I have been impressed with Kyle Turris this series – he has been one of the better Coyote forwards. Phoenix rushed him, but that doesn’t mean that he’s a bust. Still lots of time to develop.

 

Interesting parallel? San Jose defeated Detroit in five games last year in the second round. The only game Detroit won was Game Four, 7-1. Chicago won 7-2 in Game Four.

 

Henrik Sedin is playing with an undisclosed injury. He hasn’t been practicing regularly and has had a below average series for the Canucks.

 

My Top 10 Keeper League LW list will be out this weekend. I am using Yahoo! Rankings when applicable (Datsyuk counts as a LW, as does Marleau). Any guesses?

 

I haven’t been writing the ramblings during the recent suspension debacles, but I have no idea how Chris Kunitz gets one game for his vicious head shot on Simon Gagne (who has a history of concussions). Lateral hit, and a complete elbow. He didn’t even make contact with any other part of his body aside from his elbow!

 

Brandon McMillan looked good filling in for Bobby Ryan on the top line – a goal and a helper. McMillan is a solid player with no real weaknesses. With Ryan set to return next game, look for him to slide down to the third line.

 

Anaheim scored three goals on Pekka Rinne in the first seven minutes of the third period last night – very uncharacteristic of the Vezina candidate.

 

Martin Erat left and didn’t return after receiving a hit from Jarkko Ruutu.

 

Ray Emery was decent in the win (three goals allowed), but he moves like a sloth in the net. Any lateral movement and he is done for.

 

Jonas Hiller has suffered a setback – if the Ducks are going to do anything this Spring, it won’t be with him. I wonder if his career is at risk at all? The doctors are stumped as to what caused/is causing his vertigo.

 

Every high seed has a nightmare of running into a strong goalie, and the Flyers are having nightmares starring Ryan Miller. He committed larceny on more than a few occasions last night.

 

Brian Boucher had a great game in the loss, allowing a single goal on 29 shots.

 

Patrick Kaleta must lead the league in major penalties drawn – Richards elbowed him and was given five minutes last night.

 

Martin St. Louis is such a special player – if he played in a market like Vancouver or Toronto, he’d be up there when discussing the best players in the league.

 

James Neal scored the OT winner for the Penguins – only his second goal since being acquired back in March.

 

Marian Gaborik floated his way through another game – the Rangers are getting the effort from the likes of Fedotenko and Dubinsky (in the past two games, at least), but their top gun has been firing blanks.

 

Gaborik did have a goal, but he hasn’t been anywhere near the impact player we have come to expect. Playing hurt, perhaps? Doesn’t seem to have his usual jump.

 

Marcus Johansson had two goals for the Caps – he was flying all night long. Could hit 60 points next year centering Washington’s second line?

 

Alex Ovechkin was third in ice time among Washington forwards, trailing Backstrom and Laich.

 

Darren Archibald was recently named OHL Player of the Week. The undrafted forward signed a pro contract with Vancouver earlier this season. Archibald had 66 points in the regular season and currently has 10 goals in 10 playoff games for the Niagara Ice Dogs.

 

He’s got great size (6’3”, 210 pounds) and uses it to his advantage. The Canucks are pretty deep up front but he is a prospect you should get on your radar.

 

Archibald’s teammates include Dougie Hamilton, who is touted as a top four or five pick at the 2011 Entry Draft this June, and Ryan Strome, a likely top 10 pick.

 

Broad Street Bully (a great Flyers site) has a very interesting breakdown on zone entries – dump ins, carry ins, and so on. An eye-opening read and something that has a lot of potential to be useful in player (and team) evaluation.

 

Copper and Blue with an in-depth look at Ryan Whitney’s season – is he a true number one defenseman for the Oilers?

 

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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Hockey Gods, Please? If the hockey gods will it, please let Crosby come back for a playoff series against Washington!

Hockey gods, please? ...and that's comin' from a Caps fan.

Oh, and just in case nobody's noticed, the hockey gods like Duncan Keith tonight.

Vancouver? Not so much.
April 21, 2011
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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
Vanek Things change year to year. IMO he was passed by Semin, Hall and Ryan. But I could slide Vanek in the #10 slot on my list. Not much separating him from Benn.
April 21, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Forgot Heatley in my HMs!
April 21, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
Top 10 Keeper LW I'll take a stab at it, in no particular order really though.

Ovechkin
DSedin
Kovalchuk
Parise
Datsyuk
Ryan
Zetterberg
Hall
Marleau
Nash

HM: Benn, Vanek, Sharp, Lucic, EKane, Clowe, Hartnell, Elias
April 21, 2011
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donions said:

donions
LW's Seen 4 people post LW lists and everyone of them excludes Thomas Vanek.

I remember him being on Angus's list last year and he should have cemented that spot with a 70pt season. His goal potential, and PPP dominance are too hard to ignore.
April 21, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Hall is on the list. His upside is impossible to ignore.
April 21, 2011
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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
... 1. Ovechkin
2. D. Sedin
3. Datsyuk
4. Parise
5. Kovalchuk
6. Hall
7. Semin
8. Ryan
9. Heatley
10. Benn

Maybe I'm overvaluing youth here but Taylor Hall was starting to dominate before his injury. At 18 you gotta like that in a keeper league. I'd put Evander Kane #11. Zetterberg is close as well. Nash doesnt put up enough points but might in a couple years with Johanson.
April 21, 2011
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Forgot Ryan is low on my list because of the potential for him to move off of the Ducks #1 line next season.
April 21, 2011
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Chris said:

5hole
Tampa Bay Wow... How did these guys even get in the playoffs? Their D is bruuuuuutal!!! They can barely skate and their passing is horrendous, every breakout pass is in the skates or behind the forwards. The offence can even get into Pitt's zone and if they do it's cuz of St.Louis. Hardly any sustained pressure. The only reason this series isnt over is because of Roloson and St.louis. Stevie Y has alott of work this off season!!!
April 21, 2011
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
South Paw Shooters Ovie
Sedin
Kovie
Parise
Zetts
Datz
Sharp
Clowe
Ryan
Nash/Benn


Some of these players are interchangeable with who is before / after them, but the order is decently organized in fashion. I was giving heavy consideration to the peripheral categories in choosing these skaters, so please yield judgement if you are used to points only league settings.


Nash and Benn hold a dual 10 spot because both can produce but I worry largely about their respective line-mates / teams. I have a feeling both Heater and Marleau's production will continue to slide and / or the production of their team-mates will continue to rise.


A wildcard would be James Neal. Who knows what will happen next year in the Pens are in full health? Staal's continuing maturity has him developing into one of the best two-way players in the league, don't be surprised if the Pens stars were to stay healthy and Staal plays as the 'Ryan Kesler' of next year. The line could be interesting and with Staal's wingers having very different skill sets than Kesler's. Adding Malkin on his right and Neal on his left has the potential for success.

Kunitz may likely continue his on-ice escapades (at least it's great for PIMS, but suspensions aren't so great for games played and morality), but his connection with Crosby when healthy was great, and afterward he continued a productive trend. Of course a better RW for that line would be best, but in any case Neal and Kunitz have the potential to be great under-valued picks. Then again, speculating about this stuff is just as consistent as Colin Campbell's suspension scheme.
April 21, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
I thought this was neat Just read that Mikko Koivu has started a stint with the Finnish military as part of the required 6 months that young men must do. Pretty cool.
http://www.twincities.com/wild...k_check=1
April 21, 2011
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Ryan Lenethen said:

DarthVain
OMG Elbows! OK as much as I thought Kunitz is an idiot... all this talk amuses me.

"OMG Elbow to the Head!!!"

Um. Is there any OTHER kind of elbow? Generally speaking hockey players tend not to elbow each other in say the chest or arm, its just not as effective. Hockey players have been elbowing each other in the FACE for so long that it actually has its own RULE. Called "Elbowing".

45.1 Elbowing - Elbowing shall mean the use of an extended elbow in a manner that may or may not cause injury.

Seriously. Heck if you want to suspend him, just call it was it is. A blind side hit (if we are calling those now) or an intent to injure. Problem solved.

Anyway I nearly laughed when TSN and OTR got all in a bunch about elbows to the head... like there are any other kind.
April 21, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Looks like HSedin's injury is no longer undisclosed! You just disclosed it. smilies/wink.gif
April 21, 2011
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iamlilc said:

iamlilc
Top 10 Keeper League LW On second thought, I think it's more like this.

1. Ovechkin
2. D. Sedin
3. Kovalchuk
4. Parise
5. Ryan
6. Zetterberg
7. Nash
8. Marleau
9. Datsyuk
10. Benn

Screw yourself Heater!
April 21, 2011
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iamlilc said:

iamlilc
Top 10 Keeper League LW 1. Ovechkin
2. D. Sedin
3. Kovalchuk
4. Parise
5. Zetterberg
6. Datsyuk
7. Ryan
8. Marleau
9. Nash
10. Benn

Screw yourself Heater!
April 21, 2011
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Noam said:

Holymanm
... My mom met Henrik at the grocery store today, where he casually mentioned getting the day off at practice... now how's that for an inside scouting report!
April 21, 2011
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Kunitz Hey Jeff, glad to see that you agree with me on the Kunitz suspension or lack of. He stuck that elbow out way before he got to Gagne with the sole intention of hitting him in the head. Any discipline committee worth their salt can see that on a full speed video replay, let alone slowed down.
How the hell Campbell justifies these suspensions i will never know.smilies/cry.gif
April 21, 2011
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