Answer: Brett MacLean. And a new member joined the forum to submit his answer, well done! And kudos to the mods for approving him quickly so he could get the win

 

The first person to name this player in the "Lounge" section of the forum wins a free copy of an older Fantasy Prospects Report, the year of their choosing. This is straight out of this year's version - with the key names censored out. Here it goes:

 

Who is this?

A DobberHockey favorite for over three years now, even though we knew that the wait would be this long, (he) has held steady to our projected hopes/goals as a pro. A 40-point AHL debut, a 30-goal and 65-point sophomore campaign and then a point-per-game performance in Year 3 combined with impressive cups of coffee with the (NHL team). He is a hard worker, he has added strength and he is consistent with his scoring. He saw minimal ice time with (Teammate 1) and (Teammate 2) and the line really flourished during those shifts. (His) goal-scoring fits nicely with (Teammate 2)’s speed and hockey sense and (Teammate 1)’s slick passing. That’s the No.1 line of the future in (this city). And by the way – the wait is over. (He) has a spot to lose in camp and at worst he’s a midseason call up.

 

Upside: Bobby Ryan (45-35-80, 60 PIM)

Certainty (NHLer; Upside): 95%; 40%

3YP: (33-31-64, 38 PIM)

 

Boy, did Luongo ever choose the right time to start dominating. Just four goals allowed on 91 shots in the last two games, stealing the win(s). That’s what was expected of him – steal games, not win them because your team is so good. And finally Bobby Lu delivered. With interest.

 

Analysts, fans, media…we’re all so funny. Had the refs made the right call with 28 seconds left and negated that icing, San Jose would have won. Had SJ won, perhaps they would have gone on to win the series (doubtful, but bear with me). Win the series, look good for a Cup, everything is golden. But now? Oh, tear it down, rebuild, retool, this team can’t get it done, trade everyone!

 

Henrik Sedin – a league-leading 22 points now. Has he snatched the Conn Smythe away from favorite Ryan Kesler?

 

Kesler, by the way, was a warrior. He pulled something and was clearly hobbled. I don’t doubt he took some freezing in the intermission to numb the pain.

 

Speaking of warriors, Joe Thornton played that game with a separated shoulder. He led both teams in shots with seven. Will we remember that next April? Nope. We’ll all yap about how much he sucks in the playoffs. He was pointless and minus-2 last night. What we’ll see next  year is how he had just three goals and was minus-5 in 18 games. We’ll forget all about the 14 assists and the separated shoulder thing. That’s sports for ya – we’re all fickle!

 

But in all seriousness – Thornton has played six of the last seven postseasons with various injuries, some even more serious than last night’s. And do we hear about that, or do we hear about how he “doesn’t want it enough”?

 

Kudos to Antti Niemi as well, who I was impressed with in last night’s contest.

 

Despite 90 minutes of action, both teams went with three lines. The Sharks played their fourth line for about 10 minutes (Mayers, McGinn, Desjardins). The Canucks played theirs for about four minutes (Hodgson, Oreskovich, Glass).

 

Dany Heatley – nine points in 18 games. And Ottawa lost that deal? Hell, Cheechoo would have done better than that. Okay, now I’ve gone too far. I didn’t mean that.

 

My Hockey News article yesterday focuses on the World Championships and some of the more impactful performances that could help shape your fantasy decisions…

 

Calgary prospect Max Reinhart had four assists to lead Kootenay to a life-saving win last night in the Memorial Cup. Reinhart has been ridiculous in the postseason – 27 points in 19 games, and now this. He’s surging up the prospect rankings.

 

The Avalanche should sign Vokoun. With Elliott as the backup. That would be solid. The Coyotes should re-sign Bryzgalov. The Flyers should make a move to land Schneider. The Panthers should try and trade for a goalie with just one/two years left on his contract – buy Markstrom another year or two. Just some quick thoughts on goaltending situations.

 

Liam Reddox has signed to play in Sweden next season.

 

The Wild signed one of their second rounders from a year ago, Johan Larsson. He’s ranked 183 on my FPL and moves up slightly with this news.

 

David Perron is “feeling better”,  but still has a ways to go yet. Here’s the article

 

No Dobber Nation this month. We'll be back next month strong with a kickass draft edition. Would you rather see a pre-Draft primer? Or a post-Draft recap? Sorry, I mean "hear" not "see".

 

We'll also have a Live Chat for the draft. Matthew Bugg will be on it, live from Minneapolis.

 

Kesler takes a huge hit:

 

 

The winning goal – I lost the damn thing myself, even when he said “he scores!”. I had to wait for the replay to see what the hell happened…

 


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Zammer said:

Zammer
R R - Are you REALLY wasting our time on the merits of use of "impactful". I think you are lost and should be a the Roget's Thesaurus message board, if that is all you have to offer the night after a Double OT game!
May 25, 2011
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Zammer said:

Zammer
Bob Cole Have to agree with Larry, Bob Cole may have a play by play voice nearing Vin Scully, but the unending errors on players names and penalty calls should be embarrassing for CBC. How many times do you come back from commercial to learn he had the wrong player or mistakenly assumed a PP?
Is there really no one to replace him?
Could listen to him call a game all day, but the endless mistakes that occur game after game should be a concern. I would defer to a US feed if I had the choice.
May 25, 2011
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Jason Laplante said:

jL67s
Cheechoo
Dany Heatley – nine points in 18 games. And Ottawa lost that deal? Hell, Cheechoo would have done better than that. Okay, now I’ve gone too far. I didn’t mean that.


No, not too far.

Cheechoo may not have out-produced "Heater" on the score sheet, but he would have definitely out-worked and out-hustled him. smilies/cheesy.gif

Sharks are stuck with an $8 million dollar a year player who only shows up when the points are easy.
May 25, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
@ ANGUS I blasted your Canucks enough in the comments, most notably Bieksa, when i said that he is ahrdly a hero for fighting Stalberg and Marleau. Well, like i said then, until he does something truly heroic, i think he is just a douche bag and well Bieksa just threw that in my face.

Angus, your boy Bieksa is now a hero, especially since he was the only player that knew where the puck was until Burrows saw it shoot back out of the net.

i'll be routing for the East but the Canucks are going to be tough to beat especially 5 on 3 smilies/wink.gif
May 25, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Upon further review... The Boyle clearing attempt that was called icing and lead to Keslers tying goal..may not have hit Sedin after all- it looks like it hit the stanchion (would the grammar police check my spelling please?) The fact the puck didnt slow down and went into the far corner would support this interpretation. This stanchion may have been the same one involved in the winning Bieksa goal! which would be really odd. The 'stanchion of God' perhaps. Maybe the maintenance crew should get a 2nd assist on the winning goal. smilies/cheesy.gif
May 25, 2011
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Rino Chiuso said:

Manimal
... Does 'R' stand for run on sentence? Your use of 11 commas in one sentence has stripped you of all redibility.
May 25, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
... Nothing concrete on the Canucks farm team yet....you would think theyve been considering possibilities for a year now,but the Atlanta farm team was in Chicago...which would be an interesting match given their NHL teams recent history.
With no nightly fix of NHL hockey now (or I guess 'daily' would be correct thanks to Buttman) it would be nice to see some AHL playoffs on a major network-beats half of their programming now. Maybe the CBC could audition replacements for Bob Cole, because after Hughson there is a HUGE dropoff in talent.
May 25, 2011
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Nathan Fleming said:

Devil10
Potential Winnipeg team According to a TSN activle I read yesterday:

IF Atlanta moves to Winnipeg

The Moose move to St. John's to become Winnipeg's farm team.

Where does this leave Vancouver's farm team? If it shared with Winnipeg it seems like a far ways to be calling up players. Pretty much across the entire country.
May 25, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Uhh, pretty sure impactful IS a real word.

From Merriam-Webster:

im·pact·ful/imˈpaktfəl/
Adjective: Having a major impact or effect: "an eye-catching and impactful design".
May 25, 2011
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Demers Michel said:

Destroyers
Who is this? your guy is Brett MacLean
May 25, 2011
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derek said:

buck0198
Kesler/Sedin I still think Kesler wins the Smythe if he has a good SC Finals showing. He was the man in the first two series and even though he didnt put up the points this round, he still drew alot of penalties, forechecked well, and made things happen.

If Sedin has a huge finals then he may pass him but I am still on the Kesler wagon.

(I am a tad bias though because I am American.)
May 25, 2011
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derek said:

buck0198
Post draft I would rather see a post draft recap with maybe some video highlights if you can scrounge any up.
May 25, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Impactful Sorry my man, it stays. While the original "la-ti-da" English majors of old may frown upon it, the word is gradually becoming acceptable. For more on this:
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.co...pact.html
The dinosaurs who are fighting the use of that word are the modern version of the dinosaurs who used to fight the word "ain't" back in the 80s. Language evolves, it's time to accept that. smilies/wink.gif
May 25, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... @buffalosoldier66

I may be reading your post wrong, but the Aeros were the ones who were leading 3-0 in the series.
May 25, 2011
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Kris said:

4horsemen
Schneider To Philly...... ......damn that has a nice ring to it. Keep it up Dobbs, that's the sort of warm fuzzy us Schneider owners can use in the morning. Seriously though, it does seem like a good fit!
May 25, 2011
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buffalosoldier66 said:

Sheepdogged
GO AEROS! (tangent) As a Minnesota Wild fan I am hoping that GM Chuck Fletcher can bring in some young talent so in a few years the Wild will have a decent team with depth. It looks right now that his plan is working well as the Aeros fought off a 3-0 lead in the series against the Hamilton Bulldogs and won 4-3. They face Binghamton in the Calder Cup Finals. You have to like the direction the Wild are heading. Well, at least I have to.
May 25, 2011
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David said:

OceanMon
R R is never wrong. World must change for him for he will not change.
May 25, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Back to Hockey There have been some great games this playoffs - last night's was very good.
The players out there are really giving it their all.

I love hockey.
May 25, 2011
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R said:

Hey Robbie
... Made-up may have been a poor choice of adjective; all words are "made-up" at some point, I guess. "Look it up" has little value in terms of utility in a language's lexicon, as dictionaries, especially many online ones, simply report what words are in use currently, and how they are being used, but this does not account for the fact that while evolution of words' meanings over time is normal and unavoidable, rapid incorporation of new, casually-formed, and, most importantly, redundant of other widely accepted and understood forms, leads to writing which is less precise and harder to read.
May 25, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
... It's never good when a blown call changes the outcome of the game. Might be time for a coaches challenge rule. The fact the Sharks players saw it as it happened and were arguing the call before the faceoff and that it was immediately picked up on replay means the right call could have been made after a brief review. And I know some of you may say there is no way to say it was the reason why VAN won, but put yourself in the shoes of a Sharks fan and ask yourself if you would feel cheated this morning. I'm not taking any side but the one that wants to see the correct call made as often as possible. To quote the 6 Million Dollar Man..."We have the technology..."

And BTW, whose bright idea was the confetti after the game? Yeesh. That just begged for a post game groin injury to one of the Canucks as they tried to skate through the slop. No more of that please.
May 25, 2011
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
@R Impactful is not a made up word. It means "having a great impact or effect." Look it up.
May 25, 2011
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R said:

Hey Robbie
... As usual I love your comments, but any chance you could not use the made up word "impactful" next time? Your writing is too good to have the reader's flow stumble over stuff like that. I know it's extremely minor, but just putting in my two cents.
May 25, 2011
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Twiggy said:

Twiggy
Thornton Nice to see some props for big Joe. I thought he had a really solid post-season this year and finally brought what he can.

But god damn, hell of a way to lose a series smilies/sad.gif
May 25, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Crazy game! I too held off celebrating as I had no clue what was going on- apparently the Versus announcers were saying 'no goal' and I think it was Glenn Healy who mistakenly said it was in the mesh. crazy goal- love the replay-every player on the ice is looking in a different direction. The Sedins played great-and the shot totals were decieving as the Sedins had some great chances that didnt register as 'shots'.
Luongo was brilliant, only time he got beat was when Ballard 'bucknered' the puck right infront of him and the bobbled puck/diving Pavelski play- which may have gone down as the worst GWG in the playoffs if it werent for the heroics of Kesler and then Bieksa. It was ugly-but the Canucks have had more than their share of ugly versus them in these playoffs. The best team won. Now just need Tampa to extend their series to 7 games.
May 25, 2011
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