Ramblings: Laine Returns; Voracek Out; Prospects and Selling the World Junior Hype (Dec 3)

Alexander MacLean


I'm covering for Ian today, and since I'm out of my normal routine, I'm going to jump out of my usual wheelhouse and focus a bit more on some prospects today. Before I get to that though, a few game and injury notes, updates, and thoughts.


Patrik Laine made his return (again) from an injury, and scored twice in Columbus' win. Johnny Gaudreau certainly liked having Laine back, assisting on both of his goals, and adding another assist on Gustav Nyqvist's goal later in the game.

It wasn't all good news for Columbus though, as it sounds like Jakub Voracek may be away from the team for a long while as he tries to recover from another concussion. He has been advised by doctors to take some time away from the game, which makes it sound as though his career could be in jeopardy. Best wishes to Voracek on a full recovery at some point.


Anthony Cirelli may have fallen off of your radar, but he's finally back at practice, and may not be too far away now from returning to game action. He peaks at about a 50-point pace and under two shots per game. Don't get too excited about him, despite the name value and the team he plays for.


We have the World Juniors coming up, starting before the end of the month. Prospect frenzy is soon going to be upon us, and that begins with the roster reveal for the participating teams.

This is a great time to buy in on some prospects before the event, and possibly flip the prospect for a lot more in another month or two as they get pushed onto the biggest prospect stage outside the NHL. If your prospect even puts up a moderate showing, their stock goes up just based on exposure. If they can put up some great numbers in the small sample size, then you just added an a-list value prospect to your fantasy team without doing anything.

The top-four teams Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States, in addition to Russia who isn't invited to the event, make up all of the medal winners from the past seven years. The Czechs, the Swiss, and especially the Germans have been growing though, so be ready for surprises.

Overall though, the majority of the relevant prospects come from the to