Looking at the latest cuts, the potential downside for Eric Staal, Doughty and buying the Triplets…
It looks like the Panthers will be giving Lawson Crouse a nine-game tryout with the club in the regular season. I have him making the team for the full season as he has the size and skills to make an impact on the fourth line. I’m not sure that is the most efficient use of Crouse when they can delay the start of his entry-level deal if they send him back after his nine games but they are no doubt feeling pressure to start competing. If Crouse is one of their best 12 forwards then he will absolutely stick around and I get the sense that he is.
The Panthers do have some history of sending highly drafted players down as they did with Jonathan Huberdeau after he was drafted third overall in 2011 but they also have brought players in right away as they did with both Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad. What Barkov and Ekblad have in common with Crouse but not Huberdeau is tremendous size and strength, which is why I have Crouse projected to stick.
Both Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges are week-to-week according to Dan Bylsma. This is a big hit to anyone projecting the Sabres for a big leap forward. It also indirectly hurts the fantasy potential for much of the forwards on the roster. You can’t play offense if you can’t get the puck out, right?
After getting released by the Leafs, Curtis Glencross has now signed a tryout with the Avalanche. He won’t have long to make an impression but he’s got a better shot of making this team than he had of making the Leafs.
My suspicion is that the Avs aren’t totally pleased with their full complement of forwards but with so many youngsters trying to make the club they don’t want to send the message that this guy is coming in here with a guaranteed deal without even needing to tryout. So he’s got a PTO for the next couple of days and so long as he passes his physical and doesn&rs