One hurdle passed - Sid the kid cleared for non-contact practice with his team. Keep an eye on who he skates with.

 

If I was picking second in a prospects draft from 2011 eligible players, my pick would be Ryan Strome. Love his situation in Long Island. Won't play there this year, but probably in 2012-13.

 

Phoenix's defensive situation - I'd say a top four featuring Yandle, Morris, Ekman-Larsson, and one of Klesla or Aucoin. Rozsival is in the mix too but I wouldn't count on him to play top four minutes on a consistent basis.

 

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One of my favourite players is back for another season – Teemu Selanne. One year, $4 million. His 80 points last year came out of nowhere (to me, at least, I had him pegged for mid 50’s). His presence kills the one-year value of Kyle Palmieri.

 

I was debating this trade yesterday in my keeper H2H – sending away Lecavalier, Eriksson, and Ian White for Weiss, Callahan, and Yandle. My breakdown:

 

Yandle may regress this season. Phoenix downgraded in goal, and his final 20 games of the season were nothing to write home about. However, people say they will struggle to score goals. They were a middle of the pack offensive club last year – how did the roster change all that much? Ed Jovanovski doesn’t count – he’s a shadow of his former self.

 

That being said, this was a case of me overvaluing a player I like.

 

With our league categories (hits, especially), Callahan is very valuable. However, at the end of the day I like to focus in the offensive categories (goals, assists, PPP, etc) and go after the peripheral stats later. It is much easier to add a hit specialist off of the waiver wire (Matt Martin, for example) than it is an offensive specialist.

 

Not sure what to think of Lecavalier – if he plays with St. Louis (which I don’t see happening much at even strength), his value is good. Without Marty, I’m not sure where I peg him.

 

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Calgary has to be happy with the very early returns on Sven Bartschi. Looked phenomenal during the rookie camp, and much bigger than he did last season. He’s skilled and feisty, and he always seems to be involved in the offensive attack. Calgary doesn’t have much (any) top end forward talent on the farm, but Bartschi will change that quickly.

 

A great read on Philadelphia’s rookies who could make the team in 2011-12 – Schenn, Couturier, Rinaldo, and so on.

 

 

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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
Landeskog Hoser - Hmmm. I would have to suggest that your observations are excellent. In the back of my head I know that Landeskog isn't a fool (sin bin). I admittedly have somewhat overlooked the PMs of most of the high draft picks. Strome/Huberdeau have healthy totals. Proper healthy totals, as does Landeskog. I think one can properly argue that Landeskog has perhaps the highest compete level of any of the players in the 2011 draft, and yes, I do anticipate strong hits/blocked shots totals. Again, though, it is fair to argue that there is nothing the matter with the other Top Prospects compete levels. Perhaps each is competing in their own way. Thus, a gritty Landeskog, will only have superior value in Fantasy leagues that do have hits/blocked shots. He'll always have some PM though with his in your face approach. His leadership qualities also do not necessarily go onto the stat lines.

Good point.
September 16, 2011
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Tim Johnston said:

holdUP
Re: Crosby's linemates Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:

"The Penguins are moving Neal from left wing to right with hopes that he'll eventually serve on a top line with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby."
September 16, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
... I took Huberdeau at #2 overall. I was at a position where upside and production 2-3 years down the line was all that mattered to me and short term readiness was not a factor. I feel that within 2-3 years with Tallon as their GM the Panthers should finally begin their rise from horribility (normally you say mediocrity but not with the Panthers).

Also I think you are underestimating Callahan significantly. Yes it is easy in most leagues to snag a hit specialist but it is not easy to acquire a Brown/Callahan. In my league I traded Callahan for Tavaras and a high rookie pick in a H2H CAT-points league that was hit heavy (G=4, A=3, Hit=1, SOG=1).

To me I take the Yandle side.

Lecavilier>Weiss
Eriksson
September 16, 2011
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... @Hoser

I think the Isles drafted Strome to eventually play with Tavares, so, much like RNH gets a boost in value knowing that Hall and Eberle will likely be his wingers, Strome's value increases because of JT being his likely future linemate.
September 16, 2011
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Hockey Hoser said:

Hockey Hoser
... @ Isle B. I totally agree and I firmly believe Strome will kick some major butt in the NHL. But let me ask this, given the option, would you choose Strome or Tavares? I guess that's kind of the perspective I took when deciding between either Strome and Huberdeau. Huberdeau will be "The Tavares" if you will on Florida if all goes right. At least I'd like to think so.
September 16, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... great discussion and comments today, gents
September 16, 2011
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... @Hoser

I think any fears that Strome will play 2nd fiddle to Tavares should be more than outweighed by the likelihood that Strome will be playing with Tavares.
September 16, 2011
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letnry said:

letnry
... @Frank

Good catch, you are right, games start Thursday, October 6. However, from the looks of it, the guy who put the video together is from overseas (Finland), so it would actually be October 7 over there when the season starts. Haha, hope that makes sense.
September 16, 2011
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Frank said:

NoUseForAName
Back October 7 Probably just me, but at the end of the video, it says "Back October 7", but when I look at the schedule on NHL.com, there are 3 games on October 6, and right above those 3 games, there is the mention "END OF PRESEASON", so those are regular season games I guess.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebymonth.htm?month=201110

Please someone wake me up!
September 16, 2011
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dave k. said:

dkilburyhockey
Selannee....and Mr. Hockey Welcome back to the Flying Finn. 80 at 40 is awesome.

With a shorter schedule, Mr. Hockey topped the century mark in '68-69' with 103 at 40 years old and a shorter schedule.

Detroit Dave
September 16, 2011
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Hockey Hoser said:

Hockey Hoser
Landeskog's as a Multi-Cat player Jocular - enjoyed reading your POV. Question for you though, when you refer to Landeskog as a multi-cat player, what other categories are you referring too specifically? Would this include hits and blocked shots etc or just with PIMs? If we're just talking PIMs, I was a little shocked when I took a look at Landeskog's 61 total PIMs for the season versus Hubs 88 PIMs. Strome also put up 82 PIMs. People keep referring to Landeskog as a potential multi category player but I don't see it with the more traditional categories in fantasy leagues. To me if anything, he sounds very discipline which in my opinion wouldn't translate to him PIMs total in the NHL. Any thoughts?
September 16, 2011
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bogans said:

bogans
Callahan I gotta say I think a lot of people have this kid underrated and consider him a good option for alternate categories like hits. The kid is fifth year pro, has improved his point totals every single season, and is probably securely stationed in front of the net on the Rangers top PP unit. He gets PP points, SH points, and leads the league in hits. Last season, he had 48 in 60 and if you extrapolate that over 82 games, we are talking in the 65 point range. With Richards and Gabby getting most of the other teams defensive attention, it shouldn't matter whether Callahan has Dubinsky, Anisimov, or Stepan on his line, he is the engine that makes the Rangers second line go and I would not be surprised to see another step forward with him taking the 'C'. The guy could be a multicategory gem.
September 16, 2011
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
which puppy second I'm pretty sure that second overall (in time) and maybe first, should be Landeskog. If wingers or multi-cat come into the equation he becomes very safe.

With the big players (Strome, Huberdeau...) that aren't 'auto picks', I really like to look at the supporting cast they were working with this past season. The edge goes to Huberdeau. Lots of big shooters. Thus, for some time, I felt that I preferred Strome. General pressures, at some point in time and second and third reviews of Niagara, had me concede that Huberdeau was clearly third. Strome's support cast (Niagara was 45-17) is strong to though. I really like his size and current NHL situation. If he's the for real deal, the break in on the Isle should be one of average pressures, not exceeding pressures as there is a reasonable support group. Huberdeau (Florida)/RNH (Edmonton) will face significantly more pressure. Thus, I would describe Strome/Couturier/Zib as the forwards that are the super sleepers to become Elite, at this time, from the 2011 draft. Bartshi isn't too bad either!

Lecavalier's 'bounce back' to Elite is dependent upon him returning to being a 20-21 minute a night guy and finding chemistry that yields 70+ points from one winger. TB needs two 70+ point wingers.
September 16, 2011
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Christian Bergeron said:

cbergeron
Selanne I predict Selanne doesn't play more than 25 games this season. He seems to be taking quite a chance with his bum knee - this is not wise in my opinion. I sincerely hope I'm wrong though.
September 16, 2011
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horrorfan said:

September 16, 2011
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Jeremy said:

onthebeach96
Schenn resigns Biggest news of the day, the Leafs sign Schenn for 5 years at $3.6M per, I love it!!! Teemu, Teemu, Teemu!!!
September 16, 2011 | url
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shaun b said:

shingy
Teemu's Presence I would suspect it kills hope of Bobby Ryan breaking out in the power play department as well.
September 16, 2011
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Hockey Hoser said:

Hockey Hoser
Strome vs. everyone else I had the second pick overall in our rookie draft this year and I thought it was the worse pick spot to have. No matter who you take after RNH, someone is going to trash talk you. For me the choice was between Strome, Huberdeau and Landeskog.
I decided against Strome because even though I agree about his situation, I came to the conclusion he'll always just play second fiddle to Tavares and besides something about the Isles organization that always make me second guess myself.
Everyone thought I was going to take Landeskog and I maybe wrong but as NHL ready as he is, I've read too many times people questioning whether his junior dominance had to do with his physical maturity or with actual skill. This tells me his chances of being a first line seem diminished.
So this leaves me with Huberdeau in which I did select. And I got trash talked for the pick of course. But I like the fact he was selected to be the main center piece in Florida. Also when you look at how he's improved over time, I think he hasn't yet to reach his ceiling and will continue to do so. But how can I support Florida while knocking the Islanders? Because Dave Tallon to me has already done a pretty good job at bringing in the right talent and their talent base seems more spread out compared to the Isles who still have some holes at positions beside forwards.
September 16, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Mmmmm video. I'm ready for hockey.
September 15, 2011
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