Monday, October 06, 2008

Notable Pre-Season Players (Oct 5)

Well, there are only two pre-season games left before the regular season starts, so there won't be much of these notable notes left. Thank goodness, I say! Hopefully, these notes have helped you get an idea of where to go come draft day.

The Hurricanes shutout the Predators in their last pre-season game, 2-0, and it was Cam Ward who made 31 saves in the game to earn the four points (if this was the regular season). The Hurricanes will need a good season from Ward, who looks like he could be in mid-season form already.

The Bruins beat the Capitals 5-4 in the shootout on Sunday night. In regulation time, it was David Krejci and Blake Wheeler leading the way with two points each. Krejci had a pair of goals, while Wheeler had a pair of assists. Both players have a good shot at making the team this season.

The Red Wings shutout the Sabres in their last game of the pre-season. Ty Conklin made 21 saves for the shutout, while Nicklas Lidstrom had three assists and Johan Franzen had a couple goals. Conklin may see a good number of starts, since Chris Osgood isn't known to be a 60-start goalie.

The Blue Jackets saw some flashes of their youth and it all looked pretty good. Jakub Voracek scored a goal and added an assist, while Nikita Filatov scored a goal in regulation and the winner in the shootout, as the Jackets beat the Leafs, 5-4 in the second extra frame.

It looked like a full compliment of players for the Avalanche, as they beat the Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime. Wojtek Wolski had a two goals and an assist and Joe Sakic had three assists in the game to lead the charge. The Avalanche also had a good night from Ryan Smyth, who had the game winning goal and an assist.

Corey Perry finished off his pre-season with the Ducks, spoiling the Canucks bid for a perfect pre-season record, 4-3 in overtime. Perry had a goal and two assists to be the most notable player in the game, while Travis Moen helped out with a goal and an assist for Anaheim. Perry's stock looks like it's on the rise again in this pre-season, so he could be a very good bargain in the hockey pool draft.

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