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But first, to bring to light columnist Ryan Ma’s comment yesterday on the Coyotes, in which he was spot on – the ‘Yotes not only lost Bryzgalov, but they lost Belanger and Fiddler, taking with them an excellent faceoff proficiency. And that’s huge. Ma opined that the team should finish Bottom 5, but perhaps not last. Agreed. I actually have them 25th in the Fantasy Guide.

 

You’ll see the projected team standings in the next Fantasy Guide update, which I hope to release this afternoon.

 

So which team do I have first? The Penguins. Yeah, I’ve been beating their drum for years now. And even after this season we won’t have seen them in their prime yet. Sorry guys, the curve for this squad is still inching upward. If Crosby and Malkin stay healthy for an entire season, then this team will be men among boys. Crosby was on pace for 132 points last year. That’s not yet his peak. Malkin hasn’t been healthy since posting 149 points in 106 regular season and playoff games two years ago. That’s not yet his peak. Seriously – Crosby turned 24 yesterday (Happy Birthday!). Malkin turned 25 last week. Both have injuries that could rear their ugly heads again, and hinder their development into generational superstars. But if they can stave off the injuries for a season, then they will reach point totals that all fantasy outlets (even myself) would be too scared to project.

 

And this would have the following fantasy impact:

-          James Neal is probably going to set career highs anyway (currently 55 points). But 80 games from Sid and Geno would result in a pretty hefty increase for Neal.

-          Jordan Staal will center Malkin. He would beat his 60-point pace from a year ago.

-          Steve Sullivan would, even missing 15 games due to his usual injury issues, still get 50 points and earn himself another contract.

-          Kris Letang would become a 70-point defenseman. He was on pace for 72 when Crosby went down at the midpoint.

 

But, if Sid and/or Malkin miss 35 games, then Neal barely tops his career high, Sullivan barely tops 40 points, Letang gets a sniff off 55 points at best and Staal will struggle to reach even 60. The results from this team fluctuate drastically are very dependent upon two of the best players in the game today.

 

I know it's hard to bring yourself to "dream" of the possibilities. After all, so many things can go wrong and in fact, odds are that something will. But there is a window here, and not exactly a small one, that says that a lot of impressive point totals could be in the cards for several players. But it will be a domino effect - you just have to hope that one doesn't fall.

 

Is Toronto draft pick (25th overall) Stuart Percy fantasy relevant? Not draftable this year. Will he ever be relevant in fantasy hockey? If he takes a step forward for St. Mike’s this season in terms of offense, then yes. The other aspects of his game is there in spades, but as it stands now he looks like a potential 30-point, steady No.4 to me.

 

This year’s Calder race is the most wide open race since I’ve been doing the Guides (six years now). The best rookie – Brayden Schenn – is too buried in Philadelphia and thus will rightfully be brought along slowly. So at best I see 45 points. That doesn’t really win Calder Trophies. And there are so many great rookie defensemen making the jump that I can’t help but feel one will win it. But like I said, it is wide open. In the Guide I have my Top 50 favorites, but I also mention five other names to watch. I’ve never done that before.

 

Check out the Dobber Sports Facebook page and "like" it for our latest contest - a free fantasy team audit. More contests/giveaways forthcoming for all fans of that page…

 

@Pitaking asks “given the concussion, is Crosby still the most valuable skater in fantasy?” The answer is yes. Another concussion would make me think twice about that. He took the right precautions and hopefully he can get a better-fitting helmet so the odds of that happening again are lessened.

 

According to CapGeek, there are three teams who still need to get to the floor. Colorado has $2.8 million left, but Gabriel Landeskog making the squad would fix that right off the bat. The Islanders have $2.3 million to add but not only does Nino Niederreiter fix that, but they also need to sign Josh Bailey. Phoenix has $430,000 to add, and Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker need to be signed. So all teams have made it to the floor.

 

My fingers are crossed that the NBA has a lockout. That would be fantastic for fantasy hockey and hockey in general. Once you play this game (fantasy sports) you are hooked and a lot of you would look to feed that addiction elsewhere. TV ratings would rise, sports bars in America would have fewer options and would thus put hockey on, a new generation of fans would be cultivated. If the NBA loses an entire year, they may not get a small percentage of fans back from us.

 

Top 10 Jagr plays ("There's only four people...in the entire rink... that he didn't deke. And three of them were ushers!"):

 

 

Keep firing me YouTube clips!

 


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Karbinkopy said:

Karbinkopy
David Savard/John Moore I just read a tweet where J. Angus finally admits that Savard has past Moore as Columbus's top defensive prospect and my only thought is what took him so long. Every time I read, over the past year, that "with Columbus in need of a puck moving defenseman and PP QB, John Moore has a strong chance of making the jump to the NHL next season," I just shook my head. John Moore may end up being the slightly better dman in the long run, but it was obvious to anyone that paid attention to the AHL that Savard clearly outclassed Moore last season. Savard dominated Moore both offensively (43 pts to 24 pts) and defensively (-6 to -27, if you accept +/-, even as a team stat, as a bit of a defensive indicator and I think with a huge spread like that you can) in both of their inaugural AHL seasons. If any Springfield Dman had the chance, pre-Wisniewski, to make the leap to the NHL this upcoming season and play on the PP it was Savard. Actually Savard still has a strong chance to make Columbus this year. With Columbus only having 6 defensemen signed, the seventh spot is Savard's to lose at camp. I'm glad that one of the Dobber hockey writers was finally able to see the forest from the trees. Perhaps he can share the news with the rest of them smilies/cheesy.gif. I mean Moore and Clitsome are 14 and 16 for defensemen on Dobber's top 215 prospects and David Savard isn't even on the list. I'm still shaking my head.
August 09, 2011
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Hockey Hoser I am not anti change or development, far from it, and the technology that I am writing on is no horse and carriage smilies/wink.gif
I absolutely agree that Dobber needs to take full advantage of every tool possible to push the site, what i don't like is being told on here that there is something exclusive for FB users,can't you keep that sort of info to the Fb page?? But as Jeff pointed out it was only a team audit, no biggie.
August 09, 2011
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Don Karnage said:

DonKarnage
Guide Update Fantasy Guide update seems to be corrupted. I'm using Foxit reader, not adobe.
August 08, 2011
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James said:

jimywho1
Jagr picked up joe juneau's jock strap and handed it to him. and then scored.
August 08, 2011
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Mr Sausage said:

Mr_Sausage
Jagr Wow. How strong was he in his prime? A few of those goals had players clutching and holding him for dear life as most of those goals were in the clutch and grab era. Some of it made me laugh with the blatant holding and interfering that was going on. But Jagr was so strong he could skate right through it. Amazing.
August 08, 2011
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Haakan Loon said:

Chucker10
Pens Love the site and love the guide but feel like I am reading Gary Bettman's personal blog at times with all the love poured out for the Penguins. I can of course agree they have some high quality talent. But the way OV and Stamkos are almost made to look like chop liver compared to two possible band aid boys in the making in Malkin and Crosby seems a bit biased to say the least.
August 08, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... UK - We are offering a free fantasy hockey team audit. Nothing earth shattering. Trying to build the brand name up on the internet. You won't miss anything extremely vital or important - just another marketing tool we are using.

Thanks.
August 08, 2011
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Hockey Hoser said:

Hockey Hoser
Facebook @UKflames: I totally understand your apprehension towards social media outlets. I would think everyone knows at least one person who uses these outlets but furthermore, I would also venture to guess that everyone knows at least one person with a horror story to accompany the use of social media outlets. We see countless examples on a weekly basis thanks to twitter! But...

The problem is as we move forward, the world becomes smaller, we become closer and blah blah for the cliches. What I'm trying to get too is that changes is always occurring. You don't have to choose to participate in these changes (good luck), but we have to accept the fact that other's do.

Society does this odd thing and rewards those who have and are seemingly contributing to the progression of the human race, whatever that is. So even though I feel your pain, you're kinda the odd one out. There's nothing wrong with riding around in a horse and carriage today but if you choose so, expect to face a lot of traffic created by automobiles and other such fanciful modes of transportation.

For the record, I "liked" the page! It's just one more avenue for us to explore and utilize in this world of mass and instant communication. Anwyays...GO LEAFS!
August 08, 2011
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UKflames said:

UKflames
And so it starts...... As I mentioned when you started promoting your Facebook page, I hoped you wouldn't go down that route that many companies take and start doing offers exclusivly for those on Facebook but unfortunately you couldn't resist.
I know that you do plenty on here for those that are frequent visitors and/or posters but why do you need to promote an exclusive facebook offer on here? It makes those of us that don't feel the need to share our lives with the world on Facebook feel like we are being given the short straw somehow.
Sorry for the rant, i'm just very anti facebooksmilies/grin.gif
August 08, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Landeskog.... I would be very very very surprised if Landeskog DIDN'T make the Avalanche squad this upcoming year. The Kitchener Rangers have relingquished his rights (to make room for another import) so Colorado is his definite destination.
August 08, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Penguins then and now Jagr
I had to pick my jaw up off my desk after watching that top 10. Simply amazing! Jagr could do more with 1 hand than what many NHLers couldn't do with two! His strength and elusiveness were incredible!

Crosby and Malkin
As a homer, i really believe Crosby and Malkin will come back strong and healthier than ever and have a really spectacular year. Crosby might not put together another 25 game point streak this year but i think he will continue his torrid pace from last season, consider it 'unfinished business.' Malkin has been putting in more time and effort (at least based on the reports) than in any past offseason and again, i expect big things from him too. I think Malkin will be #2 in scoring on the team and i expect him to finish about 10-15 points behind Crosby (110-115 vs. 125). Like Dobber said though, if the injuries comes back it would be a very different stat line for everyone on the team.

I just hope that they FINALLY can figure out the PP and become a threat to score with the man advantage, if that happens, the top 6 will all benefit.

ahhh the off-season dreams.
August 08, 2011
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Lukasz said:

pahlsson26
... Oh, and if you watch the whole video, you'll learn that this was Datsyuk's first four-point game smilies/cheesy.gif
August 08, 2011
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Lukasz said:

pahlsson26
Datsyuk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4Vq3bQE0K4#t=2m - great assist by Datsyuk in his rookie season
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbldEgMN0hw - datsyuk top 10 (and those are from 2001/02 to 2006/07 only)

the guy he stole the puck from at #8 is Jagr
August 08, 2011
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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
jagr goal #2 Reminds me an awful lot of Steven Stamkos' highly acclaimed slide-to-the-net-bang-in-his-own-rebound-in-mid-air goal last year.

Beauty highlight reel though. You just don't see too many players willing to use the deke so aggressively on 1-on-1 scenarios as much these days. #68 was a master at this craft in his heyday.
August 08, 2011
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Dobber said:

August 08, 2011
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Bird! said:

thatbirdguy
Neal Wouldn't Neal's career high be 55 points (2009/10)?
August 08, 2011
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