Friday, December 18, 2015

Morning Player Notes in the Draft (Dec 18)

Arizona Coyotes rookie Anthony Duclair was feeling a bit under the weather on Thursday night, so he was held out of the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and according to the score, 7-5 Columbus, they could have used him for just that little bit more offense.  He's on the list as out day-to-day and he'll likely be leaning on the right side of probable for Saturday's game, home to the Islanders.

Duclair was a Waiver Draft pick-up for Derek W., as he has offered up 3 points since being picked up and it currently has him tied for 10th in the rookie pool, only 50 points behind Ryan in the race. In the bigger race, his team is only 17 points out of the money and 15 points back of the big group vying for the cash.

There has to be some concern for Rangers back-up goalkeeper Antti Raanta, as he was forced from Thursday night's game against the Minnesota Wild, after taking a Marco Scandella slap shot to the mask.  He had to leave the game, forcing Henrik Lundqvist to make a relief appearance.  There was no immediate update on Raanta, but we can't imagine that it is going to be very positive at this point.

Raanta is Benson's 13th round draft pick this year, taking a decent back-up late in the pool.  He has been getting okay production in his limited ice-time, having 10 points already this year and acting more like a 12th round pick.

In Thursday night's game between the Maple Leafs and the Sharks, Toronto starting goalie, Garret Sparks, was forced from the game with a lower-body injury.  The team's coaching staff were not at all optimistic about the injury in their post-game presser, suggesting that this lower-body injury will be a long-term issue.  For now, he's only on the list as having left the game, but we'll await further word on the keeper's condition, hoping that there will be a little bit more insight from the team before too long.

Another Waiver Draft pick-up going down in this post, as Ryan took a flyer on the Leafs keeper and has picked up 1 win since picking him up, 2 points better than what his dropped counterpart has had since, which is a small victory.  Ryan's team finished the night in 14th, 29 points out of the money.

Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin didn't come out for the 2nd period against the Flyers on Thursday night, as a lower-body issue got the best of him, forcing him from the contest.  It is believed that he has been dealing with the issue for a while and it just came to a head in last night's game.  There was no update on his status for Friday night's game in Detroit, but I would imagine it is questionable, at best.  He will be considered day-to-day, if he misses the game tonight.

Clayton was getting some bargain play out of Sedin, thus far in the season, taking him in the 3rd round and getting some 1st round production out of him.  Clayton's team has been mired the middle of the pack this year, sitting in 17th after Thursday night

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