Friday, January 22, 2016
Noon Player Notes in the Draft (Jan 22)
Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Sam Reinhart was reportedly hurt on Wednesday night, suffering an upper-body injury and the early suggestions on Friday is that he will likely be out until after the All-Star break, which will come sooner, rather than later, but will cost him about a week's worth of action, as we head into the weekend. Week Seventeen ends on Wednesday, but Reinhart will likely miss the next three games.
Clayton currently ranks 2nd in the rookie pool, thanks in part to Reinhart, so there is that loss, but it may not be a huge loss, as his scoring rate hasn't been great this year, only 20 points in 47 games. Still, that will likely give Ryan a bigger buffer to work with, heading into the next Waiver Draft.
I don't know who the Blue Jackets are necessarily kidding, if they are pushing Sergei Bobrovsky back too early or what they are doing, because their number one goalie has again suffered a lower-body injury and it's hard not to think that it isn't related to the previous injuries that have kept him on the shelf. The Jackets are in a prime position to have a great pick in a fantastic entry draft in June and they only seem to be putting their best player in the way of more harm. Go figure.
I know putting Bobrovsky on the shelf won't help Troy's cause at all, but I'm sure he would prefer to have one of two good goalies in the pool at 100% for the stretch run. Troy's team sits in 6th place, still in striking distance of the money and if he got a healthy Bobrovsky for the third segment, he would likely feel much better about his chances of a prize.
On Friday, the New Jersey Devils placed defenseman John Moore on the Injured Reserve with a lower-body injury, but it doesn't sound any more serious than the minimum one week on the shelf that the IR requires players to be on. Moore is thought to have been hurt either late in the 2nd period against the Senators or possibly early in the 3rd, taking a few shifts in the final frame, but it doesn't sound like much has been confirmed.
For Brian, his team has been hurt pretty bad with injuries and players on the IR, yet they have still managed to have a share of the weekly lead for the Mover & Shaker, with 18 points. Either the healthy teams are firing on all cylinders or the rest of the pool is lacking in their scoring ability.
A lower-body injury was to blame for the end of Kyle Turris' ironman streak, which ended at 307 games. Turris has been struggling of late, having only 4 points in his last 14 games and apparently, this injury has been nagging him and his game for quite a while, as he tried to play through it. It wouldn't come as a terrible surprise, if the Senators were to put him on the Injured Reserve to give him some extra time off, trying to get back to 100%. We'll just wait and see, I guess.
For Stacey M., her team is in danger of going three straight weeks in the Basement Dweller position, only 1 point out of the spot, heading into Friday's action. Injuries and some poor play are the leading cause for her team's demise in the last three weeks, as it has dropped down to 20th spot this week.
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