Fantasy Prospects Report is out Friday. The content is 99.9 percent in – STILL waiting on a certain Russian to make his decision on where he will play. Because of the new DobberProspects site, I’ve had to really step up what’s included. I need to give you a reason to buy it! So, on top of the “Upside” and the “3YP” and the “Certainty (NHL; Upside)” numbers underneath each profile, we have also added “Expected arrival” to give you a firm year of expected readiness, and a “DobberHockey draft advice” in which we tell you which round you should consider taking this player if you are in a typical keeper league where teams have three to eight prospects on your roster/ bench. I can’t add anymore gold than that. If I were to add another line after the profiles to help you out, it would have to be “click here to teleport Dobber to your draft and pick for you”.


THN link for my column is here.


There will be a new format for the WJC, you can find details here. Essentially, no more "bye" into the semi-final. Won't start until 2014


Matt Frattin is done until training camp. Knee injury - surgery is requried, per James Mirtle.


Joey Hishon looks as though he'll be ready for training camp. Dater with an update here.


...all these professional, trained journalists calling it the Stanley Cup Finals. So funny, when the NHL calls it's own tournament the Stanley Cup Final. Whatev. I go through this head-shaking every year.


Interesting thoughts over on Puck Daddy - should penalties called in a playoff series carry over to the next game? It would have meant that Shea Weber's turnbuckle head-smash would have seen him sitting in the penalty box for two minutes to start the next game.

 

EA Sports "cover" tournament is down to the final two - Pekka Rinne vs. Claude Giroux.


I don’t know how much stock you put in this stuff, but thought I’d put it out there – Peter DeBoer coached Mike Richards in Kitchener. So he’s quite familiar with some of the tactics, although I’m sure DeBoer has come up with some new ones.

 

The Norris debate is an interesting one. And by “interesting”, I mean “boring”. There are a lot Shea Weber backers, like this one, but hundreds more. Staples really does his homework here and his arguments are air tight. I agree with his points – how could I not? But the problem is – this is relying on stats far too much. And my Degree is in Stats. But let’s dumb down the process a little. When Weber was out of the lineup the Preds were 3-1-0. Hell, every year it seems like the team wins when Weber is hurt – but struggles when Ryan Suter is hurt. I would argue that Suter is just as valuable. Anyway, take Weber out of the lineup and the team still wins. Take Karlsson out of the lineup and the Sens would be brutal. Maybe my argument is more about the Hart Trophy, but vote with your gut here fellas. Pick the defenseman who carried his team. The one who was 11th in scoring and not 84th (the next defenseman). Is the gap between Weber’s defense over Karlsson’s defense bigger than the gap between Karlsson’s offense and Weber’s offense?

 

My Hockey News column yesterday looks at the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks. Take a look here. And already, I've been reminded of Mike Komisarek's NMC so yeah, disregard that part.

 

Very nice of Ryan Suter to agree to speak with the Preds about a contract. Nice, considering he won’t sign there. I suppose they have to try, though.

 

Ducks prospect Dale Mitchell has agreed to go to the Finnish League and play for Ilves. Or try out for them. I don’t know, it’s in Finnish.

 

Chicago has signed prospect Joakim Nordstrom to an ELC. Three days left to sign the 2010 prospects…

 

It looks like Montreal prospect Brock Trotter is going back to Russia next season.

 

DobberBaseball’s Fred Poulin got some props on Puck Daddy for stating flat out that Bob Hartley will be the next coach of the Habs over at The Hockey Writers.

 

I just got the North American Central Scouting rankings from Mark Seidel and I was surprised to see Mikhail Grigorenko drop to 10th. He’s considered this huge risk. Meanwhile, Filip Forsberg is up to third behind Ryan Murray and Nail Yakupov. I had always liked Grigorenko but admittedly hadn’t followed up on him over the last two months. It’s more Brendan’s department, he covered the draftees I looked at the drafted players. But this situation is reminding me of three players who sunk in the draft at the last minute – Angelo Esposito, Alexei Cherepanov and Rob Schremp.

 

Then again, Zach Parise, Petr Sykora and Cam Fowler also slipped in the draft.

 

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Rollie1967 said:

Rollie1967
... technically Schneider lost his 'rookie' status the year before last, as he had played 8games then 25 two years ago- his rookie year. 33 this past year. Hell thats more games than Pascal Leclaire usually played as a #1!
He's got 68 NHL games, with 38 wins and a .928sv pct- and is cool as cucumber (unlike Roberto). There is zero question marks about his ability to be a #1 in Vancouver, some still about Lack being ready- or where hes best served playing.(same thing could be said about Roberto smilies/tongue.gif )
May 30, 2012
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Jake44 said:

Jake44
... ....Sure Weber had his usual dominant year and deserves credit where credit is due. I just don't why there are so many "anti" Karlsson winning the Norris. Karlsson's year was exceptional.....give the guy a break. Not many can do (or have done) what Karlsson has accomplished in today's modern game. Karlsson = Respect = Norris
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May 29, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
immortal leafs You're right. Point I'm trying to make is, assuming that defense and offense are balanced equally - Karlsson's gap over Weber offensively is great than Weber's gap over Karlsson defensively. Add up the two values and it's an easy Karlsson win. That's over and above my point about the supporting cast
May 29, 2012
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hawkdog said:

hawkdog
... Schneider may not be considered by some to be a rookie, but he hasn't played a full season in the NHL yet. He hasn't played more than 33 games.

You make a good point re gotta a give him a shot at some point.
May 29, 2012
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Rollie1967 said:

Rollie1967
... Grigorenko's fall may be in part to his poor showing in the playoffs...while he had mono! Hopefully thats the case rather than Espo2.0

a Schneider/Lack combo wouldnt be the worst thing they could do,(Schneider is no rookie) but Lack may be better served playing more in Chicago vs. only getting 20-25 games in Vancity, thing is Lack is 24 now- gotta give him a shot at some point.
May 29, 2012
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immortal_leafs said:

immortal_leafs
Norris debate Dobber, I'm going to disagree with the criteria you are using to evaluate the norris winner. The trophy is presented to "defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position".

You are taking into account which defenseman was most important to his team, which is not part of the criteria. If it were, I suspect lidstrom would not have won as many trophies as he did as he played on some pretty stacked teams.
May 29, 2012
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xtrain said:

xtrain
... Link to Nucks/Leafs article not working?
May 29, 2012
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jer_33 said:

jer_33
... Dale Mitchell is/was the property of the Anaheim Ducks (after a late season trade for (D) Mark Fraser).
May 29, 2012
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hawkdog said:

hawkdog
Lack Do you really think if Gillis is able to trade Lou he will put 2 rookies in net? I would guess they pick up an elder statesman to back up Schneider, maybe even Vokoun. I just can't see Lack getting enough playing time. But it should be interesting to see what happens!
May 29, 2012
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Grigorenko If he could slip a little more to 14th I wouldn't be complaining smilies/grin.gif
May 29, 2012
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