Friday, October 30, 2015

Morning Player Notes in the Draft (Oct 30)

A lower-body injury was the reason why Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis was out of the lineup on Thursday night, as the Sabres took on the Penguins.  There wasn't a great deal of detail about the injury, just that he was going to be out day-to-day for the time being.  His status for tonight's game against the Flyers is still up in the air.

This season, Ennis was taken by Scott, who finished Thursday night in 9th place in the standings, making some serious moves up the ranks.  He currently leads the pool in weekly scoring for Week Four, finishing the night with 18 points.

Well, the demotion to the minors didn't last too long for Flames goalie Karri Ramo, as the injury to Jonas Hiller is thought to be significant enough to warrant the recall of the Finnish netminder.  Although there hasn't been an official announcement about Hiller's injury, it appears that Ramo's recall isn't an emergency recall, which means when Hiller is healthy again, there will be a trio of goalies that will all have to pass through waivers to make it down to the minors.  Very interesting.

With Joni Ortio still with the club, it would seem more likely that he would get the first call down the stretch and then they would call upon Ramo, if that goes to pot.  Well, at least that's what Brenda & Seward should expect out of this situation, but it is a positive that Ramo is back with the Flames, since he can't get points in the AHL.

It looks like Chicago forward Teuvo Teravainen was a healthy scratch on Thursday night, as the Blackhawks were in Winnipeg to take on the Jets. There were no reports of any injury concerns for the young Finn, so the next likely situation was that he was a scratch.  Teravainen hasn't been very noticeable in the Blackhawks' lineup early on this year, so maybe a healthy scratch is something to kick him in the rear end.

Eric's team holds onto Teravainen this season, but has yet to really see many positive returns from him.  His team sits in 17th place in the overall standings and has now dropped into a tie for 1st place in the PIM pool as well, not that Teravainen has helped much in either.

The Canadiens were a decent bet for being the team that helps Alex Semin bounce back from a couple bad seasons in Carolina, but with only 3 points in 10 games, Semin hasn't exactly been producing well enough to stay in the lineup.  On Thursday night in Edmonton, Semin was finally made into a healthy scratch and unless he can get his game back together, he may find a few more nights in the press box.

As a hockey pool player, Semin was a reasonable gamble, especially as an 11th round pick.  Unfortunately for Dale C., it seems less and less likely that this gamble will pay off with any great dividends.  If the speedy scoring winger can't make it in Montreal, I wonder if his days in the NHL are numbered.

The Tampa Bay broadcast team were rather puzzled to see Jonathan Drouin's name on the scratches list, ahead of the game against the Colorado Avalanche, thinking it was just a healthy scratch keeping the sophomore forward out of the Bolts' lineup.  It was later revealed that it was a lower-body injury that kept Drouin out and the outlook for this injury isn't great, as he is now doubtful for Saturday night's game against the Bruins, but the team couldn't offer too much more than that.

Drouin has been okay for the Lightning and Allan (in the pool) this season, picking up 6 points in the first 10 games of the season.  Allan's team finished the night in 20th place in the standings.

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