Articles by Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.

Monday Preseason Notes: Walking Boots and Walking Papers

Teams began paring down their rosters in earnest today prior to the August 30 deadline to get down to 75 players (and then down to their initial 53-man rosters by September 3). While there have been no big surprises yet and likely won’t be until that second roster deadline, the roster churn did create a little transaction action and settled at least a few vaguely fantasy-relevant job battles.

Training Camp Notes: Backfields In Motion

  • while Ezekiel Elliott gets back up to speed for the Cowboys and prepares for his possible preseason debut Thursday, the depth chart behind him is starting to get crowded. Alfred Morris has looked revitalized in a Dallas uniform, sixth round pick Darius Jackson has flashed his speed through the first two exhibition games and passing down specialist Lance Danbar (knee) also began taking part in individual drills Monday. If Dunbar is ready for Week 1, and at this point it seems as though he will be, it’s hard to see how there’s room on the roster (much less many touches) for last year’s team rushing leader Darren McFadden, who’s still sidelined with an elbow injury

Training Camp Notes: RGIII Era Officially Begins In Cleveland

Sunday’s cancelled Hall of Fame Game (due to what I guess you’d have to call a paint-out) delays the return of football for another week but for teams other than the Colts and Packers it’s been business as usual, which means the release of depth charts put together by PR departments that may not have much relevance by the time Week 1 rolls around. There’s plenty of real news to sift through too, so let’s get to it.

Blue Jackets 2016 Draft Review

I very nearly titled this “How the Blue Jackets Screwed Up the 2016 Draft”, but after having done these reviews for their three previous drafts (which you can read here: 2015, 2014 and 2013) I figured I’d stick to the formula.

The Blue Jackets headed into this year’s entry draft both in a good spot and a terrible one. For the first time in franchise history they actually improved in the draft lottery, moving up from the fourth spot to the third in a draft class thought by basically all observers to have a clear top three, but at the same time they were staring at a draft class heavy on wingers (which they already had an abundance of in the organization) and light on potential No. 1 centers (which they need after dealing away Ryan Johansen last year) after Auston Matthews who was locked in as the first overall pick.

In the three-plus years I’ve been covering GM Jarmo Kekalainen’s tenure as Columbus’ GM, some patterns had become clear in his drafting. He likes size (the shortest player he selected last year stood six-foot-one) and he likes players who show some maturity (his picks are littered with players who captained their squads or represented their countries internationally.) All that, combined with their shared Finnish nationality, seemed to point towards the Blue Jackets sprinting to the podium to take six-foot-three World Junior Championships MVP Jesse Puljujarvi with their top pick, right?