Baseball season begins in two days - pick up the Fantasy Baseball Guide (and Prospects Report, if you want a kickass bargain) at DobberBaseball . And my Interactive Playoff Draft List will be released on Thursday and updated Sunday – it includes my playoff picks, and the ability to play around with multiple playoff scenarios. I often print off two sets of playoff scenarios and carry them into my draft. Then by Round 2 or Round 3 it becomes clear which printout has more players available towards the top of the list – and that’s the one I go with, throwing away the other one.
Tomorrow we will post information on our annual FREE playoff pool. First prize is nailed down – a custom jersey from Cool Hockey.
It’s quite the long shot, but Steven Stamkos nabbing that empty netter with two seconds left gave him 95 points on the year and is now nine points back of Evgeni Malkin with three games to go. A very long shot, but getting three points keeps that tiny thread of hope.
Teddy Purcell has 40 points in his last 36 games. Now that he’s proven himself to be a highly-skilled top sixer, he’ll have that expectation on him for next year. Generally, if the coach expects that of a player, he’ll play him accordingly – which in turn serves to boost the ol’ point totals. I think this year’s 62 (and counting) points is just the tip of the iceberg.
Mathieu Perreault has eight points in his last 12 games despite modest ice time. And that’s the sort of production that I expect from Perreault next season (just under 55 points) provided there is no coaching change.
John Carlson’s ice time was down to 12:50 last night and he’s been around that number several times over the last 10 games. Meanwhile, Mike Green saw nearly 26 minutes and was still horrible. Carlson doesn’t have Green’s shot, but his hockey sense is out of Green’s league. And despite what the minus-16 says, Carlson can play D. I haven’t seen more than one Caps game over the last six weeks or so, so perhaps a Washington fan can enlighten me, but from where I’m sitting Hunter should be playing the hell out of Carlson and giving Green the 12-minute treatment. Hunter should know this though, given that he coached Carlson in London.
Brooks Laich, normally a second half wizard, is pointless in his last five. Washington, what a train wreck. The best thing that could happen for Caps fans is that they miss the playoffs, Dale Hunter returns to London, and they bring in a coach who re-introduces the run-and-gun that worked so well for them three years ago. Alex Ovechkin is your team – act accordingly.
Just a quick note on the hyperlinks – I prefer my hyperlinks to open in another window. However, this program that we use that auto-links all the player names does it in Word. When we paste it from Word to the website, the “new window” thing doesn’t paste along with it. So to put them in a new window would mean going through one by one to set each link up manually to go to a new window. Anyway, I wanted to explain, for those who wondered. You can right click hyperlinks and select “open in a new window” – that’s actually how I do it on all sites anyway.
College star and 2010 second-round draft pick Jason Zucker has been showing that he belongs. I would have thought that he was a couple of years away, but he’s pushing himself in the mix in Minnesota. Perhaps at the expense of Charlie Coyle? I don’t think Mikael Granlund is in any danger of not making the team. Anyway, Zucker has two points in three games and has seen about 12 minutes per game.
My column for Puck Daddy – The Top 10 Fantasy MVPs of the season.
This Daniel Briere “back contusion” news is concerning. Briere is a playoff stud, stepping up his numbers in Philly when they reach the dance. Earlier this year, when he missed six games, Brayden Schenn stepped up with four points in six games.
The AHL goalie of the month for March? Toronto’s Ben Scrivens. Who says the Leafs don’t have any goaltending? ;)
My Hockey News column from yesterday – 10 players who I think will decline next year.
Best plays of the past week…
The dumb Quincey hit (skates left the ice, elbow up):
Leaf fans – look how uncomfortable some Leafs are to these questions (second half of video):