One more point about the Prospects Report - as a poolie who uses a one-to-three year window to build my team, I absolutely love the 3YP (best three seasons of production) number that has been added to the guides this year.
The upside number is good and all, but often times players will take four or five (or six) years to get there, and often times they never do (hence the percentages). Way too long to wait for in a pool, unless you are extremely patient and enjoy losing. Having a tangible upside for the short/medium term makes it easier to rate and compare prospects across the board.
Writing/researching for the guide also helps me a lot in my own pools - to those of you in the UFP - watch out for me at the draft this summer!
Brad Richards must be licking his chops this summer. I took a look at the free agent crop for forwards... Thin doesn't even begin to describe it. The Rangers seem like the obvious fit, and they love to overpay for centers. Only difference is Richards is considered a top line center. Would have huge ramifications for Gaborik, Stepan, Anisimov, Callahan.... the entire team.
Do the Sabres take a run at Richards? They have money to spend, but he (rumors, at least) wants to play in a big market. Would slide Roy to line two and Ennis to the wing full time.
Torontonians - looking for your vote/feedback on the possible date of an event. We will be celebrating the acquisition of Goalie Post sometime in mid-June and you're all invited to join myself (Dobber), Justin Goldman and Goalie Post's Jeff Hillen. I'm sure there will be a couple of other writers there as well, but I can't confirm any until I confirm a date.
Thank you everyone for the kind words and well wishes. Baby, toddler and mommy are all doing well!
Buffalo has signed Kootenay defenseman Brayden McNabb to an entry level contract. I've mentioned him a few times on here - drafted as a defensive/two-way defenseman, but his production exploded in 2010-11.
He'll probably need a year in the AHL, but he isn't all that far off from NHL action.
Another recently signed prospect to watch - Christian Thomas of the Rangers. Christian is the son of Steve. He's got an elite shot and is a pure goalscorer. He's got a good set of genes too.
Reports are coming out of Russia stating that Nik Zherdev attacked his wife and her car with a metal pipe yesterday in an apparent act of domestic violence. What a bizarre situation.
As per his agent, Evgeni Nabokov will report to training camp with the Islanders this fall. They still have his rights for another year. They probably would trade him because of any potential bad blood among his teammates, but they could also use a veteran presence in goal.
Gordie Howe hat trick for Bieksa last night. He has been a rock all postseason long. Could be pricing himself out of Vancouver's range if he keeps playing this well, but I doubt the team cares at the moment. Bieksa had a monster fantasy season back in 2006-07, and still has the potential to be a 40-point, 125-150 PIM defenseman with solid peripherals.
He doesn't get a ton of PP time on the Canucks, but they have an offensive system at even strength. It remains to be seen if another situation would benefit his production more.
Although he finished minus-3, I thought Douglas Murray was San Jose’s best skater for much of the game.
The Sharks have lost six straight Western Conference Final games over the past two seasons.
The Sedin twins combined for five points. It is safe to say that the open ice and time off have benefitted them in a big way.
Ryan Kesler is pointless in consecutive games, but his play hasn’t dropped one bit. He won 16 of 23 faceoffs.
The Memorial Cup kicks off in two days with a game between Saint John and Mississauga.
Hamilton, facing a 3-0 series deficit, stomped Houston 8-1 last night. Dustin Boyd had four points, and his linemates Nigel Dawes and Aaron Palushaj had two and three apiece. Palushaj has the most NHL upside of the three (Dawes doesn’t have the consistency/size/strength for the NHL game, and Boyd is looking like a classic tweener at this point).
Too bad this wasn’t in the NHL (or in the regular season) – Ryan White’s stat line: plus-2, two assists, and 29 PIM.
Binghamton, led by Robin Lehner, capped off the sweep in the other AHL series. Lehner made 42 saves and has been incredible this spring for the Baby Sens. He’ll start at least one year in the AHL before graduating to the NHL – he should be valued as one of the best young goalies in the world.
Prospect Report – about two weeks away. Putting the final touches on hundreds of player profiles – goalies, defensemen, forwards, sleepers, and more. The fantasy guide helps you win each year, but this guide helps you win each year over the long run.
Funny back and forth from after the game last night between Darren Pang and Luongo. “Pang asks "What did Eager say to you?". Luongo replies "we'll just keep that between me and him. But I'm glad he's out there, he takes a lot of penalties".
Ben Eager finished with four minor penalties (including one that that should have been a major). He scored a goal at the end of the game, and proceeded to stand over Luongo and taunt him. A few screws loose in Mr. Eager’s head.
San Jose is having fits matching Vancouver’s speed. San Jose’s defense is immobile after Boyle, and they are losing a lot of pucks on the wall in the defensive zone.
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The entry period for the Defensemen Polls has begun, make sure to send in your submission by Thursday Midnight EST.
Vancouver prospect Anton Rodin is coming over to North America next season. Has 60-70 point upside - he'll need a year or two at the AHL level.
Yes, lots of Canucks/Sharks talk tonight. I live in Vancouver, I watched the game, and it was the only NHL game. I can only do so much!
Not really sure what Marleau is trying to do here. I understand fighting may spark the team, but he bit off way more than he could chew. His first fight in almost four years, I believe:
Interesting segment on Luongo’s brothers – one could be a future NHL goaltending coach (maybe he can teach his brother how to handle the puck…):
Kevin Bieksa absolutely takes off at the beginning of this video - nice to see the offensive aggressiveness from a defenseman: