Ramblings: Jakub Jerabek, Ben Bishop, Conor Sheary, John Klingberg and more (Aug. 22)

Neil Parker

2017-08-22

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Here's an interview (in French) with Jakub Jerabek about what's needed for him to successfully make the jump from the KHL to the NHL. It seems unlikely that Jerabek will have a prominent role out of the gate with Shea Weber, Jeff Petry, Mark Streit, David Schlemko and Karl Alzner all in tow. Jordie Benn, Brandon Davidson and Joe Morrow are also in the mix.

It would make sense to let Jerabek acclimatize to the North American game — and the continent itself — in the AHL to start the season. He would then be a potential addition to the lineup if injuries struck or he proved ready for the NHL. The 26-year-old defenseman is coming off a 34-point showing through just 59 games in the KHL, so there is definitely some offensive upside. It also shouldn't surprise if Jerabek had a stretch or two of fleeting fantasy value this year.

 

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John Tavares recently discussed an offseason thumb surgery he underwent. Of particular note, he aggravated the thumb injury in January and played through it. Tavares said there was a multiple-week period when the injury was bothering him, but it didn't seem to impact his performance. He recorded 34 points — 12 goals — through 35 games following the injury, which included a seven-game stretch with four tallies and seven assists immediately following the game in Boston when he sustained the injury.

The Tavares watch is officially on, and it will be really interesting to see what the Islanders do this season. The organization is loaded with young talent, has two capable NHL goaltenders and a bevy of picks in next season's draft. There is an opportunity to push all in around Tavares, or further stock the prospects cupboard by unloading him. His $5.5 million salary won't be a significant burden considering a salary dump would likely need to be dealt back to the Islanders.

 

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