Dobber takes a look at a wide variety of rookies for his latest Puck Daddy piece.
The Fantasy Guide has been updated today. So has the Draft List. Updates include Shane Doan projections, increased Hits/Blocked Shot projections in the draft list (that should have been there in the first place, but it had some vlookup errors), Eddie Lack and Eric Tangradi notes, as well as notes/adjustments based on surgeries (Bogosian, Bourque), not to mention an updated CBA rundown. Buy it here.
A great read on Katie Baker on the San Francisco Bulls (ECHL). Why do I mention this? A DobberHockey member owns the team there – I have a good friend of mine moving to San Fran – will be great to catch some hockey when I go visit!
The NHL/NHLPA negotiations didn’t go well yesterday. I’m not really surprised – there was bound to be a day like this with so many differences still left unsettled.
Enjoy the long weekend, and whatever you are doing, be safe! There is a lot to read today to kick the weekend off, so enjoy the ramblings.
Ended up snagging Zack Phillips with my final farm pick in my dispersal draft. I was debating between Phillips, Namestnikov, and JT Miller (NYR). Phillips needs some time at the AHL level, but he reminds me a lot of Brad Richards. Average size and speed, but phenomenal hockey IQ and offensive abilities.
My roster (right now):
C – Crosby, Little, Ott, Krejci
LW – Eriksson, Sharp, Booth, Martin
RW – Gaborik, Simmonds, Purcell
D – Edler, Chara, Hedman, Karlsson, Nikitin, Giordano, Timonen, Ekman-Larsson
G – Schneider, Luongo, Gustavsson
Farm – Phillips, Donovan, Bjugstad, Hagelin, Brendan Smith, Conacher, Barberio, Eakin, Calvert
I still need to make some cuts, but I like my team (not love, but like). I can contend if Crosby returns to Art Ross form.
“We have a lot to prove still,” Eberle said. “Team-wise, we haven’t really achieved much yet, and that’s our focus right now.”
Eberle discussed what he describes as a vigorous offseason training program.
“I’ve had a huge summer of training, maybe my best ever,” Eberle said. “Maybe I’m getting older, getting my man strength.”
Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen has left the OHL for the SEL (the Canucks supported this move). He is playing for AIK, and it sounds like he will get lots of ice time, too.
“He has a plan, he knows what he wants, he knows what he has to work on and he’s determined to get to the NHL,” said Canucks assistant general manager Lorne Henning. “He can score. You can kind of teach a quicker release, but he has that knack when he gets an opening to put the puck right where it’s supposed to be. It’s like hitting in baseball. There are not a lot of guys who have the natural talent.”
Minnesota 2011 2nd round pick Mario Lucia has suffered a broken leg and is out for about three months. His chances of making the American World Junior squad are in jeopardy now.
Here are all 30 of “The Essentials” from Puck Daddy. Terrific reads on all 30 clubs.
Welcome to Big D, Jagr!
Brian Metzer breaks down the fantasy defensemen for Puck Daddy.
“P.K. Subban, Canadiens — Who better to slot in under this category than the charismatic Subban? Though he has had his issues with maturity over the years I think he is in store for a pretty nice season. Hopefully he'll have the benefit of a healthy Andrei Markov throughout the season, which will shift some pressure off of him and he can settle in and play his game — Cheshire grin and tongue wagging of course. Karlsson exploded in his third full NHL season, Subban could be in store for the same thing.”
I really like Subban and he has done some hard work this summer, but his production depends a lot on the role he is in. Last year, Montreal had him in more of a two-way/defensive role, allowing Kaberle, Diaz, and Weber to be more offensive. I wonder if that will change in 2012-13? Subban will definitely be an impact player, but his fantasy value may not reflect his real life value… yet.
NHL.com counts down the top 10 LA Kings prospects. Here are two, in particular, that I like:
“Tyler Toffoli, C: Toffoli was a second-round pick by the Kings in the 2010 NHL Draft, and he won the scoring title in the Ontario Hockey League the following season. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound didn't stop scoring last season, collecting his second straight campaign with at least 50 goals and 100 points for the Ottawa 67s.
He was one of the last cuts from Canada's entry in the 2012 World Junior Championship, but Toffoli auditioned his ability in big games by scoring 11 goals and 18 points in 18 playoff contests for the 67s. After 123 goals and 234 points in 155 games the past seasons in the OHL, Toffoli is ready for a new challenge.
His resume and pedigree is such that Toffoli would probably have a decent chance of making the NHL roster in a lot of organizations, but he's likely ticketed for more seasoning with Manchester of the American Hockey League. He could make his NHL debut at some point this season.”
Toffoli is a pure scorer – very offensively gifted. There aren’t any open spots in LA right now, but he could be in the top six in a few years.
“Linden Vey, RW: Vey was a fourth-round pick in 2009, and essentially replicated his pre-draft numbers in his first post-draft season with Medicine Hat in the WHL. He returned to the Tigers in 2010-11 and had a breakout campaign with 46 goals and 116 points, leading the league in points and finishing second in goals.
The 6-foot, 183-pound Vey had a successful first season as a pro, producing 19 goals and 43 points in 74 games for the Monarchs, good for third on the team in both categories. Vey turned 21 last month, and will likely return to the AHL for a second season but could earn an NHL debut at some point in 2012-13.”
I saw some of Vey during his time in the WHL – another very gifted offensive player. He made a solid AHL debut last year, and he needs to work on the typical stuff for a young player – play away from the puck, size, strength, and so on. He should be on your radar.
I hopped on the Canucks Army podcast yesterday to discuss everything pertaining to the team – Edler’s contract, a Luongo trade, some of the lesser known prospects, and more. Listen to it in its entirety right here.
What can we expect from Jamie McGinn this season? Mile High Hockey takes a look.
“McGinn's brief time with the Avalanche has been, far and away the most productive in his career. In fact, he was almost twice as effective in Avalanche Burgundy as Sharks Teal in 2012. But why? Did McGinn simply benefit from the classic "offensive post trade bump?" (See: Mueller, Fleischmann, Downie). Did he catch a ridiculous hot shooting streak? Was he stifled on the San Jose 3rd line? Or did he simply fit Joe Sacco's system better than Todd McLellan's?”
The million dollar question – was McGinn’s time with Colorado a sign of things to come, or merely a spike in production? For such a physical presence, he doesn’t post very high PIM totals.
“Hershey coach Mark French said last month Galiev would need to work on improving his all-around game, but the winger's overflowing talent makes him a candidate for lots of playing time right away.
“I think ultimately that's probably where he needs to play to best use his skills. I think we're probably looking at him in that role, putting him with some veteran guys that can complement some of his skill level,” French said. “He'll have to earn that time. I think we wanted to send the message that we won't give him anything, but I think knowing what his skill level is, is that's where he's best-suited.””
Galiev is probably two years away from NHL action – it will be interesting to see how he is affected by the Kuznetsov situation – they likely would be competing for the same roster spot.
“But Gallagher's main weapon is his shot, which has been terrorizing the junior ranks for the past three years. He has a strong wrist shot and can score goals from a distance, but he also has a knack for crashing the goal crease and potting the dirty goals. He's unafraid to battle for pucks in the slot and behind the goal, and plays as complete a game as one could ask for a goal-scoring teenager. A lot of people seem him as the heir apparent to Brian Gionta in the Habs system, and that comparison is both stereotypical given his size and goal-scoring ability but also highly appropriate. Gallagher is a team leader that has been one of the most utilized forwards in the WHL and was also used in all situations for Team Canada at the U20 World Junior Championships.”
Gallagher is a player who will overcome his lack of size – I am convinced of it. He is going to, at worst, be a 20-25-goal second line winger. I am a huge fan (if you couldn’t tell already).
Zack Kassian, who was named as the top prospect by the writers at the Canucks Army (including yours truly), was also profiled by the Province newspaper yesterday. He is definitely saying all of the right things.
“It’s nice that he [Gillis] believes in you, but I have high expectations and I’m a competitive kid. I don’t want to let anybody down. It makes me very hungry to do that and exceed it. I know they signed a lot of guys, but I’m excited and I like good, healthy competition. I’m looking forward to earning my spot.”
NHL.com ranks the top fantasy goaltenders. How they ranked them:
“In order to help you better prepare for your fantasy draft, we've tweaked and enhanced our annual Top-30 Goaltender rankings. We started by adding projected workloads next to each goalie (games played), plus the odds (or our confidence level) that each starting goalie reaches their projected workload.
We feel like this will not only give you a better overall picture of the fantasy goalie landscape, but help you understand where solid sleepers can be found. Backups with an asterisk (*) next to their name could play in more than 25 games and are potentially worth owning as a third goalie.
We've also added a list of 10 AHL goaltenders that could earn a few starts and wins this season. Keep that list handy if you need to dig really deep for a future stud or hidden gem.”
A belated happy 81st birthday to Jean Beliveau! I never got to see him play, but thoroughly enjoyed his autobiography. Seems like quite the man (and hockey player, of course).
Derek Roy is still slated to return in November. His absence will be huge, but it sounds like we won’t have hockey until that point anyway.
Eric Tangradi was re-signed – one-year, and two-way. I can`t see him getting any more chances in Pittsburgh after this season. The big winger might simply be too slow for the NHL game, or a change of scenery may do him some good.
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