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Quick update: It appears as though Scott Laughton was sent back to junior by the Flyers this morning, which just reinforces my point down below – why was he up at all if he was never going to play. Frustrating.
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Hockey is back, baby! There were only three games last night (and three the previous night) so many teams will be making their season debuts tonight or tomorrow night. I can't say I'm a fan of this staggered start to the season but hopefully you took advantage by drafting some Leafs even for the simple intent of dropping them after their first two games or to take advantage of their heavy early schedule. Little edges like this may not go too far but if you do not have games-played limits in your pool this makes an excellent way to gain one early.
A good example of this came up in one of my drafts last week. In the very last round I was picking my last defenseman. I was stuck between Roman Josi and Justin Faulk. If this was a season-long decision I might have deliberated on this one for a long time but knowing very well that I wouldn't likely keep this player for the entire season I took Josi because Nashville plays two games prior to the opening weekend versus Carolina's one. That's a small advantage but I will take them wherever I can get them.
Welp, just one day after being called up it would seem that Habs defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is on his way back down to the AHL. I could see him riding the bus between Hamilton and Montreal quite a bit this season. The Canadiens are too deep on the blue line for Beaulieu to be a regular this season.
The Penguins signed Chuck Kobasew to a one-year deal worth the league minimum on Wednesday. I am not overly optimistic about his fantasy prospects this season but he is in the right place.
There is a top-six wing spot on the Penguins open to whoever wants it. I consider Kobasew a long-shot candidate for that spot along with Matt D'Agostini (also on a minimum contract), Beau Bennett (who was recalled from the ECHL yesterday) and Jussi Jokinen.
Jokinen and Bennett are the obvious favourites here but even if Kobasew is a third-liner he could still score 45 points on this team, much like Tyler Kennedy in the past. For what it's worth, 45 points would be a career high for Kobasew, a once promising player. It may seem far-fetched for Kobasew to reach those heights so late in his career but after post-30 career seasons from Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis we cannot