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‘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 will take an extended look at the rookies getting their chance around the league. Although most on this list are recent call ups the criteria does not apply to all the rookies mentioned here today. Still there are some young guys worth looking at in your keeper:
RW: Brandon Yip, Colorado Avalanche – Here is one prospect rarely talked about. Fresh off an excellent senior year with Boston University, Yip made the jump to the NHL rather quickly. The 24-year-old spent only six games in the AHL before eventually getting his call to the majors. This player brings a more polished game to the Avs, and drew the praises of beat writer Adrian Dater last night with his hustle and effort. The youngster plays on the fourth line, lucky for him so does Ryan O’Reilly at the moment.
Prognosis: By no means do I advocate grabbing this youngster right now. However, the kid shows promise and produced at almost a point per game clip in his last year of college eligibility. His development at a top US school certainly doesn’t hurt. Another effort like last night and Yip should stick.
Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.
This week saw several players breakout, several produce above their means and others who continue to produce all of which leads us to an extended version of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.
Here are today’s picks:
LW: Dean McAmmond, New Jersey Devils – As of this writing, McAmmond slots between Zach Parise and Patrik Elias. Having said that the veteran center boast a four-game point streak where he scored two and assisted on four more. Although center is his position called upon in real life, the 36-year-old qualifies at LW due to playing there the majority of his career. Does anyone remember the McAmmond – Craig Conroy – Jarome Iginla line? I sure do, that was a looooong time ago.
Prognosis: McAmmond showed signs of life last year with the Isles when he posted 9 points in 18 games. His current projection mirrors these numbers with 8 points in 16 games. This production marks the veteran’s absolute ceiling. At best he will pot 40 points, but with David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus eventually returning even that is a stretch. Stream if desperate, definitely not a keeper. Otherwise read more for better options on the left side.
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:
- Dmitry Kulikov expected to miss significant time. [On Frozen Pond]
- Nick Tarnasky, David Booth, Cory Stillman, Kenndal McArdle and Kamil Kreps remain out.
- Still out are Ray Emery and Darroll Powe.
New York Rangers
- Matt Gilroy up while Bobby Sanguinetti and Ilkka Heikkinen demoted to Hartford.
- Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik back in the lineup.