Fantasy Guide and Draft List updated as of Monday and updated again later today. iPhone draft app too. After this, I'll update Friday, Sunday and next Wednesday. There will then be one final one on Friday of next week. So five updates to go!
Some late day injury notes for you – Mike Santorelli is out until mid-October with a shoulder injury. That opens the door for Shawn Matthias… Sam Gagner suffered a high ankle sprain, which will probably sideline him for the first month of the season – who knows with these things, that’s a tough injury. That opens the door for Ryan Nugent Hopkins…
Eric Tangradi, Nick Johnson and Brad Thiessen were among today’s cuts by the Penguins. Johnson has to clear waivers and if I’m another team, I’m thinking that he’s the most appealing name to go on waivers yet this year. Underrated player who deserves more than the minors this year.
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Regarding the draft that I had Sunday. That 14-team keeper league is transitioning to 12 forwards, 4 defensemen, 2 goalies and a 15-player bench where we just count the top points to determine pro and farm. We are transitioning there over the course of five years (and adding one more team). For this year, we are at 12 skaters (F or D), 2 d-men and 1 goalie (and next year this will move to 2 goalies) and 12 on the bench. I had, going into the draft, seven draft picks (13, 22, 26, 28, 39, 46 and 62 overall) and six open spots/dropsies.
I traded Jack Skille for a future fourth round pick. That didn't open a spot, because I would have dropped him. Not that I don't have faith in him, but I have confidence in my drafting. Then I traded 39 and 46 and got 27 – so I could pick 26, 27, 28 (I love that – makes drafting easier).
My roster before the draft – Crosby, Price, Letang, Roy,Enstrom, J.Staal, Horton, Tarasenko, Weiss, Crawford, Jokinen, Grabovski, Goligoski, Franzen, Gagne, Josefson, Anderson, A.Kostitsyn, Smyth, Jeffrey, Stajan, Beleskey, Skille, Pouliot.
Here is how it went down –
13. Drafted Stefan Elliott, COL – no drop
22. Drafted Kyle Palmieri, ANA – no drop
26. Drafted Sergei Kostitsyn, NSH – no drop
27. Drafted Mike Smith, PHO – no drop
28. Drafted Ty Rattie, STL – dropped Beleskey
62. Drafted Craig Smith, NSH – dropped Stajan
In that final round, it was a round in which we could not trade the draft pick – it was for roster expansion only (part of the transition). Also, from the end of the draft until next September 1, our rosters elasticize – we are allowed to go up or down four bodies (so between 23 and 31). At the start of that round, there were three players who interested me – Paul Byron, Al Montoya and Craig Smith. I arranged a deal in which I would trade somebody a third-round draft pick if they would pick the guy that I want. Someone agreed to that and I had him pick Paul Byron at 60. After the draft, we made the swap official. So here is my "after" team:
Forwards (projected pro):
Crosby, Roy, J.Staal, Horton, Weiss, J.Jokinen, Grabovski, Franzen, Gagne, S.Kostitsyn, Smyth
Defense (projected pro):
Letang, Enstrom, Goligoski (as the 12th skater)
Price, Anderson, Crawford, Smith
Farm team (not including three of the above goalies):
Tarasenko, Josefson, A.Kostitsyn, Jeffrey, S. Elliott, K. Palmieri, Rattie, C. Smith, Pouliot, Byron
Scott Hartnell has been cleared to play by a heart specialist. James van Riemsdyk has a lower body injury that will hold him off the ice for at least a week. And Matt Read is doing “everything right” – great pump-up piece on Read here.
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