News: The Miami Herald reports that Panthers D Ville Koistinen suffered a major knee injury in the AHL and may need surgery.
Analysis: Koistinen disappointed in Florida after coming over from Nashville and was sent to the minors. Now, he could be out for a while, so continue to ignore him in all Fantasy formats.
News: Florida assigned D Ville Koistinen to Rochester (AHL) on Friday. Koistinen, who signed a two-year deal with the Panthers this summer, has appeared in 17 games for Florida this season, scoring one goal.
Analysis: We really thought Koistinen was going to get a fresh start with the Panthers after being in the coach's doghouse often in Nashville. However, it seems Nashville was right to keep Koistinen off the ice since he was unreliable. Koistinen is an offensive blueliner, but until he gets his act together, he can be ignored in Fantasy.
News: The Panthers have placed D Ville Koistinen on waivers.
Analysis: Since scoring in his home country of Finland in the first game of the season, Koistinen has slipped down the Panthers depth chart and has been declared expendable. This is the second team that's given up on him, so you might just want to cut him in seasonal leagues now.
News: The Miami Herald reports that Panthers D Ville Koistinen will return to his natural defenseman position on Thursday at Boston. Koistinen had been playing forward so far this season. "That forward thing was an experiment to fill a hole," DeBoer said. "It's not fair to him. He's not comfortable there, and I'm not comfortable using him as a forward. He's a defenseman, and when we carry seven and he gets the opportunity and makes the most of his opportunity that would be the plan for me."
Analysis: The fact the Panthers were using Koistinen as a forward tells you he has a solid offensive aspect to his game. But until that aspect turns into points, he will remain just a low-end Fantasy defenseman in deeper formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports that Panthers D Ville Koistinen has been on the team's fourth forward line in each of the five games this season. When asked how he likes playing on the fourth line, Koistinen said, "It's something I have to get used to," adding that most of the players on the Panthers have been playing a position since they were small.
Analysis: Every year we get the odd defenseman that ends up spending some time at forward (Ian White last year, for example), but sometimes the move results in them seeing less ice time than they would be on the blue line. Koistinen has just one point in his last four games and has minimal value in deeper leagues.
News: Panthers D Ville Koistenen scored Florida's second goal in front of his fellow countrymen Friday as the Panthers edged the Blackhawks in Helsinki. He also found the net in the shootout.
Analysis: Koistinen came over from Nashville this offseason and immediately made an impact for the Panthers on Friday. He finished second on the team in power-play ice time behind Brian McCabe, despite seeing only 9:43 of total ice time. Unless he can bump himself up the depth chart in Florida, Koistinen will remain just a low-end Fantasy blue-liner in deeper formats. If he can continue to feature on the power-play, however, he could be worth using in more leagues at some point down the road.
News: The Panthers signed free agent defenseman Ville Koistinen. He spent the last two seasons with the Predators after leading all defenseman in scoring (34 points) in the Finnish Elite League in 2005-06.
Analysis: Koistinen was very unhappy in Nashville because of the way he felt he was underutilized. With the loss of Jay Bouwmeester, the Panthers needed to bring in a veteran presence on the blue line. Koistinen, who had three goals and 11 points in 38 games last season, has decent offensive skills and could find a niche with the Panthers. But he has low-end Fantasy appeal Draft Day since he has an unproven NHL track record.
News:The Tennessean reports Predators D Ville Koistinen returned to the lineup Wednesday against the Red Wings after missing eight games as a healthy scratch. The disgruntled defenseman voiced his opinion Wednesday that he wants to be traded and GM David Poile confirmed Thursday that other teams have inquired about Koistinen. "On a couple of occasions, we've come pretty close (to making a trade), but it just hasn't happened," Poile said. "As we told his agent, we're not against moving him. But, he has to play to the level to show he's worthy to do that."
Analysis: Koistinen has dressed for 29 of the Predators' first 58 games, posting eight points (two goals, six assists) and a minus-2 rating. "It's pretty simple," Koistinen said. "I'm here to play hockey." The Predators had hoped Koistinen would serve as the power-play quarterback this season after trading Marek Zidlicky to the Wild, but neither Koistinen nor the power play was productive early in the season. Koistinen then lost the battle with Kevin Klein for the team's final defensive spot and has been a healthy scratch for most of the last 2 1/2 months. A trade would certainly benefit Koistinen, but it's not worth scooping him up in Fantasy just yet.
News: Predators D Ville Koistinen tallied an assist and finished at plus-2 in 21:30 of ice time Thursday against the Canadiens. It was his first point since netting two assists Dec. 4 against the Avalanche.
Analysis: Koistinen has played in five straight games, but has dressed for only 24 games this season. Coach Barry Trotz is trying to push Koistinen to be a better all-around player, but until he sees it from the second-year defenseman, Koistinen won't get an everyday role. He still has marginal Fantasy appeal at this time.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Predators D Ville Koistinen had two assists in the 3-2 win over Colorado on Thursday night, but he also made a couple of mistakes that resulted in goals for the Avalanche. Kevin Klein replaced Koistinen Saturday night against the Wild.
Analysis: Koistinen has three of his five points this season in the last three games, but hasn't dressed for every contest. Coach Barry Trotz has a short temper with Koistinen because he believes he has a bright future and wants his best effort on a nightly basis. Until Koistinen develops into a consistent offensive option, he remains a low-end Fantasy forward.
News: Predators D Ville Koistinen tallied an assist and finished at even in 13:55 of ice time Saturday against the Kings. He also failed to take a shot and spent two minutes in the penalty box. Koistinen has one goal and two assists during a three-game point streak.
Analysis: Koistinen has dressed for just 10 games this season, but has produced four points and a plus-1 rating. If he keeps producing consistently, Nashville will have to find him a regular spot in the lineup. Koistinen is one of the Predators better younger players, but still remains a low-end Fantasy option at this time.
News: Predators D Ville Koistinen scored his second goal of the season Tuesday in a win over the Sharks. He has still yet to produce an assist.
Analysis: The Predators have really been unhappy about Koistinen's lack of production to open the season and have even made him a healthy scratch at times. They see potential in Koistinen and would ultimately like him to replace Marek Zidlicky, who was traded to Minnesota in the offseason. However, Koistinen will remain a low-end Fantasy defenseman until he consistenly posts points.
News: Predators D Ville Koistinen connected for a power-play goal during Tuesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Capitals. It was his first point in five games this season.
Analysis: The Predators have really been unhappy about Koistinen's lack of production to open the season and have even made him a healthy scratch at times. They see potential in Koistinen and would utimately like him to replace Marek Zidlicky, who was traded to Minnesota in the offseason. However, Koistinen will remain a low-end Fantasy defenseman until he consistenly posts points.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Predators D Ville Koistinen and RW Ryan Jones both were healthy scratches Saturday against the Stars. Koistinen was expected to be the quarterback of the power play this season but struggled against St. Louis Friday.
Analysis: Koistinen, who had a brief bout with a knee problem Sept. 22, is expected to be a major part of a power play that often passed the puck too much instead of taking shots last season. However, if he is already in Barry Trotz's doghouse, this could be a rocky season for Koistinen, who had 17 points in 48 games as a rookie last season. The Predators have high hopes for him heading into 2008-09, but consider him a low-end Fantasy defenseman until he posts consistent numbers.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Marek Zidlicky was traded to Minnesota this summer to allow Predators D Kevin Klein and D Ville Koistinen to get more ice time.
Analysis: Koistinen, who had a brief bout with a knee problem Sept. 22, is expected to be a major part of a power play that often passed the puck too much instead of taking shots. Look for Koistinen to take over Zidlicky's role on the power play and expand on it. Koistinen had 17 points in 48 games as a rookie last season and the Predators have high hopes for him heading into 2008-09. Consider him a low-end Fantasy defenseman with room to improve.
News: Predators D Ville Koistinen signed a one-year contract with the Predators Tuesday. Koistinen went to arbitration and was awarded $700,000.
Analysis: Koistinen, 26, had 17 points (four goals) in 48 games during his rookie season in 2007-08. He also had a plus-13 rating and 11 points (two goals) on the power play. Koistinen is among seven returning defenseman for Nashville. He remains a low-end Fantasy option heading into 2008-09.
News: Predators D Ville Koistinen tallied an assist and finished at plus-2 during Saturday's game against the Stars. He now has a goal and assist in his last two games and 14 points (three goals) in 40 games.
Analysis: The Predators have kept Koistinen on the roster all season after he made his American debut with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) last season. He has been productive when he hasn't been a healtht scratch, but remains just a low-end Fantasy defenseman at this time.
News: Shea Weber, who had a dislocated kneecap, has officially been placed on injured reserve. He is sidelined for three to six weeks and is being replaced by Ville Koistinen right now with Kevin Klein (shoulder) also on I-R. "(Klein) is really close to being cleared in the next couple of days," coach Barry Trotz told the Nashville Tennessean. "It could be a good thing that he is coming back fairly quickly, but at the same time (rookie Ville) Koistinen is getting some experience in this league, and we are finding out he can play in this league."
Analysis: Koistinen is trying to make the most of his opportunity with the Predators, but he has gone scoreless in his first two games. He is only worth a look in the deepest of Fantasy leagues at this point and is likely headed back for Milwaukee of the AHL once either Klein or Weber is healthy enough to return.
News: Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber will be out three to six weeks after dislocating his knee cap in Thursday's 4-0 victory over Colorado. The 22-year-old played only 2:19 of the opening period when he fell on the ice and caught his skate awkwardly. "Last night we were very fearful he had seriously hurt himself, so three to six weeks is good news from our end," head coach Barry Trotz said in a statement Friday.
Analysis: Ville Koistinen, 25, will make his NHL debut Saturday in Weber's spot against the Dallas Stars. Koistinen is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy flier at this time until he proves he can be effective in Weber's place.
News: The Nashville Predators signed Ds Alex Henry and Ville Koistinen to one-year deals and they also added W Shane Willis, although no terms were disclosed.
Analysis: None of the players mentioned above are worthy of Fantasy consideration on Draft Day heading into 2007-08. They'll likely provide depth at Milwaukee of the AHL and fill in if injuries deplete the big club.