Greetings, from London, Ontario!

 

Definitely need to backtrack on my Florida statement, see comments below. Just needed time to digest it and really think about it. As I said, it was just off the top of my head. Kind of shocked, knee-jerk reaction. But they really have come along.

 

Those of you trying to register and failing - we have now fixed it so it asks the proper security question. For some reason, it had been asking the Baseball question yet requiring the Hockey answer. D'oh! Very sorry about this, try it now. If you still have trouble, email me personally on my blackberry at dobber at dobberhockey dot com.

 

So what do you think of the new DobberSports hub? Interested in your comments. Really just a place to gather all the latest info/news from the Dobber Sports Network. Within a week or two we will be offering packages – Bronze, Silver and Gold. These will go with the Ultimate Fantasy Pack and involve choosing a subscription or three from the various members of the DSN. We set the highest price (Gold) at $60 – for the Ultimate Pack and a subscription to Frozen Pool, Goalie Post and Hockey Pool Geek. That’s coming up soon. We’ll also be making available two iPhone Apps – one to navigate the site, which I think will be free (still early on that one) and one making available my draft list as a drafting app. That one will probably be $4.99. Neither app will be available this month. Hopefully early September.

 

Interesting under-the-radar (and very smart) move – the Jets have invited Janne Pesonen to camp. If you remember, he took a shot once at the NHL, but with the Penguins – who trust their prospects about as much as they would trust OJ. So all he did was pound out 82 points in 70 AHL games, and barely got a sniff in his seven games of NHL action. The Jets have more room than the Pens did. It’s a long shot, but something to watch for and I’ll be rooting for him.

 

This writer from Kukla’s Korner predicts 25 goals and 45 points from Niederreiter this season.

 

Gragnani’s two-way deal is precisely why promising fantasy stars end up in Europe. They get no breaks, even if they earn them. He could lead the team in preseason points, and still get cut. I’ll never forget Lonny Bohonos…

 

As an Andrei Kostitsyn owner in one league, I was secretly happy about his little vent last week. I see visions of what happened to Sergei on a new team. Andrei was wrong, of course – his linemates were fine, he’s just whining. But all the same, a fresh start really helps and I hope he gets one.

 

The Flames have signed Scott Hannan to a one-year deal at $1 million. It’s certainly a buyer’s market at this point. Fantasy relevant in the sense that this move pushes TJ Brodie out of the Top 6.

 

Put me down for not agreeing with the ESPN ranking of the Florida Panthers as the top organization in hockey. As someone who releases a Prospects Report every year, I can safely tell you that their farm system is not first. I should sit down and do an actual ranking some day. But without doing this properly, I can only ballpark it – I would say 10th. Which is much better than 20th – where I’d ballpark them a year ago. Just another reason to ask ESPN to just stay out of hockey altogether and quit pretending you care about it. Do us all a favor and cut hockey loose from your repertoire.

 

Peter Harrold has signed with the Devils. He replaces Max Noreau, who went to Europe. Although, since we’ve already seen Harrold at the NHL level, we’re not as excited and we can tone down his upside tremendously vs. Noreau’s.

 

Top 10 Yzerman goals. No.1 was absolutely gorgeous:

 

 

Keep firing me YouTube clips!

 


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paul said:

donpaulo
... the kukla's corner NN story links to nhl.com

am I missing something ?
August 14, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
... I think the most underrated prospects depth is the Hurricanes one.
August 14, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
... Guys who picked those top 10 goals by StevieY somehow missed this one - a thing of beauty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...re=related

August 14, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Oh, I assumed you knew who he was since he was on Dobber Nation a few weeks back.

He works for Hockey Prospectus. Here's his rankings:

http://www.puckprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=1012

#1 - Wings
#2 - Isles
#3 - Predators
#4 - Sens
#5 - Blackhawks
August 14, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... I don't know who that is, but I don't see them getting a lot of attention wherever I read/see rankings and/or listings.
August 14, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... IMO Detroit's system is overrated, not underrated. Corey Pronman ranked them #1, which is just nuts.
August 14, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Depth is overrated. Give me the team with two or three blue chippers any day. I'm not sure where Florida ranks - I'd have them near the top. They do have some high end talent (Gudbranson and Bjugstad/Huberdeau up front).

Detroit has an underrated farm system right now. Impressive late round drafting in recent years.

August 14, 2011
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keytolife said:

keytolife
... Oh the thing about the Panthers prospect system is not the top it´s the incredible depth. If you got guys like Connor Brickley, Alex Petrovic, Garret Wilson, Corban Knight, Zach Hyman, Joonas Donskoi down the line you got brutal depth.
August 14, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... @mick

That doesn't have anything to do with ranking organization's farm teams. We're ranking the prospects in the system, not the organizations past draft pick success or actual NHL future success. Just the prospects.

Florida is my #1 but that doesn't mean I think they will end up being the most successful franchise.
August 14, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I'm going to backtrack and agree with you Dean. After looking at Markstrom and Gudbranson, Huberdeau and Bjugstad, etc. This team is probably more like 4th or 5th, and not 10th as I said above. Just needed to digest it I guess.

Herv - we'll help you UFP buyers by manually entering in the bonus packs for you, you won't get left out.

Dobber Sports - is the top option of the top right drop menu. Just click it.

August 14, 2011
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Herv Bezjak said:

vojdog
... Hey Dobber,

What happens to those of us who have purchased the ultimate pack, and subscribed to Hockey pool geek as seperate transactions? will we still get all the bonus content?
August 14, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
fla I don't think FLA is number one, sure they had lots of draft picks this year due to trading assets as Talon shakes the team up.

But how many of their draft picks are on the team?

I mean FLA has been a bottom tier team for a long time and i don' see a Weber, Ovie, Crosby, Backstrom, Semin, Price, Subban, Toews, Kane on the team. Maybe they have some potential now thanks to Talon, as long as they don't put them on waivers.

August 14, 2011
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horrorfan said:

horrorfan
Dobber Sports Hub It looks good. A suggestion - have it as a link at the top right along with the other Dobber Sports sites. I'm sure the majority of people will still come here first, so those who want a quick look at the others it'll be right there.
August 14, 2011
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Mark said:

slapper75
Organization Rankings Hockey's Future had Florida at #2 prior to this year's draft (where they drafted Huberdeau and Grimaldi):
http://www.hockeysfuture.com/n...rankings/

We may need a definition of terms to make sure we are all talking about the same thing here.

I personally see florida as a definite top-5 team in terms of organizational depth. The view of some may be clouded by some of the crazy FA signings (ie. dollars paid and terms offered) by Tallon on July 1st...
August 14, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Farm System I am also going to agree with Big Ev that Florida is a Top 3 team with regards to their prospect depth. I think I will attempt to make my own rankings as an upcoming project as this definitely interests me.
August 14, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... It's pretty much universal now that Florida has a Top 3 system. You might want to check their prospects. They have depth at all positions. Gudbranson, Markstrom, Howden, Bjugstad, Huberdeau, Grimaldi, etc. etc. That's a top system. They are right up there with the Isles (de Haan, Niederreiter, Strome, Kabanov, Poulin) and Ottawa (Cowen, Rundblad, Lehner, Puempel, Zibanejad, Filatov, Da Costa etc.)

I would rank Florida #1 for sure.

You might want to check who the ranking is done by before blasting ESPN - a former NHL scout.
August 14, 2011
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