Ramblings: Training Camp Week; Zajac Retires; Rielly/Sandin; Tarasenko, and More – September 21

Michael Clifford

2021-09-21

Summer is gone, fall is here, and with it comes NHL training camps. It sure seems like the summer flew by, right? I guess that's what happens when free agency beings four days from August. Either way, rookie camps have finished and regular camps are set to start later this week. If you want a leg up before the festivities begin, might I recommend our Dobber Guide?

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Travis Zajac has retired. He finishes his career with over 1000 games played, almost all of them with New Jersey. While never a huge point producer, he was a top-10 Selke finisher a couple times, and was a very good defensive centre for a long time:

All the best to Zajac in the future. My guess is he lands a coaching/development role in the Devils organization.

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I'm going to talk about Morgan Rielly briefly later, but I am stunned by his current Yahoo ADP. As I wrote about last week, he's going inside the top-10, and ahead of guys like Charlie McAvoy and Roman Josi. A brief tweet about why that's a big problem:

Guess what? I did go to check, and according to Corey Sznajder's data, this is where the Leafs rank in shot rate: