Ramblings: Torey Krug’s out, and more preseason analysis (Sept. 22)

Neil Parker

2017-09-22

Torey Krug - USA TODAY Sports Images

 

The biggest news Thursday was the announcement that Torey Krug will miss at least three weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his jaw. The short side of the timeline has him out through Oct. 12, which would cost him the first three games of the regular season. However, Boston has a three-game road trip against Colorado, Arizona and Vegas that extends through Oct. 15. It seems more realistic for Krug to return Oct.19 for a home game against Vancouver. There's always the chance he's not ready on time, too.

This is the type of injury that could linger and be an annoyance. Krug might have to wear a full shield, face mask or some other piece of protective gear when he returns, and that can be a real challenge.

The overall impact to Krug's fantasy value is probably minor, and Charlie McAvoy is the obvious recipient of a small fantasy boost. There is no reason to alter rankings for either defenseman, but at the same time, it's not out of the question to look to another rearguard in the same tier instead of Krug.

McAvoy is probably going to gain enough steam leading into draft season to become even more of a risky investment. He's a well-inked rookie on a public team, who is also coming off an excellent postseason debut. There are going to be very few setups where someone doesn't target McAvoy aggressively.

 

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After a two-goal, three-point showing to open the preaseason, Connor Brickley slotted into an NHL-likely line with Derek MacKenzie and Colton Sceviour at practice Thursday. There is no reason to react in most fantasy settings, but Florida's forward depth is limited, at best.

 

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Travis Sanheim had his best game of the preseason Wednesday, and then he scored a goal during Thursday's game. In the linked article, beat writer Dave Isaac speculates that Sanheim is likely the odd-man out and heading back to the AHL. We'll see. Defensively there is still room for improvement.

Sanheim had an excellent first season with Lehigh Valley, and he has an impressive offensive track record and first-round pedigree. With Brandon Manning's contract up at the end of this season, Sanheim will be an NHL regular next year at the latest.

 

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This is a situation to monitor: