Saturday, November 16, 2013

Player Notes in the Draft (Nov 16)

The Anaheim Ducks were not able to add defenseman Luca Sbisa into their line-up until only a couple of weeks ago, due to injury, and on Friday night, they made him into a healthy scratch, likely because he hasn't been able to jump back into the line-up with much impact. His offensive numbers to start the season are lacking, 1 assist in his first six games, so it may have been a night off to gather himself. There is also a chance that he hasn't been 100% and an extra night off before a bit of a schedule break could be likely as well. I would expect Sbisa back in the Ducks line-up before too long, unless the injury bug has bitten him again.

Sbisa is one of a few concerns for Ryan V. in the first segment of the season and might be under some consideration for next week's Waiver Draft.  Ryan's team goes into Saturday's action in 14th place, which would have him picking 11th on Monday, but could drop a few more spots from only a couple points, which could upgrade his pick before surging up the standings.

The Detroit Red Wings had to make a late scratch of forward Daniel Alfredsson on Friday night, which made it an awkward situation for the team, who had to play a player down against the Washington Capitals.  The Red Wings were only holding the league minimum worth of players to play on Friday night, which meant the Alfredsson scratch hurt a little bit, as the team dropped a 4-3 shootout loss to Washington.  Alfredsson and the Wings are to go again on Saturday night, but the veteran winger is now listed as day-to-day and the team has called up Luke Glendening to fill in, if Alfie cannot go.

Sitting just outside the top 10, Dale C. lost a game on Friday and will possibly lose one on Saturday as well, which won't help his standing, rather, it will give him a chance to improve his Waiver Draft pick on Monday.  Dale does have a 5-point gap to 12th place, so it would take a bad night to see him drop.

A touch of the flu sidelined Montreal Canadiens foreward Brendan Gallagher on Friday night and there is a chance that he won't be able to suit up for Saturday's contest against the New York Rangers.  The Habs beat the Jackets in the shootout on Friday night without Gallagher, but will face a stiff test with the Rangers in town tonight.  Gallagher has 8 goals and 4 assists in 19 games this season for Montreal, ranking 107th in pool scoring.

It was a tough night for Ryan V., who lost a second game with Gallagher out of the line-up, as well as Sbisa (see above).  Gallagher won't be considered drop-worthy for next week, rather he'll be looked upon to get healthy and start picking up the pace.

Details are limited on Saturday morning, but defenseman Zach Bogosian left the game for the Winnipeg Jets against the Philadelphia Flyers with a lower-body injury and did not return.  There were no immediate details online about his condition or the extent of the injury, but the Jets do not play again until Sunday evening against the Wild, so we probably won't learn more until Sunday morning.  In 21 games played, Bogosian only has 1 goal and 3 assists.

The young defenseman is currently the weakest link on Stacey C.'s pool team this season, but he is a part of an underachieving blueline in the pool, which has a below-average total number of points, 25.  Only 16.7% of Stacey's total points have come from the blueline this year, which isn't the worst in the pool, but his goaltending accounts for 17.3% with only half the bodies.

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