Pekka Rinne has been assigned to the AHL on a conditioning stint. his return to the NHL is getting closer…
Morning updates –
Carey Price re-injured himself during the Olympics and will miss the next two games.
Beau Bennett apparently suffered a setback (per Josh Yohe on Twitter) and will need another four weeks to heal his broken hand. A terrible blow for a decent prospect who really needed this development year. Missing the better part of a season like this has, more often than not, destroyed any fantasy potential of dozens of prospects over the years. So look for the Penguins to once again turn to the trade market, and until that happens Brian Gibbons will be the guy on the Crosby line.
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Let’s talk some prospects. Based on requests via the forum and/or the comments section below, I have gathered a list of prospects to discuss. And as always, you can see all you want of prospects over at DobberProspects – with over 20 writers watching young players around the world and updating their thoughts, I don’t think you’ll find a better source.
Mark Arcobello – here is a guy with some upside, and the heart and will to see it through…if only given a chance. I think he can be a Tyler Bozak-type of player if forced into such a role. But with Gagner around, he’ll never be more than a 20-point player. And even with Gagner traded, there is no guarantee that Arcobello will perform. I’m rooting for him, but would not want him on my keeper league team at this time. Get more info on him here.
Jeremy Morin – Morin has good upside as well, but his “flaw” in fantasy hockey is that he would make an excellent checker as well as scorer. And on Chicago, he may be pigeonholed on the third line. So there is a risk. Another player I would not want on my fantasy squad if there were less risky options available. More info on him here.
Valentin Zykov – Not high on him. At all. Besides not really improving this season in junior and disappearing at the WJC, he was drafted by the Kings! See you in five years Valentin. Maybe. More info on him here.
Charlie Coyle – A promising prospect, but another kid I would not go out of my way to acquire. He strikes me as a future second liner who may have the odd injury issue – something like 72 to 75 games per season and 57 to 63 points in a couple of years. Good, not great. Read up on him here.
Zack Kassian – I’ve said all along that I think this promising power forward would be seven or eight years in coming into his own. This is year three. You just have to wait. In many league formats, I wouldn’t have even drafted him until maybe this coming summer or the summer of 2015.
Alex Petrovic – Looking more and more like an aggres