A thank you note from Justin Goldman, who was named as director of goaltender scouting for McKeen’s hockey earlier this week:

 

"I have to thank Dobber Nation for their support over the past five years. The opportunity to join McKeen's wouldn't be possible without your passion for learning more about goalies. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my School of Block articles, and for leaning on me for fantasy goalie advice. I'm glad I can still maintain a working relationship with Dobber through GoaliePost, and now the all-new Fantasy Goalie Guide coming out in December!"


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Dallas prospect Brett Ritchie was named OHL player of the week after scoring 10 goals in three games (including a five-goal and a four-goal game). Ritchie plays for the Niagara Ice Dogs, along with Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Strome.

 

Nine goals in two games is impressive at any level, and Ritchie is a prospect to keep an eye on (not just because of his great week, although it certainly helps).

 

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Sticking with player of the week awards, Kyle Beach was selected as the best in the AHL over the past seven days. He has been a disappointment since turning pro a few years ago, and many people had written him off as a legitimate prospect. However, as we see time and time again, not all prospects develop in the same way.

 

Beach was a 50-goal scorer in the WHL, and he likely won’t be a 50-goal scorer in the NHL. However, he has the size, physical presence, and skill to carve out a career as a secondary scorer who can contribute in a variety of ways.

 

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Here is my post on Pavel Bure's journey to the Hall of Fame - he was the reason I fell in love with hockey.

 

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A behind-the-scenes look at the John Davidson hire in Columbus – this was one of the best free agent acquisitions of the summer (I’m serious). Davidson is going to change the culture in Columbus, much like he did with the Blues. The goaltending is a huge question mark though, and it is something he has openly discussed as an issue.

 

The above video series contains a total of three parts.

 

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Another behind-the-scenes look – this time at Dallas prospect Alex Chiasson. The Texas Stars are struggling this season, as they have many prospects from different leagues and backgrounds trying to come together. Chiasson isn’t NHL ready yet, but he should be a go-to guy for Texas once the NHL lockout is over.

 

Expect Cody Eakin, Tomas Vincour, and Brenden Dillon to get the call up to Dallas if and when the NHL gets underway, opening up ice time for the likes of Chiasson.

 

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Speaking of struggling young Stars – I wrote a piece on Scott Glennie yesterday, taking a look at his rocky past year.

 

Is he a bust? No. Was it a bad pick? Probably, but that is irrelevant now (although that won’t matter to the people who continually look for him to develop into a top line forward). There are countless examples of forwards drafted in the top 10 who never really find their games until five or six years after draft day (Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd jump to mind).


Interesting to note – both Ladd and Wheeler found success after being traded from the team that had originally drafted them.

 

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I am really looking forward to the Hockey Hall of Fame inductees this year – especially Pavel Bure and Joe Sakic.

 

Here is a great NHL.com piece on what made Joe Sakic’s wrist shot so good. Some good advice from Sakic, too:

 

Instead of practicing technique -- it was, as Sakic says, his natural way of shooting anyway -- he worked on getting his wrist shot off as quickly as possible and from as many angles as possible.


He did this before and after almost every practice for the duration of his career.


"I would have an assistant coach or someone pass me the puck and I didn't worry about anything else except for getting it away as quick as I could," Sakic said. "I didn't even care if I hit the net -- to me it was all about how quick I could get it off and how hard it was. Technique? I didn't even think about it."


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And here is a great piece on Bure from ESPN – 

 

Odjick said Bure's "tortuous" six-day-a-week regimen started at 4 a.m. with a 5K run, followed by a slew of sprints and plyometrics. When Bure and his brother, fellow NHLer Valeri, would train with their dad, they'd sprinkle in a game of tennis and "Russian basketball," which is hockey played with a basketball, to end the day.


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The Winter Classic is dead – why did the NHL even schedule one during a lockout year? Seems to be a giant false promise to fans and sponsors.

 

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A great interview with Jaromir Jagr from Yahoo’s Nick Cotsonika, who toured around Europe over the past few weeks.

 

Jagr:

 

"To be honest, I would like to be in Dallas right now," says Jagr, who signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Stars over the summer. "But if it is this opportunity, I'm happy about it. We're probably having the best team we're ever going to have in this city. I don't think it's going to be again. More games we play together, the more we're enjoying it.

 

 

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Dallas owner Tom Gaglardi was on local radio yesterday, and he revealed that the Stars will have new jerseys for 2013-14. In addition to that, they likely will have a new logo and a new color scheme, too. He mentioned how they are the only team not to have their primary logo as the main part of the jersey, and he wants to pay homage to the historic teams (not sure if that means Minnesota, or even further back in the organization's history).

 

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Not fantasy hockey related, but here are my 10 fitness tips for the month of November - hope you can get something useful out of this if you exercise. I'm always open to questions or advice, too.

 

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Oh yeah, the lockout. Talks lasted for close to seven hours yesterday. The best news - no comments from either side. Progress will be slow - I'll disagree with Dobber that the deal will be signed soon - I think it will take another 7-10 days at the very least (a CBA is an extremely comprehensive document - I went to the trouble of reading the 2005 CBA a few years ago and can attest to that). Anyway, cautious optimism continues to be the theme.

 

I am excited to update my projections for the season, too. Really will be interesting to apply my statistical models to a shortened season with so many variables.

 

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Interesting news regarding an amnesty clause, too. It would allow teams to buy out one player with no cost against the cap - essentially the owners can get out from behind the messes they created under the rules that they wanted. Nice work, gentlemen.

 

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Rollie1967 said:

Rollie1967
Winter Classic @Pengwin7- its ALL about the tv event. the winter classic is THE hockey event when it comes to the USA viewership. Infact if it wasnt for the huge spike in tv ratings, the game wouldve likely been relegated to the 'once in a decade' type show due to the high costs of the one off event.
November 11, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Winter Classic I wouldn't say it was dead.
It's like the All-Star game... it's still a big pull for the hosting-city.
And really, the NHL should let every team have their shot at hosting & benefits.

I'm not certain of all of the financial agreements that go into the Winter Classic, but I think it has value for the hosts. I certainly wouldn't think it would have much to do with the TV-event. It's competing against major college football bowl games.

I'm a big fan of both the Winter Classic & All-Star game. I realize it's the same product every year... but it's there to try to capture new audience, in different cities.

For the typical hockey fan, sure, it's the same 'ol, same 'ol with different teams.
But I don't think that's the purpose of the event.

For this kid (who grew up playing hockey on a small lake in Canada) - I enjoy it every year.
November 08, 2012
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angus said:

angus
... Yea I edited it out - I'm trying to find content during the lockout, but that doesn't include the same statement three times. smilies/cool.gif
November 08, 2012
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newfcollins said:

newfcollins
... Angus: No problem. It just made me laugh. I've written way worse. Your twitter thing was on the sidebar as well, so I was seeing it for the fourth time on a page. lol
November 08, 2012
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angus said:

angus
... Newf - I guess emphasis was important today! Thanks for the catch.
November 08, 2012
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Gaborlick said:

Gaborlick
Pavel Bure was the reaason I fell in love with hockey too.
November 08, 2012
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jer_33 said:

jer_33
Winter Classic It seems pretty clear now, that the PA wanted the Classic cancelled in order to punish the owners. As for why they scheduled it, well in case the PA caved to their ridiculous demnds of course.
November 08, 2012
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newfcollins said:

newfcollins
... "Here is my post on Pavel Bure's journey to the Hall of Fame - he was the reason I fell in love with hockey."

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"I am really looking forward to the Hockey Hall of Fame inductees this year – especially Pavel Bure and Joe Sakic, who both played an instrumental part in my falling in love with hockey from a young age."

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"Pavel Bure, Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, and Adam Oates will all be inducted into the HHoF on Friday. Bure, in particular, is the reason I first fell in love with hockey."

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I'm not sure I follow. Are you saying Bure is the reason you fell in love with hockey? It's not quite clear.
November 08, 2012
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