Update: Problem fixed. If you downloaded the Fantasy Prospects Report yesterday, you may want to do it again as I made some additions. Ryan Johansen and Brayden McNabb, which had disappeared into cut/paste purgatory, are back in. I also added profiles for Andy Miele, Taylor Doherty, Matt Frattin, Aaron Palushaj and two other players who I won’t name because they make decent dark horses and I don’t want to give the names up to the non-paying public!

 

The Blues have had a busy morning - five-year extension for Roman Polak ($2.75 million per), and a three-year extension for Vlad Sobotka (money not announced yet).

 

Polak is an absolute monster, but his fantasy value is limited. Sobotka has value in deeper leagues, and he proved last season he can step in to a top six spot in case of injury quite well.

 

Johnny Boychuk has been on the ice for Boston's last seven goals against. In a game with such good goaltending, one mistake was more than enough. Boychuk got caught running Kesler, opening up Torres back door.

 

Jannik Hansen continues his strong postseason. He was Vancouver's most noticeable forward - throwing hits, making plays, using his speed. He'll probably top out as a third liner, but he may have some upside in the right situation (more ice time). He seems to get better as the games get more important.

 

Alex Burrows bite - guesses? Fine? Suspension? I'll say he gets one game. Stupid play, even if Bergeron shoves his fingers in there. Will be interesting to see how Colin Campbell Mike Murphy (Brendan, take note) handles this one.

 

In his last 13 games, Roberto Luongo hasn't lost back to back and has given up more than two goals only three times.

 

Ryan Johansen is the second best prospect in the world (drafted players), in my opinion. Why? Read this, and this.

 

Tim Erixon to the Rangers... interesting trade. Jay Feaster's hands were tied - he offered Erixon the maximum he could under the CBA, but the talented Swede (and Calgary's best prospect) refused to sign.

 

The Flames turned Erixon into Roman Horak and a few draft picks. Horak is a prospect with top six upside who has spent the past two years in the WHL. He will need at least one season at the AHL level before making the leap.

 

Interesting to note - Horak's WHL linemate with Chilliwack was Calgary prospect and sniper Ryan Howse. You can bet the two will lineup together in Abbotsford next season.

 

It’s been over a decade since the Red Wings have drafted an elite talent. Franzen and Howard are both very good players, but I wouldn’t consider either elite.

 

Henrik Zetterberg in 2000 has been the most recent. Right now, Brendan Smith is the best bet to develop into an elite defenseman among Detroit prospects. Up front, there are a few candidates, including Gustav Nyqvist and Tomas Tatar.

 

However, Detroit’s most skilled prospect is one who doesn’t get much attention – Swede Calle Jarnkrok. Jarnkrok will spend at least one more year over in Sweden, but the Wings believe he can step right into the NHL once he makes the move over.

 

Buffalo signed their top pick from 2010 to a contract yesterday. Mark Pysyk, a skilled defenseman, recently finished his fourth season with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL.

 

Ding dong, the witch is dead. I’ve shared my thoughts on Colin Campbell enough – I’ll leave it at that.

 

I chuckled when I saw this – I hope more than a few of you get the reference!

 

Dobber commented yesterday on the Kevin Dineen signing by Florida, and I’ll do the same today. I love the move. Dineen has worked wonders with both Buffalo and Anaheim prospects. Buffalo has had three straight AHL Top Rookies. Anaheim’s team is largely comprised of players who have come up through the system.

 

Florida doesn’t have much now but there is some hope in the pipeline – Markstrom, Robak, Gudbranson, Bjugstad, Howden, and so on. They’ll get a solid prospect at the draft this year, as well.

 

Mark Recchi played about 15 minutes. Tyler Seguin played about six. Time to flip those numbers around, Claude.

 

Minnesota prospect Matt Hackett has held the Binghamton Sens to four goals through the first three games of the Calder Cup Final in the AHL.

 

Patrick O'Sullivan had two helpers for the Aeros last night in their win (he assisted on the only two goals they scored). His NHL days are done unless some team gets really, really desperate.

 

Kesler with a huge play - the only goal in the only game last night - definitely required a video:


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Dobber said:

Dobber
... sorry Sanstanya, fixed now
June 02, 2011
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Sanstanya said:

sanstanya
Ongoing Prospects Report issues Now it won't download for me at all. I had no trouble with the previous version but this one says it's either a damaged file or not a supported file type (which it clearly is as it's a pdf).

Sorry to bust your chops on this I'm just anxious to read it, and I already dumped the 1st version so now I don't even have that to look through.
June 02, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
he is the son of jan erixon
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=367584
June 02, 2011
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Peter Maingot said:

PMac
Erixon continues a Blue Shirt family tradition Did anybody notice that Tim Erixon was born in New York state in 1991 yet he is a Swedish national?

I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that his father is Jan Erixon,
who played for the Rangers from 1983 to 1993.

This will be a sort of homecoming for him and King Henrik will look out for him as well.
June 02, 2011
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Big Dude said:

crackho1976
Prospect Analysis Thanks Dobber what an awesome read, I love that you guys value alot of the prospects this year highly (as do i). How come Mr. Bugg's top 50 arent around any more though?

Other than ranking Latta low, over hyping Ellis and putting Jake Gardiner on your list ahead of Justin Schultz on your top 50 i think everything else was bang on!!!!
June 02, 2011
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TavesSoul said:

TavesSoul
Updated Download? Ya, maybe it's just me, but still can't get the "updated" version. It just downloads the same version again, as far as I can tell. No Palushaj, Miele, but it is the updated version from last night with Johansen in it. smilies/wink.gif Just so you're aware. Thanks for doing the update, though.
June 02, 2011
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eribelan said:

eribelan
Fantasy prospect report - Where's the update section
- Where's Aaron Palushaj ?

I don't think he's updated actually in the download section

Great work, thanks for doing this huge work!
June 02, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Big Dude There is a thread in the forum for this kind of dicussion. But Latta is ranked 365. Didn't make the cut, or even get considered. Prospects Report includes:
1. Top prospects
2. Prospects who some may "think" are top prospects, but we set you straight.

Latta does not fall under 1., and he is too young and unknown to be written off as a 2.

To profile the second scorer for every team in Junior hockey implies that we profile the top scorer for every team in junior hockey, plus the equivalent 1 and 2 in European and college hockey tiers. That's a huge task.

June 02, 2011
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Paul said:

zwambag
Prospects Report - 1 Is there a way of showin what you updated from the first copy. I know last year in the Fantasy Guide you highlighter updates in Blue, is that the same for prospects, I read through it already and didn't want to have to go through and try to find your updates. Let me know dobber.

Great Read by the way!
June 02, 2011
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Big Dude said:

crackho1976
Guelph Why isnt Micheal Latta profiled within the Nashville organization prospects? 2nd leading scorer for Guelph ahead of Peter Holland with 89pts (in 68games) not to mention with 158pims!!!!
June 02, 2011
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Katharsis said:

Katharsis
Rolling in the Deep Intro This is the only upload I could find of the intro on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTcHmIxWoBk

saw angus looking for it on the twitter box.
June 02, 2011
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Man not Puck said:

Man_not_Puck
shouldn't it be C - Bass? "yeah - kick his ass, C-Bass!"

OMGROFLOL - Dumb & Dumber is comedy gold. The Green Men have good taste smilies/cheesy.gif
June 02, 2011
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Pavel Nikiforovitch said:

Pasha
About the bite... I think it's Bergeron's own fault. Why the hell did he stick his finger into Burrows' mouth? What was Burrows supposed to do, suck on it? :-)))
June 02, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
hits there was some good hits in this game, to bad the refs wouldn't let them play, the 5 on5 was good.


what about a video Hamhuis's hit, any updates on his status other than day to day?
June 02, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Johansen Nice find on Johansen. I remember when he was drafted 4th there were many people who were shocked that he went as high as he did. Excellent eye for talent on the Jackets' part.
June 02, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
... Im a little surprised this doesnt happen more often-especially in the playoffs when the scrums are more facewashing than actual fisticuffs. The lack of clear video of any biting-and the refs own observation 'you put your fingers in his mouth!' probably means a fine if anything. Considering Horton threw a water bottle at a fan- and got no suspension, a fine sounds about right. still a stupid play by Burrows, cant ever assume youre going to get away with it (ie: see Marchand grabbing Henriks stick-and Henrik skated away- Marchand looked guilty as hell lol)

First 2 periods kinda sucked from an entertainment perspective- no flow- but the 3rd was much better- Canucks took over- and the Bruins looked tired, Chara's effort on the winner was half assed at best-but he must have been dead tired.Boston screwed up big time on that play,but both goalies played awesome.
June 02, 2011
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KJ said:

Big Kjell
1 game suspension Kind of funny...but not very bright. Burrows will rest a game.
June 02, 2011
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