Sunday, October 09, 2016

Morning Player Notes in the Draft (Oct 9)

We are awaiting MRI results for Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau on Sunday, as it appears he was on the wrong end of a skate blade to the back of his leg in Saturday's preseason finale between the Panthers and the Devils.  As you'll be able to see below, Huberdeau was caught at the far end of the ice and came away hobbling badly and there are some significant fears of long-term damage.  The MRI is scheduled for Sunday and the news should come down fairly quickly, one would assume, but it doesn't look great.

Stacey M. took Huberdeau in the 5th round, 106th overall, and she'll be eligible to make a preseason waiver swap, as long as it happens before puck drop on Wednesday.

There's another significant injury concern from Saturday's action, as the potential number one for the St. Louis Blues, Jake Allen, one of my top rated projected players for the year, suffered an undisclosed injury against the Blackhawks, not returning to the game at the start of the 2nd period.  Nothing has been said outside of the keeper leaving the game from the team, so we'll anxiously await the news.

Allen was the 10th overall pick in the draft, taken by Mike, and is slated for a lot of starts this season, more than any year before.  Hopefully, this injury replacement in the game was only precautionary or else Carter Hutton, Stuart's 14th round pick, will assume the role to start the season.

If Allen's injury is significant, he will also be eligible for a preseason waiver swap before puck drop on Wednesday, but we're all hoping that it is something minor.

How about some minor news? You know, just to take it down a notch around here.  New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique, was held out of Saturday's preseason finale against those same Panthers above, thanks to a bout of the flu.  It's a day-to-day thing, hopefully the Devils caught it before it spreads through the dressing room or else the start of the season in the swamp could be a long list on the blog site.

Henrique was Wilton's 5th round pick, 123rd overall, but he shouldn't be worried about anything major or preseason waivers.

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