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Some Senators news today as Jared Cowen has officially signed a four-year contract with Ottawa worth $12.4M. The team also named Jason Spezza captain.
It's hard to put a lot of stock into line combos from training camp since things can always change, but typically they can be a guide to what you might see, at least in the early part of the season.
Reports out of Philadelphia Flyers camp have Vincent Lecavalier skating in the middle of Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn, and many think that will be Philly's second line this year. Essentially Lecavalier just replaces Daniel Briere in that group, as Simmonds and Schenn skated with him the majority of the time last year.
Both veterans are fairly comparable, but there is a good chance Lecavalier helps Schenn's and Simmonds' goal totals in 2013-14. Consider this, over the past four seasons Briere and Lecavalier have played 256 and 250 games respectively. However, during that span Briere has accumulated 101 assists, while Lecavalier has totalled 124. Granted, you might be saying that Lecavalier had Steven Stamkos at his disposal during that timeframe, but that hasn't always been the case. During even strength situations in 2013, Lecavalier only played with Stamkos just over 5% of the time, and still posted a respectable 22 assists in 39 games.
Simmonds had a career-high 28 tallies in 2011-12 and was on a similar pace in the shortened 2013 campaign with 15. With Lecavalier in the middle for a full season there is no reason to think he can't hit 30 goals. Not to mention Simmonds added 82 PIM last year and 75 hits. If you average those out over 82 games and factor in his points, Simmonds will be a valuable asset on your squad.
What do Mark Fraser, Dan Girardi, Ladislav Smid, Dennis Seidenberg, Brooks Orpik, Brent Seabrook, and Luke Schenn have in common? If you said that they were the only players to have at least 100 blocked shots and 100 hits in 2013, you would be correct.
Personally I like to combine the totals in those two categories for players in an attempt to try and maximize value. If you did so with that group Schenn comes out on top with 389. Outside of Seabrook, those names are likely to still be kicking around late in your drafts to add some depth. Try not to just look at points when it comes to defensemen in the late rounds, as the difference between available blueliners at that point is usually negligible, but a bigger discrepa