Fantasy Guide and Preseason Draft List are now both updated through to today. I also changed the bottom of the draft list to get some PIM guys on there rather than 18-point players. Thought that would be more useful.
Francois Bouchard was among Washington’s cuts this afternoon.
Riley Holzapfel and Spencer Machacek were among Atlanta’s cuts today.
Alexander Avtsin and Louis Leblanc were among today’s cuts in Montreal. Avtsin will play in the AHL this season.
Oscar Moller and Johan Fransson were among the cuts by the Kings today. Ditto for Alec Martinez.
Shocking news – Kari Lehtonen was not in practice this morning with “tenderness”. What the hell is that? He left practice, but was very very kind about it?
Jim Rutherford says that Drayson Bowman has had a better camp so far than Boychuk.
Brett MacLean and Brandon Gormley were among today’s cuts in Phoenix.
The Rangers have cut Evgeni Grachev and Mats Zuccarello-Aasen. And of course, Wade Redden.
Dallas has cut Scott Glennie. St. Louis has cut Brett Sonne. Among others.
T.J. Hensick, Robbie Earl and Petr Kalus were among those placed on waivers today.
I finished tomorrow’s THN article (on Tyler Ennis) and I’ve been working on the Fantasy Guide updates. Wow – some huge changes, just from the many minor cuts across the league. Not to mention injuries. Lots of line combo juggling, domino-effect production adjustments and so much more – what store bought magazine do you have that can tell you about Sergei Samsonov’s neck injury helping Jeff Skinner make the ‘Canes and Patrick O’Sullivan moving up to the first line? Samsonov is a bit player in fantasy circles, but his absense from the lineup has massive repercussions. And if you’re the only one in your league with my fantasy guide, then you’re the only one in your league who will know about this. And that’s just one example. Multiply that by 30.
In my latest Hockey News article, I go over several of my hunches -where I’ve put my money where my mouth is.
I had my third of four major drafts yesterday, so Angus was kind enough to fill in for me. Both Friday and Sunday I drafted Derek Stepan with the hope that he makes the Rangers and continues to play on the top line. The longer he sticks and the longer he plays with Gaborik, the more consideration has to be given to my prediction for him this year.
The Fantasy Guide is updated through Thursday, but will be updated again for tonight. You can expect updates to continue for another two weeks yet.
Notable cuts from the weekend:
ANA – Veilleux, Bobkov, Pielmeier
ATL – Aliu
BOS – Sauve, Alexandrov
CAR – Rodney, Jared Staal, Samson, Nash, Matsumoto, Terry, Osala
CHI – Lalonde, Didomenico, Tarnasky, Vishnevskiy, Pirri
COL – Gaunce, Bacashihua
CBJ – Ratchuk
DAL – Cheechoo, Bachman, Sceviour, Sawada, Roman
NSH – Beck, Josi, Santorel