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In James Neal's last two games - 28 minutes of total ice time, five goals, two assists, and 14 shots on goal.

 

Ottawa had a hell of a season. They should be extremely proud of themselves. A ton of adversity, and their young kids followed the lead of their proven vets for a really, really surprising and successful campaign.

 

That being said, Pittsburgh was too good. Crosby was, once again, simply magic on the ice on Friday night. And his Penguins teammates followed suit. Kris Letang was phenomenal. Neal was great. 

 

And how is this for depth?

 

Iginla - 10 minutes

 

Jokinen - 12 minutes

 

Neal - 12 minutes

 

Kunitz - 14 minutes

 

Malkin - 15 minutes

 

Morrow - 10 minutes

 

Paul MacLean on the Pens:

 

"I hope they don’t bill us for the clinic," MacLean quipped. "They didn’t step off the pedal one time, and that’s what it takes." 

 

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I made the point yesterday, but I'll echo it again - Drew Doughty is, for my money, the best two-way defenseman in hockey. Chara may have the edge defensively, and Karlsson and a few others are better offensively, but Doughty combines everything better than anybody else. He's big and physical, he can shoot and pass, but his best attribute is getting the puck out of danger, either with his feet or with his stick. He is amazing under pressure and always makes the right play when exiting the puck out of the defensive zone.

 

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If you read my ramblings on a consistent basis, you know that I am a big Ryan McDonagh fan. Here is a praiseful column from the NY Post on New York’s best defenseman (and arguably best player, too).

 

“He’s done it all year long,” center Derek Stepan said. “It’s nothing different. It’s the playoffs and the [defense] is going to have to continue to log big minutes.”


McDonagh has carried over the dominant defense from helping keep Alex Ovechkin scoreless in the final six games of the opening round, but his offensive awareness has elevated a Rangers offense headed to the obituaries.


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Valeri Nichushkin plans to play in North America this season. Huge news for real GMs and fantasy GMs – how does this affect his draft stock?

 

However, I wonder if Nichushkin meant he will play in the NHL (if he makes it). I could see him back in Russia if he doesn’t – sure beats making minor league money to ride a bus around North America (I imagine he would get seven figure money in Russia).

 

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The Coyotes have extended Don Maloney's contract - will Dave Tippett be next? Apparently Tippett wants to wait and see what happens with the ownership situation... hey Dave you may be waiting a while.

 

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Edmonton is "very amenable" to trading the 7th overall pick, says GM Craig MacTavish.

 

“If we do move that pick back and get an asset that we feel can come in and help the current group, we’d be more than happy to have any of those discussions, and have had many of those discussions with a lot of the managers at this point. In terms of moving up, I’ve had a couple discussions with managers about moving up.”

 

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Texas signed winger Brendan Ranford to a tryout contract - the Stars organizaton (Texas and Dallas have different ownership, mind you) has done a fantastic job scouting the WHL - Brenden Dillon and Matt Fraser were both WHL free agents, too. 

 

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A very cool interactive draft visualization to see where players have been picked from over the past few years.

 

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Don’t forget to check out DobberBaseball – a great crew of writers has been brought in over the past while.

 

 

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I liked this read on Joakim Andersson – a player I didn’t know a whole lot about before this postseason. Limited offensive upside, but that isn’t what hockey is always about, is it? And yes, I know this is a fantasy hockey site, but most/all of us are hockey fans, too.

 

As creative and productive as the Red Wings’ third line has been in the playoffs, so much of its success stems from the guy in the middle, a guy some call smart, some shy, and others, a safety belt. Andersson won 83% of his face-offs and spent nearly a third of his 11 minutes killing penalties to help lift the Wings to a 2-0 victory Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.

“He’s excellent defensively and can make plays as well, so he’s a big part of our line,” Nyquist said. “He makes sure not too much happens on the defensive side. We balance pretty good with Andy as a centerman, he’s real smart, and I think he’s learned to play with us, too, to be a little bit more offensive minded.”


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Thoughts on the new Dallas Stars logo?

 

Stars

 

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The KHL is after BOBROVSKY. Will he go there? My crystal ball says… not a chance in hell.

 

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Today’s look around the league – the two New York teams:

 

NY Islanders


NYI


2013-14 sleeper: Matt Donovan


At the risk of sounding like a broken record (which I am, apparently) – read this. Or this. Or this.

 

Longer term sleeper: Mike Halmo


The Islanders signed Halmo as a free agent out of the OHL last summer. He played his first season in pro hockey in the AHL in 2012-13, finishing with 14 points in 46 games. He’s small but pretty gritty (he loves to hit, and he’s quite good at it). He is also skilled and blessed with terrific hockey sense. He’s a long term sleeper if there ever was one, but he has NHL upside. Halmo was a linemate of Andrew Shaw’s in the OHL, and they are pretty similar players.

 

NY Rangers


NYR


2013-14 sleeper: JT Miller


If and when the Rangers buy out Brad Richards, they will need to replace him on the roster. Stepan, Boyle, and Miller is a pretty decent 1-2-3 down the middle. Miller had four points in 26 NHL games in 2013, and eight goals and 23 points in 42 AHL games. He’s a top six talent but just needs some more pro experience before he starts to produce more. Good size, great skater, and he has a fan in Tortorella.

 

Longer term sleeper: Calle Andersson


A skilled two-way defenseman from Sweden – Andersson is a ’94 birthday and will probably spend another year or two in the SEL before coming to North America. He had two points in 34 SEL games as an 18-year-old – it is hard to really evaluate SEL rookies and youngsters based on their production, as they typically don’t play a whole lot. He has projectable upside, though, and that is what counts.

 

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Any DobberHockey readers in Frisco, Texas? If so – check this out. A pretty cool contest/giveaway, and it is free to enter.

 

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4horsemen said:

4horsemen
... Dobbs, I'd love nothing more than to get all my hockey and baseball fix from one site....."give work to a lazy man and he'll show you an easier way to do it" smilies/grin.gif
May 25, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Hey thanks 4horsemen. I actually edited out the out of line comment within 2 minutes of posting my response, but you're too fast for me! smilies/grin.gif

Hopefully you get a chance to read my revised comment, and then the added note about what happened yesterday. I was to be honest just very shocked. The site is up to a quarter million page views per month now and has been humming along with more content than DobberHockey since March. I was taken aback is all
May 25, 2013
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4horsemen said:

4horsemen
... Dobbs, I don't see how my comment out of context or out of line? It's all fact and was only brought up because I followed the suggestion to check out the baseball site and saw the same content I saw there three days ago so this wasn't brough up out of left field as some sort of attack. From my perspective daily content is key to generating traffic (well mine anyway maybe others feel diferently).

Now as for your business venture, I've been nothing but loyal to this site. I've been buying your reports for the past 5 or 6 years and visit your site daily. I've also encouraged dozens of people to buy your reports so all in all I'd say you've done very well off of me. I've even suggested ways to improve the baseball site over on the forums in discussions that you were part of and I never questioned the skills of your writers.








May 25, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I did further digging, talking to the editors of DobberBaseball - the Thursday weekly article (IR Report) the writer was sick and missed this week.

I'm telling ya man, the site is up to snuff. Give it a fair shake, visit daily for a week. You won't be disappointed.
May 25, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... 4horsemen

Wow, that comment is way out of context! The site is fully revived with daily articles and 4x/week ramblings. No exceptions. What you say is true, but what you missed was that there were THREE articles posted on May 22. With two sliding close to midnight (they were May 23 articles posted early).
So to recap:
May 22: 2 articles, ramblings
May 23: 1 article (posted early)
May 24: 1 article
May 25: article coming, ramblings coming.

I appreciate the confidence instilled in other potential readers on a business I am trying to build smilies/smiley.gif~
There are 12 hardworking baseball writers over there. Trust in them.

Also wanted to point out that rankings have been on time and monthly in DobberBaseball for three months now. The site is up to par with DobberHockey and DobberProspects. I stake my reputation on it. You can go to it as a trustworthy, reliable site. And the traffic has certainly spiked to record levels.
May 25, 2013
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4horsemen said:

4horsemen
Dobber Baseball You're bringing attention to a site that has produced one article and no ramblings since May 22nd? I actually went over to the site thinking there must have been some revival if you were mentioning it over here.......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Hey, if you're wondering what happend to Gausman in his start against the Jays, he got smaked around for 4 runs in 5 IP.
May 25, 2013
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angus said:

angus
... Nik - that's the plan. I'll definitely be putting my sleepers into one place - makes searching through weeks of previous ramblings much nicer.

I don't like the Stars logo - too much going on, and the lines look kinda weird to me.
May 25, 2013
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NikW71 said:

NikW71
... Sounds good ... I buy it every year anyway. Look forward to it!
May 25, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... NikW71 - all that and more is in the Prospects Report. And if you buy the fantasy guide anyway, then another $6 for 500 prospect profiles and fantasy advice on each prospect is well worth it
May 25, 2013
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sweendog7 said:

sweendog7
... That new Stars logo is brutal. Looks mickey mouse when compared to the old one.

Why do teams (I know - merchandise $) feel the need to constantly change uniforms. Year after year, Blackhawks are praised as the best uniform in sports, and haven't changed it in years.
May 25, 2013
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NikW71 said:

NikW71
... Jeff, really enjoy the prospect info for each team. Once you have completed each team, could you combine them all in some kind of article for easy access? Could be a very useful tool for leagues that are very deep like mine!
May 25, 2013
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4horsemen said:

4horsemen
Draft Visualisation WOW!!! This is incredible and is going on bookmark immediately. Goodbye next two hours smilies/wink.gif

Thanks
May 25, 2013
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donpaulo said:

donpaulo
... Nice writeup Jeff

In a nutshell this hockey fan dislikes the new stars logo.

re McDonagh Ovechkin really hit him in game 7

http://youtu.be/nglTdiH0Ns0
May 25, 2013
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