The title says it all. This article will be no more than a comprehensive list of NHL (and some other players owned by NHL teams) players set to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The headline says it all Miroslav Satan signed with the Boston Bruins last night according to a Slovakian press release.
In 65 games last year with the Pittsburgh Penguins the 35-year-old scored 17 goals and 36 points total playing over 25 percent over his time with Sidney Crosby. Even with improved production from his 2007-2008 campaign the Pens chose not to play the veteran down the stretch when they acquired Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz sending him to the AHL.
In his demotion to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, better known as the baby Pens, Satan scored nine points in 10 games. With the Penguins in the playoffs the veteran produced six points in 17 games.
So what does this Topolcany, Slovakia native bring to the Bruins?
Clearly the Slovakian Olympic Team thought Satan would bring something to their team, so the Bruins took a flier on him. Lets take a look at where he could fit on their roster.
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.
Last night we saw six hockey games and a total of twelve teams in action. Of the twelve teams, six of them finished with two goals or less. Good night for goalies. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Brian Elliot, Ottawa Senators (0-0-1) – Filling if for the injured Pascal Leclaire, Elliot performed at a higher level last night shutting out the punch-less Flyers 2-0. A solid 23 save effort for the 24-year-old. In his previous six games, the Ontario native surrendered at least three goals so use him carefully. His stock is very limited once Leclaire returns as he certainly makes very little argument for staying a number one.
Based on Matthew Pouliot’s series on Circling the Bases, I have decided restore the rosters for every NHL team. Like Pouliot, I have established some ground rules for my selections.
- Each team contains players they originally drafted or signed before any other NHL team. This includes players drafted and not signed, as well as European free agents coming over at an older age. I have chosen to leave retired players off the list, and lean toward players in the AHL rather than those deported (KHL, SEL, DEL, etc.).
Essentially I am choosing the best available players for a team to succeed in the current NHL season. All 30 teams will be covered, with grades assigned to forwards, defense and goal-tending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.
Much of the Bruins drafting success has come from recently restoring the cupboards. Regardless of where it came from, the Bruins have been quite successful in locating and developing high end forward talent and decent defensive depth.
The lineup for the Boston Bruins is as follows.