Fantasy Hockey Ramble – April 14, 2009

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I'm sorry – an error below. I should have stated Torrey Mitchell WILL travel with the team to Anaheim for Games 3 and 4, meaning he won't be ready for Game 1 but we could see him later in the series. He of course would not travel there now, since the series begins in San Jose. Thanks to the commenters below for the correction.


I will be on the FAN590 in Toronto today at 1:20 this aft to discuss some playoff tips and dark horses.


The Blue Notes Blog is reporting that Chris Drury skated today and expects to play in Game 1.


The Leafs signed big, undrafted winger Robert Slaney to an entry level deal. He put up strong numbers in the QMJHL, but was an over-ager. If he makes the team in two or three years, don't expect higher than third line potential – perhaps 50 points and 70 penalty minutes.


For more of my dark horses, check out my column today in The Hockey News


Torrey Mitchell practiced with the Sharks and will travel with the team to Anaheim next week. He is questionable for Game 3, but if he plays he could be good for a point every two games. Mitchell broke his leg in training camp and then reinjured it in January just before he was to return, so he missed the entire season.


Rene Bourque will play in Game 1, and he has been practicing on a line with Iginla and Jokinen. Again – great dark horse.


The Pens could have a suprise player back in the lineup by the next series – Mike Zigomanis, who was supposed to be out for the season after shoulder surgery, will probably begin skating this week. He was an elite faceoff man for the team before he went down.


It is looking as though Miro Satan will have to wait for an injury (or an embarrassing loss) to get into the Pittsburgh lineup. The Post-Gazette's Shelly Anderson is reporting that he is practicing as a "fourth member" of Malkin's line.


The Hurricanes recalled Zach Boychuk, ranked 43 on my prospects list. He'll get into the lineup first injury they get.


The Dispatch is reporting that Brassard could play as early as Game 3, as I had been hinting for weeks. Freddie Modin is probably going to return for Game 1, as I noted yesterday in the ramblings. If I were to pick any team to upset in the first round, it would be Steve Mason and the Blue Jackets. So in the middle rounds if all the Wings are taken and I have none…and the pickings are slim for Sharks and Penguins, then I would consider grabbing some Blue Jackets – and Brassard would be second after Nash.