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Sorry for my brief departure from the site. I was deployed down to Montana to help with the escalating fire situation down there. It was a really great experience but I am excited to be back so I can dive full throttle into my new position as Associate Editor. I very thankful for the work of our guest ramblers (Mike and Rick) who stepped in while I was away – great stuff guys!
The big takeaway from the trip down south for me was learning the different ways they fight fire down south. It was nice reminder of how it is always great to get different perspectives on subjects, which is certainly a lesson to take into your preparation for your fantasy drafts this fall. Try to gain as much perspective as possible to avoid tunnel vision.
Of course, there is a lot of white noise during training camps as well and since we had a year off from it with last season's lockout you may not remember how everything gets blown way out of proportion during the fall. Just be on alert for the hype machine and try not to get too caught up in it. I can remember a few falls back when Mike Comrie led the pre-season in scoring, what a bust he was.
The best advice I can give is to not pay too much attention to scoring because any shmuck can have a hot five or six games. What's more important is whether or not a player will make it into the lineup and if he has a real shot at getting good ice time.
Also, pay attention to injuries and the opportunities those injuries will provide for other players.
Consider the news of Pitkanen's broken heel. He will apparently miss the entire season and frankly I would consider his injury career threatening, it was a pretty horrific tumble into the boards after all. I will spare you the rant about the NHL's need to move to some form of hybrid icing as they are already exploring different options and appear to be on the verge of some sort of rule change in the near future.
Dobber broke down the fantasy impact of this injury news yesterday. I would hope that you weren't counting on Pitkanen for much anyway given the extent of his injury history on top of him still recovering from that broken ankle. Obviously this was a freak accident but a Band-Aid Boy is a Band-Aid Boy.
It is sad to see a once promising player go down like that – remember Pitkanen scored 46 points in 58 games once and had several other productive seasons. I really don't think he will ever be the same player. You might be thinking to yourself that Pitkanen is still just 29 and has plenty of time to recover but just look at how foot injuries derailed Ryan Whitney who can barely skate any more. He's the same age as Pitkanen and can't get anything more than a tryout contract with the Blues this fall.
My biggest concern regarding the loss of Pitkanen is how it deeply depletes the Hurricanes' already mediocre blue line. I mean, they were already counting on having Mike Komisarek as a lineup regular before Pitkanen went down, now he may get thrust into a top four role – YIKES!