Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Training Camp Notes: September 30th

Evander Kane (C) – ATL – The 4th overall draft pick has made enough of an impression in Atlanta to warrant and extra look in real NHL action. Kane will undoubtedly stay up for his 9 games allowed before it affects his contract status. He is penciled in on the third line with Colby Armstrong and Rich Peverley for now and will be hard pressed to climb the depth charts as Atlanta already has their top six in place. Kane remains a high-end prospect in keeper leagues, but he should be returned to the minors once his 9 games are up.

Robert Lang (C) – PHO- The veteran forward has signed a year deal with the Coyotes and should add another leadership presence in the dressing room. With 39 points in 50 games last season in Montreal, Lang should automatically become a top 6 forward in the desert. His fantasy value is minimal at this time and should only be considered in very deep leagues, if he gets hot.

Maxim Afinogenov (RW) – ATL - The speedy Russian is looking to rebound from two horrible seasons in Buffalo. Marred by injuries, Afinogenov skates like lightning but is too unpredictable for his teammates to coordinate a balanced attack. Signing in Atlanta will give the winger a fresh start as well as many fellow countrymen to play will. Plagued by injuries and unpredictability, Afinogenov is worth a waiver claim just to see what he can do in Atlanta.

James Van Reimsdyk (LW) – PHI – The 20 year old has impressed the Philadelphia brass so much they waived Randy Jones to be able to carry him on the roster. Look for JVR to bounce around the top 9 forwards and get time on the second powerplay unit. If he is available in your league, pick him up as he has loads of potential and a great prospect to have on your roster.

Nathan Gerbe (C) – BUF – Small in size but not in talent, Gerbe was sent down to Portland to continue improving his game. The 5’6”, 173 lbs, 22 year old, is extremely small by NHL standards. Gerbe should get a call up to Buffalo once the injury bug hits. Gerbe has excellent potential to be an NHLer, think Danny Briere, but will have to make the transition to wing at the pro level as his size works against him at the center position.


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