Saturday, October 01, 2011

Sheet Player News (Oct 1)

Well, the preseason demotions keep on coming, as some expectations for players to make their respective team line-ups fall a little short. On Saturday, Box 14 defenseman John Moore was cut from the Blue Jackets' line-up, sent down to Springfield of the AHL. This doesn't end Moore's season, but it definitely decreases his fantasy value, to which you should be avoiding him on the sheet right now.  Moore was a likely selection for the roster this season, but that obviously wasn't panning out for him through camp, so a demotion to work on his game was made.

The Dallas Stars have been nursing Box 9 forward Scott Glennie through some concussion-like symptoms, which should be good enough to keep him on the shelf for a little while now.  Glennie will likely be sent down to the minors to help his game along, when he becomes healthy enough to do so.  I'm not sure how many games Glennie has featured in during the preseason, but it likely wasn't too many, so his demotion will likely try to make up for that lost time before the season started.

Another demotion worth noting is the Minnesota Wild's Casey Wellman, as the Box 9 forward was demoted on Friday, along with a number of other players, bringing the Wild roster down to 23 players, ready for opening night.  Wellman, 23, was a favourite to take one of the depth centre spots going into training camp, but he had lost his spot to a surprise rookie in Brett Bulmer and recent waiver claim Nick Johnson.  There is a good chance that Wellman will be an early call-up, when needed, but it is disappointing that he couldn't go right away.

A groin injury will now sideline Box 25 forward Nino Niederreiter for the remainder of the preseason and possibly some regular season games, as he suffered the injury throwing a check in the team's game against the Devils on Friday night. Niederreiter is tabbed to be a go-to source of offense for the rebuilding Islanders squad and missing out on him will likely hurt his numbers going forward. If he doesn't miss any time to the injury, I would question his durability, especially if they rush him back into the line-up.  If you are looking to take Niederreiter on the selection sheet, just keep a close eye on him.

Well, it was a logjam behind Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers back-up job, but it appears that Sergei Bobrovsky has won the job, taking it away from Michael Leighton, who I thought would have been the better option as the back-up going forward, giving the younger Russian more minutes in a starting capacity in the minors. No, Leighton was the one who as assigned to the minors this weekend, giving the job to Bob.  Leighton will have to go through re-entry waivers to return to the Flyers line-up, if he is needed, so his call-ups may be few and far between.

Another Box 9 demotion, which seems to be the norm for a selection sheet pool that is released a few weeks before the last cuts are made, as the Phoenix Coyotes demoted highly touted prospect forward Andy Miele on Saturday, when they reduced their roster down to 26 players. It appears as though Miele lost his potential spot to the emergence of Patrick O'Sullivan and/or Petteri Nokelainen, who still remain in camp. There are still a few cuts yet to be made before opening night.

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