Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sheet Player News (Jan. 11)

It appears like Box 29 defenseman Yannick Weber was a healthy scratch for the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night, as they took on the Blues. In 34 games this season, Weber has 3 goals and 9 assists for 12 points, which isn't all that bad considering he is a depth defenseman, so it may be worth speculating that he may have had one bad game that the coach would punish the young defenseman for or that he has fallen under the weather.  There is no official confirmation going at the moment, but I would find those more likely than a straight healthy scratch.

Now, there was some actual confirmation for Box 12 defenseman Jack Hillen getting scratched for Tuesday night's game between the Predators and the Avalanche. Hillen has been a healthy scratch on a few different occasions already this season and with 2 goals an 4 assists in 39 games, it may be safe to assume that the Predators were expecting a little bit more from him.  Hillen has seen most of the games for Nashville this season, but a lack of offensive punch could easily be the reason why he's now missed a few games, due to assignments in the press box.

It appears that young New Jersey Devils forward Jacob Josefson is just about ready to return from his broken clavicle, which he suffered in early October, as the team has now sent him down to Albany of the AHL, to get some game action, before returning to the big club. Josefson was hurt in his fifth game of the year, having only registered 1 assist in the year, so you would have to imagine that he would be fairly keen on returning to action.  Josefson was taken in the draft at the beginning of the year, but was dropped in the waiver draft and he could make a nice late-season pick-up to someone looking for a bit more scoring down the line.

The New York Rangers are fairly hot at the moment, winning plenty of games, leading the Eastern Conference standings and such, so when Box 24 forward Wojtek Wolski was deemed healthy from his sports hernia, there has been no rush to re-insert him into the line-up.  Tuesday night's game against the Coyotes was the second game since Wolski was given a clean bill of health and the team activated him from the Injured Reserve, but the team hasn't wanted to mess with a good line-up, as of late and get him back in there.  There have been some rumblings that Wolski will get a conditioning assignment before too long, just to get his game legs back and with the 2-1 shootout win last night, that would make more sense.

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