Friday, November 17, 2017
Morning Player Notes in the Draft (Nov 17)
The injuries continue to mount for the Boston Bruins, with defenseman Torey Krug added to the list of the walking wounded this week in California. Krug suffered an upper-body injury against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night and wasn't able to dress for last night's game in Los Angeles. He's currently listed as day-to-day and probably is questionable, at best, for the team's next game in San Jose.
On the plus side, the Bruins did get David Krejci back from injury on Thursday night, he had been on the Injured Reserve for about the last month with an upper-body injury. With Krejci coming off of the IR and Brad Marchand not able to play in San Jose tomorrow, he was placed on the IR with his undisclosed injury, retroactive to Saturday.
So, let's see... Krug is a loss for Stuart's 8th place team, while Krejci's return is a plus for Dale B.'s 5th place team and Marchand has already been considered a loss for Cam's 14th place team, but he could be back for Wednesday's game in New Jersey.
Before the Colorado Avalanche took on the Washington Capitals last night, they were able to activate rookie forward Tyson Jost off of the Injured Reserve and then turned around and sent him down to the AHL, likely to find his legs once again. Jost is coming off a lower-body injury and with being a rookie, he didn't have to clear any waivers, so there was no need to send him down on a limited conditioning stint. I would imagine that they will want him back before too long, although the team is playing pretty well at the moment.
Then, amongst the scratches for the game with the Capitals was defenseman Tyson Barrie, who has been reportedly dealing with an upper-body injury that he suffered in the series against Ottawa in Sweden last week. There appears to be a good chance that he could play this weekend, so he's only listed as out day-to-day.
For Steve, he has been without Jost for a few weeks already, so another week or two could be tacked on still and that will certainly ask the question, as to whether or not he should be hanging around on his team after the Waiver Draft. Barrie, on the other hand, just needed the day off, so there shouldn't be much panic in Mike's 16th place team.
The New Jersey Devils have opted to make forward Pavel Zacha into a healthy scratch again against the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Thursday night. Zacha hasn't been overly productive in his first six weeks of the season, having only 5 points in his first 15 games and he has been a healthy scratch already a few times before this week. The result wasn't all that great on Thursday night, so he might find himself back in the lineup in the team's next game, Saturday afternoon in Winnipeg.
The Washington Capitals also scratched one of their youngsters for their game against the Colorado Avalanche, as Jakub Vrana took a game up in the press box. Vrana only has 7 points in his first 19 games this season and hasn't produced much in the last week or so, which will usually lead to a healthy scratch or two.
For Dale C., he missed out on two games from a couple of young forwards in Zacha and Vrana, not exactly aiding his now 4th place team this week. Dale's team has dropped off a little in this week's scoring, dropping a couple of spots in the standings, falling out of the money, but he's not very far out, so it shouldn't be a big concern just yet.