Thursday, September 19, 2013

Injury Updates (Sep 19)

Reports out of Red Wings camp is that Daniel Alfredsson is expected to miss tonight's preseason game against the Bruins, due to a slight groin problem.  Alfredsson joins Johan Franzen on the shelf, but neither are expected to be on there for very long, they'll sit as a veteran precaution.

I don't think there should be any great concern here, but I will say it again... you don't want injury-prone or veteran players hurting in preseason, especially heading into a hockey pool draft.

The Montreal blueline is already taking a bit of a kicking in this preseason, already without Aleksey Emelin until December, they have to work without Douglas Murray, who is suffering from a lower-body injury (day-to-day) and now they are going to be without Davis Drewiske, who is now out for 4 weeks, thanks to a shoulder injury.

Neither Murray or Drewiske are projected to be pool-worthy defensemen this year, but losing out on some veteran help on the blueline, may hurt the goaltending going forward.  Murray should be back before too long, but if the Habs continue to get bit by the injury bug, Carey Price's stock may drop a little.

Good news for the Canucks, as they have welcomed back forward David Booth to practice, with still more than enough time to shake the rust off and even play in an exhibition game or two.

Booth is coming back from an ankle injury, which he suffered near the end of last season and incurred some setbacks during the Summer.  Wednesday was the first day back at practice and things appear to be going the right way for him.  He is listed as one of the sleepers of the year, so you may be able to sneak him out at a good pick.

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