Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Player Notes in the Draft (Nov 6)

The Calgary Flames decided to give Sven Baertschi another look at the ice from the press box on Tuesday night, trying to give him another perspective to look at the game, hoping to improve his two-way game.  It has been well documented that the Flames management have not been terribly impressed with Baertschi's whole game.  The move to the press box is only temporary and I imagine that Baertschi should figure back in for their next game.

Wyllie now sits 30 points out of 1st place and he could really use Baertschi and his potential to be realized a little bit more soon.

Things do not sound good for Calgary Flames forward Curtis Glencross either, as he left the game against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night with a lower-body injury.  The word on Wednesday morning is that he is being flown home to Calgary to have the injury looked at and the team expects to make another recall from the AHL, before too long.  There has been no word from the team, officially, about the injury and there likely won't be any until after he gets checked out.

Glencross belongs to Dale B. in the pool this season and as Dale moved one step closer to the prizing positions, moving from 8th to 7th last night, his team may have suffered an injury that'll keep a guy out for a little while.

A lot was made in the national media on Tuesday about the Montreal Canadiens sending forward David Desharnais to the press box for their game against the St. Louis Blues.  Desharnais signed a pretty hefty contract extension in the off-season, but has not made good on that deal, having only 1 assist in 15 games played this season.  The Habs are likely hoping that a message will be received and his play will improve with a brief time in the press box.

Desharnais has been one of a few disappointments on Benson's team this year, so he's definitely hoping for a big bounce back from this time spent as a healthy scratch.  Benson finished Tuesday night in 16th place, also 30 points back of 1st place.

It was another trip to the press box for Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Weircioch, who has already made a couple of trips up this season.  Weircioch has been criticized about his skating ability against some of the quicker teams in the NHL, which hurts his defensive play a little.  Weircioch has been decent on the offensive side of the puck, having 6 assists in 12 games to start the year, but he is also dealing with some complaints about his whole game.  His press box time should also be considered temporary.

Weircioch belongs to Doug K. this season, who jumped out of the basement on Tuesday night, moving past John S. for 23rd place.  Doug still sits 4 points back of Stuart and 7 points back of Mike and getting all the bodies back in his line-up will be a big help.

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