Ramblings: Training Camps Underway – Ekman-Larsson, Bouchard, Puljujarvi, Niku (Sept 25)

Ian Gooding

2021-09-25

Two days of camp are now in the books, with two preseason games to be played tonight (Saturday). Needless to say, there's plenty to talk about.

Since part of my job as managing editor is to organize writers and articles, I'll mention that the Lining Up and Injury Ward article will resume regularly next week. Ryan will discuss the line combinations to pay attention to during training camp, while Brennan will break down the key injuries. In the meantime, I'll try to cover some major developments with those topics, as well as some news and notes from around training camps.

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Vaccination is certainly shaping up to be an interesting topic this preseason. I can recall someone on Twitter asking why the Red Wings wouldn't simply bail on Tyler Bertuzzi, given his refusal to take the vaccine. Since the Wings play only nine games in Canada, Bertuzzi is not affected as much as someone as Josh Archibald (the Oilers play 32 games in the US). In addition, Bertuzzi is less of a replaceable player to his team than Archibald or Zac Rinaldo are to theirs. It's a minor inconvenience for teams rostering Bertuzzi, while he should be dropped down the rankings. But at least you'll be able to plan ahead, like I will have to. Yes, I decided to keep him several weeks ago.

If you live in the Vancouver market (or maybe beyond because of the wide expanse of Twitter), you may have witnessed the Oliver Ekman-Larsson bag skate video.

It's worth mentioning that this is not the entire bag skate – just the final portion. And Travis Green’s training camp bag skates are known to be nasty. So this isn't necessarily indicative of the 30-year-old OEL being out of shape or past his prime. However, it raises an immediate minor concern for the Canucks when you couple in the fact that his contract will last for six more years at over $7 million. Obviously, OEL doesn't provide much bang for the buck in salary cap leagues. Regardless, it is important to keep any early training camp developments in perspective and not to overreact.

Ekman-Larsson is currently being drafted in 100 percent of Yahoo leagues with an ADP of 133, so I wouldn't necessarily