The (late) Fantasy Prospects List will be up later this afternoon.

 

Forsberg is playing for Colorado tonight.

 

There are rumors that Marian Gaborik is on the block. Does Pittsburgh make a move for him and figure out the tricky cap situation in the summer? The Kings are still in the market for a legitimate top line winger as well.

 

Does the Frolik trade impact Jeremy Morin? Maybe. I think the bigger impact will be the decision made regarding Troy Brouwer this summer.

 

It sounds like Chicago may try Frolik at center and move Sharp back to the wing full time. I still can't believe the Hawks managed to pull this trade off...

 

DobberBaseball's Fantasy Guide for 2011 is released later today...

 

Cody Hodgson has looked pretty good for the Canucks in his limited action, but he'll have to improve on his sub-40% faceoff winning percetange if he wants to stick around long term.

 

Vancouver's defense right now: Ehrhoff, Bieksa, Salo, Alberts, Rome, and Tanev. Bad, but not the end of the world. No word on Dan Hamhuis yet. Edler is out for a while and Ballard won't be back until March.

 

Keep an eye on where Chris Neil goes - he has a lot of value as a PIM guy and in the right situation he could fill a few other categories as well.

 

Ilya Kovalchuk has eight goals in his last 13 games. Just saying...

 

New York goalie Mikko Koskinen recorded his first career win – he’ll see the bulk of the starts with Poulin out for the season. Again – I don’t know a ton about him – big and Finnish. Two good attributes for goalies these days…

 

The time in the AHL has done WONDERS for Max Pacioretty. I can’t stress enough how much better he looks this season. No longer just using his speed – he’s big, fast, feisty, possesses a great shot, and he is starting to think the game like a scoring forward. Upside has gone from 50 to 70 in my books.

 

John Tavares will score 50 goals at some point within the next three seasons. May not be a bold statement, but owners of JT need to believe in his future. Unbelievable from the faceoff dots in.

 

Michael Grabner will score 30 goals this season – he has a Marian Gaborik-like ability to create plays on his own only using his speed – few players can do that. He won’t ever be more than a 50-60-point forward because of his lack of vision, but being a one-trick pony is fine as long as scoring goals is the trick.

 

He could have scored five or six last night. Another big thing - he gives the Islanders another weapon and spreads out the offense even more. He skated with Nielsen and Okposo last night, which takes some of the pressure off of Tavares and Moulson.

 

Lupul had three shots on goal and was pointless in his Toronto debut. He saw over four minutes of PP time.

 

Keith Aulie played almost 22 minutes for the Buds. Not a ton of offensive upside, though.

 

He doesn’t get enough recognition because of his lack of production, but Luke Schenn has developed into a very good NHL defenseman. He went through some ups and downs over his first few years, but he is starting to figure the professional game out. Upside of 30 points (depending on PP time) – he has value in leagues that count the other stuff – hits, plus-minus (in a few years), PIM, etc.

 

Thanks to Dobber for covering my off re: the Fisher trade yesterday. Busy day for me at work.

 

My thoughts – I really like the deal for both sides. Nashville gets a strong two-way center and a huge marketing chip to their fan base (you know that his relationship with Carrie Underwood played at least a tiny part in this, I won’t believe otherwise).

 

Nashville lacks high end talent, but a center group featuring O’Reilly, Fisher, Legwand, and Lombardi is pretty solid.

 

I wonder what this means for Colin Wilson from a long term perspective. Obviously he remains on the wing. He is pretty raw defensively so this makes sense for the short-term…

 

Ottawa gets a solid draft pick and over $4 million of cap space.

 

Claude Giroux has points in 10 of his last 11 games.

 

Jeff Carter is en fuego recently and now has 26 goals on the season. Only one behind Danny Briere for the team lead.

 

It may be me, but Briere’s 27 goal season is going largely unnoticed. I doubt those poolies who own him have missed his strong season, but he doesn’t seem to be getting the praise he deserves. Been one of the most consistent offensive producers post-lockout.

 

Dobber had an interesting thought in an e-mail to me last night – could Karlsson/Rundblad/Wiercioch potentially be another Letang/Goligoski/Whitney? Ottawa lacks the Crosby/Malkin factor, but they have a trio of phenomenal young offensive defensemen.

 

Sterling-Jeffrey-Johnson combined for a goal and three points in Pittsburgh’s win last night. With Crosby/Malkin/Letestu/Kunitz/Cooke all out, I like the trio to step up in the short-term. All are legitimate offensive talents.

 

Jeffrey left last night’s game with an injury. That leaves Pittsburgh with Staal, Talbot, and………. They have no centers in the AHL signed to professional contracts.

 

Fleury had a very strong game – look for Pittsburgh to try and grind out a lot of 2-1, 3-2 games over the next few weeks. Their strength is the defense and they will be leaning on it heavily.

 

Ron Wilson after last night’s 2-1 OT loss – “I don’t count this as a loss.” Great analysis, Ron.

 

James Reimer stopped 37 of 39 shots. The Jonas Gusvatsson news (heart rate issues again) only increases his keeper league value further. I’d love to see more analysis on Reimer from Leaf fans – I have only seen him play once aside from highlights. Seems very fundamentally sound like Luongo/Rinne.

 

Kovalchuk is a Reimer fan: He played great, this kid," Kovalchuk said. "I think we'll see him more often. He's a big guy, covers a lot of space and controls rebounds well."

 

The Panthers are a garbage team – looking at that roster…. Ouch. Weiss is surely going to be dealt at the deadline as well. Poor Tomas Vokoun…

 

I wonder if Dale Tallon got to see Grabner's two goal game on SportsCenter?

 

Jack Skille was pointless in his debut – nearly 18 minutes of ice time. He lacks the hockey sense required in a top six forward, and it is difficult (if not impossible) to suddenly develop on-ice awareness. Nice physical package, but no way to combine it all.

 

Rob Niedermayer has yet to score a goal this season for Buffalo. If your league rewards futility, pick him up now!

Jason Pominville has 11 points in his last 10 games. Quiet production. He’s a steady player and a nice second or third RW to own (depending on the depth of your league). Won’t ever wow you but he seems to slide in nicely between 60 and 80 points each year. Look for him to finish strong.

 

Kovalchuk with a beauty of an OT winner:

 


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paul said:

donpaulo
... any comment on Malkin's successful surgery ? smilies/smiley.gif
February 11, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
hamhuis out indefinitely according to TSN.
Frik i wish Bieksa had of suckered Getzlaf and busted up his sinuses again!
These concussions are getting out of hand.
February 11, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Wilson hasn't been very good defensively this year, which is why he is at wing. His instincts may be good but he isn't there at the NHL level yet.
February 11, 2011
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Mike Brown said:

mbrown
Wilson has great defensive instincts Colin Wilson, like his dad Carey has excellent defensive instincts and is one of the more complete young players in the game (not raw defensively). He just doesn't get the notice others do because he plays in Nashville with a supporting cast that lacks offensive punch. 30-30 man as early as next year.
February 11, 2011
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studley49 said:

studley49
Gaborik to LA That's a very interesting fit: I'm assuming the Rangers would only move him for prospects/picks and, thanks to their plethora of prospects, LA has the assets to make something like that happen.
February 11, 2011
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chumps said:

ddp
haha Man that came accross snarky!
I mean, are the leafs more fantasy relevant then Calgary?
February 11, 2011
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chumps said:

ddp
sense? I know we want to cover canadian teams a little more here but can we honestly have a slight edge to canadian teams that are actually GOOD or in the playoffs? Go a week without talking ANYTHING about the laughs please. Zero...just don't say anything. makes me want to vomit.
February 11, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
PIT Cs The Pens have Joe Vitale, whom the forecaster now lists on their roster, and whose game suits a third line role (though he may be too early for the NHL), and Craig Adams can be moved to center a checking line as well. If Jeffrey's out, Vitale could take his spot between Sterling and Johnson, with Adams slotting between Ryan Craig and Erik Godard until Cooke's suspension is done, at which point Rupp would move back down to this line.

This bottom 6 is actually reasonable, it's having Rupp and Talbot on your second line that hurts ...
February 11, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... @Ron Burgundy

Cowen will most likely be a shut-down D only- like a Luke Schenn or Marc Staal.

@Angus

I hope that trio becomes very good, but Wiercioch has struggled mightily so far adjusting to pro hockey in the AHL (6 points in 45 games). He may take a lot longer to become an NHL d-man than the others. He needs to bulk up first and foremost.
February 11, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Cowan should be producing high numbers - he is an overager and physically way more mature than most in the WHL. He could be included though, for sure.

Adrian - not criticizing Tallon in Chicago. This is a new team and a new season. The two situations have nothing to do with each other.

Briere - I was serious. I should have worded it better - I didn't mean from season to season, but overall. Briere's been reliable since the lockout in terms of a longer outlook.

Frolik - why? Because some on these "sports channels" don't watch that much hockey. I caught Sportsnet breaking the trade down and they were saying how Skille and Frolik have similar upsides. Frolik already has two 20+ goal seasons in FLA! under his belt.
February 11, 2011
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Ron Burgundy said:

Ron Burgundy
Ottawa D Isn't Cowen part of that list too? 34 pts in 40 games with the Chiefs (and the +26/ 70PIM isn't too shabby either)
February 11, 2011
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Joseph Balan said:

jbalan
James Reimer There was a comment on the Fan 590 yesterday saying Reimer grew up idolizing Belfour. You can see the same type of game in him. Positionally sound but not flashy or swimming for pucks.

The one thing I have noticed that really tells me this guy will be a solid goalie for years to come is how he reacts after a goal. Watch him. He will remain frozen in place after a goal for a quick second and he examines his surroundings. He looks down down at his body to see where the holes were. He looks up where the shot was taken from and then behind him at the net for a positioning perspective. Each goal is a learning experience for him. Half the game is making the save as easy as posible with positioning. You last a lot longer this way - see historic notes on Broduer.

This guy is real. Similiar to Belfour who was undrafted, Reimer (although drafted) was an unknown till now. His development took a little longer through studying the game.
February 11, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I don't believe Grabner was Tallon's call. I think he was supporting his coach. DeBoer preaches work ethic and responsible play - so bye-bye Grabner and bye-bye Frolik...and hello Skille! I think your assessement of Skille is bang-on, if not a tad harsh. I think he could be a great complementary second-line winger. With the right center, he could be a great garbage goal collector. That's his bread and butter. Give him a decent set-up pivot and a left winger who shoots the puck a lot (thus: rebounds) and he'd do alright
February 11, 2011
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JD said:

JD88
Reimer I watch pretty much every game and he did look great last night if you disregard the Kovy OT goal.

I would liken his game more to the one of Cam Wards he is not a flashy goalie but he is very square to the puck and always in position. His rebound control is terrific as well. But my favorite thing about his game is that he is just so calm and cool at all times of the game, he never seems to get rattled and I think that it really shows in the Leafs game when he is in the net they all seem more confident and relaxed on the ice. I think that its his mentality that is going to make him a good NHL goalie.
February 11, 2011
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Killer67 said:

Killer67
Briere I'm serious, I can't sell this guy for anything. It's crazy, almost 30 goals already and guys are asking about him but not willing to pay anything. I asked one guy for Burrows and he got all mad about it. Wake up people, it doesn;t matter what the guy's names are, all that matters is the stats they put up.
February 11, 2011
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Killer67 said:

Killer67
Frolik It's funny to come here and see the buzz/hype on this trade. Then you go to any sports chanel and they're billing in throw in's and calling it minor cap dump moves. Funny stuff. As a Frolik owner, I was pretty excited but I guess time will tell.
February 11, 2011
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Adrian Keogh said:

Goalin Crazy UK
Why? At least three backhanded shots at the guy who built the reigning stanley cup champions?????

This truely is fantasy!
February 10, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
Briere
Been one of the most consistent offensive producers post-lockout.

Is this sarcasm, because sometimes its hard to determine in print? Briere's career, pre and post-lockout has been terribly injury laden, making him anything but a consistent producer. Season point totals of 58, 95, 72, 25, 53, ~68, screams anything but consistency to me.
February 10, 2011
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Lloyd said:

vandalay
Wilson Wilson has been playing wing for almost the entire season so Fisher's arrival shouldn't affect him at all. In the short term.
February 10, 2011
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