Thursday, November 30, 2017
Afternoon Player Notes in the Draft (Nov 30)
It's another lower-body injury for Dallas Stars forward Martin Hanzal that will keep him out of tonight's game against the Blackhawks in Chicago. Hanzal reportedly suffered the injury in the Stars game against the Golden Knights this week and he is currently listed as out day-to-day. The team has left Hanzal back in Dallas to get evaluated and there will be more of an update on Friday.
Neil will still have some time to move on Hanzal, if he so chose this week, to swap him out in the bonus round of the Waiver Draft, if he felt that there was anyone out there that could stay healthy enough to get him some more points or not.
The schedule has not been very kind to Juuse Saros in Nashville, as he can't seem to find much for action behind Pekka Rinne these days. The Predators have opted to send Saros back down to the AHL, likely for a couple of games worth of action, just to keep him fresh. Since he doesn't have to clear waivers to get down there, it's a simple and risk-free move for the Predators.
This shouldn't be a major concern to Eric and his team, as Saros wasn't likely going to get a start in the foreseeable future anyways. Once the schedule plays nicer and Nashville has a tougher schedule, one could expect to see Saros more often.