"LIKE" Dobber Sports on Facebook, and win yourself a pair of Oakley's! On July 6 I'll draw a name from one of the likes, and send them a pair. Also working on giving away two free books about the Boston Bruins (details on that to come).

 

Fantasy Prospects Report - buy it here. You can read the player profiles of all the players whom you just saw drafted – and Matthew Bugg did a great job this year, nailing the Top 4 as well as Toronto drafting Biggs, Ottawa drafting Puempel, TB nabbing Namestnikov, and Buffalo grabbing Armia. He’s kicking himself for having Edmonton take Musil to start the second round in the original release – but then in the update he changed it! Anyway, kudos to Matt. He’s always been good with this stuff, but I think this was his best year yet.

 

I started off on a Flyers ramble, and then it exploded into an article I just stuck on the main page. I hope you enjoy.

 

If Andrei Markov is worth $5.7 million (or $1 million per 10 games), then I guess Drew Doughty is worth $10.2 billion. Doughty has been reportedly offered just $5.7 million, though.

 

In Detroit’s development system, you can count on Tomas Jurco being a star NHL player, it will just take two years longer than anticipated. Love that pick – the Wings score again. Tatar Part 2?

 

It was interesting to see the Vancouver Canucks draft a Swedish twin – Pathrik Westerholm – in the sixth round, but then not draft his brother Ponthus in the seventh round. Granted, Ponthus may not have the skills to be drafted and is more of a project, but the buzz alone in Vancouver from drafting Swedish twins would deflect attention from the riots. And Ponthus could still be developed – in fact, it is speculated that the team will just invite him to camp and sign him at that point. Since seventh-round picks rarely pan out, why not just draft him and get the headlines? But far be it to criticize one of my favorite GM’s in the league. It’s just a head scratcher, that’s all. Ponthus is the Henrik to Pathrik’s Daniel.

 

The Bruins were brilliant to grab Alexander Khokhlachev in the second round. His skills are Top 15…but it’s the KHL factor that dropped him. But the B’s are so deep that it wouldn’t hurt him if he didn’t report. However, if he does report, they have added a potential star. Lots of respect for that move…

 

Piano keys on the collar? Pretty, uh, unique.

 

Tampa Bay took three Russians Saturday. Man, that Yzerman is fearless, eh?

 

The Coyotes added some depth by acquiring MA Pouliot from Tampa in exchange for the 201st overall pick.

 

I was just starting to respect Jay Feaster and what he has been doing…and then he went and signed Alex Tanguay long term like that. His only prior bad move was the long-term deal he offered Curtis Glencross, who will be a dime a dozen on July 1. Tanguay COULD work out. If every one of those five years works out to the way he played last season, then he is actually a steal. But Calgary is in no position to tie up their hands like that.

 

It’s suddenly starting to look as though Carolina will actually re-sign both Pitkanen and Jokinen, per the newsobserver.com.

 

The Ryan Smyth trade has been finalized and revised – instead of Gilbert Brule and a higher pick, the Kings are happier with Colin Fraser and a seventh-round pick. Which speaks of just how injured Brule is…wow.

 

If Columbus didn’t trade Filatov, he would have played next year in the KHL.

 

The Florida Panthers did not tender qualifying offers to Steve Bernier, Byron Bitz or Niclas Bergfors. What do teams have against Bergfors? Seriously? I’d be worried, as a fantasy owners. He produces, yet gets no respect at all at such a young age.

 

A great Top 10 list of plays from top draft picks of the past. Feel free to send me old or classic youtube clips – I’ll need some to get me through the next 75 or so ramblings…

 


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Larry said:

Rollie1967
this is why i love this site... and scream at my computer whenever Im on the tsn site. smilies/grin.gif Im not a fan of the Tanguay deal either (and on tsn- that is blasphemy!) Hes a decent enough player- but for a team with cap troubles- why paint yourself into the corner AGAIN! and for so long- He will be 32 later this year-a 5yr deal is tooo long. I too pointed out the fact the Nucks drafted half of another set of swedish twins- you would think I questioned somones manhood!
*end rant- Thanks Dobber!

As for Fraser being bought out- It doesnt make much sense- they 'save' about $550k- but then you have to replace him- and thats approx. the minimum salary. I would think hes got some value on the 4th line. Interesting to note- the Oil gave up a 6th and 7th round picks- and got a 1yr rental of Fraser, plus a 1yr rental of Smyth (albeit a pricey one)- not a bad return.
June 27, 2011
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Darcy S said:

swamp_mule
Re: Smyth trade LA was fine with just the 7th, but the Oil wanted to move some salary, so in went Fraser (instead of Brule for the health reasons). LA may just buy out Fraser (as per @darrendreger and @helenenothelen).
June 26, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... The only think I don't agree with is that they need to start chaning it a bit as the Wings appear to be in transition. They have not produced a star since Zetterberg and with his injuries and Datsyuk's injuries + the average age of the team, I think they need to start giving more ice time to guys like Tatar and Jarnkrok. Playing in the NHL will let them become stars. Plugging away in Sweden and the AHL will not. Just my opinion. They are obviously doing well but their window might be closing after Lidstrom retires.
June 26, 2011
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slufoot said:

slufoot
don't agree with the most succesful model in hockey?? You mean the model that just about every team in the league that doesn't finish in the lottery aspires to? really?

Based on Kronwall's development - this season is his first real shot at top pairing minutes - Kindl will likely get top 4-6 minutes this year, and be the #3 D next season. It was 8 years from the time Kronwall was drafted to his first 40+ point season. That season for Kindl would be 2012-13.

Forwards Datsyuk and Zetterberg didn't crack PPG status until 6 and 7 years removed from their draft year. By that logic, they've only got 3 drafts worth of players ready for NHL duty. Who? Those players would be Franzen, Howard, Filpulla, Hudler. I'd expect Abdelkader or Helm to take a big step this year, as well as Kindl based on their model.
June 26, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... and I don't agree with their model (or parts of their model). They need to start promoting guys to the show sooner rather than later, or else they may lose a chance to really develop their skills. You can't spend 5 years in the AHL developing skills.
June 26, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... I'm well aware of Datsyuk and Zetterberg. That was quit a while ago, though. I'm talking last 10 years or so.

It's just cliche that whoever Detroit picks, people say it's a steal. See Jarnkrok, Pulkkinen (a guy who was passed on 3 times by DET and everyone else), Tatar, and now Jurco. I'm sure Kindl was talked about like that as well.
June 26, 2011
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ultrawhiteness said:

ultrawhiteness
Westerholme twins similar to the Oil picking just one of the Jones twins last year, why waste two picks when you can use only one and for all intents and purposes get both of them anyway?
June 26, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... The guy to really watch in Detroit is Jarnkrok. More upside than Mursak, Tatar, Nyqvist, etc. etc.
June 26, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... If I were to guess who would argue with me on the Detroit point, I would slap $100 down on Big_Ev! LOL
As slufoot says - wait six or seven years for each. At worst, they make solid third-liners: Filppulla, Helm, Mursak (on the team this year)...really pick out one or two latish picks every year and they tend to develop as expected or hoped.
June 26, 2011
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slufoot said:

slufoot
Detroit picks - stars Well Zetterberg and Datsyuk have worked out quite well. More recently Jim Howard and if we're talking stars in the spring (when it matters), Johan Franzen has some of the best playoff PPG numbers of all active players.
We can't really dump on any picks they've made after 2005 since they develop their players for 6-7 yrs before they get an opportunity to be succesful at the NHL level.
June 26, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... I knew people were gonna say Jurco will be star just because he's in Detroit now...who's the last draft pick they had who is now a star?

The Detroit factor is a myth, IMO.
June 26, 2011
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Dicks said:

Dicks
Bergfors What are the odds he becomes Grabner 2.0?
June 26, 2011
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