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.
‘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.
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:
Columbus Blue Jackets
- Mike Commodore, Michael Blunden and Andrew Murray scratched.
- Marc Methot, Derek Dorsett and Rostislav Klesla still out.
New York Islanders
- Doug Weight, Sean Bergenheim, Rick DiPietro and Radek Martinek out.
- Mark Eaton likely.
- Patrick Kaleta, Derek Roy and Nathan Gerbe still out.
- Nathan Paetsch in for Andrej Sekera. [Sabres Edge]