TGIF, am I right? What better way to celebrate the weekend than with DobberHockey's latest and greatest - the 2012 Prospects Report?

 

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Norfolk beat Toronto 1-0 last night in OT on quite the controversial goal. I included a video clip below.

 

Ben Scrivens stopped 30 of 31 shots for the Marlies,  while Dustin Tokarski stopped all 21 shots he faced for the Admirals.

 

The Fan Zoo has some pretty sweet merchandise on sale right now - check their sale out here.  Lots of Canucks stuff (Vancouver-based company), but some signed goods from San Jose, Colorado, and other teams, as we..

 

No NHL hockey tonight. However, a lack of games has never slowed my ramblings down before, and I am not going to let it start now.

 

An interesting trade thought…. Do the Phoenix Coyotes entertain the idea of moving Keith Yandle? I am as big a Yandle fan as you will find…. How does a Yandle-for-Jordan Staal swap sound?

 

The return would obviously have to be massive, but it would be trading from a position of strength (defense) for shore up a big weakness (center). Ekman-Larsson has emerged as premier defenseman, and David Rundblad and Brandon Gormley are both close to NHL action (Gormley will be a very good two-way guy for a long time).

 

Far and away the most interesting UFA this summer (if he gets there) is going to be Dustin Penner. Do teams take a chance that he has turned the corner in his career, or is this merely a blip in an otherwise inconsistent and frustrating career for one of the most talented big men we have seen in quite some time?

 

I’m sure the Kings would love to keep him, but they’d love to keep all of their players. When he is playing at a high level, Penner is almost unstoppable with the puck on his stick. He sees the ice really well, and has complimented Carter and Richards quite nicely, just like he did with Perry and Getzlaf back during Anaheim’s Cup run of 2007.

 

Penner may win a Cup with two different California teams. Does he get his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for that?

 

John Davidson, the current President of the Blues, interviewed for the same position with Columbus. He was one of my favorite media personalities growing up, and is quite respected throughout the hockey industry. He has done a fantastic job in St. Louis reconnecting the team to the market and fan base, and the Jackets are likely hoping/thinking that he can do the same for them.

 

Trevor Linden was on the TEAM 1040 in Vancouver on Wednesday, and he delivered some ominous comments regarding the upcoming CBA negotiations. Linden has a wealth of experience in CBA negotiations – he was quite high up in the NHLPA for a number of years.

 

Darren Pang (who I really enjoy as an analyst) wrote this piece on the Kings impressive PK. They are so aggressive, especially the forwards. Two reasons why they can play like that – mobile, positionally sound defensemen who often cover the half-wall and the behind-the-net play, and a goaltender who is playing out of his mind in Jonathan Quick.

 

I have had great success in a number of hockey pools by paying attention to AHL scoring leaders. Sometimes there are guys who fail to translate their skills to the NHL (Alexandre Giroux, Corey Locke, and so on), but if a player can perform at a high level at the AHL, it is usually an indicator of good things to come at the NHL level.

 

Cory Conacher and Mark Barberio, both of whom you are probably sick of me writing about so much, both place very high on this top 25 list (written by Brent Lemon, who you may remember).

Some other notables:

 

Ducks wingers Kyle Palmieri, Patrick Maroon and center Peter Holland.

 

Red Wings wingers Gustav Nyqvist (really high on him, could be a top six guy in Detroit next season) and Tomas Tatar.

Chicago center Brandon Pirri, who projects as a top six center at the NHL level. He wasn’t ready for the responsibility in 2011-12, but more AHL seasoning should get him there by 2013.

 

Colorado re-signed David Jones to a four-year contract worth $16 million. Jones is a solid top six winger, but he will be in tough to repeat a shooting percentage north of 16. Still, it is a move that the Avalanche can afford to make – they have ample cap space, not a lot of talent on the wing, and there isn’t much available on the open market, either.

 

Jones would definitely have received comparable offers if he waited until July 1.

 

Colorado also re-signed defenseman Matt Hunwick to a two-year deal with an annual cap hit of $1.6 million.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky may be available for trade. Would a team like Tampa Bay take a look at him? How about Winnipeg, if they want to create some competition for Ondrej Pavelec? Bobrovsky has proven he can be a good goaltender at the NHL level. A terrific buy low opportunity on one of the better young goalies in the league.

 

Another potential fit for Bobrovsky – Columbus. The Flyers and Jackets pulled off the blockbuster trade last year for Jeff Carter, so they are obviously on good trading terms (although Jeff Carter wasn’t exactly a huge success for Columbus)

 

My top 10 keeper league right wingers list will be published next week. Trying my best to get positional eligibilities correct. David Backes and Claude Giroux are both centers. I am including Loui Eriksson, Rick Nash, Ilya Kovalchuk, and James Neal as right wingers. Patrick Sharp was already considered for my left winger list.

 

Tough break for Scrivens, to say the least:

 


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maya has the knife said:

maya has the knife
Controversial goal Did that go off the ref's skate?
June 08, 2012
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lok said:

lokguin
... i think you meant peter holland.
June 08, 2012
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angus said:

angus
... BW - I write the ramblings the night before since I am on the West Coast. Sometimes my days/times are reflective of that.
June 08, 2012
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lesouder said:

lesouder
Controversy I'll assume the controversy over the goal is that it appears to be scored on a delayed offside? The linesmen doesn't look like he puts his hand up so I guess he thought it was clear, but it definitely looks like there is a player caught inside the blueline when the puck enters the zone. The Marlies weren't going to win this series anyways but that is a tough break for sure.
June 08, 2012
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bullwinkle said:

bullwinkle
Finals tomorrow No hockey tomorrow night? What? Are you going away or something? The Finals game is on at 8pm EDT.
June 08, 2012
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crookedvulture said:

crookedvulture
... WHAT'D YOU DO TERRY!!??
June 08, 2012
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angus said:

June 08, 2012
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Rad64 said:

Rad64
... I think you meant Kyle Palmieri. smilies/wink.gif
June 08, 2012
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