October 5, 2008

Dobber Sports

2008-10-05

 

New Jersey made their cuts this afternoon: Fedor Fedorov, Vladimir Zharkov, Matt Halischuk, Chad Wiseman, Pascal Rheaume, Rod Pelley, Scott Clemmensen, Matt Corrente, Nicklas Bergfors among others. Also –  Eckford, Fraser, Burton, Spiller, Ruggeri, Magnan, Leach, Smith, Frazee, Murphy, Swift, Steve Gionta, and Caruso. This means that Petr Vrana made the team.
 

 

In the game today, Teddy Purcell with play on a line with Kopitar and Brown. The Kings have tried Moulson there, and Moller – now it's Purcell's turn. 

 

I can't dig up the nature of either injury – and the extent will be announced later – but Atlanta's Jason Williams did not play last night, and Bryan Little left the game.

 

With two points last night, Andy McDonald finished the preseason with 13 points – tops in the NHL. As mentioned in the ramblings a few days ago, he played hurt through much of last season and it wouldn't surprise me if he bounces back nicely this year.

 

Alex Goligoski was a healthy scratch yesterday. Ditto for Bill Thomas. With Goligoski, I would bump him down my list now. It looks like Therrien will ease him into the lineup, which means early on he may be scratched frequently.

 

Atlanta sent Ondrej Pavelec to Chicago of the AHL, but he refuses to report. He feels that he has not been treated fairly (starting just one preseason game and thrown in cold for the third period of another one two weeks later). He is demanding a trade or he could bolt to the KHL. Needless to say, he is extremely unhappy and the risk is there that he will never play in the NHL. I think he will, so this might be the time to pick him up in keeper leagues and get him cheap from a panicking owner.

 

The Thrashers were very impressed with Arturs Kulda in camp. He was sent down, but bears watching for next year. Long-term, you could see this guy getting 40 points and 100 penalty minutes.

 

The Flames cut Mikael Backlund, who will play the year in Sweden. Next year, he should be a Calder candidate.

 

Carolina signed Zach Boychuk to a three-year entry level deal. He is a few years away, but has great upside.

 

The Blackhawks have cut Igor Makarov, among others. Makarov was very impressive in both camps this year. Unfortunately, he will be playing this season in the KHL, which always carries the risk of convincing him to stay. I think he'll be back though, and should make the 'Hawks next year. He ranks 40th on my prospects list.

 

The Avs cut Chris Stewart, who had a strong camp again. He's getting close. He ranks 116 on my Fantasy Prospects List.

 

The Preds cut Cal O'Reilly, who missed much of camp with an injury so never really had a chance to impress. He'll be an early recall.

 

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Ottawa's Mike Fisher missed yesterday's contest with a groin injury and is not expected to play today either.

 

Petr Sykora is also a member of the groin injury club, missing yesterday's game.

 

The Canucks have waived Jeff Cowan.

 

Petr Vrana, ranked 111 on my prospects list, has a shot at making the Devils. He needs to clear waivers to be cut. The 23-year-old has some upside and if he makes the team he will move up on my list when I update it Oct. 10.

 

For Nikita Filatov to make the Blue Jackets, he needs to beat out Derek Dorsett, Alexandre Picard, Craig MacDonald and Derek MacKenzie. I think MacDonald is his biggest threat, given his suitability for the fourth line. Filatov is third best prospect to own in keeper leagues, according to my prospects list.

 

Brad Larsen had sports hernia surgery and will be out for six weeks. Larsen was recently acquired