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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Today's Waiver Fodder

12/28/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Anaheim Ducks

Although these are not the type of moves expected following the holiday roster freeze, two GMs made some minor roster decisions today.  The Anaheim Ducks placed forward Kyle Calder on waivers while the Nasville Predators did the same with Dave Scatchard.

Calder skated to the left of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf on the top line however he turned in a sub-par performance.  The 32-year-old Calder produced only two assists in 14 games for the Ducks while posting a minus-seven rating.

Scatchard going on waiver may be a surprise to some  but with the recent callup and play of rookie Nick Spaling, the veteran became redundant.  This move also frees up cap space for the team, albeit not a lot but every dollar counts in this economy.

In 16 games, Scatchard posted five points and a plus-three.  The 33-year-old  averaged a little under 11 minutes of ice time per game.

It makes one ponder what is in store down the line considering both GMs essentially freed up roster spots. Will it be the kids getting the call ups or will these moves precede trade dominos beginning to fall?

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Injury Updates 12/11/2009

12/11/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals

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

Florida Panthers

  • Gregory Campbell out with concussion-like symptoms.  David Booth still has not started skating.  Cory Stillman out for another couple of weeks. [On Frozen Pond]

New Jersey Devils

  • Bryce Salvador and Mike Mottau expected back in the lineup. [Fire & Ice]
  • David Clarkson, Paul Martin and Dainius Zubrus remain out.

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Eric Cole out two to three weeks. Chad LaRose expected to miss three to four weeks with a lower body injury. [Canes Now]

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Restoring the Rosters: Chicago Blackhawks

12/09/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Columbus Blue Jackets

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 goaltending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.

Due to excellent drafting over the last couple of years, the Blackhawks have restocked the cupboard nicely.  The core established on their current roster is mostly homegrown with players with free agent signings filling out a few spots.  Both their forwards and defensive units feature high end talent as well as solid depth.

The lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks is as follows.

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Injury Updates 12/08/2009

12/08/2009
Atlanta Thrashers v New York Islanders

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

New York Islanders

  • Brendan Witt hit by a car today, but he is okay. Andy Sutton expected to play Saturday. [Islanders Point Blank]

Philadelphia Flyers

Montreal Canadiens

  • Paul Mara and Benoit Pouliot expected to sit tonight’s game out. [Habs Inside/Out]

Nashville Predators

  • More of a lineup update than an injury but Cody Franson out, Alexander Sulzer in.

Dallas Stars

Anaheim Ducks

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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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