Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Player Notes in the Draft (Oct 23)

The Calgary Flames went into Phoenix to take on the Coyotes on Tuesday night and they did so without their captain, Marc Giordano. Currently, Giordano is listed as out day-to-day with a lower-body injury and that is the extent of the information that has been released.

Giordano has been blazing hot for Wes in the pool thus far in the season, picking up 2 goals and 7 assists in his first eight games, scoring above a point per game.  If this turns out to be a long-term injury, Wes could really start missing out on some points.

Late in the 3rd period of the game between the Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks, starting goalie Tim Thomas left the game with a lower-body injury.  The early reports from the Panthers were suggesting that the lower-body injury was not related to the groin problem that kept Thomas out of the line-up for about a week.

It hasn't been the best start to the season for Thomas in Florida, as this is his second injury of the season, which likely makes Ryan M. feel a tad uneasy.  Through Tuesday's action, Ryan sits in 15th place, only 5 points out of the top 10 and 15 points out of the prizing.

Young Minnesota Wild defender Jonas Brodin took a puck in the mouth on Tuesday night, playing against the Nashville Predators and had to leave the game after playing two shifts.  The diagnosis for Brodin, which was announced after practice on Wednesday morning, was that he suffered a broken cheekbone and he will likely be out for a little while.  An official timetable was not announced at the time, but he'll be listed as out day-to-day right now.

Brodin has been one of the pleasant surprises for our pool leaders, Kristy & Don, who took a shot on the Swedish rearguard after a decent rookie season.  Brodin has 6 points in 10 games, which is pretty decent numbers for a defenseman in the pool.

Very little is being said about the lower-body injury that kept Shane Doan out of the Phoenix Coyotes line-up with the Calgary Flames in town.  Doan apparently suffered the injury on the weekend, but there was no indication as to the nature of the injury, nor the expected timetable for the captain's return.  Until there is any further update, he'll be listed as out day-to-day for the time being.

Doan belongs to Dale B. this season, having taken him in the 9th round, 198th overall, and has seen some mediocre production out of the seasoned veteran.  Doan only has 3 points in nine games thus far, which may be a contributor as to why Dale is down in 16th through Tuesday night's action.

The Vancouver Canucks' offense has been suffering from their forwards through the first 10 games of the season and the coaching staff decided to make an example of someone, taking David Booth from the ice to the press box on Tuesday night, as the team took on the New York Islanders.  Booth only has 1 goal and 2 assists in the first 10 games of the year, ranked down in 280th in pool scoring, which is far lower than expected this season.

Pool newcomer this season, Ryan V., picked Booth in the 11th round, 262nd overall, so he has been getting about the value he should be expecting in the scoring race, but was likely hoping to hit a home run with an underachieving forward.

In the game between the Canucks and Islanders, Vancouver forward Jannik Hansen fell hard into the end boards on an offensive play and he had left the game in considerable pain.  There was no immediate update from the team on Wednesday morning and his availability for Thursday's game in New Jersey is now questionable, at best.

Hansen belongs to another money team at the moment, as Grant S. is right in the thick of the prize race, sitting in 3rd place after Tuesday night's action.  Hansen has not been the offensive force that Grant would have been hoping for, 4 points in 11 games, and now he likely won't have him at all for a game or two, at least.

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