Rambling about preseason action: Lehkonen, Motte, Guentzel, Skjei, Zucker, Lehner and more …
Last Fantasy Guide update was Tuesday, but that update was very minor compared to the two updates I did on Monday (yes, updates are so frequent now that they’re often a couple of times per day). If you got the Monday update, it’s probably not worth your while grabbing the Tuesday one. Only some minor camp cuts and no lineup adjustments or projection adjustments.
If you want, you can stay on top of all the preseason stats and line combo data. Use the Report Generator here and change the drop box to “exhibition”. You can see points, SOG (including distance from the net, PP and SH shots), TOI, line combos and advanced stats – whatever report you wish. Or if you want to look up a specific player, click any player name in any of these articles. When that player’s profile comes up, you’ll need to change his drop box (default is still set to last season) to “exhibition”.
Example – Justin Abdelkader. Clicking his name will give you his regular season data. Change that drop box at the top to 2016-17 Exhibition – or just click here. It actually rolls out prior preseasons, line combos, PP and PK data, etc.
Abdelkader was named an alternate captain of the Red Wings yesterday.
Cuts of note:
WPG – Kosmachuk, Comrie, Roslovic
NSH – Saros, Richard, Aberg, Girard, Trenin
LAK – Trotman
These are the only prospects who were cut that interest me. But they weren’t expected to make their team. The nitty-gritty starts now, as most teams seem to be under 30 players left in camp.
Barret Jackman announced his retirement yesterday. He signed a one-day contract with the Blues and retired as a Blue. He was never overly fantasy relevant other than in his rookie year when he had 19 points and 190 PIM. He remained relevant for many years if your league counted blocked shots, hits and PIM. He was a frequent 120+ BLKS defender.
Mike Santorelli also retired, which is a surprise because he is only 30 and contributed to the NHL last year. In fact, when the Ducks got off to an ugly (ugly!) start, he led the team in scoring at the 10-game mark. He had that one big year with Florida (82-20-21-41), but that was when the desperately needed the offense and had no one else to turn to. Once they got some options, he slipped down the depth chart and the offense disappeared. Same happened in Vancouver in 2013-14 – he went on a hot run but then got hurt, ending up with 28 points in 49 games. Overall h