Thursday, November 02, 2017

Morning Player Notes in the Draft (Nov 2)

There appears to be a bit of buyer's remorse in Edmonton, as the unrestricted free agent signing Jussi Jokinen hasn't exactly panned out the way the team would have hoped and it was another trip up to the press box on Wednesday night.  Jokinen has been the subject of some trade chatter and rumours over the last week or so, but moving the 34-year old hasn't proved to be very easy right away.

For Brenda & Seward, the trade would likely be welcomed, now that Jokinen is a target for healthy scratches moving forward.  A change of scenery would probably be good for the veteran, since he only has 1 assist in nine games.

In the first shift of the game against the Canucks, Devils forward Marcus Johansson took an awkward tumble into the boards, appeared to slam his head into the boards and obviously, he had to leave the game and he didn't return.  There were no updates on his condition immediately, but this is now starting to be a rough patch for the scoring forward for the Devils, as he already missed a little bit of time to injury already in the last couple of weeks.  We're waiting for the new updates, which might be a day or two away.

Another tough break for Scott B., who really needs the points to get out of the pool basement.  His team is 5 points back of 24th right now and just isn't producing.  His team has 3 points this week, but he is tied for the lead in skater games played, so far this week.  This injury won't help any of it, if it is significant.

The Philadelphia Flyers lost the services of defenseman Radko Gudas in their game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night, as the bruising blueliner suffered an upper-body injury midway through the game and was unable to return.  There have been no updates on his condition, as of yet, but we'll keep an eye on this situation.

Gudas hasn't exactly been the most productive player for Wes' team, unless he was going to be fortunate enough to have the PIM pool hit on the mini-game wheel.  It didn't.  So Gudas has only picked up 2 points in his first 13 games and that's about all of his value right there.

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