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.
Today, we will see two big name players return to the lineup. Are these guys the Christmas present their teams have been waiting for? Most likely, but who now gets coal in their stockings with their returns.
Andrei Markov makes his long awaited return after missing every Habs game since October 1. A victim of unfortunate circumstances, the veteran defenseman cut his leg on the skate of goalie Carey Price, a scary and freaky play to say the least.
Now Markov returns and should soon return to form, but at the expense of both recent call-up and subsequently recently demoted Yannick Weber and Marc-Andre Bergeron. A recently sent down Weber adds to his frequent flier miles while Bergeron finds himself skating on the fourth line, a situation he is not used to being a natural defenseman. The 29-year-old journeyman defenseman, mostly known for his prowess on the powerplay, will have trouble keeping up his torrid scoring pace now that his playing time will be greatly diminished. Fantasy owners should be in full blown sell mode.
Could this make Bergeron expendable to the Habs and available to a team in need of a solid powerplay QB?
‘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.
Not many rookies on this list, as the rookie boom seems to have slowed in recent weeks. Still there are some young guys worth looking at in your keeper.
LW: Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens – The controversial winger, usually referred to as AK 46, returned to form in the last couple weeks. A former 10th overall pick, the older Kostitsyn now has 14 points over his last 12 games for a team that desperately needs scoring. One can only expect this scoring to continue as this player has the polish and the pedigree not to mention will receive large minutes in lieu of the injury to Brian Gionta.
Prognosis: Grab him and stream him while this trend keeps up.
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:
New York Islanders
- No lineup changes since yesterday meaning…
- Sean Bergenheim, Tim Jackman, Rick DiPietro, Radek Martinek and Doug Weight still missing.
New York Rangers
- Ales Kotalik and Wade Redden healthy scratches. [Larry Brooks]
- Kurt Sauer still out.
Columbus Blue Jackets
- Rostislav Klesla and Derek Dorsett out.