Clowe is a game time decision.

 

Tampa Bay has signed winger Richard Panik to an entry-level contract. The skilled winger has top six upside.

 

Colorado expects both Stefan Elliott and Tyson Barrie to contend for roster spots this fall. Does that mean they don't plan on selecting a defenseman at #2 in the draft?

 

Alex Frolov has signed a three year deal with KHL club Avangard Omsk. This comes as a surprise to.... no one.

 

Jaromir Jagr had a hat trick against the USA yesterday - Ray Shero is over watching the tournament and he will speak with Jagr at some point during his trip. Neal-Crosby-Jagr? Not too shabby... how about sliding Malkin over to the left side?

 

As always, if anything breaks in the Jagr story, I'll have more. At this point it is in the pipe dream stage.

 

Justin Goldman weighs in on the Philadelphia goaltending "situation."

 

Patrik Berglund has six goals in seven games for Sweden at the WJC. Look for a big season in 2011-12 (30 goals, 30-40 assists depending on linemate quality).

 

Both Chris Pronger (back) and Mike Richards (wrist) have undergone or will undergo surgery this week. Explains the poor/absent play from both during the final month or so of the season. Richards looked ineffective, and Pronger was decent but far from his usually dominant self.

 

I’m working on my top 10 keeper league RW list. Having a small issue putting it together – where do I put Claude Giroux? He wasn't considered a C for my 2009-10 list because he is listed most places as a RW, but he has played C for most of the past season.

 

As I have said before, I put players where they actually play, as it is only a matter of time until they are placed by Yahoo! (or whatever site you use) at their accurate positions. Giroux plays C, not RW. He was drafted as a RW and projected as a RW, and played there for the past few seasons. His value as a player is higher at center because it lets him have the puck more.

 

David Backes is another RW who has converted to C because he gets to have the puck on his stick more often.

 

Giroux would have definitely cracked my top 10 center list, so I’ll make an updated list with him included if I decide to leave him off the RW list. Any guesses (with or without Giroux) as to what the list looks like? I’d also appreciate some feedback on how I should go about putting players at positions.

 

If you can, grab Eddie Lack now. A skilled goalie who is playing his first season in North America shouldn’t be as dominant as Lack was in 2010-11 with Manitoba. He is large (6’5”) and very, very quick. Pekka Rinne comparisons are not far off. He’ll follow the Cory Schneider path behind Luongo, but like Schneider, he won’t last there for long.

 

With Emelin coming over to Montreal, it is assumed that he will win a top six spot. I don’t see Hamrlik returning. Markov/Wisniewski is one of the most interesting debates of the summer.

 

Do you “buy low” on Markov, who is coming off of two serious ACL procedures? Or do you “buy high” on Wisniewski, hoping that 50 points and lots of minutes were a sign of things to come, and not a blip in the radar?

 

Don’t forget about Josh Gorges, one of the most underappreciated top four defensemen in the game. He isn’t big or fast, but he knows the game well and makes smart plays all the time. A lot like Dan Girardi.

 

Swiss-born forward Sven Bartschi is quickly climbing up the 2011 draft charts. He has been a big part of the success in Portland (WHL) this season. The Winterhawks are stacked up front (Brad Ross, Ryan Johansen, Nino Niederreiter,  and Ty Rattie), but Bartschi has stood out – especially lately.

 

He had over 30 goals and 85 points in the regular season, and has added 10 goals and 26 points in 19 playoff games. He’s a fantastic playmaking winger and has top line upside. I wonder how he’d look alongside Johansen and Nash in Columbus in a few years?

 

Don’t expect to see Mikael Samuelsson back any time soon.

 

On that note – Manny Malhotra skated on his own yesterday, in workout gear and a full cage. As I tweeted a few months ago, his surgeries went as well as expected and now his recovery is way ahead of schedule (think top 5 or 10% of all people who sustain this injury).

 

The skating is a big issue, regardless of what the Canucks say. It says that the pressure has lessened enough for him to exercise in some capacity. He may not return this spring, but it isn’t a completely closed window.

 

Sticking with junior hockey (no NHL games last night) – the line of Devante Smith-Pelly, Justin Shugg and Casey Cizikas has been dominant for Mississauga. The line had 10 points last game, including three goals from Smith-Pelly.

 

Smith-Pelly has almost a goal per game through 18 playoff contests. He’s a recent pick of the Ducks. Skilled forward who needs to keep working on the offensive side of the game – he plays hard at both ends of the ice and brings a lot of energy. More on all of these prospects in the 2011 Prospects Report… out in a few weeks.

 

Cizikas is known from his recent World Junior play – big, strong, and gritty – it’s easy to project him as a heart and soul second or third line forward.

 

Shugg is an undersized skilled forward drafted by Carolina. He’s had seasons of 39 and 41 goals over the past two, and like all undersized forwards needs to get stronger to move on to the next level. All three have NHL upside, ranging from limited and safe (Cizikas), to potential scorer but a bigger risk (the other two).

 

A few NHL castoffs of note – Patrick O’Sullivan has 10 points in 11 games with the Houston Aeros, and Ryan Potulny has 10 goals in 13 games with the Binghamton Senators. Bobby Butler has seveon goals.

 

Jagr with three:

 

 


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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Martin, I dunno to be honest. I could see him playing next year since a lot of guys enter the NHL at a very young age now, but he is younger than most of the other prospects so he may need a bit of time. Teams will probably give him a year at least to try to fill out his frame.
May 12, 2011
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Martin said:

mapletreemarty
Big Ev Like Forsberg in the sense that there really aren't any weaknesses to his game. He can play both ways, he can be physical, he can score, he can lead and so on. He's not as offensively gifted as Forsberg. But his characteristics is whom he reminds me of.

That's exactly who Huberdeau reminds me if, Giroux. Kid is going to be a talent.. I guess the appeal with Landeskog is that he would probably be able to step in right away. The Avs fan in me doesn't want to see a repeat of the second half of last season.

How far away is Huberdeau do you think?
May 12, 2011
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edata said:

May 12, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Well there you go Martin, it's confirmed that Landeskog will NOT go to the Avs because mock drafts are usually wrong smilies/tongue.gif Kidding, sort of.

Anyways, Landeskog is nowhere near Forsberg, unless you're just referring to tenacity or leadership.

I think the Avs should go with Huberdeau if they are looking for a forward. Greater potential, explosive player. Giroux-esque.
May 12, 2011
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Martin said:

mapletreemarty
#2 overall.. A lot of the mock drafts I have seen have Landeskog going second to the avs. Been reading a lot of what vas fans want at #2 and larsson is their third choice. It's about 60% Landeskog, 25% Huberdeau, 15% Larsson. A lot of people have been impressed with Hubs offensive talents and great hands this year and he could sneak up into a top 4 spot.

In my eyes Landeskog = Forsberg esque.. The Avs NEED a warrior like him. Personally I would go with a fed at 2 and 11, and grab Bartschi at 11. Galiardi is not a 1st line winger period.

Gaunce is a very physical D and Chouinard can hold his own at well, both are comparable to drafting a physical D like Siemens at 11. I think the only D I'd take at 11 is Bealieau (sp?), but he won't drop that far.
May 12, 2011
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Andrew K - Veritas0Aequitas said:

Veritas0Aequitas
Landeskog I'm all for drafting Landeskog over Larsson. I want players who are going to perform big in the playoffs and I think Landeskog is that guy over Larsson. More passion and grit. Those are the guys I want on my team. We also have an embarrassment of riches on our back end. EJ, Quincey, Liles, O'Byrne, Elliott, Barrie, Gaunce. If Larsson and Landeskog are 2a and 2b I think CO goes with Lando.

Reagardless, where did you see that fzusher?
May 12, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... I think Colorado drafts Larsson to stabilizie their D.

Whatever Dater said, I'm not buying it because teams don't give away their pick before the draft, especially those who don't have the 1st.
May 12, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Colorado at the draft Nope, the intend to draft Gabriel Landeskog #2 overall ... that was pretty much the word from Dater last month if I remember correctly.
May 12, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Markov I'd be very surprised if Markov is back in MON.
Sometimes it is the issues in the background that end up playing a huge role in the decision.

Just across the provincial line, you have Ottawa... a team that shelled out for a Russian defensemen (Gonchar) with recent knee injuries. The GM that let that player go (PIT) is looking like the smarter of the two parties on that move.

You also have the whole Pasquale Mangiola thing with Hamrlik and the two Kostitsyns. While this doesn't extend out to Markov - there could still be that feeling for Gauthier that it is just better to slowly let his Eastern Euros leave.

Montreal is going to have a lot of turn-over this off-season.
May 12, 2011
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Andrew K - Veritas0Aequitas said:

Veritas0Aequitas
CO Defensemen "Colorado expects both Stefan Elliott and Tyson Barrie to contend for roster spots this fall. Does that mean they don't plan on selecting a defenseman at #2 in the draft?"

Can you give me a source please?
May 12, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Markov/Wiz The debate for Habs fans is interesting, Markov is the better dman- and may help Yemelin fit in-as much with the off-ice stuff as on -ice,but his health is a huge issue, as well as cost. With the risks involved I wouldnt pay more than 4.5m per-and keep it to 4yrs or less. With Subban,Gorges(still a RFA) and Yemelin,Nash,Carle,Weber all ready-or very close (Tinordi most likely a few years away) they wont/cant resign Hamrlik,Gill,Sopel,Mara,Picard. I would think Gill being the most likely to stay. But as far as fantasy value- Wiz's question marks arent nearly as critical if he signs elsewhere, vs Markovs health. Wiz is only 27, so his offensive breakout is right on time.
May 12, 2011
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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
Justin Shugg It should also be noted that JS is now on the verge of shooting for his 3rd consecutive Memorial Cup Championship. The Spits traded him pre-season as part of a head start to their rebuilding effort. The rebuild, mind you, will be in full force this off season with the departure of all major pieces (Hall, Fowler, Ellis, Kassian, etc) from their championship teams now having all graduated since last spring.
May 12, 2011
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Dale McCarthy said:

digitalmonkey
ex/ Giroux Create a list of actual RWers and then insert guys like Giroux into the list where they would fall if they were considered RWers, but identify them differently somehow...maybe put position in brackets.

Example/

Martin St. Louis RW
Corey Perry RW
Jarome Iginla RW
Teemu Selanne RW
Claude Giroux (RW)
Patrick Kane RW
May 12, 2011
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Chad Burly said:

2sticks1puck
Giroux If you have to pick only one position, then you need to peg Giroux as a center - since he plays there the most. But the reality is he plays both positions.
May 12, 2011
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GMGates said:

GMGates
... "I’d also appreciate some feedback on how I should go about putting players at positions."

You could do a mode of the top Fantasy Sports Trackers via Yahoo!, Fantrax, CBS, ESPN etc... whichever has the position coming up more, roll with that one. But you can always include a tidbit that the player may or may not receive the additional eligibility.

GMG
May 12, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Updated my blurb as I can see your confusion - I meant that I considered him a RW last go around which is why he wasn't on my C list.
May 12, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Because I haven't done an update yet.
May 12, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Hey Jeff, I can't seem to track down your Top 10 Keeper Center rankings for some reason. Doesn't seem to be listed under your columns.
May 12, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Fixed the Malhotra/Bartschi comment error. Thanks Trevor.
May 12, 2011
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