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Let’s see if we can get up to speed on what’s happened while the NHL was away these past couple months between a slew of injuries and superstars being superstars no matter where they play.
Think of it as reading that kids notes from General Earth Science 102, who always goes to class so you know they’re legit and everything’s be indexed. Oh, and there’s a table of contents too, how convenient.

First, if you’re interested in participating in a commenter league this year, let us know in the comments below as those will be forming over the next few days and drafting this weekend into next week.

Moving ahead.. let’s take a look at any injuries that might end up playing a role in whether or not to draft a player for this shortened season.

Nathan Horton (Post Concussion symptoms) Agent stated he was cleared and ready to go back in November.

Nathan Gerbe (Spinal surgery) So yea.. that happened.. Gerbe had surgery this past summer but resumed skating in December and could play at some point but there’s not exact time table. Temper your expectation until more is known.

Tuomo Ruutu (Hip surgery) Out until at least April/May. Avoid on draft day.

Ryan Murray (Shoulder surgery) Out for the rest of the season. Avoid in non-keeper leagues.

Derek Roy (Off-season shoulder surgery) Started skating with the AHL Stars back in November and is said to be 100% once again. Draft lower than normal but still worth the selection if he stays healthy.

Anze Kopitar (Knee injury) His agent stated on Monday that he may need 3-4 weeks to recover from a grade 2 MCL sprain. Going to be reevaluated on Wednesday by team doctors in LA. Keep updated on this one as it could make a HUGE difference where he goes on draft day.

Jonathan Quick (Off-season back surgery) Has been rehabbing and is apparently ready to roll but has yet to be cleared. This is probably just a formality, but keep an eye on this situation as well.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard (Concussion) Still has yet to be cleared to play but should be in the next week. Should see time on the bottom half of the Wild roster but he will hopefully get some time on the PP. Draft with caution though as he’s a constant injury risk.

Tomas Plekanec (Upper body injury) Was hurt in the end of December but should only miss part of training camp and hopefully be ready to play when action resumes around the 19th.

Adam Henrique (Thumb surgery) Will most likely miss 3-4 weeks as he just had the cast removed after repairing a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Draft later than you would normally in standard leagues.

Michael Grabner (Abdominal muscle tear) Happened in late November and hasn’t played since. Is set to be evaluated by team doctors this week to determine an exact return date.

Travis Harmonic (Concussion) Out since early December but is said to be on the up and up and should return to skating this week and hopefully game action by the end of the month with no setbacks.

Michael Del Zotto (Back tenderness) Makes me hungry for a nice tender cut of steak.. with that said, he should be fine in a week once things get going full swing.

Rick Nash (Groin) Nothing serious but something to keep an eye on… ok, don’t necessarily keep a watch on Nash’s groin.. but you get the point.

Marian Gaborik (Off-season shoulder surgery) Is said to be healthy and ready to start the season… we’ll see about that and just how long he lasts. Draft with caution people.

Jared Cowen (Hip surgery) What is this… an old folks home?! Hip surgeries and groin problems galore.. Alas, look for Cowen to return NEXT season hopefully.

Daniel Briere (Wrist injury) Occurred in late December and there’s some concern to the situation as you would think, but Briere has stated that it’s getting better each day and he’s not worried. Doctors shall be the deciding factor on that one Danny boy.

Chris Pronger (Concussion) How many fingers am I holding up Chris? Meh, nevermind…

Brett Burns (Off-season sports hernia surgery) Was cleared WAY back in early October, but things have been mighty quiet since then. Should not be a problem but just stating the obvious in case you’re wondering.

Jake Gardiner (Neck/Whiplash) His coach, Randy Carlyle, said he’d put Gardiner at about 90% at this point.

Ryan Kesler (Off-season shoulder surgery) In December, his agent said that he was ‘months away’, but there’s still no true time table for his return to action. Take a late round flier if he’s still on the board.

Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) (Neck) Suffered a neck bruise in late December and should be set to go next week.

Zach Bogosian (Off-season wrist surgery) If this kid could stay healthy and have bionic wrists, he’d be the next coming of Paul Coffey. With that out of the way, he’s just another injury risk who’s worth a later round pick given his return is slated for February at some point.

ANDDD on to the fun stuff, the stats…

Overseas Top Performers
With Malkin leading the pack so far, it’s like hockey never stopped as he picked up right where he left off last season. Not to mention future Detroit standout, Damien Brunner, playing along side current and future teammate, Henrik Zetterberg, look out kids!

PLAYER

Pos TEAM LEAGUE GP G A

PTS

Evgeni Malkin F Magnitogorsk Metallurg KHL 37 23 42 65
Damien Brunner F Zug Swiss-A 33 25 32 57
Alexander Radulov F CSKA Moscow KHL 38 19 31 50
Tomas Plekanec F Kladno Czech 32 21 25 46
John Tavares F Bern* Swiss-A 28 17 25 42
Alexander Ovechkin F Moscow Dynamo KHL 31 19 21 40
Ilya Kovalchuk F St. Petersburg SKA KHL 34 18 22 40
Tyler Seguin F Biel Swiss-A 29 25 15 40
Nikolai Kulemin F Magnitogorsk Metallurg KHL 36 14 24 38
Pavel Datsyuk F CSKA Moscow KHL 31 11 25 36
Joe Thornton F Davos Swiss-A 33 12 24 36
Daniel Briere F Berlin Polar Bears DEL 21 10 24 34
Evgeny Kuznetsov F Chelyabinsk Traktor KHL 40 16 18 34
Erik Karlsson D Jokerit Helsinki SM-liiga 30 9 25 34
Mikkel Boedker F Lukko Rauma SM-liiga 29 21 12 33
Ales Hemsky F Pardubice HC Czech 27 14 18 32
Henrik Zetterberg F Zug Swiss-A 23 16 16 32
Vladimir Tarasenko F St. Petersburg SKA KHL 31 14 17 31
Artem Anisimov F Yaroslavl Lokomotiv KHL 36 12 18 30
Calle Jarnkrok F Brynas IF Gavle SEL 36 10 20 30
Jason Spezza F Rapperswil-Jona Swiss-A 28 9 21 30
Sergei Kostitsyn F Omsk Avangard KHL 27 9 20 29
Sergei Gonchar D Magnitogorsk Metallurg KHL 37 3 26 29
Raphael Diaz D Zug Swiss-A 32 7 22 29
David Krejci F Pardubice HC Czech 24 16 11 27
Bryan Bickell F Znojmo Orli HC Austria 28 9 18 27
Mark Streit D Bern Swiss-A 32 7 19 26
Christian Ehrhoff D Krefeld Penguins DEL 32 8 18 26
Nicklas Backstrom F Moscow Dynamo KHL 19 10 15 25
Marek Zidlicky D Kladno Czech 25 3 22 25
Mikhail Grabovski F CSKA Moscow KHL 29 12 12 24

Junior & Minor League Leaders
Some names you might recognize and some you may not, either way there are quite a few youngsters tearing it up in the minors so far this season.

PLAYER Pos TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS
Seth Griffith F London Knights OHL 42 28 39 67
Ryan Strome F Niagara IceDogs OHL 32 22 40 62
Alex Galchenyuk F Sarnia Sting OHL 33 27 34 61
Nick Cousins F Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 41 17 43 60
Tim Bozon F Kamloops Blazers WHL 41 25 32 57
Daniel Catenacci F Owen Sound Attack OHL 39 21 31 52
Reid Boucher F Sarnia Sting OHL 40 30 22 52
Jordan Eberle F Oklahoma City Barons AHL 34 25 26 51
Mikhail Grigorenko F Quebec Remparts QMJHL 30 29 21 50
Brett Ritchie F Niagara IceDogs OHL 32 27 23 50
Vincent Trocheck F Saginaw Spirit OHL 35 24 26 50
Michael St. Croix F Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 40 21 28 49
Justin Schultz D Oklahoma City Barons AHL 34 18 30 48
Mark Scheifele F Barrie Colts OHL 29 21 27 48
Matej Stransky F Saskatoon Blades WHL 40 22 26 48
Connor Brown F Erie Otters OHL 40 20 28 48
Ty Rattie F Portland Winterhawks WHL 30 19 28 47
Boone Jenner F Oshawa Generals OHL 32 27 20 47
Brenden Kichton D Spokane Chiefs WHL 39 11 36 47
Henrik Samuelsson F Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 40 22 25 47
Jonathan Huberdeau F Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 30 16 29 45
Phillip Danault F Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 29 14 30 44
Josh Leivo F Sudbury Wolves OHL 34 19 25 44
Andreas Athanasiou F Barrie Colts OHL 39 19 25 44
Zach Stepan F Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 27 17 26 43
Dougie Hamilton D Niagara IceDogs OHL 32 8 33 41
Yannick Veilleux F Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 39 19 22 41
Cody Ceci D Ottawa 67’s OHL 42 11 29 40
Charles Hudon F Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 29 20 19 39
Mark McNeill F Prince Albert Raiders WHL 35 13 26 39
Mitch Wahl F Utah Grizzlies ECHL 30 11 28 39
Cam Atkinson F Springfield Falcons AHL 33 17 21 38
Martin Frk F Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 28 13 25 38
Scott Kosmachuk F Guelph Storm OHL 39 19 19 38
Alex Broadhurst F London Knights OHL 42 14 24 38
Derrick Pouliot D Portland Winterhawks WHL 35 8 28 36
Tyler Johnson F Syracuse Crunch AHL 33 20 15 35
Mike Winther F Prince Albert Raiders WHL 37 14 21 35
Taylor Hall F Oklahoma City Barons AHL 26 14 20 34
David Broll F Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 41 13 21 34
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault F Springfield Falcons AHL 33 11 22 33
Nino Niederreiter F Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 33 17 16 33
Brayden Schenn F Adirondack Phantoms AHL 33 13 20 33
Tyler Biggs F Oshawa Generals OHL 34 15 18 33
Matt Beleskey F Coventry Blaze EIHL 26 12 21 33
Jason Zucker F Houston Aeros AHL 31 15 17 32
Gustav Nyquist F Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 33 12 20 32
Ryan Sproul D Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 24 13 19 32
Tom Wilson F Plymouth Whalers OHL 29 11 21 32
Scott Laughton F Oshawa Generals OHL 30 13 19 32
Garret Meurs F Plymouth Whalers OHL 39 18 14 32
Zach Boychuk F Charlotte Checkers AHL 36 15 16 31
Logan Nelson F Victoria Royals WHL 34 8 23 31
Adam Pelech D Erie Otters OHL 40 6 25 31
Petter Holland F Norfolk Admirals AHL 33 12 18 30
TJ Brennan D Rochester Americans AHL 33 12 18 30
Brett Connolly F Syracuse Crunch AHL 33 13 17 30
Drew Miller F Braehead Clan EIHL 23 15 15 30
Rickard Rakell F Plymouth Whalers OHL 30 13 17 30
Ryan Rupert F London Knights OHL 31 6 24 30
Tomas Tatar F Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 33 13 16 29
Damon Severson D Kelowna Rockets WHL 40 5 24 29
Sean Couturier F Adirondack Phantoms AHL 31 10 18 28
Jakob Silfverberg F Binghamton Senators AHL 32 13 15 28
Michael Sgarbossa F Lake Erie Monsters AHL 34 13 15 28
Richard Panik F Syracuse Crunch AHL 34 17 11 28
Matt Puempel F Kitchener Rangers OHL 27 21 7 28
Brendan Gaunce F Belleville Bulls OHL 31 15 13 28
Stefan Matteau F Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL 33 18 10 28
Morgan Rielly D Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 33 7 21 28
Matt Finn D Guelph Storm OHL 33 11 17 28
Slater Koekkoek D Peterborough Petes OHL 40 6 22 28
Marcus Foligno F Rochester Americans AHL 33 10 17 27
Cory Conacher F Syracuse Crunch AHL 34 12 15 27
Alex Killorn F Syracuse Crunch AHL 34 13 14 27
Linden Vey F Manchester Monarchs AHL 35 8 19 27
Tyson Barrie D Lake Erie Monsters AHL 36 6 21 27
Tomas Hyka F Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL 29 10 17 27
Nick Ebert D Windsor Spitfires OHL 39 6 21 27
Frank Corrado D Sudbury Wolves OHL 41 6 21 27
Erik Haula F U. of Minnesota WCHA 19 9 17 26
Tyler Toffoli F Manchester Monarchs AHL 34 16 10 26
Andy Miele F Portland Pirates AHL 34 11 15 26
Teemu Hartikainen F Oklahoma City Barons AHL 35 11 15 26
Drew Shore F San Antonio Rampage AHL 36 8 18 26
Stuart Percy D Mississauga Steelheads OHL 38 10 16 26
Danny Kristo F U. of North Dakota WCHA 18 10 15 25
Nazem Kadri F Toronto Marlies AHL 26 7 18 25
Ryan Johansen F Springfield Falcons AHL 33 13 12 25
Landon Ferraro F Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 33 12 13 25
Ben Smith F Rockford IceHogs AHL 35 14 11 25
Xavier Ouellet D Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL 26 5 20 25
Radek Faksa F Kitchener Rangers OHL 29 7 18 25

 
That wraps up our brief but not so brief update on life outside the NHL lockout.

Look for an overall rankings list at some point Tuesday followed by some sleepers, busts and potential calder candidates later on this week!

Don’t forget to comment below if you’re interested in competing in a commenter league this year.

  1. T-Bone says:
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    NHL Hockey has finally made his triumphant return! Being from London, I gotta say I haven’t missed it much with the Knights tearing up the Junior standings. I ran a commenter league last year, I’ll fire off some emails to the participants from last year and see if I can renew it.

    • Frank

      Frank says:
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      @T-Bone Thanks from across the pond. Let me know what you hear back from anyone in the league last year.

      • Foot says:
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        T-Bone, I was in the league last year and want to play again

      • Big Jgke says:
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        @Frank: Yeah… he means London, Ontario.

        • Frank

          Frank says:
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          @Big Jgke: Yeah… Lake Erie was the ‘pond’ in my reference… (originally from south of Lake Erie)

      • Mikey says:
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        @Frank: I think T-Bone is referring to London England’s poor little cousin in southern Ontario, Canada. Also upon the Thames no less.

        Keep up the good insight this week and thanks for packing so much in.

      • T-Bone says:
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        @Frank: @Frank: I’ve got 9 of the 12 participants from last year returning to our league, draft currently set for tuesday.

    • TheLoadedOne says:
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      @T-Bone: Hey T-Bone, I played in the same league last year too. If possible could you send the invite to my new account? My new Yahoo ID is TheLoadedOne and the e-mail is TheLoadedOne@Gmail.com I look forward to repeating as champ!

  2. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Thank you for satisfying the vacancy that’s been left in my heart since last season ended!

  3. bauerspeed17 says:
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    i know it’s just AHL talent, but Eberle is tearing. Hopefully he can improve on last year’s season. I picked him as my keeper.

    • Frank

      Frank says:
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      @bauerspeed17: There will certainly be a ‘welcome back down to earth’ period for Eberle but 25g and 51p in 34 games is nothing to mess with, the kids been on fire with his fellow line mates so far. Solid move on keeping him, you’re in for a real treat if that young squad can stay healthy.

  4. Tyler says:
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    Commenter leagues? yes, please. I was in one last year but I don’t remember who was the commish. I’m fine with setting one up if needed. tylerjstearns@gmail.com

  5. Branden says:
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    I haven’t done a commenter league before but would like to be in. My e-mail is here: bjohn7352@yahoo.com

    Pretty pumped…

  6. Curt says:
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    Not to be picky, but twice you wrote Harmonic…..it’s Hamonic!!!!!

    • Frank

      Frank says:
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      Sorry.. I used to play the harmonica in junior high in a garage band back in the 70s. Old habits die hard I guess…

  7. BringDaRuckus says:
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    I’m dying for more articles!!!

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