Ramblings: Brouwer, Bjugstad, Gourde, Baertschi, Craig Smith, and More – August 30

Michael Clifford

2018-08-30

 

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Troy Brouwer signed a one-year, one-way deal with the Panthers a couple days ago. As Ian mentioned in his Ramblings yesterday, it’s hard to imagine he’ll have any relevance outside extremely deep leagues. At best, he’ll be given secondary PP minutes while skating on the fourth line. If he plays any higher in the Florida lineup, something has gone very, very wrong with the team.

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This was a very good read from Shayna Goldman at The Athletic yesterday with regards to Chris Kreider’s new role with the Rangers. Not only that as a veteran but as a player changing his game. She went into detail about Kreider’s desire to play at a lighter weight as he did when he returned from injury last year, as well as how new coach David Quinn’s changes from Alain Vigneault’s style could benefit Kreider and the Rangers as a whole.

Given that Kreider is a lock for the top line and top PP unit, combined with his ability to contribute across the board in roto categories, perhaps there’s a big season in store. The Rangers might not be a great team from top to bottom but Kreider himself has top-100 potential in 2018-19.

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Speaking of lineup positioning:

That’s important confirmation for backers of Nick Bjugstad.

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A popular sentiment across most sports is that preseason doesn’t matter. It’s true that there are a lot of aspects about training cam