James Mirtle reports that the Wings have recalled Jan Mursak. Is this another player who will leapfrog Hudler, or will Hudler get another look on a top line still? Mursak, like all Wings prospects, is being brought along slowly (and properly) so I would be surprised if the doghouse Hudler is in is so air tight that even a prospect surpasses him.

 

Florida prospect Nick Bjugstad scored the OT winner for Team USA in their win over Finland Sunday. It's been hard to gauge him as a prospect as he is a rookie playing in a strong program (U. of Minnesota) behind several established teammates. So this is a great Tourney to see what we have here.

 

I have been unable to find any further word on Spezza's injury. He left last night's contest with a UBI.

 

Ugly Pacioretty hit added below.

 

As is typical of Mr. Danny Cleary, an injury derails his hot run. Didn't I say something to that effect two weeks ago? Sounds familiar. Anyway, the guy has a broken ankle and is out for a month. I would suggest turning to Hudler, but he probably needs Franzen, Zetterberg, Bertuzzi and Filppula to all get hurt as well.

 

Mathieu Perreault scored last night, but also left the game with a broken nose. The clip is below, but it could lead to Tim Gleason getting suspended.

 

The Isles are starting to win the occasional game now, and it's in no small part to PA Parenteau finding his stride at the NHL level. Give him six points in his last five contests

 

Max Pacioretty is pointless and a minus-1 in each of his last three games. He had 15 PIM Sunday, though, with his game misconduct for boarding on Mark Eaton.

 

The Midseason Guide is out January 7 - I will also include a one-page addendum for release on January 14, for those of you with a draft a week later. I want to keep you guys as up to date as I can.

 

I'm so confident in the Midseason Guide helping you, that I am now - for the next three days - selling LAST YEAR'S Midseason Guide for $1.99. This is about as cheap as I can make it without it costing me money to sell it to you. I do this so that you can pick it up for next to nothing, browse through it, and see for yourself that you should be buying this Guide every year. So $1.99 right now in the shop, scroll down to the archived Guides and I've highlighted last year's.

 

Dwayne Roloson stopped 38 of 39  shots and a performance like that is enough to turn his game back around. Look for better results going forward.

 

Marty Turco stopped 26 of 27 for his first strong start in a month. He'll need more than that to steal Crawford's momentum, but a performance like that means the coach will no longer hesitate to give him a start.

 

For Mathieu Garon, that's 10 goals allowed in his last two starts.

 

How big a hole is Jiri Hudler in when he can't get ice time with Pavel Datsyuk on the shelf? Wow - I take back my note from last week. Drop him again. I had no idea that the doghouse he was in had walls of titanium, with a reinforced adamantium lock.

 

Matt Beleskey was recalled by the Ducks and promptly scored his first of the season. He saw some time on the top line. Not worth a pick up in one year leagues. Yet.

 

The best player in the Canada-Russia game to me: Vladimir Tarasenko. And it wasn't close. Talent-wise, he's better than anyone in Canada. Does that mean it will translate to the NHL? Does it even mean he'll COME to the NHL? Who knows - but he moves up my prospects chart.

 

Brayden Schenn and Ryan Johansen hit the scoreboard, but neither dominated enough in my mind to make them considered potential first-line stars in the NHL. It's just one  game, but I would neither move them up nor down my list based on it. Maybe Tarasenko was just so impressive, everyone else just seemed like potential second liners by comparison.

 

The only Canadian who is a future superstar is Ryan Ellis. Like Nashville needs a star prospect blueliner...

 

Edmonton prospect goalie Olivier Roy was unimpressive to say the least. I had no confidence in him as the game went on and based off of that one game would never own him in a fantasy league. Just one game, but that's the hole he needs to get out of for me.

 

Igor Bobkov, despite letting in some dumb, weird goals, was the better goalie by far. Despite the late collapse, too. Anaheim prospect. I would have no problem owning him in a fantasy league.

 

Isles prospect Nino Niederreiter tallied two points for Team Swiss in the 4-3 win over Germany.

 

With three points last night, Erik Karlsson has 11 in his last nine games.

 

Jeff Tambellini is now riding a five-game points streak and he has 11 points in his last 14 games.

 

David Backes has 23 points in his last 22 games. Looking every bit the 65-70 player that he should be.

 

Marian Hossa was back in the lineup and tallied two assists in 18 minutes of play. Viktor Stalberg was pointless in his return.

 

I take back what I said last week about Brodeur turning things around under Lemaire. He really seems to be done. Maybe it's the injuries, but the reflexes are no longer there. He has allowed 17 goals on his last 71 shots. That's regressing from what already was a horrible season. The thing is - teams will still trade for him. Not fantasy teams, but real teams. You know, the ones led by dumber GM's. The Devils would be brilliant to trade him. Meanwhile, quietly pick up Jeff Frazee. I urged you to pick up Jimmy Howard three years ago and Corey Crawford two years ago for the same reason: potential opportunity on a team used to winning.

 

The Post-Gazette is reporting that Jordan Staal could be back for Saturday's Winter Classic. If so, I still anticipate that he will be put on Malkin's line straight away.

 

Jeff Skinner has been moved to center and the move paid off right away as his line tallied both Carolina goals in their loss. Jokinen and Ruutu were his linemates.

 

Marco Sturm picked up his first point in his first game playing on the top line with Kopitar and Brown. Looks like they'll keep him there for awhile, meaning the points are about to flow for this guy.

 

Martin Erat (UBI) and Steve Sullivan (LBI) were out of the lineup. The Preds recalled Linus Klasen, who played 16:21 but was pointless.

 

If Travis Moen didn't catch the flu, Benoit Pouliot would have been a healthy scratch Sunday.

 

Jeremy Morin was injured during the USA/Finland game, according to Bobby Mac. "Signficant" was a word he used. Morin was injured earlier this year, too. I wonder if this will become habit-forming. Don't jump down my throat. With kids, we don't have a long timeline to look at, so when you see a couple of injuries within a few months for a teenager, you wonder.

 

Interested in sponsoring the return of Dobber Nation? Contact Rob at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Dobber Nation radio show with Brian Kom will return in January. With this site now being a 6 million page view/month entity, I'd like to think that your company could benefit with a cheap radio spot.

 

Pacioretty could be suspended for this one:

 

 


Gleason breaks Perreault's nose. The hit looks clean to me.

 

 

Not a bad battle: Kovalchuk vs. Phaneuf:

 

 


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Frank said:

NoUseForAName
Olli Jokinen Just to add to your ramblings, I've noticed he is secretly getting some points lately, with 11 in last 14... something to say about him ?
December 28, 2010
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jason said:

toewsfan
Perrault / Gleason It's difficult to follow in the video, but the handle of Perrault's stick (which had split into 2 pieces) flings around very wildly during the collision. Made me wonder if the handle of the stick may have contacted Perreault's nose, causing the injury. After viewing the video, did anyone else have that impression?
December 27, 2010
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Heaton said:

Heaton
Hudler Actually Dobber, during his best season to date in Detroit, he had a very strong start to the season, cooled off, heated up again then went ice cold from the end of February 'til the end of the season. The same thing happened the prior season.

I just know there are some big Hudler fans who believe that if only Babcock would play him in the top 6 he'd be at or near a PPG place. I have no idea if he'd Leino it up in the Eastern Conference but he has a ton of skill, isn't afraid to go to the net, but this year has been quite bizarre. I know there's a sentiment that some players don't perform when they have the fear of sitting, but Hudler has zero urgency to his game. Take a look at the Cleary's and Eaves and hell, even Holmstrom a guy who is actually slower than Hudler has more battle to him.
December 27, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Heaton - good call, you are exactly right. But Hudler sucked in the KHL the first two months as well. He tends to be a guy who gets warmed up and starts to really play in the second half.

Seadawg - I agree, I was most impressed with him among the forwards
December 27, 2010
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Kris said:

4horsemen
Tarasenko No doubt the best player on the ice. Kid is a treat to watch!

Anyone else find that Schenn was forcing every opportunity he had to shoot the puck? I like the kid but I'm beginning to roll back my expectations of him a bit, just doesn't seem to have 'The Knack' from what I've seen.

Quick not on Perreault - seems to have 'The Knack' for getting thrashed along the boards like a rented mule. Not so much a comment on what happened last night as his entire body of NHL work. I have a bad feeling this kid leaves the ice on a stretcher some day......great skill but leaves himself prone.
December 27, 2010
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Heaton said:

Heaton
Hudler Being a Detroit fan, this Hudler thing is all of his making. All these little comments about him being in the dog house aren't exactly valid. Hudler has always played under 14 minutes in Detroit and when people complained about that it was semi-valid because he was producing. This year? No production. Babcock has bent over backwards trying to get him going. Benched undeserving players, played him 17 mins a game for a few, played with Zetterberg, played with proven chemistry in Filppula and Franzen. All of the blame is on Hudler.

At this time, he doesn't need anything else except for him to get his act together. He's been getting time on the PP, but he isn't even creating anything. So before anything is inferred about this being in some way Babcock's fault, watch a few Wings games and tell me why he deserves to knock down players who are producing.
December 27, 2010
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
Tarasenko I completely agree that Tarasenko has star skills and was the best player on the ice. I was also impressed with Couturier though. For a kid not even drafted yet, he was one of Canada's best forwards. His board play was impressive. He has great size and reach and used it to create space for himself and create scoring chances for his team-mates. He was calm with the puck and very controlled and I think he too has star potential in the NHL. Not just Ellis and Tarasenko.
December 27, 2010
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Magicstew said:

Magicstew
Dobber Right? Dobber is right, go look in your couch, might be the best toonie you find all year ... smilies/cool.gif Dam kids beat me to it.
December 27, 2010
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Ballsakic said:

Ballsakic
Spezza and Cleary I just took over number #1 in my league with a huge victory this week just to lose Spezza and Cleary.
I picked up Kopecky and B Comeau. I was going to get Hudler but I dont trust him.
Man I just felt that the injuries were due.
At least I have built up a decent team with pickups of Pavelec and Cleary.
It's takes a whole season of key pickups to win.
December 27, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Dukla - look at his last four games before this one and the one previous, and then tell me I'm being picky. Also look for any No.5 goaltenders who have been called up lately to replace him.
December 27, 2010
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fraser young said:

frazmo12
Perreault Hit If you look at it around the 1:02 mark it looks like its his own broken stick that hit him in the face??? Also johncarlson74 on twitter took a pic of him after the game and posted it (looks funny...posted below) also looks like he'll be just fine as well. http://plixi.com/p/65868938

December 27, 2010
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... Rolosson turned his game around? His stats are GAA 2.38, SV% .920. Getting a little picky arent we?

Some players' value will go up or down at the WJC. Take advantage. Sell on Tarasenko. Buy Johansen.
December 27, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... General - mostly right. But Tarasenko has star-skills. One game tells me that. So there are exceptions.

Mike - I do this every year, and some people buy at the rock-bottom price, just to see. I found two bucks in the back of my couch a couple of days ago, so the cost is nothing!
December 27, 2010
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Mike: I did just that a few years ago. I wanted to see what the midseason guide was all about and a few excerpts would ABSOLUTELY NOT do the whole guide justice. It's just two bucks and there will be information in there that will still help you today, plus it'll make you see why you should get the new one when it's released.
December 27, 2010
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Mike said:

Leafs2010
Midseason guide Why would anyone buy LAST year's midseason guide? If you are so confident why don't you just post excerpts from it to prove how good it is [was]?
December 27, 2010
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Mike said:

slopoke
Hudler Dobber - I have to wonder about two things with Hudler in Detroit. First, if you're only going to give him ice time under 10 minutes, how long until you trade him to get a piece for a playoff run? Second, and it should not be a factor, but I wonder if his ice time is in some small respect a result of him leaving for the KHL last year after the arbitration award. Shouldn't be, but makes me wonder.
December 27, 2010
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General said:

Big Ev
... You shouldn't be moving people up or down your prospect list based on one game of a WJ tournament anyway. Wait until the tournament's over, IMO.
December 26, 2010
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