Ramblings: The Wiz gets cut, Panarin/Kane to separate, and more about the latest happenings around the league …
The Fantasy Hockey Guide was last updated late Sunday night, including revised projections, updated preseason scoring and adjusted depth charts. And of course the latest cuts. Pick it up here – instant download.
Tampa Bay released James Wisniewski from his tryout contract Sunday. This isn't a huge standalone fantasy factor, but it does have plenty of ripples.
Slater Koekkoek again looks like a bottom-pairing option, and Anton Stralman and Victor Hedman shouldn't have any legitimate threats to their power-play looks.
It's minor, but if Wisniewski stuck around, he could have ate into some PP time for both Hedman and Stralman, and challenge for Koekkoek's roster spot.
Sticking in Tampa, Brayden Point remains in camp after playing each of the first three games of the preseason — the only Bolt to do so. Don't count on him making the roster for opening night, but Point's long-term stock continues to rise.
Here are a few notes from Chicago.
Tyler Motte is impressing in camp:
“He gives you speed, offense and responsibility defensively. His versatility is something that we’re looking at, and he helped himself tonight,” Quenneville said. “We have a number of guys we’re putting in key roles, and he took advantage of every opportunity he’s had.”
Also included in the above linked article is Motte's strong work on the penalty kill, and that he is going to see time with Jonathan Toews Sunday. Those in deep leagues will want to continue keeping tabs on Motte
Jordin Tootoo is expected to crack the roster. Another minor fantasy ripple, but it means there are fewer available spots for youngsters. And Tootoo is always a player to monitor in deep leagues including penalty minutes.
Here is a read discussing the potential need to separate Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane. It also has another reference to Motte playing with Towes and Marian Hossa.
Panarin's fantasy stock would take a hit without Kane, and there is no way around it. He's already a potential decline candidate. Remember, Panarin finished last season with 13 points