Fantasy Guide is updated as of today. I apologize – my last update did NOT go through (I’m pretty sure) as I found a ‘different’ (slightly) title in the one I uploaded vs. the one that was assigned to the shop. But that is fixed and this update IS in now. Easy way to tell – Zac Dalpe is my Top Calder Pick now. If that’s not the case, let me know. To grab your update, please go to your “Downloads” section after logging in. Then download the same guide again – it will be the updated one.
To see the full changes on Yahoo!, go into your league, click on “players,” and in the top bar click on NHL roster changes and then “position eligibility.”
The dual eligibilty additions are HUGE. Fantasy ramifications galore. Malkin as a RW/C gives him immensely more value, especially in FOW leagues. Having a few wingers who play primarily center essentially gives you the FOW category each week. Having a gimme category goes a long way in helping your team ride out the ups and downs of a full season.
Not sure why Byfuglien gets RW status – didn’t play there at all last year, doesn’t sound like he’ll play there this year, either.
Yahoo! went crazy adding in dual eligibility for players this week. On one of my teams alone: Franzen (LW/RW), Eriksson (LW/RW), Sharp (LW/C), Little (RW/C), and Bouchard (LW/RW).
I watched most of the Ottawa/Boston game last night. My thoughts:
Tuukka Rask looked great. With comments from the Bruins that he is going to play more this season, I'd start sliding him up my one-year list. Look for 30-35 starts with the potential for more.
Regin and Zibanejad both looked decent at times. Zibanejad scored the OT winner on a bit of a soft goal. He competes really hard, which impressed me.
Ehrhoff had a goal and an assist for the Sabres – pre-season but we saw what kind of impact he had last season (50 points on the league's best power play unit).
Villie Leino won five of the eight faceoffs he took. If he wants to stick at center, he'll have to continue to do well on the draw, as that was a concern from many heading into this season.
Brendan Gallagher had an assist for the Habs. The undersized winger has a ton of skill – I saw it firsthand during his career in Vancouver with the Giants. A long shot to make the NHL, but he competes hard and isn't afraid of bigger defensemen (which is a good thing, considering almost every defensemen he will ever face at the NHL level will be bigger than him).
Geno Malkin was absolutely flying last night, dangling by Detroit's top defensemen, like Garnet Exelby. Kidding aside, Malkin looked great. Considering he is coming off of serious knee surgery, it was a welcomed site for Pens fans and poolies who own the talented Russian. With our without Sid, expect him to challenge for the Art Ross.
Fabian Brunnstrom – pointless in 13 minutes of ice time for the Wings.
Tough break for Mark Dekanich – out four weeks with a high ankle sprain. He was all set to steal the starter's job from Steve Mason this season…
Columbus has some open roster spots – Cam Atkinson is a contender for one of the forward positions, especially with Kubalik's concussion. He scored last night.
One of my clients told me about his son a few months ago who signed with the Sharks. Turns out he's having quite the camp so far. Brodie Reid, an undrafted forward from Nort