Keeper Watch: First Rounders in Action

Stanley Cup Champions, Pittsburgh Penguins Take to the Ice For Training Camp

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every Wednesday or Thursday, 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 some top prospects and their assent through the minors.  Most of those mentioned are either first round picks or highly regarded within their organizations.

C: Jiri Tlusty, Carolina Hurricanes – In his three games in Carolina before a recent demotion, the 21-year-old center scored a goal and an assist.  The talented Czech and former 13th overall pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2006 shows tons of promise, adding to what could be an impressive young core.  With injuries to Eric Cole and Chad LaRose there should be some minutes available while the Canes rebuild.  I expect Tlusty to get a longer look this time around.

Prognosis: Lots of potential should he get good minutes.  Monitor his position on the team, he should get an opportunity once some veterans are moved.

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Injury Updates 01/06/2010

Philadelphia Flyers v Florida Panthers

Here are your NHL injury updates for tonight, January 6, 2010:

Tonight’s Injuries

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Jeff Halpern, Matt Walker and Todd Fedoruk still out.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Patrick Kaleta still day-to-day.  Held out tonight. [Sabres Edge]

Dallas Stars

  • No injuries.

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Goalie Starters 01/06/2010

Minnesota Wild v Pittsburgh Penguins

Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight, January 6, 2010:

  • A couple of teams coming off back-to-back nights.  Marty Turco and Niklas Backstrom should be in nets considering their backups played last night.  I told think the situation is as cut and dry in Calgary or Toronto, so I will keep you posted on those decisions.  In addition, the Rangers, Blues and Flyers play the first of back-to-back games, so it will be interesting to see who they choose to start on which nights. (H/T to Joe English for the Turco decision)
  • Michael Leighton confirmed by The Official Twitter Page of the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Power Rankings Week Ending 01/03/2010


NHL Power Rankings presented by The Hockey Guys. These rankings will be released every Sunday directly following the show and summarize the thinking of Anthony Curatolo, Brandon Augienello and Dustin Leed.

Sharks' Thornton and Heatley celebrate goal against Blackhawks in Chicago

Legend: Team – Record – Position Change (Last Week)

1. San Jose Sharks – 27-8-7 (4) +3  Winners of 8 straight have propelled the Sharks to the top of the THG Power Rankings. Best team in the league deserves the best.
2. Chicago Blackhawks – 28-10-3 (2) N/C The Hawks will not go away this year and look really strong. Don’t expect a drop out of the top five much at all.
3. New Jersey Devils – 29-10-1 (1) -3 Mr. Brodeur is the best in the game, and his Devils are atop the East. Need we say more?
4. Colorado Avalanche – 24-13-6 (12) +8 The Avalanche have made strides this season and are showing that not only was it a hot start to keep them where they are.
5. Nashville Predators– 25-14-3 (6) +1 The Preds have been coming on strong, more so as of late.  Dark horse in the West? Absolutely.
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Injury Updates 01/03/2010

Ottawa Senators v Phoenix Coyotes

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

Ottawa Senators

  • Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson remain out.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Ryan Parent, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Ray Emery expected to miss tonight’s contest.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Patrick Kaleta remains day-to-day.

Montreal Canadiens

  • Paul Mara may return from injury.  Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn are game-time decisions. [Habs Inside/Out]
  • Both Kostitsyns and Ryan O’Byrne out. [Dave Stubbs]

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Goalie Starters 01/03/2010

Colorado Avalanche v Ottawa Senators

Please remember to keep refreshing this page or follow me on Twitter for the fastest updates. Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight:

  • No lineup changes for the Senators, implying Pascal Leclaire gets the nod in goal writes the Official Twitter Page of the Ottawa Senators.
  • Seth Rorabaugh’s Empty Netters puts Tomas Vokoun in nets.  Still no confirmation on the Pittsburgh goalie as this game is the second of back-to-back contests.
  • Similar story in Chicago as both the Blackhawks and the Ducks played last night.  If past history is any indicator it will be Antti Niemi against Jean-Sebastien Giguere, but I will confirmed later with links hopefully.
  • Should have the starters for the Buffalo vs. Montreal as well as the Flyers goalie up shortly.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/01/2010

Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO) and thus exclude player’s salaries.

Only two games yesterday, with one being the Winter Classic obviously.  Due to the low scoring of that game nobody from the Classic made the list despite a great, hardworking game.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR:  Adam Mair, Buffalo Sabres (0-0-1) –  Mair makes the list with a solid two assist effort as the Sabres defeated the Thrashers 4-3.  One of three Sabres to make this list the 30-year-old tripled his offensive production for the season going from one point in 26 games to three in 27.  A native of Hamilton, Ontario and overall gritty forward added a shot on goal, a plus two and even two penalty minutes making him a strong contributor across four fantasy categories.

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