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By Sasha Yodashkin RotoWire Hockey Writer
Thursday's seven-game Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey slate features the 2015-16 debuts of a few serious Stanley Cup hopefuls, and is noteworthy for a number of matchups that seem lopsided on paper. That said, it's a new season so anything can happen!
Finding early season value plays can be tricky due to the potential fluidity of players' roles, but there are more diamonds in the rough to be had at this stage, as some less-established players begin to embark on their breakout campaigns.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Raffi Torres declined to appeal the 41-game suspension handed to him for his hit on Jakob Silfverberg Saturday night. On Thursday, he released a statement via the San Jose Sharks apologizing to the Anaheim Ducks forward and accepting his punishment.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
So who ya got?
In this corner is Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Canadian hockey wunderkind and anointed top prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft, considered arguably the best young player to enter the League in a decade and maybe beyond. He’s polished and practiced, his image cultivated and controlled.
In this corner is Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres, American hockey prodigy and consensus second-best prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft, considered a franchise player and someone who would have gone first overall in many other recent drafts. He’s a little rougher around the edges, and you can sense there’s a rascal lurking under that measured rookie veneer.
As hockey fans, we'd obviously like them both to excel, to maximize their potential, to give this League two more must-see players among the dozen or so that currently exist. We want them to revive their moribund franchises, to challenge for trophies. And since they’re inexorably linked by their draft year, we want them to push each other, feeding our societal need for constant comparison.Thu, Oct 84:00 PM PDTOttawa at BuffaloPreview Game
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• Jaromir Jagr's decision to grow back his mullet has led to quite a craze around the NHL. Check out this shot from NBC's opening night broadcast. [Mike Halford]
• From the day he started playing hockey, Connor McDavid’s greatness was easily apparent to those who watched him. [Toronto Star]
• The Jack Eichel era is set to begin for the Buffalo Sabres. [Buffalo News]
• Boston University tries to turn the page without Eichel leading the way for the Terriers. [Boston Globe]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The ECHL is painting its goal posts blue.
According to a release sent by the league, the ECHL has partnered with GEICO Insurance to sponsor the league’s goal posts. Instead of the traditional red, the posts will be painted blue with GEICO plastered on them as seen in the above photo. The GEICO goalposts will be in the league's 27 U.S. based teams.
Per the ECHL:
“We are excited to serve as the Official Auto Insurance partner of the ECHL,” said Ted Ward, GEICO Vice President. "This fits GEICO. It's fun. It's creative. It's an attention-grabber. We're changing history here,” said Troy Miller, President of Division ONE Sports, who negotiated the deal for GEICO.
The ECHL is the top feeder league for the American Hockey League – which is the top feeder league for the National Hockey League.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
It’s been nearly two weeks since Zdeno Chara was listed as “day-to-day” with an upper-body injury by the Boston Bruins. That injury will now keep him out of Thursday night’s opener against the Winnipeg Jets.
"I'm OK to be smart about it," Chara said , via Joe MacDonald of ESPN Boston. "Obviously I want to play as soon as I can, but at the same time it's Game 1 and know that it's [not] less important than any other game, but at this time, I want to continue to have progress and keep going forward with it instead of having setbacks.”
Chara suffered the injury on Sept. 24 and has been practicing with the Bruins. He was even a part of their morning skate on Thursday. There’s no timetable for his return, and head coach Claude Julien was hopeful the captain would be back for Saturday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.Thu, Oct 84:00 PM PDTWinnipeg at BostonPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Boy, that Dustin Brown hit against Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks on opening night was something, wasn’t it?
It was like he was shot out of a cannon: a head-first King missile, launching into Couture’s upper body, cutting the Sharks forward’s face. It was a brutal hit, the kind you look at and immediately recognize as the sort of thing you don’t want to see in the NHL.
But what rule, exactly, did it break?
That was the conundrum for the NHL Department of Player Safety, which reviewed the hit after the game but opted not to have a suspension hearing for the Los Angeles Kings captain.
Forget the fact he wasn’t penalized on the ice; the Department of Player Safety exists, partially, to hand out punishments for calls that aren’t. The issue is that the play itself doesn’t necessarily fall into any category the NHL uses for supplemental discipline.
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
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Usually when I do this column I run through some of the hot and cold streaks from around the league. But of course we're just one day in, so I'm going to do what I did here last year at this time. I'll dig up some players who are have a absurdly low draft percentage. Last year I offered up Nikita Kucherov (who at the time was a ridiculous 6% owned) , and we all know how that turned out.
But first, another thing I liked from the column a year ago. I posted a list of the players with the most "hits" for the preseason. It was insightful so I'll do it again (data via Frozen Pool - run any preseason report you want right here):
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LOS ANGELES – Milan Lucic thought Logan Couture’s submarine hit on him late in the San Jose Sharks' 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings was a dirty play – one that could have merited an injury. So Lucic was perplexed as to why he received a match penalty for going after Couture following the hit.
“Just a low hit. I didn’t like it so I reacted to it,” Lucic said. “I don’t know why I got a match penalty. I didn’t cross any line. Obviously I deserved a penalty but I don’t know why it was called a match penalty. At the end of the day, I don’t care who it is on the other side, you’re going to hit someone like that, you could easily injure someone. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, definitely going to react to it. “
By getting a match penalty, Lucic is automatically suspended the next game pending an NHL review. The penalty occurred at the 18:41 mark of the contest.
Per the NHL rulebook:
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
When will the NHL and the Chicago Blackhawks get it ?
The Blackhawks raised the championship banner, as they are allowed to do, but the occasion felt hollow to many in the wake of the Patrick Kane rape allegations. The feeling of hollowness transitioned to one of rage and disgust as Kane proceeded to participate in the hooking the banner to the scaffolding to raise it to the rafters.
Both the league and the team failed to take the lead in order to show they care about violence against women by doing something as small as acknowledging the growing trend among their ranks. Instead they stuck their heads in the sand as they 'respect the process of the investigation.'