NHL Training Camp Battles Part 2 of 2

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Part 1


The second part of a two-part look at some training camp battles with fantasy implications.


The battles on the blueline are, generally speaking, for a No. 6 or 7 spot, with the winners seeing – at best – 30 points this year. We'll run through them quickly before taking a closer look at the forwards.


Carolina: Bryan Rodney vs. Jamie McBain. With Anton Babchuk gone (KHL), a spot opens up for one of these youngsters.

Anaheim: Luca Sbisa vs. Steve Eminger. The latter has the advantage due to a one-way contract and the fact that the former needs to be in the top five or the team won't waste his development.

Boston: Andy Wozniewski vs. Johnny Boychuk. The winner will be the No.7 rearguard.

Dallas: Ivan Vishnevsky vs. Jeff Woywitka.  The latter is running out of chances.

Nashville: Cody Franson vs. Jonathan Blum vs. Teemu Laakso. Two spots with three vying.

New Jersey: Cory Murphy vs. Matthew Corrente. Murphy needs to stay healthy and if so he will get some PP time if he wins this battle.

St. Louis: Steve Wagner vs. Alex Pietrangelo vs. Brenden Bell. All three have offensive ability and two of them could make the team.

Tampa Bay: Matt Lashoff vs. Kurtis Foster vs. Matt Smaby vs. Matt Walker. Poolies will only be interested if Lashoff or Foster win this battle.


Onto the forwards – the real fantasy impact.


NY Islanders: Blake Comeau vs. Sean Bergenheim vs. Jeff Tambellini vs. Jesse Joensuu

For Grabs: Winner plays with John Tavares. Two runners up play with Josh Bailey or Doug Weight.

Repercussions: The loser will be in the AHL or press box. For Comeau or Tambellini, that could eventually lead to a career in Europe or something along those lines. The winner could top 55 points, depending on J.T.'s impact.

Inside Track: I like Joensuu with Tavares, although we may not see that until midseason. Tambellini is on the outside looking in.


NY Rangers: Artem Anisimov vs. Brian Boyle

For Grabs: A third-line center spot.

Repercussions: Another year in the AHL for the loser. You can't have too many of those when you're in your early 20's.

Inside Track: Anisimov has proven superior in training camp thus far.


Ottawa: Ryan Shannon vs. Mike Fisher or Shannon vs. Jonathan Cheechoo

For Grabs: Two spots in the top six.

Repercussions: Shannon was out of chances last year, yet he still got on