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Peter Harrold and Brian Boyle were healthy scratches last night.
In yesterday's Hockey News article , I forecast the top rookie scorers of this year after closely monitoring the opening games. Please note that I removed Turris at 52 points and meant to reinsert him at 51 points but had a brain cramp. He was left off the list. Just stick him in there at 51 though. You can read the article HERE . I no longer post my Hockey News articles on this site, but have added a link to them on the menu on the left. My articles appear every Tuesday and Saturday, and the Mailbag appears every Wednesday.
Ron Hainsey led all Thrashers in ice time and he thrived under the added responsibility. I still feel you should be wary of him, as eventually he tends to get cold… but with his big salary, perhaps he'll always be thrown out there regardless.
Bogosian played just 13:28 and did not see time on the PP. He may be gone after nine games – this is not a good sign. He's a stud for the future though.
Matt Schneider continues to eat up the PP time and not get any points. Meanwhile, Havelid is playing minimal PP time and has four points in two contests. Schneider should snap out of it.
Reason No. 136 why I think this is JBo's breakout year: he logged 34:52 in ice time last night. Unless we're talking 20 minutes of overtime, I've never even heard of that before.
Meanwhile, Noah Welch played 3:27!
Weird NHL debut for Michal Frolik: 5:48 of ice time and no power play time. What are you doing, DeBoer? At least give the kid a shift on the power play! Frolik was a minus-1 last night, which may explain the lack of ice time
It turns out that McCabe does NOT have a fractured vertebrae. Good news for McCabe owners – it is a "back strain".
David Booth continues to play over his head. He has four points in two games and has become a DeBoer favorite. The former college star was a second-round pick in 2004, so his upside is higher than you would think.
Marek Zidlicky is day-to-day with a sprained ankle.
Radim Vrbata is pointless in three games with his new team. He played 12:25 last night.
Steven Stamkos: six minutes of ice time last night.
PIM dark horse Evgeny Artyukhin is pointless in three games with just two PIMs. He played fewer than 10 minutes last night.
Jamie Heward had two assists last night for TB and leads all TB rearguards in scoring. He was signed after the Hutchinson project failed miserably.
The Pens need a winger for Crosby: both Dupuis and Fedotenko are pointless in three games. Guys like those two – their point range is already established. They top out at 50 points and not even Crosby will change that. Bring up Pesonen!!
Letang saw just 52 seconds on the PP. Goligoski saw 4:24
After leading all preseason scorers with 13 points, Andy McDonald continues to ride the wave with four points in two contests.
He's played nearly 20 minutes on the power play over three games, but Joe Corvo has yet to record a point. Pretty much every other rearguard on the team has points, but not Corvo who had nearly a point per game since joining Carolina last year.
How long is Samsonov going to get 20 minutes of ice time if he is not putting up any points? Something to watch for.
Anton Babchuk was a healthy scratch.
Nashville's new philosophy: play the hell out of the proven producers and stop the rookie experiment. While Dumont and Arnott tallied three points each last night – and have five each on the year in two games – Ryan Jones was a healthy scratch and Hornqvist played just 10 minutes. Peverley played just 7:33
Benoit Pouliot played just 7:35 last night. He probably will not be in the mix for points this season.