Angus here. I'll have an early evening update in a few hours. Getting pumped for a busy Saturday in hockey, including the first Saturday night HNIC in CBC.

 

My boy (can I call him that?) Jeff Skinner had an assist and scored the shootout winner for the 'Canes today.

 

The Fantasy Guide and Draft List are both updated as of NOW. Including - final preseason stats, my final Calder Trophy favorite 50, finalized rosters and more! BUY NOW

 

Goldie: Bobrovsky will continue to post great stats so long as teams keep shooting low on him. His feet are just too quick and sharp. Until team scouts/coaches stress shooting high, he's a goalie to own thanks to Leighton's injury.

 

Goldie: Do not freak out about Turco. I covered last night's game. It was VERY sloppy on both sides. He was timely in the first period and faced ~40 shots. I echo everything re: Duchene. I spoke to him after the game. He has amazing vision and awareness. Very keen kid.

 

Dobber: Leighton - back surgery, out about eight weeks. The good news is, the issue is identified (finally) and resolved (hopefully). The bad news is - he'll be out another month longer (thus hurting two of my leagues)

 

Antti Niemi is starting tonight. I am in the Niittymaki camp - I feel he is a better goalie. San Jose is hoping one of the two step up and take the starting spot. Niemi will be given a longer leash because of his resume, in my opinion.

 

Chicago is in tough without Brian Campbell for the next month. Nick Leddy was a disaster last night. Duncan Keith played close to 34 minutes. Seabrook was over 28. John Scott and Jordan Hendry both played about six minutes.

 

Paul Stastny scored two goals, played over four minutes on the penalty kill, and won 17 of 28 faceoffs.

 

Matt Duchene had a great game as well. He plays hockey like a running back with his balance and agility and quick directional changes. Justin Bourne made this comparison last night on his twitter feed to me. Duchene cuts and changes directions as well as anyone in the league already.

 

I wouldn't at all be surprised to see Brian Connelly get the call up from the farm very soon.

 

Edmonton rookie update:

 

Eberle: one goal, one assist, four shots on goal, 16:11 of ice time

 

Paajarvi: two shots on goal, 15:53 of ice time

 

Hall: four shots on goal, 16:59 of ice time

 

According to RDS, the Bruins have re-signed Patrice Bergeron to a three-year, $15 million deal. The term is nice, but that seems to be a decent amount of coin for a risk like Bergeron (injury-wise).

 

Boston practiced with Bergeron centering Wheeler and Recchi, Krejci centering Lucic and Horton, and Seguin centering Ryder and Paille. It will be interesting to see how the lines look in game one.

 

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter didn’t look very good together.

 

Mike Comrie played over seven minutes on the power play. More than Malkin, slightly less than Crosby. Almost 50% of his time on the ice was spent on the man advantage. Dan Byslma is certainly willing to put him in the right situations to succeed.

 

Sergei Bobrosvsky stopped 29 of 31 shots. How many of you went and scooped him up after last night?

 

Andrei Kostitsyn – minus-2 and 13 minutes of ice time. Some things never change.

 

Bozak, Kessel, and Versteeg all played 6:17 on the power play last night. Tomas Kaberle played almost eight minutes with the man advantage. Look for the Leafs to ride this unit (including Dion Phaneuf) hard.

 

Edmonton will be fun to watch this year. Obvious statement? Yes. Taylor Hall skates around like a kamikazee missile.

 

It is hard to get a true evaluation of players and teams after one game, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do it!

 

I watched all of the Carolina/Minnesota game before work. My thoughts:

 

Brandon Sutter looks good. Aside from two goals, he was placed in situations to produce (power play). He is such a smart player – reminds me a bit of Paul Stastny. If Carolina continues to give him consistent PP time (which will be tough considering how strong he is on the PK), he could score 25-30. He’ll be a 20-30 goal guy for the next 10-15 years.

 

My blurb on Sutter from the 2010-11 DobberHockey Pool Guide:

 

"Sutter is in a great long-term position in Carolina. He is insulated behind Eric Staal on the depth chart. He has little competition for the second line spot and the Hurricanes have a bounty of young talent coming up through the ranks on either wing. Sutter’s 20 goals were a surprise to many last season. Look for the lanky pivot hit new career highs in 2010- 11."

 

Jussi Jokinen is a great playmaker if used correctly. He needs teammates who can finish off his chances.

 

The Wild are an underwhelming team. They really seem to lack an identity.

 

Brent Burns looked pretty good – he’s rough defensively at times, but he has a dynamic quality offensively that will give him those important offensive minutes. He has battled the injury bug over the past few years, and relying on him to return to his 2007-08 numbers would probably be unrealistic. Still, chalk him down for a strong debut. It doesn’t mean much, but it means something.

 

Carolina spread power play minutes very evenly among their defensemen. McBain, Babchuk, Corvo, and Pitkanen all saw between 3:00 and 3:30 of ice time with the man advantage.

 

Joe Thornton was named captain of San Jose. I think a return to 100 points is in the cards for him. It will be interesting to see how he and Setoguchi click (Thornton mentioned to the San Jose coaching staff that he prefers playing with a right handed shot on one of his wings).

 

The Canucks continue to stack their farm team – they acquired defenseman Nathan Paetsch from Florida yesterday. He is probably number eight or nine on Vancouver’s depth chart, but he will be a big part of a strong Manitoba club.

 

I have had good luck in my past two farm drafts in one of my keeper leagues. I tend to favour the win-now mentality, and last year I ended up with Benn, Neuvirth, and Del Zotto. This season, I ended up with Morin (narrowly missed the cut) and Caron, who made the Bruins. It is nice to have prospects in the league right away - I hate waiting around for players to develop. I ended up sitting on Bobby Ryan for three full years before trading him (huge mistake, in retrospect).

 

Caron has battled injuries throughout his junior career, but he has a lot of skill and will probably play at 215-220 pounds (6'3"). The Neely comparisons are unfair (there will never be another Neely, at least in terms of the intimidation factor), but Caron is a hell of a lot closer to Neely than Milan Lucic is.

 

Why is Claude Giroux's Philadelphia's most talented player? Exhibit A:

 

Somewhere Dobber is enjoying this one:

 

The ridiculous part of that goal (aside from the toe drag) is how quickly Eberle gets the puck to his backhand. Wow.

 

Not for the faint of heart - lights out for Ivanans:


Write comment
Comments (19)add comment

paul said:

donpaulo
Pavelec what the heck happened to him ?

he went down like a sack of potatoes
October 09, 2010 | url
Votes: +0

mike hess said:

SharkMeat
Matt Taormina? Interesting in that he got all the PP time and Greene got 0.....
October 08, 2010
Votes: +0

Chris Lee said:

ChicagoChief
Matt Taormina? Just wondering why he continues to be ignored even though he made the NJ Devils. He is playing his first NHL game tonight after scoring 50 points in his first full AHL season.

Looks like a defenseman with some decent offensive upside to me. And, he's on a squad that has only one decent offensive defenseman in Andy Greene.

Any reason why there is no mention of him at all in the fantasy guide?
October 08, 2010
Votes: +0

Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Niittymaki Camp Every coach covets the guy that beat 'em last time, but I'm in the Niittymaki camp too.

Especially in my H2H league where points average over a week. Give me one good matchup a week, and he'll be the difference between a win and a loss some weeks for sure.

Week 2 ending 10/24? It's a four game week for the Sharks with back-to-back games--the second game in that back-to-back being against Calgary on 10/24... If Niittymaki only plays that one game next week, I'll be happy.
October 08, 2010
Votes: +1

Dobber said:

Dobber
... Probably shouldn't go by Chicago beatwriters for opinions on a new kid...


Caron - lots of new stuff on him in the Guide. No more Guide questions, wait til I get it up!
October 08, 2010
Votes: +1

Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
LEDDY FWIW-Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns tweeted, "Nick Leddy has gotten better as this game has gone on." And the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc added: "Blackhawks' Nick Leddy has gone from looking like a scared teenager to a capable NHL defenseman."

October 08, 2010
Votes: -1

Karbinkopy said:

Karbinkopy
Caron continued Hey Dobber, are you going to add Caron to the Fantasy Guide or at least write a blurb in it about him. Do you think he lasts more than 9 games. How many points? What are your projections for him this year.
October 08, 2010
Votes: +0

Karbinkopy said:

Karbinkopy
re: Caron Tradejunkie

I must have taken Jeff's ramblings on Caron differently than you. It seems to me they align with the prospect guide. I read Jeff's ramblings as saying Caron was injury prone in the past, but he's big and a hell of a lot better offensively than Lucic, but he won't give the one punch knockouts and thundering hits that Lucic gives (intimidation factor). Basically, more points, less oomph (Wow, holy crap did you see that hit) than Lucic.

Isn't that what the Prospect Report says when they compare Caron closer to Glen Murray and Eric Daze than Lucic?
October 08, 2010
Votes: +0

mike hess said:

SharkMeat
Rankings You guys scored one with Eberle rankings....
The risks I worried about like Eberle went away as I watched him score. Now I need Ennis, Hudler, Gilbert, Subban and Zherdev to show as well to win the league....My big guns are fine..it is the middle rankings that pay the dividends....
October 08, 2010
Votes: +0

Nick said:

nick12345
Chiarelli Boston is going to be in cap hell one day. I have no problem with the players he is putting on the ice, but the numbers he gives them all are inflated. How does Bergeron, a guy who is still a good player, but less effective than he was before his last concussion, get a raise? I think 3 years at 10M would have sufficed.

Angus - I think you need to make "prematurely delivered to the NHL" a more common comment on players. Maybe a full column after a few games of 10 players that have been prematurely delivered to the NHL this year?
October 08, 2010
Votes: +0

scotty9 said:

scotty9_
... after looking at the line combos again I'm not sure which is their second and which is their third line but you can swap out those two names from my rant and put in o'sullivan and bowman if you want. my point still stands.
October 08, 2010
Votes: +0

scotty9 said:

scotty9_
e. staal As a staal owner I'm disgusted by his linemates. I don't care how much success he had with eric cole in the past. By my count that was 13 injuries ago and he is no longer (if he was ever) a first line player. and you know who else isn't a first line player... Chad Larose. they are both third ine players... responsible with the ability to score from time to time. if only they had 2 players on the third line with infinitely more offensive potential to swap with them... maybe they rhyme with winner and puutu. I hate Paul Maurice.
October 08, 2010
Votes: +0

Jeff Angus said:

angus
... If not a disaster, how about:

Synonyms: disappointment, disaster, fiasco, misadventure, premature delivery

Perhaps he was prematurely delivered to the NHL? However you want to spin it, he was bad. I am surprised Chicago gave him the spot over Vishnevskiy/Connelly/Lanonde. I didn't catch a lot of Chicago's preseason so he obviously (hopefully) outplayed them, though.
October 08, 2010
Votes: +0

Dobber said:

Dobber
... Trade junkie - Angus did not write the Prospects Report, and unlike a lot of media sources, I don't insist that my writers be aligned on their stances on players. They are each free to express whatever opinion they want. Even wrong ones smilies/wink.gif
October 08, 2010
Votes: +0

Dobber said:

Dobber
... WooWoo - ramblings are meant to be myself and you sitting at a bar having a beer, and I give my thoughts on the hockey world (or Angus, in this case). So "disaster" may be a poor choice of words in the Globe and Mail, but it is perfectly fine in the trash-talking world of fantasy hockey. The spirit of the ramblings is "casual", and in no way is it meant to have us watch what we say. Take it with a grain of salt, assume that some things get exaggerated one way or the other, and have fun!

Now go put Leddy on your reserve (haha)


smilies/wink.gif
October 08, 2010
Votes: +0

WooWoo said:

WootskiWoo
Leddy The comment on Leddy is very harsh, Angus. "Diasaster" is extremely heavy for a 19 year old who is making his NHL debut when he might otherwise be hitting off his Soph year in college.

Apart from the Stewart goal, what else classified him as a "disaster"?

Will he be as good as a $7m Stanley Cup winning veteran blueliner? No, clearly. We don't need that spelling out. Given the circumstances I think he deserves some pats on the back though. Reading the post-game remarks by his teammates, they seemed very positive and supportive.

Very harsh critique.
October 08, 2010 | url
Votes: +0

Dave said:

davecunningham85
... giroux's was nice... but eberle's goal (and his first nhl goal for that matter) was much nicer than giroux's in comparison...
October 08, 2010
Votes: -1

tradejunkie said:

tradejunkie
Caron? Has Caron's stock shifted? The prospects report says: "Caron is big and he’s a Bruin, but he’s far from bad. He has decent offensive skills and is good at protecting the puck, but he plays more like Glen Murray than Milan Lucic. He’s a competitive guy and will earn his coach’s trust, but he won’t be a cult hero in Beantown like Lucic. Upside: Eric Daze, (35-35-70, 40 PIM)"

Your note above suggests a much different value...

(Please delete this post if it's really not cool to copy and paste stuff from the guide...)
October 08, 2010
Votes: -1

Mabus said:

mabus
... Eberle's first goal will be on quite a few highlight reels. Shorthanded too.
October 07, 2010
Votes: +0
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy