I KNEW Teemu was coming back for another year. You don’t have a season like he did last year and then all of a sudden call it quits. I don’t like his chances of repeating his crazy 2010-2011 season (31G, 49A, 213SOG’s and an absolutely batty 34 Power Play Points) only because that was at the tender age of 40.. Luckily for Selanne he signed a deal with the devil which allows him to age in reverse – meaning by 2019 he should be back to his prime. For this year though, I’m worried. 41 year olds (not named Nicklas Lidstrom) generally don’t contribute great fantasy stats. But this is the Finnish Flash we’re talking about here so if the price is right (5th or 6th round) I’m drafting the sh*t out of him. Now let’s take a look at some NHL news that may or may not benefit you in your upcoming draft(s):
Hahaha, just joking. I still have something to tell you wild & crazy guys – The cheat sheets will be posted before you wake up on Monday, as well as some quick & easy Links to the rankings I’ve already done. Now “LLLLLLETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!” (What’s that Grey? We’re being sued by Michael Buffer??? Well now since I know you can copyright a phrase I have dibs on ”sloppy roast beef”.)
Tyler Myers – D (Buf): Signed a contract. Signed a contract for 7 years. Signed a contract for $38.5 Million…. Ahem…. can I have one of those? (but you don’t have the warrior mindset!) Quiet VTB, I didn’t ask you… In the real NHL world, this is a good signing for Buffalo, if for nothing else than to corner the market on 6’8″ Defenseman from Texas. And someone educate me, he didn’t actually grow up in Texas did he? Surely he moved to Manitoba or Saskatchewan with some eskimo’s at the age of 3 right? And if he is a born & raised Texan the question is how many other NHL players grew up in Texas? If the over/under was 2.5 I’d take the under… Now go read what I said about him a couple weeks ago here!
John Tavares – C (NYI): The Eastern Conference Mr. Upside (Western Conference = Taylor Hall) just signed a deal that will keep him in god-forsaken Jersey for another 6 years. It’s hard to argue with $33 Million, but I’m not even sure that’s enough money for ME to live in New Jersey for the next 6 years…
Brad Marchand – C (Bos): I had Marchand lined up for a sleeper post, then he had to go sign a 2 year/$5MM deal. Now I’m forced to jump the gun and talk about him… He’s a tiny guy (5’9″ 180) which doesn’t make me happy, but what does make me happy is his age (23), his production last year (21 Goals and a +25), and the fact that he could end up on a line with David Krejci and Tyler Seguin. The upside is limited though, so I have a feeling March-and April will be waiver wire fodder all year.
Patrick Sharp – C (Chi): Had an appendectomy (thanks WebMD!). Worst case he misses the first couple games but I doubt it. I’m not gonna overreact and drop Sharpie in my rankings, but I will overreact to me thinking he still qualified at Left Wing… YOU’RE FIRED!
Luke Schenn – D (Tor): Seriously Burke calm down. $17.5MM over 5 years? I know he was a Top 5 pick and I know he is solid defensively, but he has 53 points in his first 231 games… Still, I think Burke might be a slightly better judge of talent than I am (it’s really close – LOL). I wouldn’t draft this bloke, but he’ll be on the waiver wire and that means he’s worth keeping an eye on.
Jeremy Roenick – OLD: Decided he was going to finally say something original by claiming that Philly fans are quote “crazy, crazy S.O.B.’s”. Gee thanks J.R.! As a sports fan I had no idea that Philadelphia sports fans were the lowest form of life on Earth. What’s your next revelation? Barry Bonds took steroids? Wayne Gretzky is the greatest hockey player of all time? Patrick Kane loves alcohol?
That’s all I got tonight, but remember preseason games start on Monday!!! Enjoy your weekend and get drunk and I’m back next week with cheat sheets, sleepers, prospects, and any news that may come from the preseason games. Seacrest OUT!!!