Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2016 Outdoor Games


The NHL made the announcement on Saturday morning that there will be three outdoor games next season, the Winter Classic on New Year's Day, featuring the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Boston Bruins, followed nearly a couple months later by two games in wintery Minnesota and Colorado, where we'll have Stadium Series games.  The Chicago Blackhawks will travel to face the Minnesota Wild and the old playoff rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche will renew outside.

With the All-Star Game just passing and making a case for an extra pool to sink some money into or possibly win some money back from, having an extra competition next season on the outdoor games has a little bit of a ring to it.  There are three games, with plenty of notice for the draft next season, where if you've taken players from these six teams, the scoring from the outdoor games would be tallied up and the most would come away with a prize.

It's just a thought, as I would like next season to be more exciting than this season and adding a few more mini-games to the overall pool would certainly do that, no?

Hockey pool teams this season, without provocation or strategy changes, to this point, would have lined up with 21 of the 23 teams in the pool, having players from one or all of the six teams going next season, both Brenda & Seward nor Troy have any players from these teams.  Of course, this isn't a keeper league, so there will be a complete overhaul of the hockey pool teams, come next season's draft, but I am wondering if people would change their strategy at the draft, knowing that they would have a chance to at least win their money back with these sorts of contests out there.

Just some food for thought, there are no immediate decisions being made today.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Knee Scope Forces Johnson Out of Avs Lineup

The injury which forced Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson from the All-Star Game festivities this past weekend is actually much worse than what we initially thought, as we first had the impression that the Avalanche didn't want to send their top defenseman to the extra-curriculars, just to save him from excess work and they would give him a game off on the other side of the break, just to stay within the rules.

No, after a scope on his knee, the team has been forced to keep the 2006 1st overall pick off the ice for the next 3-to-8 weeks, in order to recover from a knee problem.  It is quite the vast timeframe for being out, the good end being far greater than the long end of the scale, but given the parameters of the injury, that's just how the cookie could possibly crumble.

Johnson has been great this season, despite the poor showing for the Avalanche, ranking 189th overall in pool scoring and 29th among defensemen in scoring with 12 goals and 23 points in 47 games with the Avalanche.  His 12 goals is tied for tops among all blueliners, tied with Calgary's Dennis Wideman for the honour.

Out of all the injury news that has dropped today, Johnson's is the first that really has some meaning towards the money race, as 4th place Wes has Johnson and has enjoyed the spoils of drafting him 215th this season, down in the 10th round.

Wes currently sits 5 points out of 3rd place and 10 points above 6th place in the overall standings, but his team is well out of the second segment race, 34 points out of 1st place, down in 4th with 168 points.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

8 Weeks Away for Okposo

The New York Islanders, who are atop the Metropolitan Division to start Week Seventeen, will be without power forward Kyle Okposo for the next 6-to-8 weeks with an upper-body injury.  The Islanders announced the injury, but no details on Monday, as the team finished practice for the day.

Okposo will likely be put on the Injury Reserve here in the next day or so, if he hasn't been already, with the announcement.

Okposo has been really good for the Islanders this year, a big reason why they are doing so well in the standings. In 46 games played, the 26-year old forward has 14 goals and 44 points, ranking 26th overall in pool scoring, good enough to be a 2nd round pick this year.

With that being said, Allan took Okposo in the 3rd round, 65th overall, so he was getting his money's worth and more out of the selection. Sadly, this injury adds to the poor season that Allan has been having, as if he needed to have more help to stay firmly with Ryan and Wyllie in the pool basement.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

Phaneuf Out Week-to-Week

It appears there will be a trip to the Injured Reserve for Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf, as the Maple Leafs announced on Monday afternoon that the 29-year old defenseman will be out week-to-week with an upper-body injury, believed to be a hand injury.

The injury was believed to have occurred against the Carolina Hurricanes, just before the All-Star break was to get started and the injury had not gotten any better over the week-long time away.

Toronto is scheduled to play three games in Week Seventeen, starting on Wednesday against the Devils and it is expected that Phaneuf will miss those three games to start his rehab process.

This season, Phaneuf hasn't quite contributed as much offensively as some may have projected, but just over the half way mark, he was doing a bit better than my projections, scoring 2 goals and 22 points in 48 games, so far.  Currently, the bruising defender ranks 212th in pool scoring, not too far out of the 187th spot, where Grant K. picked him this year.

Grant is the pool leader in goals, despite the pair that Phaneuf has picked up for him, but the overall feeling is that the first season in the pool has been a disappointment, sitting in 17th before the week starts, poised for a decent pick in the Week Eighteen Waiver Draft.

In the second segment, Grant sits in 21st spot, with 119 points, almost 100 points behind Kristy & Don, who lead the pool and segment.  Grant will need a helluva two picks to have a chance at the third segment trophy.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

Player Notes in the Draft (Jan 26)

Reports from Monday morning/afternoon are saying that the Los Angeles Kings have placed forward Mike Richards on waivers, hoping to find a suitor that would take him off their hands for nothing. Richards, who has 5 goals and 15 points in 47 games for the Kings, ranking 312th overall in pool scoring, has been demoted within the lineup a few times this year and now the Kings are trying to off-load his salary cap hit, which is $5.75 million for five more years after this.

If Richards goes unclaimed, he can be sent down to the AHL, but with the new rules in place with the CBA, the Kings will not save much cap space, only $975,000.

At worst, Troy will only have this week and next to worry about Richards on his pool team, as the Week Eighteen Waiver Draft goes next week and I have projected a parting of ways between player and pool team in the opening round.  Troy sits in 8th, 21 points out of the money and could use a big boost from a Waiver Draft pick-up for the final nine weeks of the season.

The Red Wings made it back to practice on Monday, but there was no sign of either goalie Jimmy Howard, defenseman Jakub Kindl or forward Johan Franzen, suggesting that they won't be ready to go this week, as they open up the unofficial second half against the Panthers on Tuesday night. Howard is out with a groin injury, Kindl is out with an elbow injury, while Franzen is out with an upper-body injury. On the plus side, goalie Jonas Gustavsson was on the ice, as he rehabs from a shoulder injury, but there was no word on whether or not he'll be ready to go any time soon.

All four are on the IR, as we speak, taking games away from Dale B., Dale C., Grant S. and Tony, respectively.

Doesn't sound like PA Parenteau is anywhere near ready to return from his concussion, as his eligibility started today from the Injured Reserve, but he wasn't on the ice for practice, confirming the earlier suggestions.

Allan may not get off to a screaming fast start after the break, with a couple of players on the IR to start and it is somewhat unclear about when they'll be ready to go.  Both players may get some real consideration for next week's Waiver Draft.

The Buffalo Sabres called up goalie Matt Hackett on Monday, to take the place of Michal Neuvirth, who is expected to miss some time with a lower-body injury, which he suffered over the break in workouts. Neuvirth has been getting some time in the Sabres crease, but by no means number one minutes, but he has only picked up 3 wins this season, which is a severe disappointment.  Neuvirth is on the shelf on a day-to-day basis for the time being, no update has come down yet for a timetable.

More bad luck for Wyllie, who wasn't really getting any point production from Neuvirth this year anyways, but he'll start the week in 21st place, only 1 point up on 23rd place, mired in that basement race for the Olli bobblehead.

With three goalies in tow, the Minnesota Wild have opted to send Darcy Kuemper down to Iowa of the AHL for a conditioning stint, even though he did get to see some game action before the All-Star break. Kuemper had returned from injury and made it into the lineup on Tuesday last week against the Red Wings, came on in relief of Devan Dubnyk in a loss, but he was still eligible for the conditioning stint.  He'll have a couple of weeks to work on getting healthy again and then the Wild will have some decisions to make.

This does take away Kuemper's projected games from Stacey M.'s totals this week and possibly next week as well.  Stacey will start the week in 9th place, with 39 projected games to be played.  It isn't the biggest total in the pool, but it should still remain reasonable.

Everything looks to be clear for Mikael Granlund to make his return to the Minnesota Wild lineup on Tuesday night, away to Edmonton, as he was taking part in a full practice on Monday and the word was released that he would be good to go. Granlund has been out since the end of December with an upper-body injury, missing out on about four weeks of action.

Good news for Stuart, as Granlund's projected games will return to his totals and now the Finn can work his way back into being a good pool player and not a Waiver Draft drop candidate next week.

The word is good for Toronto forward Leo Komarov, who is now expected to play on Wednesday in New Jersey, coming off of another few days on the shelf with a shoulder injury. Komarov has been spending a lot of time on the shelf in this second segment, missing time to a concussion earlier and now this shoulder problem. All indications are that he is going to get the green light to go Wednesday, calling him probable.

Grant K. has not seen much of Komarov since picking him in Week Nine, collecting only six games, a goal and an assist in that time.  If the Leafs are going to make a push, they'll need his help.

More good news for the Leafs on Monday, as Joffrey Lupul has seen his status upgraded to day-to-day, dealing with his lower-body injury.  Of course, he won't be activated from the IR until he is cleared to go, but it does sound like that could be later on this week, if there are no setbacks to be had.

Brenda & Seward have had one of the hottest teams in the pool in the second segment and they haven't even had Lupul for the last four weeks, so his return could mean some big things for the third segment, which starts in a couple weeks time.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

Malkin to the IR, Other Penguins Updates

After the All-Star Game, you would think that players would be coming off the Injured Reserve, rather the Pittsburgh Penguins put forward Evgeni Malkin on the list, likely retroactive to the game missed last week, Wednesday night, the 21st, against the Blackhawks.

There is no timetable for his return, but with the placement on the IR, Malkin wouldn't be eligible to return until Wednesday's game in Washington, missing out on Tuesday night's game against the Jets, at the very least.

Malkin has been a key part of the Penguins lineup, scoring 19 goals and 51 points in 45 games played, ranking, ranking 13th overall in pool scoring, at the start of Week Seventeen.

This is bad news for Leo, who made Malkin his 1st round pick this season, taking him 11th overall, as he was his best player this season and about the only player that was making a consistent contribution, which is saying a lot, since Leo opens the week in 19th place, 18 points from the bottom.  If Malkin is out for any significant amount of time, it will really add up.

In other Penguins news, neither Sidney Crosby nor Blake Comeau were on the ice for practice on Monday.  Crosby is out with a lower-body injury, which forced him to take an injection to improve his situation, but will have to sit out Tuesday's game anyways, by rule from the NHL for bailing on the All-Star Game.  Comeau has been out since before Christmas with a wrist injury, but there is some talk that he is getting closer.

On the plus side, Kristopher Letang was in practice on Monday, completing the session on his own, as was forward Patric Hornqvist.  Both players now seem probable for Tuesday night's game in Winnipeg, but neither are written on the lineup card in ink yet.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

Jackets to Go On Without Bobrovsky

One of the show pieces to the Columbus Blue Jackets franchise was set to help push the game in Ohio with an appearance at the All-Star Game over the weekend, but in the last game before the break, away to the Winnipeg Jets, Sergei Bobrovsky left the game with a lower-body injury and was thus, counted out of any of the extra curricular activities.

Tests over the weekend had concluded that Bobrovsky has indeed suffered a serious groin injury and that the 26-year old keeper will now miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with the injury.
There is no question that the Blue Jackets have leaned heavily upon their number one goalie and with the team already 14 points out of the Wild Card spots in the playoffs, there is a thought that their hopes for the playoffs are all but over.

A finger injury and an illness had already limited Bobrovsky's appearances down to 33 games this season and some inconsistent lineups have limited his wins to only 16 on the year, add up a shutout and an assist and that will only make up 35 points this season and where he'll stall in the scoring race for the next four weeks or so.

35 points still has the Russian keeper in at 69th overall in pool scoring, to date, but he's in the middle of the pack, where some scoring around him will knock him down the rankings a ways, before he makes his return.

No question, it has been a disappointing year for Wilton, who took Bobrovsky in the 2nd round, 26th overall, not getting anywhere near the sort of production you'd expect from your leading goalie, especially one taken that high in the draft.  Nevertheless, injury has hurt his season, not to mention his body and those are the breaks.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

Week Sixteen Newsletter

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I thought there would have to be some tie-breaking to figure out the Player of the Week for this shortened week, but one goalie in the pool registered a shutout and that was enough to give him the title, straight away.  Rookie goalie for the Winnipeg Jets, Michael Hutchinson, shutout the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night, picked up 4 points and that was good enough to be the top cheese in Week Sixteen.

Well, the usual amount of banter for a Player of the Week nod was taken up in the first paragraph, thanks to how short this week was.

Damn.

Nevertheless, Hutchinson has been gaining a little bit of press of late, thanks to 14 wins and 2 shutouts this season, amassing 32 pool points over the unofficial first half of the season.  Overall, he currently ranks 90th in scoring, but this season, he was a Waiver Draft pick-up for Cam, who has collected 9 of those wins and 1 shutout, for 20 points.  Hutchinson is tied for the lead in points from picked players in the Waiver Draft, even after being the 15th player picked up.

If the Jets are going to do well in the playoffs, it may be on the back of this hot goaltender.

PhotobucketThe short week in the pool meant that there wasn't really enough time for teams to really make their mark on the weekly scoring, which led to some ties.  There was a tie for the Mover & Shaker, as Cam and Dale B. each saw their teams finish with 14 points.

With the goal department, Dale B. came away as the winner, taking it by a 5-3 margin.

This is Dale's second Mover & Shaker nod of the season, but it also goes with his two Basement Dweller nods, which puts him right in the middle of the pack, in terms of the standings, as he finished the week in 13th, not moving any positions up at all.

The big week was owed to Henrik Zetterberg, who led the team with 3 points, while four other players each picked up a pair of points in the 3-day week.

Dale is only 10 points out of the top 10, which could definitely be made up in the latter half of the year and if he can make it into the top 10, he would at least be going the right way to try and make up the rest of the points for the money positions.  There is one more Waiver Draft, so it doesn't seem out of the question that with a little luck, things could happen.

PhotobucketThe real work in this short week Newsletter is trying to break the tie for the Basement Dweller.  Four teams picked up 7 points and if I could give the Basement Dweller to all of them, I probably would.

Grant S., Brian, Stuart and Grant K. were all at the bottom of the weekly table, so then we go to the tie-breakers.  First, goals... Grant S. and Stuart move on to the wins, as they were at the bottom of the pool, each with 1 goal to their team names.  The next, wins... Grant had 1 win, while Stuart didn't have any, which means our Basement Dweller for Week Sixteen is... Stuart!  Congratulations!

Stuart's team didn't drop any positions with the designation, remaining in 16th place, but there is some wiggle room as there are a number of teams close for him to either move up or down.  Luckily for him, most of the teams around him also had poor weeks.

TROPHY TALK

Blah, blah, blah... Kristy & Don are 53 points up on Grant S., Grant is now 38 points up on Cam for 2nd place.

Wes and Clayton are tied for 4th, Wes having more goals gets the spot, and they're only 5 points back of Cam after the week, so it remains close.

For the Olli, Allan drops into the lead for the first time this season, losing out on the tie-breaker with Ryan, but both teams are only 1 point back of Wyllie, as they all shuffled around a little bit, in the midst of a low-scoring week.

The Jordan, that got a little bit more interesting, as Benson still has dibs on it, but he only holds a single game lead on it on Allan, while Dale C. still remains 10 games away.

WINNING EVERY WEEK

The two teams still in it have survived the shortened week.  Henrik Lundqvist won on Tuesday for Brenda & Seward and Frederik Andersen won on Wednesday for Kristy & Don, so the speed bump was passed and now they continue on.

Brenda & Seward will go into Week Seventeen with a pair of healthy goalies, while Kristy & Don will continue to lean heavily on the Ducks and their number one guy, we'll see if either break this week.

ROOKIE SCORING

Johnny Gaudreau continues to be doing the job for Wilton, as the lead in this category went back up to 4 points.  I would be curious to see if Mike makes a move for a rookie or two in the Week Eighteen Waiver Draft, just to make this race interesting, since his team appears to be out of the money race, heading into the final segment of the season.

LIGHTING THE LAMP

So, if survival was based on 4-goal weeks, we're down to two teams, as Stacey M. and Kristy & Don would still be in this race, even with a 3-day week.  Both teams are among the top in goals for this season and have stayed consistent.

If survival was based on a 3-goal week, four more teams would remain, as Grant K., Stacey C., Wilton and Ryan would still be alive.

Dropping out of the races this week were Grant S., Mike and Brenda & Seward, as their teams only scored 1 goal each in Week Sixteen.

ROUND 10 IN THE DRAFT

Pick # Round Pool Player NHL POS Points
222 10 Kristy & Don Mike Ribeiro NAS F 39
209 10 Dale Corley Tomas Tatar DET F 34
229 10 Cam Wagner Cody Franson TOR D 29
223 10 Clayton Corley Marcus Johansson WAS F 27
227 10 Brian Towers Nick Bjugstad FLA F 27
217 10 Grant Saskiw Clarke MacArthur OTT F 24
215 10 Wes Moroz Erik Johnson COL D 23
216 10 Stacey McDonald Jake Muzzin LOS D 22
224 10 Derek Wyllie Johnny Boychuk NYI D 22
218 10 Stacey Campbell Teddy Purcell EDM F 20
230 10 Stuart Greenley Hampus Lindholm ANA D 19
220 10 Leo Macht Kris Russell CAL D 17
212 10 Allan Scott Jared Spurgeon MIN D 14
226 10 Troy Berkley Jason Demers DAL D 13
228 10 Grant Kanwischer Cam Atkinson CBJ F 13
219 10 Dale Bradley Brandon Dubinsky CBJ F 12
210 10 Derek Wilton Eric Gelinas NJD D 11
213 10 Benson Greenley Matt Moulson BUF F 11
214 10 Mike Somerville Jake Gardiner TOR D 11
211 10 Brenda Farrell Cody Hodgson BUF F 3
221 10 Tony Dourado Boone Jenner CBJ F 3
208 10 Scott Gilmore Valeri Nichushkin DAL F 0
225 10 Ryan Miller Ryan Murray CBJ D 0

There were a few pretty good picks in this round, as we can see.  A couple top end forwards, a very good defenseman and more than a handful of 20-point players.  Most of the teams up and around the money conversation had made some pretty good picks in Round 10.

As you would also care to notice, there are a good number of drops in this round, as injuries, poor play and a trip to the minors highlighted the dropped players.  Being this close to the bottom of the draft, this was where you expect to see some in-between players fall off from the cut lines.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

Well, it's kind of a moot point, because it was only a 3-day week in the pool, not even getting half the days, nor half the games played, so the numbers may skew a bit.

Unlike the Christmas break week, scoring didn't skyrocket, as the games have been getting tighter, since the need for points in the standings had also gotten more interesting.  Skater games and goalie minutes per NHL game went up from the previous week, but that didn't help the scoring rate, as it went back down to Week Fourteen's levels, which wasn't great.

Let's hope this week gets more interesting, which is optimistic, since there were some pretty serious injuries to finish last week.

NEWS AND NOTES

There was one more injury to divulge from the All-Star weekend, as Lightning forward Tyler Johnson made the trip to Columbus, but pulled out of the on-ice festivities, due to a lower-body injury of his own. Since Johnson made the trip and supported the All-Star weekend, he won't be forced to miss out on Tuesday night's return to action, when the Bolts head to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes.

The injury only left Brian with one player on the active All-Star rosters on Sunday afternoon, as he had John Tavares, who scored 4 goals in the game.  Not too sure Johnson would have had enough points to help him win among pool teams for points, but it sure would have helped.

It's hard to say how much hockey that Kris Versteeg is going to get through the rest of the season, as the Blackhawks have finally placed the injured forward on the Injured Reserve and by Injured Reserve, I mean the Long Term Injury Reserve.  I believe Versteeg has already missed enough games to be eligible to return from the LTIR at any point, but the Blackhawks will now receive cap savings on his absence, which will no doubt help the club, both today and at the trade deadline.

Versteeg was a Week Nine pick-up for Stacey C., who managed to collect 5 points from 11 games played before the injury, but the future of Versteeg in his lineup is questionable, as we go into Week Seventeen and start to decide on who will pick where in the Week Eighteen Waiver Draft.

Link to the Injury/News Page

2015 All-Star Game Pool Results

By no means, should the All-Star Game be taken seriously, unless you have money on the game in some kind of form or fashion. The defense-less style of play is just meant for a laugh and a good time, with certain hopes that there will be some flashy moves and faster hands entertaining the crowd and sounding the horn.  If that was indeed how the measure should be for the game, I would think it was a resounding success.

The conglomerate of skilled players that descended upon Columbus, OH did the trick for me on Sunday night, scoring a record-setting 29 goals and it really made me wish we had money going in the hockey pool, because it would have made the goalfest that much more entertaining.

Team Toews came back from a disappointing showing at the Skills Competition to lay a lickin' on Team Foligno, winning 17-12 in the end and capping off a pretty entertaining weekend, even though we didn't get to see any of the Mascot Showdown, which had been pumped for the fans attending the festivities in Columbus.

With all those goals, there was a lot of points to be had and a couple teams had the combination of players, as two sides finished with 10 points each.

Pool Team
GP
G
W
P
Grant K.
3
5
0
10
Dale Corley
2
3
0
10
Grant Saskiw
2
2
0
8
Stacey McDonald
2
1
0
7
Ryan Miller
2
3
0
6
Tony Dourado
3
1
1
5
Brian Towers
1
4
0
4
Cam Wagner
2
2
0
4
Stacey Campbell
1
2
0
3
Scott Gilmore
3
1
0
3
Troy Berkley
1
1
0
3
Clayton Corley
3
0
0
3
Mike Somerville
2
0
0
3
Kristy & Don
1
0
0
3
Brenda Farrell
2
2
0
2
Benson Greenley
1
1
0
2
Wes Moroz
1
1
0
2
Derek Wilton
1
0
0
2
Leo Macht
1
0
0
1
Dale Bradley
0
0
0
0
Stuart Greenley
0
0
0
0

Grant K. would be our winner, via tie-breakers, thanks to his trio of players, managing to score goals, as well as points.  Patrice Bergeron led the way for his side, picking up a goal and 4 assists, while Steven Stamkos had 2 goals and an assist, while Rick Nash had a pair of goals.  Having both Stamkos and Nash on his pool team this year, it's no wonder he leads everyone in goals scored, so far.

Unfortunately, this year, we won't be giving any money or prizes away for the All-Star Game, but it is something I'm seriously looking into for next season.  It definitely would have been fun to watch this race develop over the course of the three periods.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Team Foligno Vs. Team Toews

The +NHL had their All-Star Fantasy Draft tonight and the rosters for the All-Star weekend were set, as team captains Nick Foligno and Jonathan Toews made their picks and gave faces to each side of the draw.

First of all, I didn't really highlight the changes to the overall roster of all-stars throughout the last couple of weeks, so I'll make notes of it here.  Kristy & Don lost the services of Pekka Rinne in Week Fourteen, which meant that Marc-Andre Fleury could join, which gave +Clayton his fourth player on the active roster.  Jimmy Howard was also removed from the weekend's festivities, due to a groin injury, taking Dale B.'s only all-star out and it allowed Tony to have a fourth all-star in Jaroslav Halak.  There was also a rookie roster change, as Tony lost his rookie representation in Tanner Pearson, allowing a non-pool player to take his place, Montreal's Jiri Sekac.

Later on in the week, Penguins forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin dropped out, then Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky got hurt and then Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson was also head back, due to injury.  The only player to be actually added for the replacements was Brian Elliott of the Blues, as the other three were rookies, who were already on their way to Columbus.

Without further adieu, here's how the draft finished off and where all of the loyalties lie.  Which team are you going to cheer for on Sunday?

Team Foligno NHL Pool Team Toews NHL Pool
Nick Foligno CBJ Wes Jonathan Toews CHI Stacey M.
Patrick Kane CHI Stacey C. Ryan Getzlaf ANA Cam
Ryan Johansen CBJ Grant S. Rick Nash CBJ Grant K.
Anze Kopitar LOS B&S Jakub Voracek PHI Dale C.
Steven Stamkos TAM Grant K. John Tavares NYI Brian
Claude Giroux PHI Troy Vladimir Tarasenko STL Dale C.
Phil Kessel TOR Tony Patrice Bergeron BOS Grant K.
Bobby Ryan OTT Ryan Tyler Seguin DAL Ryan
Radim Vrbata VAN Benson Patrik Elias NJD Not Picked
Zemgus Girgensons BUF Scott Tyler Johnson TAM Brian
Alex Ovechkin WAS K&D Filip Forsberg NAS B&S
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM Mike
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Drew Doughty LOS Clayton Shea Weber NAS Clayton
Duncan Keith CHI Clayton Brent Seabrook CHI Leo
Dustin Byfuglien WPG Tony Aaron Ekblad FLA Grant S.
Brent Burns SAN Cam Ryan Suter MIN Scott
Kevin Shattenkirk STL Tony Marc Giordano CAL Mike
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ARI Scott Justin Faulk CAR Stacey M.
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Carey Price MTL Wes Corey Crawford CHI Dale C.
Marc-Andre Fleury PIT Clayton Roberto Luongo FLA Stuart
Brian Elliott STL Clayton Jaroslav Halak NYI Tony
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Jonathan Drouin TAM Dale C. Johnny Gaudreau CAL Wilton
Jiri Sekac MTL Not Picked Mike Hoffman OTT Not Picked

Mock Draft of the Week Eighteen Waiver Draft

Next week, we look to solidify the final order of the last Waiver Draft of the season, but I thought I would take a quick look at what the Week Eighteen Waiver Draft may look like, as of this moment here, using the standings, as they are, as my guide.

Round Pick Team Dropped Player NHL Team POS Picked Player NHL Team
1 1 Allan Scott Vincent Lecavalier PHI F Mathieu Perreault WPG
1 2 Ryan Miller John Gibson ANA G Petr Mrazek DET
1 3 Derek Wyllie Michal Neuvirth BUF G Antti Raanta CHI
1 4 Mike Somerville Christopher Higgins VAN F Mark Stone OTT
1 5 Leo Macht Matt Stajan CAL F Lance Bouma CAL
1 6 Benson Greenley Stephen Weiss DET F Mike Hoffman OTT
1 7 Grant Kanwischer Evgeni Nabokov TAM G Ray Emery PHI
1 8 Stuart Greenley Jeff Skinner CAR F Mika Zibanejad OTT
1 9 Brian Towers Andy Greene NJD D Justin Braun SAN
1 10 Stacey Campbell Viktor Fasth EDM G Niklas Svedberg BOS
1 11 Dale Bradley Andrew MacDonald PHI D Kevin Klein NYR
1 12 Brenda & Seward Joffrey Lupul TOR F Andre Burakovsky WAS
1 13 Scott Gilmore Josh Bailey NYI F Erik Cole DAL
1 14 Derek Wilton Alex Chiasson DAL F Anders Lee NYI
1 15 Stacey McDonald Riley Nash CAR F Eric Fehr WAS
1 16 Troy Berkley Mike Richards LOS F Pat Maroon ANA
1 17 Tony Dourado Jonas Gustavsson DET G Cameron Talbot NYR
1 18 Dale Corley Niklas Hjalmarsson CHI D David Savard CBJ
1 19 Clayton Corley Linden Vey VAN F Steve Downie PIT
1 20 Wes Moroz Tommy Wingels SAN F Jason Zucker MIN
1 21 Cam Wagner Andrew Cogliano ANA F Matt Moulson BUF
1 22 Grant Saskiw Nick Holden COL D Nikita Zadorov BUF
1 23 Kristy & Don PASS

The top three teams are all looking to work their way out of the basement, so if Mathieu Perreault can somehow manage his way back into the Jets lineup before the Week Eighteen draft, he should go number one overall to Allan, assuming he has the 1st pick.  The other two teams are looking to improve their goaltending, so Allan taking Perreault almost seems like a lock from here.

Since the rookie prizes won't be instituted until next season, I don't foresee rookies being taken ahead of other players, but for the sake of thinking about it, I do have a couple teams bumping up some rookies, just to see if they can win the race, before the end of the year.  Mike grabbing Mark Stone, Wilton taking Anders Lee and Grant taking Nikita Zadorov, highlights what might happen next season, if this was the case.

I think Round 2 would turn out to be much more of the same, in the end.  There are teams in the pool that need to get rid of some dead weight, although there really isn't much to choose from to help fill in the gaps.  Teams gotta do, what they gotta do.

Round Pick Team Dropped Player NHL Team POS Picked Player NHL Team
2 1 Allan Scott PA Parenteau MTL F Cody Eakin DAL
2 2 Ryan Miller Devante Smith-Pelly ANA F Patrik Elias NJD
2 3 Derek Wyllie Josh Jooris CAL F Brad Boyes FLA
2 4 Mike Somerville Nail Yakupov EDM F Kevin Hayes NYR
2 5 Leo Macht Karri Ramo CAL G Dustin Tokarski MTL
2 6 Benson Greenley Fedor Tyutin CBJ D Kyle Quincey DET
2 7 Grant Kanwischer Dennis Seidenberg BOS D Mattias Ekholm NAS
2 8 Stuart Greenley Nino Niederreiter MIN F Mike Fisher NAS
2 9 Brian Towers Brayden McNabb LOS D Cody Ceci OTT
2 10 Stacey Campbell Teddy Purcell EDM F Benoit Pouliot EDM
2 11 Dale Bradley Michael Stone ARI D Kevin Connauton DAL
2 12 Brenda & Seward Radko Gudas TAM D Zach Bogosian WPG
2 13 Scott Gilmore Elias Lindholm CAR F Antoine Roussel DAL
2 14 Derek Wilton Eric Gelinas NJD D Jyrki Jokipakka DAL
2 15 Stacey McDonald Andrew Shaw CHI F Dustin Brown LOS
2 16 Troy Berkley PASS
2 17 Tony Dourado Tom Gilbert MTL D Simon Despres PIT
2 18 Dale Corley Patrick Wiercioch OTT D Lubomir Visnovsky NYI
2 19 Clayton Corley PASS
2 20 Wes Moroz PASS
2 21 Cam Wagner Olli Maatta PIT D Barret Jackman STL
2 22 Grant Saskiw PASS
2 23 Kristy & Don PASS

Player Notes in the Draft (Jan 23)

Another All-Star has opted out of the exhibition weekend, thanks to some injury troubles... Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will miss the festivities, which begin tonight with the Fantasy Draft.  Since Johnson played 23 minutes against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night, he will also be forced to miss out on Tuesday night's game against the Predators or else face suspension for abandoning the showcase of the league's top talent.

Johnson is having a pretty good season for Wes this year, scoring 12 goals and 23 points in 47 games with the Avalanche, but missing out on the All-Star Game means that Wes, before any more replacements are named, has only two players going to the game.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

More Player Notes in the Draft (Jan 22)

More injury news, which will have an impact on the NHL All-Star Game this weekend, as the Pittsburgh Penguins have pulled Sidney Crosby out of the game, thanks to a lower-body injury.  Crosby played in the Penguins' final game before the break, Wednesday night against the Blackhawks, so by rule, Crosby will be forced to miss out on Tuesday night's game against the Jets or face suspension from the league.  The team made a mention that Crosby has been playing with an injury of late and could use the week off to heal whatever it is that ails him.  He'll be on the list as out day-to-day.

This leaves Stuart with only one All-Star left on his roster, Roberto Luongo, who only has a limited chance at points in the game, only tabbed to play in one period in the game.

The All-Star weekend is also a good chance for some guys to get some extra ice-time in the AHL and that is what the San Jose Sharks are going to do with sophomore forward Tomas Hertl, as he was sent down, not worrying about having to pass through waivers to do so.  There is every expectation that the Sharks will give him the call-up, when the moratorium is lifted on practicing and team activities, which happens on Monday morning.

This is more of an FYI, just in case you saw Hertl's name in the news this morning.  Stacey M. doesn't really have anything to worry about here, as Hertl has appeared in all 48 games for the Sharks this season, picking up 17 points.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.