Ramblings – Hoffman’s impact, Stuetzle, the Leafs, the East, Hinostroza, Vanecek and more (Dec 28)



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Washington has a very good, underrated, prospect goaltender in Vitek Vanecek. I was excited to see that he would become their backup to Ilya Samsonov and honestly wondered if he could sneak in there and make enough of an impression to land a starting gig somewhere in two or three years. But the team went ahead and invited Craig Anderson to training camp. Having a veteran to backup Samsonov is more ideal for the team, which probably means Vanecek is left out in the cold. However, Vanecek has to clear waivers in order to be sent down. This will be an interesting situation to watch play out.


I feel bad for Dobber Darling Vinnie Hinostroza. After a good stepping-stone season in 2018-19, he was buried under an avalanche of big names with bigger contracts and pedigrees. No surprise he was unable to produce anything while misplaced on the fourth line while the declining Phil Kessel got top billing. The Coyotes didn't qualify him, likely their decision but possibly at his request, so he could become an unrestricted free agent. He signed quickly with the Panthers, which was a brilliant move because Florida recently lost two key top-sixers. A rebound was in the making! The Panthers have since added Anthony Duclair. And while that hurts, it's not backbreaking in terms of his chance