Ramblings: Brown, Darling Injured; Zadina, Gurianov Sent Down; Future Headlines – October 1

Michael Clifford



Some notes from the weekend to kick us off. We’ll talk about guys being sent down, guys staying, and guys improving their lot in life. Well, their lot on the roster, anyway.


The Flyers have sent goalie Carter Hart to the AHL. There had been hope he could crack the roster but it never really made sense for him to go and be the backup. It’s still Brian Elliott’s team, though that doesn’t mean things couldn’t change in the next couple months.


It had been lingering for a week now but it was confirmed that Filip Zadina will start the year in the AHL for the Red Wings. Even in a full year it would have been hard to have fantasy relevance for Zadina but this makes him droppable outside of keeper/dynasty leagues.

Dennis Cholowski and Michael Rasmussen are both on the opening-night NHL roster. The former could see important PP minutes with the likes of Kronwall, Green, and Daley injured.


Denis Gurianov was sent to the AHL by the Stars. I will concede I didn’t watch much Dallas hockey in the preseason but the very limited viewing I had, he showed well. Most people I follow for Stars coverage inferred the same.

Regardless, this is now Gurianov’s age-21 season. I don’t want to say time is running out but if he can’t make a substantial impact in the AHL, or force his way to the NHL, this year, then yeah, maybe time is running out for the 12th overall pick from 2015.


One player playing himself up the roster is Anaheim’s Maxime Comtois. A second rounder from 2017, Comtois had a very good D+1 year in the Q last year, which included a selection to the Canadian World Junior Roster. He started off the preseason as a spare part for Anaheim but has climbed into the top-6 as of this weekend.

The injury to Corey Perry is obviously a factor here but it’s worth noting that Comtois is the guy earning the extra ice time. He may not have a huge impact fantasy-wise but it’s a good sign for dynasty owners.


Montreal has decided to keep Jesperi Kotkaniemi around. Given that he’s a highly-touted 18-year old, this won’t be done with the intention of playing him 11 minutes a game on the fourth line. He should be given middle-six minutes with some PP time.

Whether this is best for Kotkaniemi or not is for someone else to decide. For now, he has fantasy relevance in deeper leagues and should give some production in dynasty leagues.


Scott Darling left yesterday’s final preseason game with a lower-body injury, making way for