Ramblings: RIP Colby Cave, Potential Injury Returns If Season Resumes (Apr 12)

Ian Gooding

2020-04-12

Some sad news to start…

Oilers forward Colby Cave has died at the age of 25. Cave was placed in a medically-induced coma after suffering a brain bleed earlier this week. Although COVID-19 isn't reportedly related to his death, it certainly affected how close his family could be with him during his time in the hospital. This is obviously far too early for this young man to lose his life. In reading tributes to him, it sounded like he was well-liked by his teammates and others in the hockey community.  Deepest condolences to his family and others who were close to him.

Cave scored one goal during his 11 games with the Oilers this season, but it was a beauty.

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According to Russian hockey writer Igor Eronko, Nikolay Goldobin will sign a two-year contract with CSKA of the KHL. As the Canucks have added to their forward depth over the past year, Goldobin was sent to the KHL. He has many of the tools to be a top-6 forward in the NHL, but the former San Jose first-round pick has simply not scored consistently enough to be relied upon. His point-per-game numbers in the AHL this season (50 points in 51 games) may translate well to the KHL, though.

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St. Louis Blues prospect Scott Perunovich has won the 2020 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player. Perunovich is a defenseman for Minnesota Duluth who was second in the US with 34 assists. He was also the first defenseman to lead the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) in scoring. You can view his Dobber Prospects profile here. There is some potential fantasy upside should he make his way to the NHL, and that might be fast-tracked if the Blues somehow can't find a way to sign pending UFA Alex Pietrangelo.

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Hey, remember when we were lamenting star player after star player being sidelined by injuries? Yeah, those were good times. Nowadays, that sounds like a complaint of sore feet to a person that can't walk.

It shouldn't be a secret that if the NHL season resumes, a whole bunch of these players will have healed up in time for a return. This will bring an interesting wrinkle (maybe a p