Well, the season is officially underway. The Ducks and Kings put on a show in London (actually two shows) and the teams split the series at a game a piece. In the draft, there were 10 teams that recorded a point, some teams more than others.
In the selection sheet pool, there have only been a few teams entered, so I'm not going to go into too much detail with them. Remember, the selection sheet is due on Friday! Hopefully we'll get a great bunch of teams and a close competition throughout the year.
In the draft, which will be my main concern in the newsletter, it was Marcus who jumped into a lead after the NHL Premiere in London. Marcus had 4 points in London, thanks to Chris Pronger, Michal Handzus and Lubomir Visnovsky. If there were ever some players to pick up, those would be them in London. Marcus only has 24 man games to be played in Week 2, compared to the draft-high 31 games.
In the basement, there is a bit of party going on. There were three teams that didn't have a man-game to be played and there were another four teams that didn't capitalize on their man-games that could have been played. Saying that, the collection of basement dwellers all didn't register a point, but it isn't really fair to say that when Week One only has 2 games. I certainly wasn't going to draft an Anaheim Ducks player, just because I could get the lead. But I suppose Corey Perry wouldn't be a bad pick-up either.
For the Player of the Week, I think it was fitting to choose the guy with the most goals, as well as the most points. Mike Cammalleri (Dale B.) took London by storm, scoring two goals in the Kings' win and adding another one in their loss. At this point today, Cammalleri leads the league in scoring with 3 goals, which is what the Kings are expecting out of their top forward, since they signed him to a great big deal in the off-season.
In other news, the Senators will start the season without their number one goalie, Ray Emery (Aaron), instead going with Martin Gerber (Chris) in their opening game this coming week. Gerber has played well in the preseason and will look to steal back the number one job away from Emery and if Emery is to sit out, Gerber's opportunity is now.
Well, we've got a few games coming up on Hockey Night in Canada this week. To start the North American season, HNIC will broadcast the Flames home opener versus the Philadelphia Flyers. We should all expect Martin Biron (Chris) to take on Miikka Kiprusoff (Ryan) in the opener. There are 11 Flames chosen in the draft and there were only 5 Flyers taken. With the two goalies who are playing headlining the game, we might see a pretty low-scoring game, which would not be applauded by those Flames fans who have them in their pool team.
On Saturday, here in Calgary we'll get to see Montreal in Toronto in the early game and the Flames hosting the Canucks in the late game. It should be some great hockey this week and don't forget the opener on TSN... on Wednesday, Ottawa visits Toronto to start their respective seasons.
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