Mikhail Grabovski wasn’t the only person worth monitoring on Tuesday. Here’s the lowdown on guys playing their first games either in the NHL or for a new team.
Daniel Briere - Briere didn’t register a point on Tuesday, but in a way, he revealed why he’s an asset in fantasy. He fired four shots on net, collected four PIM and even won three out of four faceoffs last night.
You might be surprised how much time the undersized forward spends in the box; he’s collected 89 PIM twice and is one minor away from 700 PIM in his career. He also shoots pretty frequently, often has dual position eligibility and received plenty of power-play ice time last night.
Sure, he’s injury prone, but if you’re lucky enough to be in a league where he wasn’t drafted, I say scoop him up.
Mason Raymond - Grabovski is far from the only guy who was seriously wronged by the weird free agent market this summer. Raymond could be in the perfect spot with the Leafs. He scored a goal on five shots and received great opportunities (4:22 power-play time on ice, 18:26 overall) on Tuesday. Give him a serious look.
Jacob Trouba - What a debut for the Winnipeg rookie, especially in simple stats. He scored two points (1G, 1A), blocked four shots and delivered a hit. The time on ice numbers excite me the most, however: a whopping 25:02 overall (besting every Jets player, Dustin Byfuglien included) and just under three minutes of power-play time.
It might be too early to add him - that probably depends upon how deep or shallow your league is, and how frequently you expect to tweak the lower reaches of your lineup - but keep tabs on him, especially if he plays beyond the nine-game deadline for entry-level players.
Michael Frolik - With two goals (including a game-winner), Frolik made quite the splash. He’s as lucky as anyone was, however, scoring on each of his two shots. He didn’t log a whole lot of minutes, either, barely besting 14. His fancy stats also make Jacob Trouba look like Nicklas Lidstrom.
Still, a two-goal night could very well earn him more ice time, and he passed the 20-goal barrier twice beginning his NHL career in Florida. He’ll likely get much better opportunities in Winnipeg than he ever did in Chicago, so don’t dismiss him altogether.
(Honestly, Mark Scheifele might be my favorite under-the-radar Jets consideration, though.)
* - Sleepers will probably be back on Thursday. The preceding list sort of fit that bill anyway, right?
INJURIES (full list) AND QUICK HITS
Man, did Mike Green look like the guy who used to be worth considering in the second or third round of drafts last night, or what? If you haven’t drafted yet, I’d recommend grabbing him earlier than expected … Scary stuff for George Parros. Luckily it seems like he’s OK, at least in relation to how frightening that fall was … Speaking of fights, enforcers are finding some ridiculous ways to circumvent the “penalty for taking off your helmet” rules. At least it might call for the occasional extra two minutes tacked onto a fighting major … Max Pacioretty and Michal Handzus seemed like they dodged injury scares last night. Keep an eye on them just in case they feel worse in the morning/afternoon, however … Lars Eller’s three-point night wasn’t based on luck alone … Congrats to Martin St. Louis for becoming the Lightning’s captain. It feels overdue, really … Marcus Foligno will miss at least Buffalo’s first game … Could this be the season that Ales Hemsky stays healthy? Uh oh, I probably shouldn’t have even asked that.