While the Nashville Predators hit the ice this morning for their second set of open practices (schedule here, team rosters here), those of us Fantasy Hockey mavens are in the thick of conducting league drafts. Yesterday, for example, I had two on my plate - the James Mirtle Blogger Invitational, and the NHL South, which features a host of bloggers and Preds fans around Nashville.
The NHL South draft was a blast, thanks to Codey (from Section 303) and his wife Brooke for hosting us; we had the vast majority of the league all in the room together drafting, which makes it so much more entertaining. You had Amanda DiPaolo from Inside Smashville pulling jerseys out of her bag for some of the guys she drafted (Shea Weber, David Legwand, Sean Avery, etc.), Patten Fuqua of Puckscene.com asking the sardonic question "do playoffs count?" before hitting the button to draft Joe Thornton, etc.
If you're interested in joining an On The Forecheck Fantasy Hockey league, make sure to check out the details here, then follow on for this morning's hockey notes!
Forechecker's Fantasy Hockey System ebook now available! | Hockey Gear HQ
Just in time for all of you eager Fantasy Hockey managers, I’ve compiled a free ebook to share my experience from years of playing fantasy sports, and the system I’ve developed over time that helps me draft a competitive team that is specifically tailored to the scoring categories used in that particular league. It's also where you'll find my offensive projections for the Nashville Predators prior to Opening Night.
Nashville Predators News
Smashville 24/7: Training Camp quotes and notes
The first day of camp, and Coach isn't happy. Might as well hit the ground running!
Inside Smashville " Training camp storylines: David Legwand turns attention to upcoming season
Leggy's eyes are on the ultimate prize.
Bits and Pieces From Day 1 of Predators Training Camp | The Predatorial
A smattering of quotes from some of the participants.
Built for Speed: The Predators First Day of Training Camp | The Predatorial
Check out how the guys did in timed skating drills.
Preds pay tribute to Wade Belak on their helmets… | Section 303
Jeremy got a close-up shot of the sticker that will memorialize Wade Belak this season.
Nashville Predators' Ryan Suter avoids talk of free agency - The Tennessean
Ryan Suter says all the right things - "The business side will work itself out. I want to be here in Nashville... I love it here. I’m not worried about it." But, well, we heard the same out of Shea Weber for a year, too, and he couldn't even agree with the team on a one-year deal. Talk is cheap.
Nashville Predators' Shea Weber doesn't dwell on arbitration - The Tennessean
At least he can put his contract situation on the back burner until January, and focus solely on hockey.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
No contact, but Crosby able to skate at top speed Saturday - NHL.com
Very good news for Penguins fans, as Sidney Crosby put in a full-length, high-intensity workout yesterday.
It's Evgeni Malkin's Turn to Lead - PensBurgh
With Sidney Crosby's timetable still unclear, however, the onus is on Geno to power the Pens early on.
Avalanche winger Peter Mueller practices Saturday | All Things Avalanche
Peter Mueller, too, is returning from a concussion and appears to be rounding into shape.
Tom Poti fails medical exam, is placed on long-term injury - Capitals Insider
Not unexpected, but still disappointing news in Washington, as Tom Poti struggles with a nagging injury that has kept him out since January.
Camp Tour: Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith refreshed and recharged for 2011-12 - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
The 2010 Norris Trophy winner is ready to make another run.
Will Kings fans forgive Drew Doughty for holding out? - Puck Daddy
If they can get a long-term deal done, I'm sure it'll be forgotten within days.
Claude Noel Doesn't Plan on Having "Traditional" 3rd Line - Arctic Ice Hockey
Looooove this notion, and wish the Preds could do such a thing. If you're going to have something like a Spaling-Smithson-Tootoo line, you don't need another "energy" line. This team will be desperate for goals already.
Iginla injured in Flames’ first skate - The Globe and Mail
Back spasms? That isn't good...
Teppo Numminen Hired As Sabres Assistant Coach - Die By The Blade
I always liked this guy, a steady hand on the blueline who can now work his way into the coaching profession.
Hockey fever comes early in Winnipeg - The Globe and Mail
Fans are excited for the opening of training camps all over the NHL, but in Winnipeg, there's obviously something a little extra going on.
The Triple Threat: Not-So-Obvious Calder Candidates (Part 2) | The Hockey Writers
Could John Blum have an outside shot at the Calder this season? It's difficult (but not unheard of) for a defenseman to win that award.
Maple Leafs Bottom 6-Pack: Revisited | The Hockey Writers
A healthy Matthew Lombardi could really bolster Toronto's depth up front, turning what had been an area of weakness into a strength.