The Fantasy Guide and Draft List are updated up to Friday, October 7. Hope you enjoyed this year’s (sixth) edition. I’m thrilled with the content – better than ever. Also happy with the projections – I took fewer risks, only necessary ones, and I think in the end reeling it back in benefits everyone.

 

Nikita Filatov a healthy scratch. And so it begins...

 

Four points in two games last week were enough to earn Tampa prospect Carter Ashton the AHL player-of-the-week honors. A solid outing this season should get him on the team next year.

 

Anaheim prospect Emerson Etem was WHL's player of the week.

 

I would just be guessing here, based on this, but I am thinking we'll see Dustin Jeffrey back in the PIT lineup by early next week.

 

Some Preds updates - Martin Erat was not in practice yesterday and is still day-to-day with a UBI (they won't say "back"). And Mike Fisher has still not been cleared for contact.

 

The Blues plucked Taylor Chorney off of waivers. I'm not sure he'll get the shot that he needs to succeed there, but for now this move keeps Ian Cole in the minors. This covers off Carlo Colaiacovo, who didn't take long to get himself on the IR (concussion concerns).

 

Toronto prospect Greg McKegg was named the OHL player of the week on the strength of a six-assist game last week. He'll get a long look next fall, but will likely be two years away.

 

The Preds have claimed Brian McGrattan off of waivers and placed Zach Stortini on them. I think the Preds won't be going with a tough guy this season - or perhaps like they had with Wade Belak, in which they dress the enforcer for a game here or there when needed. The team is deep in skill and they'll set their game around that.

 

Jochen Hecht has been cleared for contact, but the guy who has been playing in his place - Luke Adam - has been kicking too much ass to be taken out. So who goes? That's the million dollar question, but if you own a bubble player on this team, be worried. Like I said - Adam is NHL ready and I didn't understand the need to sign Ville Leino.

 

David Krejci suffered an undisclosed injury in practice and will not play tonight. He may not travel with the team this weekend, either.

 

Remarkably, the Hurricanes will probably continue to scratch McBain, Joslin and Murphy, going with Faulk. I really like Faulk and his future in fantasy hockey, but it's really rough on a young player to start a career minus-6 in three games. And if plays and goes minus-2 again, it certainly won't help.

 

Corey Crawford "should be alright" to get the start Thursday. Great news for Crawford owners as the last thing he needs is to open the door a tiny bit for Ray Emery kick through.

 

David Rundblad got into his first NHL game, played 21 minutes and was a minus-1. He saw time on the second PP unit (2:50) and had three shots on goal. I would say 'very encouraging' looking at the stats, but I didn't see the game (early bed for me - was still kinda recovering).

 

Crosby owners – figure on four weeks. What a roller-coaster ride. It looked promising by the end of training camp, but we (I) should have known better. They are taking their time with it and making sure. So once he’s cleared for contact (say another week) then it will be three weeks of taking contact. That would put him back in the NHL on November 11 against Dallas, which is another 12 games missed. That’s 16 in all and a 66-game season. I had him at 65 at one point in my Fantasy Guide, but that training camp was so promising that I had bumped it up to 69. Should have left well enough alone.

 

What a great sign for Letang owners – six points in four games. My guarantee to you – if he can get 16 points in 16 Crosby-less games then he will get 54 points in 66 Crosby-full games to wind up with at least 70 points.

 

Pay no attention to Joe Vitale’s two points last night. He is a 30-point NHL player at best. And Pascal Dupuis is a little over the top with his four points. Though Dupuis is worth a temporary own.

 

Things I missed during my time on the porcelain phone – the Panthers signed Jonathan Huberdeau to an ELC (no surprise there) and Mattias Ohlund will miss two months if he has surgery on both knees. The latter has no fantasy impact, but it would have residual impact in the added ice time that it frees up. For example, it got Bruno Gervais into the lineup and he proceeded to post two points in Monday’s game. Gervais had no PP time so I wouldn’t run out and grab him.

 

There is a new hockey magazine on newsstands now called “Puck Life”. The Dobber Sports Network has a nice ad in there, but if you see it in stores, flip through it. I think you’ll be impressed. Anyway, their website can be found here, if you want more info.

 

Hilarious Upper Deck sketch with Jake Allen and Jussi Rynnas on Mental Toughness (Goldman take note!):

 

 

I got my hands on Easton’s latest stick – the Stealth RS. Oh man does that thing feel sweet in your hands. These things just keep getting better. Check this out – with Parise and Cammalleri:

 

 


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Jason Banks said:

Jason_Banks
Mental Toughness Justin has already shared that video with me last week... and we analized all the prospects they could have used in that spot, as the Rynnas lines and sceans were actually weak...

Miles ahead in net Dobber! =P
October 12, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Letang While i agree he has looked beastly at times so far this season, it should be noted that he is currently playing on his off-side until his lineate Orpik returns. He has mis-read some plays and been caught out of position but his conditioning and strength are through the roof!

Angus posted some videos of his intense workouts this summer and it really is showing on the ice. He isn't the biggest D but he is as physical as anyone (great tutor in Orpik for that and Gonchar was his tutor for the scoring touch). He has more control over his shot this year, he hit the net probably 20% of the time he shot last year (especially his wrister), but he seems to have settled down in that regard.

His speed is tremendous and his passing is getting better and better. Once he reunites with Orpik and can settle into his usual side of the ice, i will be the first one to say...."Mike Green who?"

This guy is going to be something special.
October 12, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Mcbain This kid has to score tonight in the worst way or at least do something really special out there. I don't understand Maurice's tactics here at all, short of him trying to light a fire under his ass.

As an owner who has held on tight to him (i think i should've traded him while he was at the peak of the Dobber Hype Machine) i really hope he starts to pan out.
October 12, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
... Chicago recalled Salak- might mean that Crawford sits a game,Emery gets a start. Nothing against Leino- but the Sabres had some very promising rookies in Adam,Kassian who provided cheaper contracts and some size/offense-two glaring needs, with no salary cap it made sense,but with the cap- and now putting yourself right against it- seems unneccessary.Maybe if they had any luck moving Boyes and his bloated contract (good luck with that).
October 12, 2011
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C. Gerlach said:

Sheepdogged
Krejci What does this mean for Tyler Seguin?
October 12, 2011
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Robert Esquire said:

bullwinkle
Hecht Ruff has publicly stated that there will be a place for Hecht when he returns but I doubt that it it's going to be Adam's. I think he'll sit McCormick.

No one could predict whether Adam would be NHL ready this past summer - he didn't look it to me until late in training camp - so it was a wise move to pick up Leino.

No such thing as too many good players.
October 12, 2011
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HM870 said:

SixtyPercentOfTheTime
McBain He should be playing tonight according to this:

http://www.canescountry.com/20...#storyjump
October 12, 2011
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ynotzz said:

ynotzz
@Anthony re:Letang I think he's saying that Letang is on a hot streak now which is "impossible" to maintain all season long. If Crosby didnt return he could end up having long stretches with poor scoring, and he would be nowhere close to 56 points in the final 66 games.
October 12, 2011
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Santo (aka Ross10019) said:

ross10019
Letang I've seen good parts of the Pens games so far. Letang has looked like a beast out there, stronger than ever and great stamina, jumping into the play quite often. As an owner I am elated, not that I expected him to regress or anything, but with the way he's playing I see him having a gigantic year. And he's also blocking lots of shots, good for my league! Lebrun was on Team 990 yesterday and remarked that he has really become a great all-around Dman over the past year, I concur.
October 12, 2011
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Santo (aka Ross10019) said:

ross10019
Rundblad I saw part of the 2nd and 3rd periods in the Sens/Wild game. To me, while Rundblad showed some decent offensive skill jumping into the play, overall his play was pretty raw and especially bad in the defensive end. A couple of plays where he had brutal giveaways and on one occasion he skated out in front of his own net and basically ran into his defensive partner. The kid's obviously got skill but he needs lots of seasoning -then again, I do recognize that Karlsson had similar growing pains at the beginning of last season and it still turned out alright, I just don't know how much rope Maclean will give Rundblad (last year, Clouston obviously didn't use that as an excuse to cut Karlsson's ice time).
October 12, 2011
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Anthony L said:

messierforlife
Letang Dobbs,

Why would Letang's production suffer when Crosby returns? Are you suggesting smaller piece of the pie to go around by then & only so many points to go around between Pitts' top guns?
October 12, 2011
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KK said:

Kudelskis Krushers
re: Letang's missing point @ Peter Belanger, if you look at Yahoo's stat corrections list, they note that Letang's assist will be added on Sunday the 16th.
October 12, 2011
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Peter Belanger said:

peter b.
... Yahoo is a little screwy.. though it shows Letang having 6 points in the overall list of players, he's only got 5 in my matchup even though i've had him in for every game. and here:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/boxscore?gid=2011100803

They only have him credited with 1 assist, instead of two if you look on NHL.com

Hope they fix it in yahoo.. I could use the missing point!
October 12, 2011
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Let' s Go Rangers said:

Two On One
Phone? Dobbs, You have a "porcelain phone"? I hear those get great reception when you're on the toilet... smilies/grin.gif
October 12, 2011
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