Angus here - my fantasy hockey mailbag is open. Ask your questions here.


Fantasy Guide and Draft List were updated on Sunday. iPhone draft app too. Next update is Wednesday…and there will then be one final one on Friday. Also, regarding the occasional person who has problems with a “corrupt file” - it’s not. It’s your browser, the file is fine. Some versions of Firefox struggle opening some versions of Adobe, or so I’ve learned over the past month.


Chicago cut Alexander Salak and signed Ray Emery - potentially big implications. Emery may be worth stashing until December.


The Devils cut Matt Taormina, Alex Urbom and elected not to sign Steve Bernier. Rod Pelley and Matthew Corrente were waived along with Zharkov. No word yet on Petr Sykora and Anton Stralman. Adam Larsson has made the team. It would seem that Adam Henrique has as well.


Ryan Ellis was cut by the Preds today. Hillen is in.


The Sharks cut Justin Braun and Benn Ferreiro


Uh oh - Harding injured again. Ankle swollen - deets here.


Brunnstrom's deal is a two-way agreement.


The Preds have placed Kyle Wilson on waivers.


No surprise - the Red Wings have signed Fabian Brunnstrom.


The Penguins have cut Joe Morrow. They also sent Jason Williams down and placed Sidney Crosby on the IR. Crosby, as such, can't play the first three games.


The Devils have waived Vladimir Zharkov.


I am shocked that Keith Aulie has been cut by the Leafs. Jake Gardiner just beat him out for a roster spot, plain and simple. Matt Frattin also made the team. Gardiner is in a good situation, though, as he will be behind Liles and Phaneuf in terms of PP time. I didn't expect Gardiner to make the team this year - not at all. His 3YP is 42 points, which pushes him just off the chart (to answer a question in the comments). His preseason performance obviously will cause some adjustments - next update is Wednesday morning.


Chicago has cut some more - including Marcus Kruger and Brandon Pirri. It looks as though Brandon Saad has made the team. Another job well earned! But if he stumbles at all in the first nine games, he'll be sent down I'm sure (similar to Niederreiter last year). Still to come - the announcement regarding the winner between Salak and Emery.


RDS is reporting that Jonathan Huberdeau has been cut by the Panthers.


The Jets have signed Mark Scheifele to an ELC. No big shock, given his tremendous play in the preseason. I still have him penciled in for nine games this season.


Dobber favorite Cam Atkinson has made the Blue Jackets. And what’s more – he’s in the top six. Worth a waiver pick and ride him through what could be a couple of really good weeks. After that, all bets are off. As many rookies tend to tail off. He need only look no further than teammate Matt Calvert from last year, one of the guys he supplanted from the top six.


Joakim Anderson and Chris Conner were among Detroit’s cuts before the game. And Nyquist? Three points on Sunday. Talk about wanting on the team badly…and the injury to Patrick Eaves (blocking a shot, undisclosed) probably helps. But, as is par for the course when we’re talking about Detroit’s system, Nyquist will be sent down. Ditto for Tomas Tatar. It looks like Brunnstrom made the team!


With Gilbert Brule getting waived and Teemu Hartikainen among four other cuts…both Anton Lander and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have made this team. They will have a handful of games to prove that they belong before Ben Eager and Sam Gagner return from injury. I think Lander is in the NHL for good and he will Ryan Kesler his way from a defensive forward (this year) to a two-way star (in four years). RNH is good for nine games, in my books. And if he can get seven points or more in that span, how could they send him down? This one’s up to him, my crystal ball is on the frizz.


Mathieu Perreault had a fantastic camp. I hope he sticks for the season, but to do that he can’t taper off. He led the Caps in preseason scoring and “played with energy every night”.


Disappointed to see Janne Pesonen not make the Jets. And Paul Postma did about all he could, too – but stuck behind too many puck-moving blueliners.


The Leafs cut Ben Scrivens, who I was hoping would take out Gustavsson. He’s the better goaltender, but perhaps Gustavsson will get hurt again.


First preseason goal by the Nuge:



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Noam said:

hey dobber not really apropos of anything here, but... may i ask why the projected point decrease for ryane clowe? just because he's now the 7th or 8th most important guy on the pp? but wasn't he last year; and shouldn't having havlat with him on the couture line, not to mention *two* puck moving d pairings*, make up for that anyways? i'd think he'd be well in line for a 65 +10 sort of year!
October 03, 2011
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fzusher said:

Red Wings development formula The Red Wings also announced Cory Emmerton and Logan Pyett made the final cuts. Common denominator? Two 2006 draftees who spent 2 more years in junior, then 3 in the AHL, learning their respective roles. Ditto Mursak, who made the team as an injury call up late last year. Ditto Kindl last year (a 2005 draftee). Abdelkader also made the NHL in the 5th season after being drafted. Franzen, drafted as a 25 year old, had 4 full seasons in the top Swedish league before making the Wings. Filpulla spent 3 seasons in Finland and 1 in the AHL before making the team full time. Ericsson? 4 in Sweden at different levels plus 2 and a half in the AHL. Kronwall? 3 in Sweden, 1.5 in the AHL. Howard? 2 college, 4 AHL. Datsyuk? Only 3 years in Russia after being drafted and until he made the NHL team, but he already had 2 seasons playing against men when drafted as a 20 year old. Zetterberg also had a season and a half against men in Sweden before being drafted, and played another three there before coming over into the team. Holmstrom? Only 2 seasons in Sweden before making the NHL club, but 4.5 seasons playing against men in lower divisions before being drafted as a 21 year old.

Only two other Detroit draftees bucked the trend by making the team after 4 years of seasoning: Hudler, who pretty much twisted the team's arms into making him a full time NHLer, and Darren Helm, who after two post-draft seasons in junior proved himself in cups of coffee in his first two pro years to also become a full timer after 4.

The only player on the current roster to have been drafted then fast tracked by the Wings was Lidstrom, who made the team with only 3 years of pro experience in Sweden, 2 after being drafted.

This mode of operation is textbook. It comes with a proven track record. It's a winning formula. So why do other GMs, especially GMs from teams with a much lesser track record of trophies and development, insist on bringing their draftees into the team right after being drafted, or after only 1-2 years of seasoning?

You could say this all a result of necessity - if they'd had higher draft picks, they'd have players so talented as youths they'd have had to keep them in the NHL right off the bat. Well, the Wings had made a top 18 selection since 1991. But they had 3 top 11 ones in 89-91. 89's Mike Sillinger spent a little over 3 years of seasoning before making the team. 91's Martin Lapointe spend 2 years in junior and 2 split AHL-NHL seasons after that. They've both played just over 1090 NHL games (including playoff). Would they have been as successful without these 3 years of seasoning?

The only real exception here is Keith Primeau, 3rd overall in 1990, who played the bulk of his first post-draft season, and half of his second post-draft season, in the NHL. But he had already played three seasons of junior, being a late November born who made the OHL as a 16 year old. You have to go back to Stevie Y for the last Red Wing to make the Wings opening day roster as a just-drafted 18 yr old. Shawn Burr, selected 7th overall, made the Wings towards the end of his first post-draft season.

So yeah, even the Wings might make allowance for top-10 picks to be ready quicker, and for top-5 picks to be ready off the bat. But outside the top 10, at least 3 years of seasoning, and normally between 4 and 5. To the attn. of the 29 other GMs, and all fantasy GMs pining for their prospects to make their teams quicker than that rather than iron out the kinks in their game in the AHL smilies/smiley.gif
October 03, 2011
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Kevin Manson said:

Cam Atkinson vs Matt Calvert What does this mean for Calvert for this year?
October 03, 2011
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tradejunkie said:

Emery over Salak! Looks like Emery got signed! Good-bye Salak.
October 03, 2011
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Angry Moose said:

Gardiner over Aulie DuklaNation - While Gardiner has been weak defensively at least he brings a good offensive game. Aulie doesn't have any offense and played very poorly defensively during the pre-season.
October 03, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

... Gardiner over Aulie is a mistake. Weak defensively. I wonder if nationality plays a factor here?
October 03, 2011
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Michael de Visser said:

Gardiner In your Fantasy Guide, Why is Jake Gardiner not found any where for Toronto. He is not even under prospects to make the team or long term potential?
October 03, 2011
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Dobber said:

... Stu - I agree with you. But if he gets 7 points in those 9 games, I don't see him going down. Joe Fan wouldn't understand if they did. Or what if he gets 10 points in 9 games? Send him down? Again - I agree with you, but if he paves his own way in gold, what can they do?

UW - That's hilarious. Exactly!

Brian - some of those teams have yet to finalize their cuts.

October 03, 2011
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ultrawhiteness said:

Oilers only the Oilers could waive Gilbert Brule, decide to keep RNH on the same day, and completely whiff on the irony.
October 03, 2011
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Brian Harling said:

... A few other guys seem to have made it that were question marks. David Savard, Jared Cowan, and how about Roman Horak, didn't see that one happenning. Dimitri Orlov is still with Washington. I did not expect him to make the team but just might happen.
October 03, 2011
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Angry Moose said:

... I agree with Stu on RNH. He's been a lot better than I expected but I get the feeling he isn't physically ready for the NHL and could get hurt if he stayed up.

As for Scrivens, I'd assume the Leafs will probably look to move Gustavsson and hope he still has some name value before they'd waive him and send him to the AHL and let Scrivens back up. Scrivens has looked like the best Leaf goalie in camp.
October 03, 2011
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Stuart McDonald said:

... My crystal ball is working. I don't see RNH getting more than 9 games especially with Gagner coming back. He's better than I thought, but he's not built like Hall was and he's going to get hurt. One more year won't kill him. I missed Perrault until I saw Washington play preseason this afternoon. He's playing well but I wonder for how long. He's good in spurts.
October 03, 2011
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