum assignment on #Lumbus is playing on a line with Marian Gaborik.  Last night he started with Brandon Dubinsky & Boone Jenner but the rookie was bumped early in favour of Blake Comeau?  Yes, Blake Comeau.  He had an A, three shots & three hits but was also a minus-3.

Speaking of sleepers a nice one right now is Nathan Gerbe as he had a strong preseason with the Hurricanes and opened his account last night with a PPG & five shots while playing 20 minutes on L2.

One of my most favourite sleepers coming into this season was the Avs Andre Benoit.  Nothing to show on the scoresheet yet but encouraging signs as he has led all Avs skaters in ice-time in their first two games (averaging 22:30/gm) and is manning the point on PP1.

Appears as though Michael Grabner hasn't forgotten how to skate during the offseason (one of two goals last night):

Alright, have at it people...