I would have lowish expectations on this one - but Fabian Brunnstrom has agreed to a tryout with the Red Wings. He would have to nudge some homegrown talent to get there, but I think a likely scenario is that he impresses enough to play for Grand Rapids and then gets his share of call-ups, similar to Ville Leino a couple of years ago.


Ahhhh. That’s what I get for doing the ramblings on the road. I screwed up a link on Nino Niederreiter and I was far too hasty with my Florida Panthers statement. Then, the registration security question actually asked the “baseball” question, but expected the hockey answer. Oh man, a lot of emails about that. It’s fixed now and working beautifully – since 2pm Sunday, when it was fixed, I have had zero spam registrations. And then to end my fine weekend away, the DobberBaseball site has all the links go wonky. Good to be back!


Here is the Nino article.


The Panthers, I saw that ESPN thing and I did a double-take. Wha? First? Tenth, maybe… But then throughout the morning I got to thinking. Huberdeau and Gudbranson were obvious. Howden and Bjugstad are good prospects, but all teams have a couple of those guys. But then I realized – Markstrom. So now we’re talking about a blue-chip forward, d-man and goalie 1-2-3. Now Bjustad and Howden look a lot better and are quite possibly the best No.4 and 5 prospects on any depth chart. So I realized that, while I still like Edmonton’s farm system the best (ESPN had them No.2), Florida has a Top 5 system. I’d like to do an organizational evaluation someday – from a fantasy slant, of course. Thank goodness everyone knows that I’m only right 52% of the time, eh?


And here we go – Sidney Crosby may not start the season at all. So now what? Where do you take him? End of the first round? Second round? I had him for 72 games, I have just downgraded that to 65. That will be in the updated Guide, which should be up by Tuesday. But this also impacts Neal, Kunitz and Sullivan. Hell, this may mean that Malkin remains at center and thus Staal goes from having a superstar winger to, uh, Tyler Kennedy. Domino effect.  Anyway, at this point, in a one-year league I would be extremely reluctant to take him in the first round. If your first-round pick misses the season, you don’t win your league. Simple as that. Even though 102 points (my new prediction) is up there in the Top 5 still…I would be hard-pressed to choose him eighth in a 12-team roto-league. Ninth maybe, due to the fact that my next pick is just seven picks away.


I haven’t given Joe Thornton love in awhile. Top 10:



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Brayden said:

Brunnstrom I find it a bit interesting he has chosen the Wings because that's where I thought he should have went to begin with. I bet everyone's opinion of him would be different than it is right now if he had.

Hudler and Holmstrom are both UFA's next summer. Who knows where they go with either but there's a chance there could be an opening in a year's time. Could be a real smart move by both parties here.
August 15, 2011
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Dobber said:

... Thanks guys

And as for Sid - I don't think rolling back things by 7 games is a big move. Probably fair. And probably smarter to play it a little more conservative.
August 15, 2011
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Lukasz said:

Konstantinov http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqURgJwqEHc Konstantinov hammers Klemm + a few more of his hits
August 15, 2011
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Jason Marcewicz said:

... Wake me up when Sid actually starts taking some hits...
August 15, 2011
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Draft Dodger said:

Crosby @Big Ev: You'd rather take the word of an NHL GM, guys known for their honesty and being forthcoming about injury info? :-)
Seriously though, the tweet didn't say Crosby had to shut down training, it just said Crosby wouldn't be ready to start the season. Shero doesn't say 'we expect him to be ready' and in fact says 'He will not be "pushed" to join the Penguins for on-ice practices at the start of camp or even when the regular season opens'. Doesn't sound at all like he's confident Crosby will be ready if you ask me.
Still I agree with you, get more info before adjusting projections

August 15, 2011
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mick said:

FLA The knee jerk reaction to FLA's prospect ranking is understandable - its been so bad for so long.
But they are definitely turning this around!
August 15, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Check out Ray Shero's comments before trusting rumours from random radio producers.


I'd hold off changing his projection based on a rumour.
August 15, 2011
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Speaker Damage said:

Homer article on El Nino You think?

"I tend to compare him to Marian Hossa, but I think Niederreiter will be a better defensive forward than Hossa."

Does this writer realize Hossa is one of the best defensive forwards in the game? I have Nino on my farm team but c'mon man...
August 15, 2011
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slufoot said:

Niederreiter I'd be extremely surprised to see Niederreiter crack 40 pts this season. He's behind wingers Okposo, Grabner, Moulson, Parenteau, Comeau, and Bailey/Rolston depending on which one plays wing on the depth chart - and usually puts up equal #s G and A - so he'd have to likely score 20G as a rookie to do it.

That article reads like an Isles super-fan writing it.
August 15, 2011
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Steffen said:

52% Cut yourself some slack. You've built a beautiful thing here, and I lurk here constantly without giving enough back to warrant how much I value this.

Two kids? I could never handle even one. Keep on keeping on.

Delegate Florida's farm. Review and edit what you get. You have a great stable.

August 15, 2011
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angelofharlem said:

Sid So at what point does the concussion factor impact Sid's status as the top ranked keeper league player? I had a chance this summer to trade my Stamkos for Crosby, and I passed. To me, the *potential* 20-30 extra points Sid could get if healthy and firing on all cylinders wasn't worth the stress of worrying about his head and wondering if he'd be in my lineup when I needed him most.
August 15, 2011
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