DAILY PRIME - AUGUST 26, 2013: FANTASY STOCK UP OR DOWN?
As we inch on closer to the start of NHL training camps in September, this week's entry focuses on a new Columbus forward on the mend, a couple of goalies looking for a little redemption, a potential "Star" in Dallas, and a Devil's center likely to step up in the Post-Kovalchuk Era. NOTE- Adam Henrique has signed a 6-year/$ 24 million contract with New Jersey.
Roberto Luongo: According to Mark Masters on Twitter, Vancouver starting goalie Roberto Luongo remains confident that he is fully in the mix for Team Canada's starting job for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. After clearing the air about trying to void his cumbersome contract in order to get out of town, Luongo remains completely committed to the team this season and with Cory Schneider dealt away to New Jersey, there is no reason to believe that he cannot reclaim his elite position among fantasy goalies. With the added motivation of starting for Team Canada, expect a huge year for "Bobby Lou".
FANTASY STOCK: WAY UP
Adam Henrique: According to the Bergen Record, contract negotiations between RFA center Adam Henrique and the New Jersey Devils have stalled, leaving him as the team's last unsigned free agent. Look for something to be done soon, as they desperately need him to be dialed in offensively, in the wake of Ilya Kovalchuk's departure to the KHL. Henrique is listed behind Travis Zajac on the depth chart, but he could be playing with clear upgrades on the wings, such as Ryan Clowe and Michael Ryder. A little top power-play time would also help. The 23-year old should bounce back after a miserable 16-point effort in 12/13.
FANTASY STOCK: SLIGHTLY UP
Nathan Horton: From all accounts, the newly-acquired Columbus forward is recovering quite well from off-season shoulder surgery and looks on track to return to the team by December or January. Huge acquisition by the Jackets as they added a proven playoff performer to their unexperienced forward corps, but in fantasy, you should stay away. Upon his return, Horton will need the rest of the regular season to form scoring chemistry with his new line-mates in Columbus.
FANTASY STOCK: SLIGHTLY DOWN
Tyler Seguin: Dallas head coach Lindsey Ruff plans to utilize his new offensive weapon Tyler Seguin as the star's no. 1 center, which means the sky's the limit for the youngster, as long he accepts more of a leadership role on his new team. So far, he is saying all the right things and has been compared to a young Mike Modano, but he has much to prove yet. We say he clicks with Jamie Benn and rebounds back in a huge away, but expect him to deliver even better results in the year after next. Seguin is coming!
FANTASY STOCK: UP
Cam Ward: Another one of the motivated goaltenders vying for a job on Team Canada, Ward is ready to put last season's injury-plagued effort in the rear-view mirror and re-establish himself as one of the NHL's upper-tier goalies. If Carolina can avoid injury to it's top blue-liners and have last season's free agent acquisitions further bolster the offense, we could be looking at a legitimate playoff team in Carolina. If this happens, Ward would undoubtedly be a large part of the team's success, making him a potential huge fantasy bounce-back candidate in goal in 13/14.
FANTASY STOCK: WAY UP