DAILY PRIME - JANUARY 14, 2013: PRIME 100 UPDATED; TRAINING CAMP FANTASY UPDATES; KOVIE RETURNS ON WEDNESDAY; IGINLA SITS OUT DAY ONE
The Prime 100 rankings have been updated.
RW Jarome Iginla missed the first day of training camp due to a minor groin injury. Head coach Bob Hartley reiterated that the star winger sat out mainly because of precautionary reasons and that he will ready to go for the season opener. During the first day of camp, Alex Tanguay centered the top line with LW Curtis Glencross and RW Blake Comeau in place of Iginla. Watch Glencross if he sticks on the top line. He had serious chemistry with Iginla prior to a mid-season injury last year.
The New Jersey Devils will have star LW Ilya Kovalchuk back for practice on Wednesday after a long stint in the KHL and an appearance in their All-Star game. Fantasy owners know too well that the Russian sniper usually starts off slow, but maybe the time in the KHL and a shortened season will assist in him getting into the swing of things quicker. Assuming there is no bad blood between Kovalchuk and the Devil’s brass, he should be an elite fantasy option once again.
Edmonton’s preliminary training camp depth chart has Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, and Ryan-Nugent Hopkins skating on the top line. Not much to say here. If the trio remains intact, they are all money in the bank. Fantasy gold for sure!
In Toronto, look for Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to start the season strong and pay immediate fantasy dividends. While the Leafs continue to sort out their top-line issues, the duo appear to be in mid-season form following successful stints in the KHL. Playing alongside Evgeni Malkin, Kulemin collected 38 points in 36 games. Meanwhile, Grabovski scored 12 goals in 29 games for CSKA Moscow while playing on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Alex Radulov. While they won’t have the same superstars feeding them the puck, both Grabovski and Kulemin have had much success in the past feeding each other and should be fantasy relevant.
P.A. Parenteau was skating alongside Matt Duchene and Gabe Landeskog during the first day of Colorado’s training camp. He might miss John Tavares, but playing with those two wouldn’t hurt. The line combinations will likely change during the first few days of camp, but at least Parenteau is being considered for a primary scoring role. Now, it’s up to him to make it happen.
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