October 01, 2014
Lots of prospect chatter, the magic of Lehtera and Tarasenko, Matt Read’s sleeper potential, Grigorenko’s camp and more …
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So much to cover. The opposite of three weeks ago, wow. Let’s start with camp cuts, then we’ll get to the games. The Sabres cut Nathan Lieuwen and Andrey Makarov, meaning Matt Hackett is still in camp. They’d love to see Hackett step up and reach his potential, but I’ve lost faith. And with Michal Neuvirth such a Band-Aid Boy, I wouldn’t be shocked if Makarov makes his mark this season for a couple of games. Winger Joel Armia was also among the cuts.
Dallas cut John Klingberg, which disappointed me. I was pulling for him, he would have been a nice dark horse. I still think he plays the second half with the team, but he definitely needed some more AHL exposure. Radek Faksa and Julius Honka were among the other cuts.
The Oilers cut Dillon Simpson and Mitchell Moroz, among others. Moroz could see some spot play this year and if he does – he’ll help your HITS and PIM league. Last year he had 35 goals and 156 PIM in the WHL.
Florida cut/waived Dan Ellis. Colorado waived Stefan Elliott (already noted here Monday). Vancouver waived Jacob Markstrom. Minnesota waived Jordan Schroeder. All have cleared except Schroeder, who will probably clear later today.
The Devils released Tomas Kaberle and Ruslan Fedotenko from camp. I’m a little surprised that Kaberle didn’t stay until the final cuts. I know he has nothing left, but still – the Old Boys Club that is the NHL tends to give the name players (or ex-players) a lot of leeway. He was potentially a No.7 defenseman and power-play specialist. And he’s Czech (i.e. Havlat, Jagr, Elias, Zidlicky).
The Oilers signed Vladimir Tkachev to a three-year ELC. The problem is, he wasn’t drafted and he’s still draft eligible – so the NHL voided it. Why him, but Sergey Tolchinsky was okay last year? Well, because Tolchinsky played the entire prior season in the CHL, whereas Tkachev played 18 games in Russia last year. You’d think the Oilers knew that rule… or maybe they did and tried to sneak it. So now the entire NHL has seen Tkachev in training camp and will definitely have him on their list. Tkachev is 140 pounds but he tallied 39 points in 26 games for Moncton of the Q last season.
Ryan Johansen idiotic agent has been back in discussions with the Blue Jackets. Word is that he is focused on a two-year deal. I get the sense that this one will be signed after all, just prior to the season starting. May not result in missed games…but missing training camp often leads to early injuries, so be prepared for that.
If you get through my long-winded fantasy hockey chatter, there’s still more – Rossy has another kickass one right here. You want the latest prospect chatter to give you an edge for your draft.
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