Saturday's ramblings will be posted at approximately 9:30am EST. Had a late night celeberating the Vancouver win!
Pretty big news - Carolina has signed defensive standout Justin Faulk to an entry level contract. Faulk has a lot of offensive upside. He'll need a full AHL year before making the leap, but he projects to be a very good defenseman.
With Andrej Sekera out, Chris Butler played close to 27 minutes last night. Buffalo keeps finding these gems on the back end. Butler was a healthy scratch for a large chunk of the season, but he played himself out of the doghouse.
His offensive upside isn't huge, but he should be on your radar if your league values 25-30 point defensemen with decent peripherals.
Nino Niederreiter is having a strong playoff run in the WHL - he has 17 points in only eight games. I don't think he posseses elite offensive upside, but with his size, strength, and skill, he is a sure bet to become a very solid top six winger (25-30 goals, 60+ points).
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Last night could have been Dany Heatley's best game since coming to San Jose. He made several great defensive plays. That's right - Dany Heatley spent some time in his own zone, and looked very good doing it.
Tim Thomas made 18 saves last night, and Montreal’s players blocked 19 shots.
Carey Price was sensational last night for the Habs, stopping all 31 shots he faced. Picking the under on the betting lines for any of these games is easy money right now.
Buffalo won a low scoring contest against Philly – both goalies were very good. I was really impressed by Buffalo’s third line of Gerbe-Gaustaud-Kaleta. Gerbe was flying all game long.
Marc-Andre Gragnani assisted on Kaleta’s goal and had a solid game. I mentioned him yesterday – lots of offensive upside for a defenseman, and he seems to by flying under the radar (for now).
A huge blow for the Sharks – Ian White left the game after being smoked from behind by Jarrett Stoll last night.
Drew Doughty and Willie Mitchell had a great game against San Jose’s top line, but Logan Couture made Doughty look silly on a goal.
Ryane Clowe had three helpers for the Sharks.
Chicago has recalled a bunch of players from their AHL affiliate, including Jeremy Morin. Does Morin draw in? Dave Bolland isn’t close, and it doesn’t sound like Tomas Kopecky will be playing tonight either.
Apparently Morin is only one game away from buring a year off of his entry level contract, so things would have to get very desperate for the Hawks to put him in.
Kirill Kababov has 11 points in his last six games in the QMJHL playoffs. I’ve never been a fan of his, but if risky Russians are your thing…. How’s Filatov doing, by the way?
I haven’t mentioned it because it isn’t really fantasy relevant, but who cares. Sounds like the NHL to Winnipeg starting next season. has serious legs. I wonder how the wives of Coyotes players feel?
World Championships – a few years ago, the coming out party for Brent Burns. Lots of young talent this year – Eberle, Kane, Skinner, Tavares, Duchene, Stewart. Veterans are Nash and Spezza. I’d love to see Eberle alongside those two.
Really liked what Ryan White showed last night. I only caught parts of the game but he was flying around for the Habs. Seems to be adjusting from a scorer at lower levels into a really good energy player.
Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch – stupid move.
Buffalo has gone 16-4-4 ever since they were purchased by local owner Terry Pegula. I don’t think it is a coincidence.
Dustin Penner was pointless and minus-2 in 15 minutes of ice time. He seems to be firmly planted in Terry Murray’s dog house. He was 11th among Kings forwards in ice time.
I’m hoping to have my fantasy mailbag open today. Stay tuned!
Stoll hitting White: