We're getting into the meat of the pre-season, when good prospects are getting cut every day as teams edge towards an opening-night roster. The last few days have been heavy on the cuts and waiver listings, and there will be more to come this week.
Here's a list of notable could've-been NHLers we will have to wait a little longer on after being ressigned:
– Michael Dal Colle (NYI): The sharp-shooting winger had lots of competition in an Isles system full of talented wingers.
– Nick Paul (OTT): Despite NHL experience in his back pocket, he just can't nail down a full-time gig.
– Phillipe Myers (PHI): Impressed on Team Canada and after, but couldn't beat out peers with more pro seasoning.
– Martin Reway (MTL): His inspiring recovery from a heart illness had us cheering for Reway to make the team, but not yet.
– Nikita Scherbak (MTL): Another potential scoring winger sent down, jumped by Lehkonen last season but could reappear when Hemsky gets hurt.
– Hudson Fasching (BUF): Pre-season goals dont mean squat until you've shown consistency.
– Brendan Guhle (BUF): I expected a seven-game tryout for the mobile rearguard, but big minutes in Rochester may be better.
– Jordan Subban (VAN): UFA signings filling out the back end made it clear propsects like Subban would have to truly earn an NHL spot, and he didn't.
– Nicolas Meloche (COL): Impressed in camp on a blueline in need, but sometimes its not worth throwing prospects into the deep end.
Some ongoing camp battles to watch:
Madison Bowey vs. Christian Djoos in Washingston: While its technically possible that both make the big club, its more likely that only one of these capable prospects earn a regular spot on the third-pairing out of camp. Both have fantasy upside so keep an eye on this battle.
Calle Rosen vs. Andreas Borgman vs. Travis Dermott in Toronto: Martin Marincin hasn't solidified his 6th d-man spot and its probably going to be a rotation of him and one of these three battling players. Dermott impressing in the AHL last season but Rosen and SHL Rookie-of-the-year Borgman also have pro success under their belt.
The Kids vs. The Vets in Vancouver: Brock Boeser, Nikolay Goldobin, and Jake Virtanen have survived so far, but we all know the math doesn't add up to enough spaces on the Canucks roster for them all.
The DPR podcast is back for Season 2 after finishing its fun summer series! Check out the first of the year, featuring McKeen's Ryan Wagman here:
This week I wrote my first article for SBNation's Avalanche page, in which I used Junior A and NCAA comparables to predict the career trajectory of Tyson Jost:
As always, thank for reading and best of luck preparing for another great season of hockey!