Tuesday, July 21

Neil Parker




Looking at breakthroughs, busts and Artemi Panarin’s AHL likelihood …






Crickets …


Dobber talked Craig Smith yesterday, and his signing was the biggest chatter of the day. There is some heartfelt news out of St. Louis with Troy Brouwer talking about his move to Missouri and how it has impacted his wife’s pregnancy. Interestingly, this is the type of thing Ian was talking about, sort of, in his real-world analysis in the ramblings Sunday.


I’m not into talking Martin St. Louis. His run was touched on earlier when he announced his retirement. I always liked him, sort of, but he was never a cog on any of my fantasy teams.


I know I utilized him a few times in daily fantasy, but I have never drafted him in a league or pool. He was either unavailable or off my radar, nonetheless, St. Louis was one of the best scorers of an era and won everything needed to land a permanent home in the National Hockey League Hall of Fame.


Here is the story from NHL.com with a clip from St. Louis’ press conference.






The topic of Artemi Panarin starting in the American Hockey League was brought up by Dobber, and then discussed in the comments section, too.


Stan Bowman weighed in Saturday. The key point is that Panarin isn’t needed on the second line or likely even on the roster October 1. Acclimating to North America appears to be priority No. 1. However, and similar to the ascension of Teuvo Teravainen this season, Panarin’s contributions could count most when the stakes are highest.