Friday, October 14, 2011

Sheet Player News (Oct 14)

Somewhere in between a minor upper-body knock and being a healthy scratch was where you could find Linus Omark on Thursday night, as he was demoted to the press box for the team's game against Minnesota Wild.  Omark did make way for an NHL d├ębut for Lennart Petrell, but I don't think it is anything to worry about at this point.  The Box 8 forward should be returning to the Oilers line-up before too long, as he has had some pretty good chemistry with some of his linemates, including Magnus Paajarvi.

Box 12 defenseman Jack Hillen was a healthy scratch for the Nashville Predators on Thursday night, as they took on the Phoenix Coyotes.  Hillen, an off-season signing, was brought in to secure some more depth for the Predators along the blueline, but since they have so much depth in their organization, there will be a premium on offensive production to get ice-time.  Adjusting to a new team's system will take some time, but there is a good chance Hillen could still pan out as a good depth defender.

New Jersey Devils forward and Box 25 representative Adam Henrique was sent to the AHL on Friday.  Henrique was thought to have had a pretty good training camp and did make it out of camp on the opening night roster, but it doesn't appear that he has done enough to hang around for very long.  The Devils' depth in the bottom six may prevent him from a quick return, so keep that in mind if you picked

Another major setback for Rick DiPietro occurred this week, as the Islanders franchise goaltender took a puck to the mask in practice on Wednesday and it was announced on Friday that they will be without him for an indefinite period of time, because he suffered a concussion. DiPietro continues to be rather injury prone and a poolie's worst nightmare. Thankfully, he was only included on the sheet and not taken in the draft, so there is little concern for my poolies this year. The Box 31 goalie will now struggle to try and return from this injury.

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