Kris Russell suffered a fractured ankle in last night's game.

 

Mike Green could return to the Washington lineup tonight

 

Nashville prospect Taylor Beck has signed to play for Milwaukee of the AHL. Beck is ranked 93rd on my prospect rankings. Michael Latta has also signed. Latta is coming off a great season in which he tallied 89 points in the OHL (and 158 PIM).

 

Troy Brouwer missed throwing a check and injured his shoulder last night. He will be re-evaluated, but it does not look good as far as the first round is concerned (if the Hawks get there.

 

My column yesterday at The Hockey News

 

Kopitar over Datsyuk? Really? #insanepollresult. Sorry everyone, I know I have them ranked close in my rankings, but that is due to the games Datsyuk has missed. I also know that I have their upside pretty close as well. But always take proven over potential and Datsyuk has stopped 90 points a couple of times and has come close a couple of others. Money.

 

The Kostitsyn brothers combined for five points last night.

 

In my one keeper where I’ve had just horrible luck over the past three weeks, I can’t remember the last time I looked at a box score and said “hey, I had a good game there”. But I finally got it in the Montreal-Chicago game. Crawford, Price and Andrei Kostitsyn (couldn’t get rid of him in that pool, unfortunately). Crawford and Price stopped 75 of 78 shots, and of the three that did go in, AK got two assists. Thank you. I’m still toast for the playoffs, but it’s nice to know I have players still breathing.

 

Price made 20 saves in the third period alone.

 

With three points last night, Sergei Kostitsyn is now at 14 in his last 10 and has 49 on the season. In terms of pure offensive talent, there is no player on his team with more upside. No, I don’t consider Alexander Radulov a part of this team. SK tops Erat and Hornqvist in terms of upside. I consider both SK and Wilson as players capable of producing in the low 70s – but the trick is, can they do it in Nashville?

 

Dustin Jeffrey had surgery on his ACL and the rehab will be six months. That puts him at October – the start of next season. Hopefully he can trim that to five and a half months and get in a training camp. What terrible luck for Pittsburgh’s top prospect. Here’s hoping that he maintains his status.

 

Not the NHL debut that kids dream of having – Andrey Zubarev, defenseman for the Thrashers who came in for Tobias Enstrom, was pointless and minus-3 last night. Prospect Ben Maxwell was also minus-3.

 

How about Blake Wheeler? Nine shots, two goals and was still plus-2 despite a 6-3 loss. Fifteen points in 20 games as a Thrasher.

 

On the other side of the coin, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter were each minus-2 and pointless in a 6-3 victory.

 

Craig Anderson is 10-5-1, 0.940 and 2.06 in Ottawa. At what point has he played enough games to get taken seriously for next year by keeper leaguers? I say this as an owner – still not getting any interest. But at least I’m not getting laughed at anymore. Now they’ll at least raise an eyebrow when I say the name.

 

Five of Filip Kuba’s 15 points have come in his last 15 games. Of course, with Ottawa playing just one game this weekend, there is no point in grabbing him. Carry on.

 

Jason Spezza with another four points. Since Christmas he has 36 points in 29 games.

 

Kevin Shattenkirk has 10 points in eight games. Overall, he has 16 in 24 for the Blues. Not in any Calder conversations, but his plus/minus is up to minus-3 (plus-8 in St. Louis) and he has 42 points.

 

It’s funny how Vanek didn’t turn his season around until Derek Roy went down. Should the Sabres keep them separate next year? I say yes.

 

Jordan Staal has 30 points in his last 36 games.

 

Ryan Callahan is out with a broken ankle. He won’t be back until the third round at best, I’d say. And the Rangers don’t have a reasonable chance of getting to that round, especially with Gaborik playing like an average Joe.

 

Zach Parise has some soreness in his knee after playing the last game. That’s only to be expected and I suspect that his missing last night’s game was a one-off. But I don’t know for sure.

 

Alex Semin is apparently resting nagging injuries, but won’t get in more than one more regular season game.

 

The Flyers have placed Michael Leighton on re-entry waivers as they try to sneak him back up to the AHL. If I’m a competitor like, say, the Penguins, I pick him up just to be a dick.

 

Here are some interesting numbers, breaking down Sam Gagner’s progress offensively so far versus other players in similar situations.

 

I remember watching this game (owning Brad May, too haha) and I have this audio clip on my computer. Love this call:

 

 

Subban’s OT winner and celebratory bump with Carey Price:

 

 


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Ryan said:

letnry
Mike Green Green won't play today, but likely Saturday.

http://twitter.com/#!/BenRaby31/status/55654692608421888
#Capitals Bruce Boudreau says that Mike Green won't play tonite but that he should be ready to play Saturday in #Caps regular season finale.
April 06, 2011
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Rusty Pickles said:

Rusty Pickles
Leighton Clears re-entry waivers. smilies/cheesy.gif
April 06, 2011
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Ken u. Digit said:

Drgreen
Anze and Pavel For a five point difference in upside give me the guy who in five years will be in his prime over the guy who will be ready to hang up the skates. In keeper I would take anze all day. One years pavel but it is much tougher choice.
April 06, 2011
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heater said:

heater
kopitar i know the three year window for keepers is a popular outlook on this site, but kopitar's not merely a guy with "potential" outside of the the three year window. i'll take kopitar's short end of dobber's three year predictions gladly and pocket the nine years of production i'll get once datsyuk hangs 'em up.

i can find a way to make up 8 points over three years.

selanne's a freak and irrelevant to this comparison. if one is saying datsyuk can be productive later than the common player, then kopitar can't be?

kaveat: i own both players smilies/smiley.gif
April 06, 2011
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Chad said:

tryhard87
Kopitar-Datsyuk You project Datsyuk to average 2.5 points per year more over the next 3 years. Datsyuk is 33 this year while Kopitar is 24. Of course I want the guy almost 10 years younger when the players current production is close. Less injury risk and declining risk when you are 24 compared to 33.

And it wasn't an insane poll result (56% to 44%). You are contradicting yourself Dobber as you always say this (and it is posted at the top of your 300 player rankings):

''Please ease up on criticizing for: 1) Player A being ranked 10 spots above Player B when their "rating" is only 6.5 apart. Two players within 10 rating points are pretty much a wash and an argument can be made for either.''

They are 0.3 points apart.
April 06, 2011
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Wink said:

Wink
Best Hockey Story of the Season? http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/bl...nhl-wp1867

Thoughts on if the league will react to this???

Turco's gotta do something to keep himself busy-
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April 06, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Datsyuk - "likely" three years: 89, 92 and we'll throw a 72 in there for injury.
Kopitar - "likely" three years: 84, 89 and to be fair, give him a 72 for injury.

Upside over the next three years - Datsyuk 100, Kopitar 95.

I'd put my money on those numbers, I think they're pretty fair. Ask Selanne what it was like to be 33.
April 06, 2011
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Mabus said:

mabus
Interesting Numbers Not a fan of that analysis. First, points/game comparisons are useless (IMO) when some guys are getting 6 minutes per game of icetime and others are getting 15. Points/TOI is a better tool to chart player development. If you use points/game you need to adjust for league scoring differences. This is especially important when comparing scoring before the lockout to scoring after the lockout. You also don't need to be a stats geek to know that Gagne hasn't progressed like many thought he would. It's nice to see some people trying to quantify his regression though.
April 06, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
Datsyuk vs. Kopitar I know we should always consider only 3-year upside, but Pavel (i am huge fan of his) will be 33 this year and if you own Kopitar you will be able to trade him even in 5 years from now for very good return. I consider Kopitar lock for 1st center in next 10 years and with good scoring wing beside him (he never had any really good winger so far) he can reach 100 points at some stage.
April 06, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Kevin - that was my point.
April 06, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
Injuries, draft tactics, +/- I am playing in very deep one year H2H league with 20 categories (6 for goalies), 25 players on each team. I have to say the worst injury for me this season has not been a concussion. Broken bones have been much worse ...Callaghan (twice), Koivu, Brassard.
I was lucky that Pominville and McDonald both came back and made an impact after concussions, though. The next year i will definitely consider drafting players that do NOT kill penalties. Blocks and SHP categories can be fixed from waiver easily and SHP is never guarantied with any player - last year i also owned Dubinski (PK) and Daniel Sedin (accidentally hit by teammate's shot)...so the broken bones are the worst fantasy hockey nightmare for me.
I am in the finals now. After losing Sharp, Wideman and now Callaghan it is gonna be harder, but after winning semifinals against best team last week i have good chance to win the trophy.

There was a discussion lately about the best draft strategy - i prefer to spread the strength of the team through the players from different teams which creates more balanced team. I also use Point per game stats from last season to find out what player has best chance to go up with his point totals as Angus mentioned yesterday.

My experience and it makes a ton of sense - all attempts to fix +/- category are pointless, more you try, more frustrated you can get - i was dead last in that category after first half of the season. This time i just ignored that category and did not look at any players in attempts to fix that. Then my worst +/- players started going the other way. Sharp has been very bad - in the first half, but apparently since the switch to Toews line he was + player, Wideman came to Caps and has become + since then as well. Finally, Marleau started playing much better and my +/- looks totally different smilies/cheesy.gif
April 06, 2011
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Kevin said:

mrmojorisin
Gagne's progression link All that this link does is show how much of a scoring bust Gagne has become - he started out in the same company as Kovulchuk, Crosby, Stamkos, Thorton and Lecavier but has regressed into the likes of Zubrus, Daigle, Dvorak, Saprykin, and Curtis Brown - the trend is going the wrong direction...
April 06, 2011
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Woodrow said:

woodrow
... I'm not that surprised... you have Kopitar's upside at 100 points and Datsyuk's at 102. In your rankings Kopitar is rated at 143.8 and Datsyuk at 144.1. This puts them in a virtual tie as far as potential is concerned. Datsyuk's 58 points in 53 games gives him an edge in production, but then Kopitar is 23 and Datsyuk is 32. Seeing how Datsyuk is playing with a better surrounding cast than Kopitar, I think Kopitar just may indeed be a better long term keeper.
April 06, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Tied due to Datsyuk's injury (Kopitar's happened far too late for the same meaningful impact). Check my rankings when they reset next month, Dats will hammer him.
April 06, 2011
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tGr said:

27Blue
kopitar vs. datsyuk look at your own rankings dobber. they are tied, yet kopitar is nearly 10 years younger.
April 06, 2011
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Jeffrey Shame to hear about Jeffrey's surgery, he was looking good for a spot next year. I hope this doesn't push him back down the depth chart.smilies/cry.gif
April 06, 2011
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