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Stefan Elliott is two points away from setting the all-time points mark for a defenseman in the WHL (currently 239, Elliott is at 238).


Just as St. Louis felt they could move EJ because of Pietrangelo, Colorado felt they could move Shattenkirk because of Elliott.


Mike Green's last year in the WHL with Saskatoon - 14 goals, 66 points in 67 games as a 19 year old.


Elliott's last year in the WHL with Saskatoon - 30 goals, 78 points in 66 games as a 20 year old.


Dobber took the reigns on the Puck Daddy fantasy piece yesterday - worth the read!


I really like Henrik Sedin's take on the Chara hit. Read it here.


Brad Boyes had a goal (the OT winner) and an assist in over 20 minutes of ice time. The perfect candidate for a breakout in a new environment – he seemed to lose his way (confidence) over the past two years in St. Louis.


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Tyler Ennis could hit 50 points this season -  a very respectable total. He has 70-75 point upside. Not a big frame but he thinks the game really well and he uses his lack of size to his advantage very well (finding open ice, drawing penalties, that sort of thing).


Lucic and Horton are going to terrorize opposing defenses in the postseason. How can you defend both of them in front of the net?


Claude Giroux is quickly creeping up to the point-per-game mark.


Erik Karlsson had a fantastic game for the Sens – he’s had a tough season overall, but last night he showed signs of why he is so highly touted. He scored both of Ottawa’s goals and had 10 shots on goal.


Halak and Price faced off in St. Louis last night – the former Montreal goalie came away with the win.


Andy McDonald had three points last night and now has 22 in 19 games since returning from a concussion. Glad I held on to him!


McDonald is averaging over 20 minutes in his past 10 games.


Martin Erat has 17 points in his last 17 games.


Jon Blum was pointless last night but he did see over two minutes of power play ice time.


The kid line in Phoenix combined for a goal – Boedkker, MacLean, and Turris. The trio have played together a lot at the AHL level. Could be looking at the second line in Phoenix next year, even with a coach that heavily favours veterans.


Keith Yandle had a helper for his first point in five games.


Cory Schneider was unbelievable for the Canucks last night in San Jose. He stopped 44 shots, including nine in OT and all three in the shootout. He is already a very good goalie and looks to have all the earmarks of a great one.


Daniel Sedin had two points and now leads the Art Ross race by five (Stamkos and Henrik Sedin are tied with 81).


Sami Salo has goals on consecutive games.


Chris Higgins made his debut on the fourth line, but he saw a regular shift on Vancouver’s second power play unit.


Ryan Kesler is making it a habit to hop in the camera during any and all interviews - he was eating pizza the other night during a Raffi Torres interview. Here he is in Luongo's mask last night...


Ryane Clowe had a great game for the Sharks – he seems to have realized how dominant he can be when he combines his size and skill on a regular basis.


Ian White had two assists and played a ton on the PP (over seven minutes). Seems to be settling in nicely with the Sharks.


My Top 10 Defensive Prospects list will be out on Sunday. A Predator is at the top, and there are more than a few surprises the rest of the way down the list.


Shouldn't collapse when Sami Salo is on the point:


The NHL is going back to the same marketing campaign - if they are as good as this one I don't mind one bit:

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Martin Cloutier said:

My last post on Chara I was glad to see Sedin speak out on the hit. I believe the issue is so polarized because it depends if you believe Chara or not. On one side, you have people - Bruins fans or Canadiens haters mostly - who think he never intended to run him into the stanchion, that he didn't saw the stanchion was right there, and that it's purely a "hockey play" turn bad. It's true that the push wasn't violent in itself, not straight to the head.

Then you have others believing that he timed it so Pacioretty would hit the stanchion. It becomes the sneakiest, dirtiest, most dangerous play, worse than a push from behind when a guy is falling toward the board. I think that's what some ( if not many ) players are thinking, including Pacioretty himself, and now a few have spoken out. Tanner Glass from Vancouver said that 680 out 700 players would take that side if polled.

As Montreal fans, we are seen as too emotional, but we're the ones who saw the last 3 games between those 2 clubs. We saw the Canadiens come back from 2-0 with 3 minutes to play and Pacioretty score his OT winner, pushing Chara after his goal, and Chara's reaction that evening. We saw the Bruins coming back at them the next game, targeting Pacioretty ( with Chara on the front line ), Subban and Price - rough but fair when you have a size advantage - until the Bruins made it a disgrace by beating on non-fighters like Pyatt and Spacek, in the last minute, after they had won the game. We saw the Canadiens in this week's game outskating, outplaying the Bruins, taking a 4-nothing lead then boom, Chara's hit on Pacioretty. One million of us saw it live, and thought for a few minutes that he was dead or left paralyzed in front of our eyes.

We are on Sedin's side. We know he did it on purpose, he timed it perfectly. May be he didn't want to break his neck, but he wanted to hurt him and he did. And the decision not to suspend, not to see the whole history behind it, to take Chara's lies at fair value "I didn't know where I was on the ice", this is what created that outburst of rage, the phone calls to the police, and all you saw since then.
March 11, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

... The lists are pretty close. No 10 for 10, but getting there.

There were five easy locks and I debated the final five.
March 11, 2011
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Sanstanya said:

... @dodospice - comments go for the bottom up so Angus' response was to dub not me. So you may not be so far off afterall (assuming I'm not either I guess). But now that I read Dub's comment I see I have 4 from his list so I'm wrong on at least 2 of those.

I think Blum and Smith have to be on it so I would drop Rundblad and Elliot; maybe add Goncharov? and Leddy? reaching now.

And Kindl has played too many games too be on the list.

March 11, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... If Rundblad isn't on the list, I will lead a coup against Dobber Hockey! smilies/smiley.gif
March 11, 2011
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dodospice said:

Top 10 Defensive Prospects 1)Ryan Ellis
2)Brendan Smith
3)Erik Gudbranson
4)Jakub Kindl
5)Tim Erixon
6)Erik Gustafsson
7)Jake Gardiner
smilies/cool.gifBrandon Gormley
9)Sami Vatanen
10)Mark Pysyk

After i seen you told Sanstanya was only right on 2 i was waaaay off
March 11, 2011
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Sanstanya said:

... I thnk the obvious locks have to be Brendan Smith, John Moore and Ryan Ellis. After that maybe Blum, Elliot, Rundblad, De Haan, Orlov(?), Voynov(?), Hamonic?

Man the futher I got down that list the less confidence I have in my guesses. Feel pretty good about a bunch of them but definitely some wildcards.
March 11, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

... You are close but only correct on two of your guesses. smilies/smiley.gif
March 11, 2011
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duballstar014 said:

... angus, if I had to guess some of your top 10 D prospects, I'm guessing Blum at the top, with Stefan Elliott, Justin Schultz, David Rundblad, Brendan Smith, and Tim Erixon in the mix?

Great seeing some more love for Elliott! Shoeless, I wrote an article on him back in November. I've also been keeping close tabs on O'Reilly for the last 2-3 years so I could chalk something up on him soon too.

March 11, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Love my early morning reading I love the ramblings. Another great one. Good mercy. Great job Angus.

1. Comparisons between junior players in same league and same age are favourites of mine. Of course, there's always a this-or-that that makes their situations different, but it's a good jumping off point for discussion. I know nothing of this Stefan Elliott but will be sure to know something about him by end of day. Thanks.

2. Solid Sedin opinion piece. When top tier NHL players feel that another top tier NHL player deserved a suspension... well, that player probably did. I hadn't even put the Colin-Greg dynamic together, hate to say it... but, you know it had a little bit of non-discussed effect on the decision.

3. So what's the deal with Cory Schneider's situation? Luongo is locked up long term in VAN. So what is a likely scenario for Schneider? (I guess I should head over to the forums and search this!)
March 11, 2011
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Kudelski's Krushers said:

Kudelskis Krushers
Brutal... Sam Gagner out for the year. What happened you ask? He took a drink of water with his glove off. Seriously?! While he was on the bench having a drink, Ryan Jones skate clipped his wrist while hopping over the boards. This has just not been my year...
March 11, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
History Will be made I agree Dobber. That latest commercial has to be my favourite. Extremely well done!
March 11, 2011
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Kudelskis Krushers said:

Kudelskis Krushers
Drayson Bowman Dobber favourite Drayson Bowman has been called up by the Canes.
March 11, 2011
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Dobber said:

... That history will be made one gave me chills. Wow, that was well done. PS Shoeless, MacLean scored last night!
March 11, 2011
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Shoeless said:

Elliott, Boyes I don't follow prospects in Jr., college or the AHL, so I really appreciate the dope you come up with from time to time on up and comers. I tucked Elliott onto my farm because of some mention made about him a couple of weeks ago - I have been sitting on MacLean for a couple of years now because of a piece Dobber did on a conversation he had with a scout back then.

Boyes always breaks out on his new team for a while and then ....... gets limp.

Any chance someone can write up a view on Cal O'Reilly?
March 11, 2011
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