Friday, October 21, 2011

Sheet Player News (Oct. 21)

The Boston Bruins are continuing to find their stride after a slow start to the NHL season and that means some insertions and scratches from the line-up and on Thursday night against the Maple Leafs, there was a return to the press box for Box 25 forward Jordan Caron, who has seen a couple games up there already.  I think we'll see Caron on the list a few more times this season, as the Bruins have not settled on him quite yet this season.

The Florida Panthers were without one of their young centres on Thursday night, as Shawn Matthias was out of the line-up due to a bout of the flu.  Matthias, a Box 25 forward as well, has not registered a point yet this season, but he should be playing an important role as a bottom six centre for the time being.  Since there is the possibility of injuries or some cold play from some of the other centres on the team, there is a chance that he could see some top six minutes as well this year.

Well, it looks like Jack Hillen is making me look bad, after giving him a good preview to start the season, he was a healthy scratch from the blueline for the Predators' game against the Canucks on Thursday night.  Hillen has yet to register a point in four games with his new club, which could be a product of a number of issues, but the one that immediately springs to mind is a new defenseman in a new defensive system.  Generating offense from the defensive position can be difficult when you're worried about where to be in your own end.  It'll come, I'm sure.

It has been a tough start to the regular season for Senators forward Peter Regin, as he battled to recover from off-season shoulder surgery, missing out on some of the opening games for the team and then not being able to help the team register any more wins than they have already this season.  Well, unfortunately, in a win against the Jets on Thursday night, Regin suffered another injury to his surgically repaired shoulder and he could be out of the line-up indefinitely.  If you decided to pick Regin in Box 23 of the sheet pool, you may want to consider dropping him.

This was missed back at the end of September... Eric Tangradi didn't make the cut out of training camp for the Penguins, despite the injury to the team's captain and since, there has been no mention of a recall with all of the other injuries that have happened in the last few weeks. Tangradi might just be running out of chances to make this club, as most of the grinders and hard workers are now the ruling class, beyond the superstars.

Thanks to a major ankle sprain, suffered by the Leafs' Colby Armstrong, Nazem Kadri's stay in the AHL was less than 24 hours, as he was called up to replace the injured grinder and be inserted into the line-up right away.  Kadri registered an assist and was a +1 in 13 minutes of action against the Bruins, as his team was demolished, 6-1.  I would gather that he'll likely be up to stay for a while now.

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