Monday, September 09, 2013

Injury Updates (Sep 9)

There is a lot of buzz surrounding Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, as his return to the ice last week has seen a little more investigation into his schedule for a return and it sounds like he'll still be missing around a month of the regular season.

Nugent-Hopkins had shoulder surgery at the end of last season and it sounds like he is progressing on schedule, which did actually have him pegged for a beginning of November return.  Given the frequency of his injuries early on in his career, I would assume that the Oilers are going to make sure that he doesn't come back too early, rather take a little bit more time, if necessary, to get him back into the line-up at 100%.

His current projection of 50 points will stand for right now.

A minor knee procedure will see the Panthers without their back-up goaltender, Scott Clemmensen through training camp.

Clemmensen is set to be the back-up for Jakob Markstrom this year in Florida, but it looks like Markstrom will likely handle most of the heavy lifting to start the season, as Clemmensen will likely take a little bit of time in practice to get the rust shaken off from surgery.  Nevertheless, Markstrom was likely going to take most of the reps any way, so the adjustment will be minor, if any.

I currently have Clemmensen as a pool-worthy keeper, to which he still should be, since he won't necessarily miss many starts this season.  For now, I think I will keep all projections the same.

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