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Guests for this episode: 


DobberHockey Associate Editor Steve Laidlaw joins Gilbert to discuss some 'buy low' candidates as well as other great fantasy tidbits. Jason Gregor, host of the Jason Gregor show on TSN 1260 joins John to discuss Nail Yakupov, Ilya Bryzgalov and other Oilers from a fantasy standpoint. Cheryl Bradley, managing editor of Mile High Hockey, is on to discuss the Semyon Varlamov situation, Patrick Roy's impact and more Avalanche info than you can shake a stick at.




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Previous Episodes:



Episode 42: November 25th, 2013 - John Gilbert delivers another great Dobber Nation podcast, speaking with Steve Laidlaw of DobberHockey, Jason Gregor of TSN 1260, and Cheryl Bradley of Mile High Hockey


Episode 41: September 25th, 2013John Gilbert delivers another great Dobber Nation podcast, speaking with Dobber of...well, here. John is also joined by Nashville's On the Forecheck blogger Dirk Hoag and Washington's Japer's Rink blogger Jon Press!


Episode 40: August 30th, 2013 - Guests on this month's show include Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy, to talk about the launch of fantasy hockey for this year on Yahoo!, as well as DobberHockey's Rick Roos with some draft advice.


Episode 39: July 26th, 2013 - This month, Gilbert speaks with John Fischer of In Lou We Trust to talk all things New Jersey Devils. John is later joined by Spector Hockey's Lyle Richardson as well as DobberHockey's own Mike Amato to discuss a wide variety of fantasy hockey topics to get you ready for the upcoming season!



Episode 38: May 28th, 2013 - This month, Gilbert talks to Brock Otten, creator of and Gus Katsaros from McKeen's Hockey makes a return appearance - discussing next month's draft.

Episode 37: May 2nd, 2013 - This month, Gilbert talks to Scott Cullen from and Thomas Drance, the new 'Sunday Ramblings guy' for DobberHockey. Scott Cullen discusses who has the momentum going in, and gives his picks. Thomas Drance gives us some Vancouver Canucks insight, as well as his thoughts on who comes out of the first round!  Happy listening!


Episode 36: February 26th, 2013 February's show contains a dramatic twist to the Matt Cooke and Erik Karlsson situation. David Pagnotta from The Fourth Period gives us some rumours and opinions to chew on and Jeff Angus helps out fantasy GM's with some advice on players to trade for, pick up or get rid of. It's a good one!  Happy listening!

Episode 35: January 25, 2013 The lockout is over and hockey is back! So is Dobber Nation! On the first show, we hit the ice with columnist Scott Cullen to discuss his fantasy draft regret and how he angered a whole lot of Oilers fans. Gus Katsaros from McKeen Hockey discusses rookies and prospects and Lupul, oh my! Finally, Dobber stops in to give you an in depth look at his original top 10 sleeper picks and his top 10 rookies. All guests take part in the new segment called "Dobber Nation Tough Ten".  Ten questions that will have them shaking in fear! Okay, maybe just answering without having time to really think about the answers. 


Episode 34: March 25, 2012 This month begins with Brian's interview with Puck Daddy writer and TSN contributor Dmitry Chesnokov, who tells us what to expect from Alexander Radulov for the rest of this year and beyond. We also discuss in-depth the increasing competition for players coming from the KHL, and what that might mean about the future of Russian-born players in the NHL like Evgeni Kuznetsov and Vladimir Tarasenko...Then we'll address one of the topics that always heats up this time of year-- tanking. I’ll let you know about a new idea that could solve the problem in both the NHL, and your keeper leagues...And finally, Yahoo! Canada’s Junior Hockey editor Neate Sager gives you the goods on which teams and players you’re going to want a keep an eye on in the OHL, WHL, and QMJHL as the road to the Memorial Cup kicks into gear. And with Sven Baertschi as inspiration, we’ll kick around an idea for what may be a better way to rank the CHL’s top scorers.


Episode 33: February 25, 2012 - We feed right into the trade deadline frenzy, beginning with our annual chat with Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey. He’s going to tell you why some teams might have a harder time dealing this year, which teams will be active, which rumours are definitely bunk, and-- I swear-- he’ll also predict the future, calling a trade during our chat about 5 hours before it formally went down. Then, I’m going to take a few minutes to go over the deadline’s fantasy implications, using last year’s events to try and figure out how much a deadline move might hurt or hamper a player’s numbers for the rest of their season. And finally, Nashville Predators writer extraordinaire Dirk Hoag joins me to talk about what’s different in Nashville this year, which Predators deserve more credit than they get, and review a couple of their defensive prospects’ performances.


Episode 32: January 25, 2012 - This month, the Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson joins me to try and figure out who the real Tampa Bay Lightning are, and throws around some names of the key players and prospects who might be in GM Steve Yzerman’s 5 year plan. After that, Brian will take you through a group of the hottest young players from October and November, and analyze whether they’ve wilted or held steady since then, with some fantasy suggestions thrown in for good measure. And finally, Dobber and Angus hop on in their finest evening wear to distribute the first ever Dobbie Awards, given to the NHLers whose fantasy lines are begging for recognition this year. Together, they hand out trophies for the biggest letdown, most pleasant surprise, second-half risers and crashers, and more.



Episode 31: December 25, 2011 -This month's specialWJC editionis required listening for any prospect watchers and tourney fanatics. We’re going to dissect the roster of all 10 countries and direct your eyes towards the guys that are working towards becoming household names…We chat with Russian sports newspaper Sport-Express'sSlava Malamudabout Team Russia and its abundance of fresh faces looking to make it two in a row. We’ll then connect with TSN’sJermain Franklinto find out which players are shaping up to be the team’s leaders and gamebreakers. Afterwards, we call up United States of Hockey's Chris Peterswho has been closely following this year’s Team USA members closely for far beyond the last couple weeks. And finally, we’re joined by DobberHockey’s own prospects guru and WJC correspondentMatt Buggwho gives us the names of a few promising players from each of the other six teams competing for gold.



Episode 30: November 25, 2011 - Brian Kom chats with Jeremy Rutherford, a beat reporter covering the Blues. He also talks with (fake) Henrik Zetterberg about his personal life. Jim Gintonio comes on to talk about the Turris situation, and DobberHockey's own Jason Arbuthnot dives into the wonderful world of the Frozen Pool fantasy tools.


Episode 29: October 25, 2011 - Brian Kom is joined by's and Goalie Post's Justin Goldman, who gives his take on some of the elite goalies in the league who have been less than impressive to start the year, and also adds a new name to the 'elite' conversation.'s Scott Cullen jumps on to discuss this year's rookie class and the finer points of fantasy strategy for serious poolies. New York Times columnist Chris Botta dissects the young and exciting roster of the New York Islanders, delivering his thoughts on when some of their newest additions could begin to have an impact in the NHL.!


Episode 28 - September 25, 2011 - Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review fills you in on what's been going down at Pens training camp. Brian Kom discusses some mistakes poolies often make, and Dobber himself comes on at the end to answer phone calls, e-mails, and tweets from you!


Episode 27 - August 25, 2011 - Kom speaks to Hockey Prospectus' Tom Awad, creator of the VUKOTA projection system. He explains his formula and gives us a sneak peek at how VUKOTA has rated some familiar NHLers' potential output for the upcoming year. Afterwards, DobberHockey's own Ryan Ma talks about the most important factors in his projections, and takes us through what he's expecting from the a couple Western Conference teams and a bucketload of players.


Episode 26 - July 25, 2011 - Kom sits down with Comcast Sportsnet's Philadelphia Flyers reporter Sarah Baicker, HockeyProspecus prospects writer Corey Pronman, and McKeen's pro scouting coordinator Gus Katsaros.


Episode 25 - June 25, 2011 - Host Brian Kom chats with Matt Bugg, DobberHockey's resident prospect guru. Kom also catches up with Dobber himself. Rounding out the group is Nashville's North American Amateur scout, Jason Bukala. Click here to listen to the podcast!


Episode 24 - April 25, 2011 - Brian Kom interviews


Episode 23 - March 25, 2011 - Kom brings on our very own Justin Goldman to help grade and predict the performances of the NHL's masked men, including Sergei Bobrovsky, Kari Lehtonen, and Michal Neuvirth.  Jim Connelly, senior writer for US College Hockey Online ( takes us through the top 10 candidates for college hockey's highest individual honour, the Hobey Baker award, and lets you know which player from that group is most likely to be the first to make their mark in the NHL. The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline is going to tell you which players the Blue Jackets are counting on to make them contenders, especially on the blueline, and which players they might be writing off-- you'll be surprised to hear who could be on the trading block this offseason.


Episode 22 - February 25, 2011 - Kom has a conversation with Jeff Angus about some fantasy hockey trading strategies, as well as some sleeper players for the rest of this season and beyond. Lyle Richardson (Spector's Hockey) gets us ready for the NHL trade deadline, and shares his thoughts on Brad Richards, Alexander Semin, and movement in Colorado so far. Kent Wilson (Flames Nation) speaks on the Flames's roller-coaster season thus far, and the reasons behind it.


Episode 21 - January 25, 2011 - On Dobber Nation's return from hiatus, host Brian Kom delves into the surprising story of this year's Atlanta Thrashers with the voice of the Thrashers, play-by-play man Dan Kamal. Afterwards, hockey statistic creator Tom Awad, a writer for stats site, comes on the show to discuss his new statistic and how you can use it to your advantage in your hockey pool. And finally, we called up Dobber himself to review and get the future outlook on some of the fantasy hockey storylines of this season, as well as to make some unorthodox all-star game predictions.


Episode 20 - December 22, 2009 - Walker has a conversation with Sportsnet's Peter Loubardias about some players to keep an eye on in the upcoming WJC tournament, such as Nikita Filatov, Mattias Tedenby, Tomas Tatar and more; Alessandro Seren Rosso is an expert on Russian hockey players and he discusses the status and skills of various well-known Russian hockey personalities; Dobber discusses the offense situation in Nashville and Phoenix, as well as players such as Marc Savard, Mathieu Perreault, Nathan Horton and who he will be watching at the WJC; Top 2010 potential draftee Mark Pysyk jumps on with his experiences going through an NHL draft year.


Episode 19 - December 01, 2009 - Walker talks about some under-the radar prospects with Jeff Nielsen, including revisiting a favorite sleeper of Dobber's and Bugg's (you'll have to listen to find out who!). Martin Hanzal jumps on to discuss his increased ice time under the new coach, what his role is and will be, as well as his thoughts on some of his young teammates. Jeff Angus comes on to give his take on how Dustin Penner will do without Ales Hemsky, what the future holds for Gilbert Brule, as well as other fantasy-relevant situations around the league.


Episode 18 - November 19, 2009 - Walker talks with Aaron Portzline about the Nikita Filatov situation. Portzline has a great take on the Filatov-to-Russia situation and poolies should take note! Les Jackson shares his insights on the wealth of young talent in Dallas. Neal, Benn, Brunnstrom, and Vishnevskiy are profiled.  Finally, Dobber stops by to share his thoughts on a variety of teams and players - Moulson, Spezza, Sullivan, and Kostitsyn are a few names mentioned. The Snipers Cup Hockey League (SCHL) is the latest keeper league to be profiled as a candidate for North America's best keeper league!

Episode 17 - September 25, 2009 - Walker talks with Detroit's Valtteri Filppula about his potential to breakout in his fourth season and who he has been playing with, as well as what we can expect from him; Dobber jumps on to answer some of the questions posed in the forum, including outlooks for Varlamov, Ryan, Setoguchi, sophomore slumps and more; Walker asks Adam Proteau of The Hockey News about the Olympic break and how it will impact NHLers in the second half, Phil Kessel's potential in Toronto, Artem Anisimov in New York, and more; Curtis Glencross jumps on quickly to discuss his hopes of a top six spot; as well as continuing with our feature on keeper leagues.


Episode 16 - August 25, 2009 - Walker talks with Carolina scout Ron Ferguson about 'close' prospects Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk, Jamie McBain among many others, and their chances of making an impact this year in the NHL; DobberHockey's Stu McDonald, who pens Stu's Slant, jumps on to discuss prospects such as Cal O'Reilly, Jiri Tlusty (bold prediction here!), Bowman and more;A new feature on fantasy hockey keeper leagues is introduced.


Episode 15 - July 25, 2009 -  Walker talks with Calgary prospect and highly-ranked DobberHockey prospect Mikael Backlund about his thoughts on the upcoming camp; Sportsnet's Vancouver Canucks broadcaster Dan Murphy talks about what you can expect from Samuelsson, Hodgson, Burrows, Schroeder, Schneider and the Sedins; Matthew Bugg discusses the 2009 draft picks and what their new teams mean to fantasy leagues, as well as his column in the Fantasy Guide.


Episode 14 - June 29, 2009 -  Walker talks with Dan Marr, the Director of Scouting for the Atlanta Thrashers, about the outlook for Evander Kane and his other two picks in the Top 45 from the weekend. He has VERY interesting things to say about Esposito and Sterling; Lyle Richardson from gives us everything we need to know about the July 1st free agent frenzy; Landon Ferraro is a Detroit Red Wing, and he gives a couple of minutes of his time; Draft talk, free agency talk - it's all here!


Episode 13 - May 25, 2009 -  Walker talks with Chris Mason about some of the players on Team Canada at the Worlds, as well as some Blues' kids (Backes, Oshie, Perron, Berglund) and Alexander Radulov; The voice of the Kelowna Rockets - Memorial Cup Finalists - Regan Bartel discusses Jamie Benn, Mikael Backlund, Tyler Meyers and others; Jay Zawatski from 670 the Score, host of the Blackhawks postgame show in Chicago talks of his biggest surprise 'Hawk - Kris Versteeg, Niemi vs. Crawford, as well as other young Hawks like Dave Bolland; and Dobber jumps on to give more insight on his latest Pens' article, as well as three of his favorite prospect dark horses.


Episode 12 - April 25, 2009 -  Walker discusses the impact of the MacT firing from a fantasy standpoint with Edmonton radio host Guy Flaming, who also mulls over possible replacements. Flaming also talks some Patrick O'Sullivan, Oiler prospects and Edmonton UFA's; DobberHockey's Jeff Angus comes on to discuss the booms and busts of fantasy hockey in the playoffs; HockeyBuzz Radio's Paul McCann discusses the Predators' odds of bringing back Alexander Radulov, and the fantasy outlook for some other Preds.

Episode 11 - March 25, 2009 -  Walker discusses some potential fantasy stars at the World U18s with DobberHockey's Matt Bugg, as well as the fantasy potential of this year's 10 Hobey Baker finalists,  Vancouver's undrafted signee Eric Walsky and an under-the-radar defenseman (undrafted and recently signed); Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports (Puck Daddy) discusses the playoff race, surprise impacts from the trade deadline, a red-hot line in Toronto and a couple of Band-Aid Boys; Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch discusses the outlook for some of the Blue Jackets, including Vermette, Russell, Voracek and Tyutin; Promising '09 eligible prospect Landon Ferraro talks to Walker about the U18s and this summer's draft.


Episode 10 - February 25, 2009 - Dobber joins Walker to discuss potential Pittsburgh wingers, Ryan Smyth's fantasy value if moved, JVR, Steve Sullivan and more. Sportsnet's Sam Cosentino comes on to give us the lowdown on on trade candidates like Nik Antropov, the situation in Montreal, as well as some great prospect defensemen for your keeper league. ESPN's John Buccigross gives his take on his fantasy squad, Sean Avery, and of course - the trade deadline. Panthers' analyst Randy Moller discusses what poolies can expect with Jay Bouwmeester, as well as his take on Frolik and Weiss. St. Louis prospect Brett Sonne, an underrated fantasy prospect, checks in on his big season.


Episode 9 - January 25, 2009 -  A quick interview with Jonathan Blum, discussing the WJC, his outlook and future with the Preds and his excellent season with the WHL's Giants. Also, Calgary's FAN 960 host Dean Molberg talks some fantasy hockey, and Dobber comes on to weigh in on Simeon Varlamov, Todd White, the Pittsburgh Penguins and more!


Episode 8 - December 20, 2008 -  TSN's Ray Ferraro gives his thoughts on the Ottawa Senators, some up-and-coming defensemen and 'sell-high' candidates; Kyle Quincey discusses the transition of running the PP in junior vs. the NHL and what his role will be when the young d-men of the Kings arrive; Jeff Nielsen talks some WJC from a fantasy standpoint; NHL rookie Kris Versteeg discusses life on a line with Toews and Kane, as well as how he feels about being the big surprise in fantasy leagues.


Episode 7 - November 25, 2008 - DobberHockey's fantasy goaltending expert Justin Goldman discusses the goaltending situation in Colorado and Edmonton, as well as some dark horse goalies to take a flyer on; J.P. from Japer's Rink talks about the Nylander situation, the Mike Green injury, some Caps' prospects and more; Carolina's first round pick from 2008 Zach Boychuk talks to Andrew about his recovery from his wrist injury and his NHL cup of coffee.


Episode 6 - October 29, 2008 - CityTV's Ryan Jespersen joins the panel and talks about some draft day regrets. Dobber comes on to discuss some buy low/sell high players, as well as gives some thoughts on Kris Versteeg. Evander Kane joins Andrew and gives his feelings on the importance of playing hard for the scouts.


Episode 5 - September 3, 2008 - editor Ed Fraser discusses Bryan Berard's situation in Philadelphia, The Fourth Period editor-in-chief's Dave Pagnotta gives you the scoop on Mats Sundin and Mat Schneider, and DobberHockey's prospect specialist Matthew Bugg reels off a list of prospects to watch out for in training camp!


Episode 4 - August 7, 2008 - Dobber Nation welcomes's Lyle Richardson (aka Spector),'s Scott Cullen,  and DobberHockey's own Jeff Angus!


Episode 3 - July 10, 2008 - Free Agent Frenzy '08. New host Brenden Thomas and Dobber offer their take on the first few weeks of the free agent season, and break down the impact of all the moves on your fantasy league.   Dobber Nation Special - June 24, 2008 - exclusive interview with Matt Ebbs, GM of International Scouting Services. (excuse the quality, our studio was down but we didn't want to miss this great interview!)


Episode 2 - May 13, 2008 - Guests Eric Maltais, Russ Miller and J Status discuss Johan Franzen's emergence and some upcoming breakout players for 2008-09, Stamkos in Tampa Bay, Doughty or Bogosian in Los Angeles.


Episode 1 - Guests Dobber, Matthew Bugg and Jeff Angus - who's hot, who's not, some prospect talk, answering reader emails and more fantasy hockey as we head into the postseason.