Sunday, April 01, 2012

Draft Player News (Apr. 1)

The Sabres were missing one of their key pieces on the blueline on Saturday evening, as Tyler Myers was not in the line-up for a key playoff impact game against the Leafs due to a foot injury, which he suffered earlier in the week.  Myers has been listed as out day-to-day at the moment, but this is the worst time for the Sabres, as they have three games left in the season and they are 2 points back of the Capitals for the final playoff spot in the East.

The loss of Myers may not be too bad for Allan S., who sits in 4th place in the standings, 17 points back of 3rd and only 2 points up on 5th.  Missing out on a defenseman for a game or two, possibly the whole of next week, may not break him in the end.  Allan is 11 points up on 6th place as well, which is a solid gap, going into Sunday's action.  You don't want to lose a player, but this may not be too bad.

A slight knee injury has now sidelined Jonas Gustavsson of the Toronto Maple Leafs, forcing the team to call up Ben Scrivens from the AHL, making an all-AHL goaltending tandem at the moment for the team.  There is no word as to how severe the injury to Gustavsson is and with only one week left in the regular season and no possibility of the playoffs, there won't be any rush to get him back into the line-up, which should give more ice-time to Scrivens and his partner, Jussi Rynnas.

This is not good news for Dale B., who has now lost his grip on 2nd place in the draft standings to Stuart G., trailing him by only a point with just over a week to go in the season.  Dale will be down to one active goalie and the Blues have made mention that Brian Elliott isn't going to be the goalie that they run with in the playoffs, so Jaroslav Halak will get the starts, which will hurt Dale's chances greatly next week.

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