CBA update: no good news from either side. Get ready to enjoy some AHL/CHL/ECHL/KHL/SEL (and other) hockey for the next little while, folks.
Even with a lockout on the horizon, we have some big stuff planned.
Give the Pool Manager a look through, check out the "demo" to see what it looks like in action. There will be more information on the way in the coming days...
Yesterday was a big day for DobberHockey - we had our one millionth post over on the forums! I have really enjoyed watching the community grow, especially since the forums started up a few years ago. Here is number 1,000,000.
Rumors that Detroit has signed Carlo Colaiacovo. If and when it is confirmed more analysis will soon follow.
I am working on a ranking of the top 50 trade values in hockey. The first two parts (three in total) are published here.
I really enjoyed compiling this list – it was quite the undertaking with so many factors and variables to consider for each player. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts.
For Defending Big D – A look at how the WHL has impacted the Dallas Stars.
Picked up NHL 13 yesterday, haven’t had the time to play it yet, though. Here is a thorough review of the game from Puck Daddy.
Both are solid skaters, both rely on their passing ability and both are similar in size. Suter is 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, and the 22-year-old Josi is 6-foot-2, 198 pounds. Predators coach Barry Trotz often compared Josi to Suter at the same age.
“He’s a good enough skater. He’s smart enough that he sees the game. He’ll be fine,” Weber said. “He’ll do well.”
NHL.com takes a look at some sleepers for 2012-13. I’ll share my thoughts on each.
1. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues
I like Tarasenko as a prospect, but projecting points from a rookie forward on St. Louis is tough. Their forward group is very deep, and Tarasenko could play anywhere from line one to line three. I think he will be able to play in the NHL right away (he’s excelled against men in the KHL), but I’m not sure how effective he will be out of the gate.
2. Ryan O'Reilly, C, Colorado Avalanche
I’d consider last season his breakout. And I don’t see him repeating the same offensive totals, as Duchene and Stastny should get priority with offensive minutes (as O’Reilly is the best defensively of the three – the Jordan Staal treatment).
3. David Desharnais, C, Montreal Canadiens
Broke out last season – if he sticks with Pacioretty and Cole, I’d expect 60+ again.
4. Justin Schultz, D, Edmonton Oilers
A great choice – zero competition for ice time, but he will probably get snatched up pretty early in many leagues.
5. Chad LaRose, LW/RW, Carolina Hurricanes
I’m not so sure – he could be the odd man out in Carolina’s top six. Staal, Staal, Semin, Skinner, Ruutu, Jokinen. That’s six. LaRose has shown in the past he can play with talented linemates, but his game also projects well to a depth/energy/grinding role.
6. Dmitry Kulikov, D, Florida Panthers
7. Sven Baertschi, LW, Calgary Flames
Definitely a great choice – if he gets the ice time he will score 20-25 as a rookie.
8. Devante Smith-Pelly, RW, Anaheim Ducks
Like Baertschi, his production depends on role and ice time. He’ll have to beat out a few other Ducks prospects and young forwards for a top six wing spot.
9. Jonathan Bernier, G, Los Angeles Kings
Wasn’t great last year, and unless he’s traded, he will be playing in 10-15 games, tops (especially if there is a lockout). What team around the league has a need for him? The Leafs would prefer to add a more proven goaltender if they are going to bring one in.
10. Roman Josi, D, Nashville Predators
Yes. Playing with Weber, more ice time, and more experience – three huge reasons for an increase in production.
Here are the conditions that must be met for a player to be eligible for KHL action:
“Criteria for foreign players signed from NHL:
Has played no fewer than 150 games in the NHL over the last three seasons;
Has experience of playing in the KHL;
Represented his country at one of the last two IIHF World Championships, World Junior Championships or the Olympics;
Is a Stanley Cup winner, a Stanley Cup finalist, or a winner of one of the individual prizes awarded by the National Hockey League at the close of the season.”
Seattle has been approved for their downtown arena. I am incredibly excited – it is about a two or three hour drive from Vancouver. Right now, the closest road city is a 10-12 hour drive away (Calgary). Seattle has terrific infrastructure, a hockey fan base (Canucks and WHL hockey), and would be a terrific natural rival for the Canucks.
It could also be a great way to catch a cheaper NHL game, much like the Leafs and Buffalo.
The arena is proposed to go in right beside Safeco and CenturyLink – two of the nicest stadiums in sports (Mariners and Seahawks, respectively). Imagine going down for a road trip, catching a Seattle NHL game on Saturday night, and a Seahawks game on Sunday afternoon?
James Mirtle’s latest on the Leafs – it could be status quo in Toronto this fall.
“Based on the lack of activity that I see out there, no I don’t think I’ll do anything else right now,” Burke said before the Leafs teed off for their annual charity golf tournament, an event which generally marks a week or so before training camp. “We’ll probably go with this group.”
I’m not sure what the best course of action is for the Leafs. Do they bring Luongo in? If not, Reimer and Scrivens could battle for the starting gig, and my money would be on Scrivens to stand out.
They are pretty set on the back end, and up front, too. They could still use a legit center, but there aren’t many/any of those available right now.
Hockey Prospectus counts down the top 10 Flyers prospects.
6. Jason Akeson, Center
The Good: Akeson is a pretty skilled player who had a successful first pro season, leading Adirondack in scoring. He's got above-average hands and hockey sense and was a consistent offensive threat this season. Akeson is always around the puck in the offensive zone, is a good starting point for offense as he sees the ice well, and always seems to make the right play, with flashes of creativity.
The Bad: Akeson isn't a bad skater and can skate with pros fine, but he's a tick below average for a smaller player speedwise. He needs to bulk up a ton to handle an NHL physical game. His defense is certainly a work in progress and he might even need to be pushed off to the wing at the top level.
Projection: He could be an okay second line forward that is sheltered.
Jeremy Welsh re-signed with the Hurricanes for two years. The first year of the deal is two-way, while the second is one-way. He is the odds-on favorite to center the third line in Carolina this season. From the column:
Judging by the contract the Hurricanes gave him, it looks like they see Welsh playing in the NHL as soon as this coming season. If they thought otherwise then they wouldn't have signed him a deal where he's guaranteed at least $1 mil. The popular thought seems to be that he will step into the vacant third-line center role and that wouldn't be a bad option given the Hurricanes have a lot of solid, bottom-six forwards who could flank that line. Welsh plays a gritty, physical style so he should be right at home on the Canes checking line if that's how the Canes decide to use him for next season. He is also in his mid-20's, so he's right around the age where we should know if he is NHL ready or not.
I have been enjoying the ’87 Canada Cup on TSN. How is this for a top PP unit? Gretzky centering Lemieux and Messier, and Bourque with Coffey on the points.
Marian Gaborik is happy with his rehab progress this summer, and is still on track for a late November or early December return from shoulder surgery.
The Canucks are still trying to get Alex Burrows and Alex Edler under contract before tomorrow’s CBA deadline (no trades or signings can occur without a CBA).
The NHL 13 Official Trailer: