Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Morning Player Notes in the Draft (Dec 9)

A lower-body injury costed Martin Hanzal Tuesday night's game between the Coyotes and the Blues, a 4-1 loss for his side.  There wasn't a great deal of detail, to no one's surprise, about the injury, except that he is out day-to-day again.

Chalk another missed skater game up for Stuart's side, which is now 40 points back of 1st place, hovering in 13th place in the standings.  His team is only 5 points out of the top 10, so there is still some wiggle room in the standings, which is something, at least.

A very concerning moment for the Columbus Blue Jackets, as their number one goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky left the game against the Kings with an upper-body injury.  The reports are suggesting that Bobrovsky may have suffered the actual injury before this game, but it still forced him from the contest.  On Wednesday morning, the Jackets made an emergency recall of Joonas Korpisalo to take his spot, but there is still no timetable for any sort of return.

Bobrovsky belongs to Troy this season, who currently sits in 6th place, only 5 points out of the money and 17 points out of 1st place.  If this injury is anything long-term, it could actually be quite devastating, considering that Bob is one of three players tied for his team-lead in points, with 26.

Another lower-body injury to report on here, as Colin Wilson of the Predators was held out of Tuesday night's game against the Blackhawks.  This is the second time that the forward has been held out of a contest with a similar ailment, which likely means that he hasn't been playing at 100% health this season.  That would definitely explain why he hasn't been scoring at any incredible rate, only having 1 goal and 9 points in 26 games this year.

A 7th round pick in the draft for Tony this year, Wilson has been a bust player, failing to rank anywhere near his draft position.  Tony's team has really lacked offense this year, ranking 24th after Tuesday night, way out of the money and not in any mini-game contention this year either.

What's two lower-body injuries without a third, right?  Devils forward Adam Henrique left the game against the Maple Leafs last night with the ailment, forcing the Devils to now be without their top two centres, along with Travis Zajac.  New Jersey couldn't muster much offense, losing to Toronto, 3-2 in the shootout.  We're waiting to hear more about Henrique's injury, so we'll be keeping the blog posted on any new developments in the coming day or so.

Tough break for Brenda & Seward, who are on the verge of a money spot, now only 1 point out of 3rd, 3 points out of 2nd, as Henrique has been a pleasant surprise for their team.  23 points in 28 games has made the Devils forward a good bargain, as a 9th round pick.

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