A whole slew (is the plural for cole-slaw cole-slew?) of preseason games took place last night, and being in the city/state/country that I am my viewing options are limited to whatever the NHL Network decides to air.  Sure there is NHL.com and some horrible pirate streaming sites where I can watch the games at a frame-per-minute (thanks to my blazing fast computer), but that just makes me feel like some kind of addict.  But alas, once the actual season starts NHL Center Ice will be mine!!!  Anyway since I was at the mercy of the NHL Network the only game I got to watch was Boston/Ottawa and the one thing from that game that jumped out was Sergei Gonchar.  I thought Ottawa would be transitioning to Erik Karlsson as the Power Play Quarterback this year but if Gonchar’s healthy, he will be that guy (thanks to his enormous salary).  That worries me considering I’m pretty high on Karlsson this year.  But then I remember that Gonchar is 37 and has averaged around 50 Games played the last 3 seasons, so at some point Karlsson will get his chance…

Mike Modano – C (Retired):  Mighty Mo decided to hang up the skates and walk off into the sunset.  I think he probably played a year too long (you already have a ring, why DETROIT??) but that doesn’t mean he’s not a HOF lock.  The last 2 seasons he’s scattered just 45 Points in 100 Games and just looked old and brittle when he was on the ice..  HOWEVA from about 1990-2005 he was a Top 10 player in the league, so I gotta give him props.  Oh, and for you hockey historians out there:  Modano over Roenick, Chelios and LaFontaine as greatest American born player ever?

Logan Couture – C (SJ):  Scored 2 Goals last night.  Granted it was against the immortal Jeff Deslauriers, but still I really like Weapon X for the upcoming season.  Now if only he could sneak his way onto that top Power Play Unit I’d be in love…

Ryan Clowe – LW (SJ):  2 Asissts while playing most of his time on the #2 line with Couture.  No Power Play time here unless the Sharks get hit with the injury bug, but I predict big things for the Couture-Clowe-Pavelski line (assuming the Sharks put Havlat with Thornton and Marleau).

Jonathan Quick – G (LA):  Played the entire first 2 Periods and gave up a Goal to something called an Ethan Werek..  40 minutes in a preseason game?  Really Kings?  If you played the backup (Bernier) for that long I still wouldn’t agree with it.  Throw out your #3 & #4 guys in the preseason until the last game then give JQ 40 minutes.

Nikita Nikitin – D (StL):  “We are the Knights who say Ni!”  Ni-Ni had a Power Play Goal against Tampa Bay, but really I just wanted to write and say that name.  It’s just awful.  It’s the russian equivalent to Daniel Daniels or John Johnson.  Some parents really are clueless when it comes to naming their children…  Oh and as far as fantasy relevance is concerned, there is none to speak of here. 

Chris Stewart – RW (StL):  So I have him ranked 13th among Right Wingers and I’m starting to think maybe that’s too low.  He scored 2 Goals and added an assist last night in the game with Tampa and I think he’s capable of a 35G/40A/25PPP/230+ Shot season if everything breaks right.

Evgeni Malkin – C (Pit):  Geno played in his first live game since January and scored a Goal and assisted on another one.  All reports are that his knee is fine going forward and I have no reason to doubt that.  Sports Dr.’s do so many ACL/MCL surgeries these days its as easy to them as having someone turn their head and cough. 

Ilya Bryzgalov – G (Phi):  Got a standing ovation when he came out in the 1st Period from the 200 people who attended this game.  Then he gave up 3 Goals and the Philly Phaithful pelted him with batteries and then went to his house and burned his lawn with diesel fuel… 

 Max Pacioretty – LW (Mon):  Played for the 1st time since Chara did this to him back in March.  Yes the injury worries me some but I gotta admit I’m pretty high on Max-Pac for the upcoming season.

Thats it for now, I apologize about the late post but hey, better than nothing right?  Tonight is a light schedule with just 5 preseason games, so I’m gonna have some sleepers (I still am amazed at myself for coming up with that term all on my own) for you all tomorrow.  Seacrest OUT!

  1. bauerspeed17 says:

    I think Modano is greater than JR and Chelios and I’m a Blackhawk fan. I guess my love for Mike came when I saw him in the first Mighty Ducks movie.

    I really enjoy reading these articles. Keep up the great work.

  2. GoPuckYourMother says:

    Modano without a doubt, greatest US born player to ever play in the NHL, I don’t think it is even close, he put up great numbers, battling against the glory days of the Avs and Red Wings, the hayday of hooking, holding, gigantic goalie equipment etc. He was the best for sure.

  3. The Spaceman says:

    Hey man!

    I’ve been reading Grey’s roundups for several years now and was pretty pleased to see a fantasy hockey section to Razzball. I’ve read all your roundups sofar, yet this is my 1st post. I’ve got to say; rockin work Seacrest! I’m just glad I found this ‘dry humor coupled with fantasy hockey advice’ realm. I’ve finished 2nd two years straight in my 15 team roto league, so I’m hoping that dropping in here every so often may change that (for the better). Also, it’s been odd seeing most of my sleeper picks (great term by the way. How did you come up with it? Ha!) listed here in your roundups. No questions for now, just enjoy tonight’s preseason games along with some alcoholic beverages sir!

    The Spaceman

  4. barker says:

    my draft in a 20 team league ( hits blks as cats ) goalies went early and often — i missed the montoya zajac and dekanich picks but am not overly pissed i think they all can be helpful — i made the ott pick between those though which i am happy about — so what do you think?? also will savard try to play at all this year i figured he was worth a shot that late

    1. (2) Alex Ovechkin F
    2. (39) Niklas Backstrom G
    3. (42) Dwayne Roloson G
    4. (79) Patrick Sharp F
    5. (82) Dany Heatley F
    6. (119) Drew Stafford F
    7. (122) Mikhail Grabovski F
    8. (159) Al Montoya G
    9. (162) Steve Ott F
    10. (199) Mark Dekanich G
    11. (202) Travis Zajac F
    12. (239) Brooks Laich F
    13. (242) Bryan McCabe D
    14. (279) Sergei Kostitsyn F
    15. (282) Carlo Colaiacovo D
    16. (319) Lee Stempniak F
    17. (322) Johnny Boychuk D
    18. (359) Cody Franson D
    19. (362) Tom Gilbert D
    20. (399) Andrew Cogliano F
    21. (402) Cory Stillman F
    22. (439) Jonathan Ericsson D
    23. (442) Jason Blake F
    24. (479) Michael Del Zotto D
    25. (482) Marc Savard F

  5. charlie batch says:

    lafontaine a better leader, roenick just a sniper. deciding between modano and chelios is hard for me. chelios stayed relevant for a very long time.

    also, DC. love reading the razzball hockey site. hilarious. youre like grey lite. grey2.0. whichever you feel is the better compliment.

    keep going, the following will come

    • DC

      DC says:

      Thanks man I appreciate it..

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