Keeper Watch: Another Wave of Rookies

12/31/2009
New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every Wednesday, noting the changes in value for top prospects who are most likely available in your league. We will also focus on young players once considered top prospects. Similarly to our ‘Endorsed Pickups’ I will try not to focus too much on one position, which will leave some noteworthy players off the list.

This edition of Keeper Watch much like last week’s edition will take an extended look at the rookies getting their chance around the league.  Most on this list are recent call ups with some already receiving their demotions.  Still there are some young guys worth looking at in your keeper:

C: Mattias Ritola, Detroit Red Wings – Ritola received a call-up from Grand Rapids on December 27th and coach Mike Babcock almost immediately inserted him on the second line alongside Valtteri Filppula and Drew Miller.  In 32 games in the AHL the 22-year-old scored eight goals and added seven assists a modest total but certainly not lighting the lamp.  At this rate second line seems like an absolute ceiling but you never know the way Detroit develops players.

Prognosis: I would not project more than 30-40 points as a career-high once he lands a full-time gig.

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Injury Updates 12/14/2009

12/14/2009
Anaheim Ducks v Philadelphia Flyers

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Simon Gagne could return Saturday against the Rangers. [Ryan Bright]
  • Braydon Coburn out with an ankle injury. [On the Fly]
  • Ray Emery, Darroll Powe and Blair Betts remain out.

Boston Bruins

  • Milan Lucic still out.

Atlanta Thrashers

  • Kari Lehtonen remains out.
  • Jim Slater and Anssi Salmela scratched. [Dan Kamal]

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Injury Updates 12/12/2009

12/12/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v Detroit Red Wings Game One

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Anaheim Ducks

  • Teemu Selanne and Ryan Carter remain out.  No morning skate due to back-to-back games so we will have to wait to see the status of winger Joffrey Lupul.  Carter may return next week.

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Fredrik Modin makes his season debut. [Puck-rakers]
  • Rostislav Klesla remains sidelined with a torn groin/abdomen.

Carolina Hurricanes

  • No lineup changes. [Canes Country]
  • That means no Eric Cole, Chad LaRose, Joe Corvo or Niclas Wallin.

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Injury Updates 12/10/2009

12/10/2009
St Louis Blues v Pittsburgh Penquins

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Jonas Gustavsson expected back early next week. [James Mirtle]

Boston Bruins

  • Dennis Wideman skated today, likely to return. [John Bishop]
  • No update on Milan Lucic meaning he will not be playing.

Ottawa Senators

  • Alexandre Picard not ready to play. [James Gordon]
  • Chris Neil, Pascal Leclaire and Shean Donovan remain out.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Ray Emery out six weeks. [Flyers TV]
  • Simon Gagne, Blair Betts and Darroll Powe remain out.

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