Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sheet Player News (Nov. 23)

A case of coming back to the line-up over the weekend and then being scratched again at the beginning of the week to return to the news page, things are not getting any better for Box 14 defenseman Adam Pardy, who was a healthy scratch again for the Dallas Stars on Monday night against the Oilers. Pardy has been off and on the line-up card a number of times this season already, having only played in 10 games this year fro the Stars, failing to register a point. High expectations have not been met with this off-season signing and I would imagine that he could be the kind of guy thrown into a deal, if one popped up.

Much in the same vein as Pardy above him, Brad Richardson of the Kings was a healthy scratch again for the Kings, as he has been in and out of the line-up on a bottom six rotation of forwards.  Richardson has played a bit more, as there are a few more games and players in this rotation of players going in and out, which means he's played 18 games this year, but has still only registered 1 assist.  A little bit more production would certainly give him more ice-time, but it's tough when a player has been moved down into the bottom six.

Box 23 forward Nick Palmieri found himself in the press box on Monday night against the Florida Panthers, after having a bit of a cold spell on the ice. Palmieri has 3 goals and 3 assists in 18 games for the Devils this season, which is just below average of the box that he is in on the selection sheet and with this move to the press box, you can tell that the Devils are expecting just a little bit more out of him.  The Devils are still searching for a little bit more scoring from their kids, trying to squeeze out a little more offense anywhere they can get it.

The New York Islanders are still struggling to find wins and a little bit more of their identity. The coaching staff is not afraid to shake things up it would seem, as they threw Kyle Okposo back into the line-up after missing three games and then scratching Box 21 forward Blake Comeau and Box 25 forward Nino Niederreiter. Both Comeau and Niederreiter are supposed to be offensive forces for the Islanders, but have been very cold of late, Comeau having no points this season in 15 games, while Niederreiter had only just returned from a preseason injury, failing to register a point in three games.  If Okposo was made into an example, the coaching staff will not be afraid to sit these two for more than one game.

Box 30 defenseman Braydon Coburn was held out of the Flyers game on Monday night against the Hurricanes, due to an upper-body injury and he is currently listed as being questionable for Wednesday night's game on Long Island.  Coburn is one of the Flyers' big hulking defensemen, but he is thought to be more of a regular stay-at-home guy than a dynamic offensive force from the blueline, which would explain his 1 goal and 3 assists in 19 games for the Flyers.  In his box, he's thrown in with much of the same kind of player, which actually makes him a reasonable pick, if desired.

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