Canucks are close to announcing MacT as the next coach of the Chicago Wolves. Grooming him as a future Vigneault replacement down the road, perhaps? Either way, I think this is a great move for the organization.

 

Anaheim prospect/goaltender John Gibson has bolted from college for the OHL. He was supposed to start his NCAA career at Michigan this season, but he instead chose to play for the Kitchener Rangers. Must be a slap in the face for all of the people who worked to recruit him.

 

Michigan's current starter is a senior (Shawn Hunwick) and he would probably start over Gibson. Perhaps Gibson didn't want to wait a year for his turn?

 

Silver Sevens asks an interesting question – does Bobby Butler score 30 goals this season? I think 20 or 25 would be a more realistic goal, obviously. Butler has great offensive instincts but he doesn’t bring a whole lot to the table aside from goal scoring.

 

If he gets off to a slow start, he may find his way out of the top six. He has a pretty nice one-way contract in his back pocket, and the Sens are pretty thin at forward, so things are looking good for him.

 

I wrote an interesting (well, I think it is) piece for the DobberHockey guide on residual fantasy value, and this is a great example of it.

 

Skrastins has absolutely no fantasy value, so poolies usually ignore any trades/signings that he is involved in. Dallas cut ties with him this summer. He played a ton on the PK. Grossman is their top defensive guy, but the rest of the unit will have to pick up some of the slack. Does that include Alex Goligoski?

 

Maybe. Goligoski will likely put up great offensive numbers because he is a terrific offensive defenseman, but playing more on the PK will cut into his offensive production, even a bit. I’m interested to see how the Stars deploy Souray, as well. At the worst, one would think he’ll play the role of power play specialist.

 

Does Quinton Howden have a chance at making Florida’s roster this season? Head coach Kevin Dineen thinks so:

 

Panthers rookie coach Kevin Dineen couldn't help but notice the 6-foot-3, speedy left wing, who scored 79 points with 40 goals for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western (junior) Hockey League last season. "I spent a lot of time in the last two practices taking a look at my roster, trying to figure out putting the faces to the names, and [No.] 42 kept popping out to me for a couple of different reasons," Dineen said. "I'm really excited about Quinton Howden's potential.

 

Howden lacks the upside of fellow Panther prospect Jonathan Huberdeau, but he is older, stronger, and more NHL ready.

 

Nashville signed prospect Craig Smith, as he decided to leave college to turn pro. Smith was one of the best Americans at the recent WJC, leading the team in goals with three and second in points with six.

 

Smith was 11th in his collegiate conference in scoring, with 19 goals and 43 points at Wisconson.

 

Some funny reading from DobberHockey legend Shoeless – the typical fantasy hockey conversations we all encounter.

 

I will be writing over at the Hockey Writers once a week during the season, with a focus on all things Canucks and all things non-fantasy hockey. Won’t interfere with my writing here at all, but will give me another avenue to put my thoughts down on paper/keyboard for a more appropriate audience.

 

Surprised that the Kings have lost a few prospects to Europe (Moller/Holloway) – sure the team has great depth, but so do a half-dozen other NHL clubs. Prospects under the age of 22 or 23 leaving for Europe isn’t exactly common, even in recent years.

 

One example of a positive move to Europe was Mark Giordano. He wanted a one-way deal, Calgary said no, so he went over to Russia. When he returned, he was a much better defenseman for it.

 

A topic on the forum had the title – what to expect from Zuccarello? I’ll pose the question to you guys. Does he skate on New York’s top line? Does he even make the team?

 

Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan is a tempting second line, but that leaves the top unit without a winger. Could Avery fit there? That would leave Stepan for the third line, likely with Prust/Zuccarello, or Boyle if he moves to the wing. Lots of options.

 

Vancouver prospect Darren Archibald with a beauty:


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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... MacT is a fantastic coach.
July 28, 2011
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Koodle said:

crackho1976
MacT It's funny how people forget quickly that MacT was able to coach a mediocre 8th place team to game 7 of the scf. He is a GREAT coach and many players have had career years under his tutelage only disappear into mediocrity after they left the Oilers.
July 28, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
Howden Another part of the Ballard trade that will bite the Canucks in the but.
July 28, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
CHL bound players Look for more and more prospects initially committed to NCAA hockey to leave and play in the CHL. It's simply a fast track route for these prospects.

Connor Murphy has signed on with Sarnia, Gibson with Kitchener, Oleksiak with Saginaw and it's being rumoureed that Devils' camp standout and 2011 draftee Reid Boucher will announce his signing with the Sarnia Sting sometime very soon. Boucher has committed to Michigan State (verbal) where his mother actually works. If he comes to the OHL then it's saying a lot.

I wouldn't be surprised to see a guy like Biggs (Oshawa owns his rights) come over as well.
July 28, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
MacT don't even joke about MacT taking over the as the Canucks coach, that is a nightmare. smilies/angry.gif
July 28, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Flames and Oilers fans are certainly hoping that MacT takes over the Nucks one day.
July 28, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
:) We'll have to agree to disagree on the energy levels.

I've been playing primarily defense on my hockey teams for the last 25 years.
The forwards on a PK can use up a lot of energy. I never got winded playing the PK unless the friggin forwards couldn't ice a puck in two minutes.

Might just be a different playing style in the way we were coached to play the PK.

Fair enough. smilies/smiley.gif
July 28, 2011
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studley49 said:

studley49
Another recruit OHL-bound... Coyotes' first-round pick Connor Murphy's going to be suiting up in Sarnia this year, skipping out on his commitment to Miami.
July 28, 2011 | url
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... PK requires little energy? I'll disagree in a big, big way. Battles in front of the net, chasing pucks in the corner, blocking shots, etc.

It doesn't require speed, which ties in with your point regarding big bodies.
July 28, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Goligoski I don't think Goligoski's TOI allocation will change.

1. He typically plays with Robidas. That should remain.2
2. Goligoski/Fistric were tied for 5th/6th for SH-TOI with Dallas last year. If Fistric is in the line-up, it will be his bigger (6'-3") body that sees the PK-time.
3. Souray will also see PK-time. The PP/PK requires very little energy for defensemen. Most coaches put their biggest D bodies out for the PK.

It is an interesting point though... because there will be raise in Blocked Shots for some Dallas defenseman. Nick Grossman will likely be PK1 with Robidas - so Nick should see the bump in BkS. I think Trevor Daley will be on PK2 with Souray/Fistric.

It is a keen eye though, to see a player departure and recognize that there is a promotion somewhere.
July 28, 2011
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Chris said:

5hole
Rangers Dubinsky-Richards- Gaborik
Stepan -Anisimov-Callahan
Fedotenko-Christensen-Prust
Avery-Boyle- Rupp
(Wolski- Gone)
July 28, 2011
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Ryan Lenethen said:

DarthVain
MZA I have him on my team. I actually thought about protecting him... Until they signed Richards.

I liked MZA's play last year, he didn't get a lot of ice, but when he did, I thought he really used it. There were also times, where it looking like the coaching staff put considerable trust in him. As such I thought this year would be his year to actually get minutes and break out a bit.

However with the Richards signing, they have WAY to many C, and even if he plays on the wing like he did much of the time with Derek Stepan, they have too many for top 6 and then they went and signed Prospal.

He is way too good to play on the 3rd line and too offensive, and shouldn't. I think he is good enough to make the team, however it will be a team decision if they have him basically play 3rd like 12min a game, or to send him down to the AHL so he can get some ice.

I have little doubt that Prospal or someone will break down or get injured at some point in the year, in which case he will definitely get the call up from either the 3rd line or the AHL into the top 6, at which point I think he will do just fine. Probably is, fantasy wise I think he is a bit of a risk, as his ice may be limited, or depended on other players either really playing horribly or getting injured. Which is too bad, I think and would love to she MZA get a real chance this year... As it is, I don't see his numbers improving much from last year.
July 28, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
MZA At this point I would not assume he makes the team. They have 13 forwards without him, 12 on one-ways plus Stepan. Capgeek lists them with MZA, but with only 6 Ds and 0.7 under the cap. Both MDZ and Valentenko carry cap hits above 0.7. MZA carries a cap hit of 1.75.

The other problem is MZA will not be on the 4th line. Even without him they have 10 Fs who can play in the top-9, meaning Avery or Boyle will wind up outside the top-9 (other top-9 Fs' game is not suited for 4th line, esp. Wolski) along with Rupp, Christensen, and Prust. So, barring a trade, in order to make the team MZA needs to outplay to outplay 2 top-9 Fs, to such a degree that they are willing to bury one (Avery or Wolski, both with a 4M salary, though half of Avery is still paid by DAL) in the minors, where they are already sitting on Redden with his 6.5M salary this year. While MSG has deep pockets, you gotta think being forced to play 8.5/10.5M to two AHLers will not score Sather extra points with ownership, and he knows it.

However, if the Rangers trade a winger before the season begins, get MZA back on the radar.
July 28, 2011
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Chad Brown said:

Raider_Pride
bobby butler i love the bobby butler hype, his last 15-20 games to last season show great promise. 30 goals is asking for a huge breakout, i think 22-25 goals seems more realistic. Definitely one guy that i have bumped up my draft board and have recognized in the tail end of my upcoming drafts. Everyone should take notice that he is even garnering such attention, cuz i truly believe that 55-60 pts mights be in the works, thanks for your time
July 28, 2011
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James said:

jimywho1
Rangers Lines Gaborik-Richards-Fedotenko
Callahan-Dubinsky-Avery
Rupp/Christensen-Anisimov-Stepan
Prust-Boyle-Wolski

Christensen preferred over Rupp.
Love that 4th line.
Kreider possible callup once Wolski gets benched or Feds gets hurt?



July 28, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... Id compare Howden to James Neal (slightly different but fairly similar fantasy wise). Too bad FLA is so crowded especially on all those lonf term deals.
July 28, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
THW Welcome to the Hockey Writers team Jeff. I look forward to hearing your takes on specific Canucks issues.
July 27, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

July 27, 2011
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Brayden said:

ether
Anisimov on top line? No offense Jeff, but think about what you are saying there. Brad Richards loves Torts so much he chooses to take less to play for him again. He was his MVP during their cup year in Tampa. Torts is known for giving huge minutes to his big names, he'll play Richards until his legs fall off.
July 27, 2011
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paul said:

donpaulo
re skrastins value This is a good reason why I have enjoyed simulation hockey for over a decade. Guys with no offensive value but who play a fine defensive game are very useful in any sim league smilies/smiley.gif
July 27, 2011
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