Keeper Watch: Two Russians & A Finn

12/09/2009
Colorado Avalanche v Florida Panthers

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every couple of days, noting the changes in value for top prospects who are most likely available in your league. 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.

Their must be something in the water, because there haven’t been a lot of kids making impact this week.  With the NHL getting younger and younger it is important for us to monitor the progress of prospects as well their role as they make the team.  In previous weeks, we had to make several cuts in order to cut it down to five or six.  This week we only can think of three.  Without further adieu, here are the kids we like.

C: Artem Anisimov, New York Rangers – In the preseason this kid looked like the next Russian superstar.  Why exactly this has changed is beyond me.  Did anyone realistically think he was going to have a rookie season similar to Ilya Kovalchuk or Alexander Ovechkin? The 21-year-old is currently on pace for 37 points but I see him capable of 50 points easily.

The New York Rangers essentially have zero secondary scoring.  As coach Tortorella shuffles lines two players remain constants together: Marian Gaborik and Vaclav Prospal.  Shuffling in and out of that line is Christopher Higgins, Brandon Dubinsky and Sean Avery.  With Arty playing with the two, the Rangers defeated a strong Buffalo Sabres team but now Avery finds himself back on the line .

Prognosis: Arty has too much skill not to play on a first line, eventually. Check out his highlight reel moves here.

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Injury Updates 12/03/2009

12/03/2009

Semin warms up in Washington, DC

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along.

Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Montreal Canadiens

Buffalo Sabres

  • Craig Rivet a game time decision. [Audio]

New York Islanders

  • Frans Nielson skating with the team while Richard Park is not.  Both will play [Katie Strang]

Atlanta Thrashers

Washington Capitals

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Jonas Gustavsson visiting a heart specialist, not traveling with the team.  [Calgary Sun]
  • Gustavsson scheduled to undergo heart procedure tomorrow.  [Bob MacKenzie]
  • Carl Gunnarson will miss six weeks. [Jonas Siegler]

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Raffi Torres may miss this game due to the birth of his son. [Tom Reed]

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Injury Updates 11/30/2009

11/30/2009
Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along.  Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Washington Capitals

  • Shaone Morrisonn skated but will not play, Karl Alzner play in his place. [In the Room]

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Joni Pitkanen will play tonight. [Canes Now]
  • Scott Walker is doubtful for tonight.  Cory LaRose did not practice while Cam Ward practiced with goalie coach Tom Barasso. [Canes Country]

Pittsburgh Penguins

New York Rangers

Buffalo Sabres

  • Paul Gaustad will not play. [Sabres.com]
  • Still awaiting word on the status of Craig Rivet.

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Mike Komisarek expected back when the Leafs face the Sabres. [TSN]

Florida Panthers

Atlanta Thrashers

St. Louis Blues

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Mike Methot out two games with an upper body injury. [Tom Reed]
  • Andrew Murray could return Thursday. [Tom Reed]
  • Derek Dorsett out at least three more games. [Tom Reed]

Dallas Stars

  • No injuries to date.

Detroit Red Wings

  • Patrick Eaves likely out tonight with Kirk Maltby replacing him.  [Mlive.com]
  • Valtteri Filppula should be back on the ice. [Free Press]

Colorado Avalanche

  • T.J. Galiardi questionable, Milan Hejduk out for the night. [All Things Avs]

Tampa Bay Lightning

Calgary Flames

  • Both Cory Sarich and Rene Bourque remain out indefinitely with undisclosed injuries.  [Calgary Sun]
  • Bourque could play Thursday at Phoenix. [Flames Insider]

Nashville Predators

  • No injuries to date.

Around the League

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Daniel Briere still down with the flu, but should be close to 100 percent for Thursday’s game. Simon Gagne could return in three weeks, while Darroll Powe and Blair Betts are out until January.  [Broad Street Bull]

New Jersey Devils

  • Jay Pandolfo and Rob Niedermayer practiced today. [Fire & Ice]
  • Johnny Oduya set to practice with the team tomorrow.  [Tom Gulitti]

Minnesota Wild

  • Martin Havlat and Antti Miettinen practicing with the Wild. [Wild Now]

New York Islanders

Montreal Canadiens

  • Matt D’Agostini and Scott Gomez expected to play tomorrow.  [Habs Inside/Out]

Los Angeles Kings

  • Rob Scuderi questionable while Ryan Smyth took part in a “fairly intensive workout.” [LA Kings Insider]

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