CBA update: no good news from either side. Get ready to enjoy some AHL/CHL/ECHL/KHL/SEL (and other) hockey for the next little while, folks.

 

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Even with a lockout on the horizon, we have some big stuff planned.

 

Here is more information about our Pool Manager.

 

Give the Pool Manager a look through, check out the "demo" to see what it looks like in action. There will be more information on the way in the coming days...

 

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Yesterday was a big day for DobberHockey - we had our one millionth post over on the forums! I have really enjoyed watching the community grow, especially since the forums started up a few years ago. Here is number 1,000,000.

 

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Rumors that Detroit has signed Carlo Colaiacovo. If and when it is confirmed more analysis will soon follow.

 

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I am working on a ranking of the top 50 trade values in hockey. The first two parts (three in total) are published here.

 

Part I

 

Part II

 

I really enjoyed compiling this list – it was quite the undertaking with so many factors and variables to consider for each player. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts. 


For Defending Big D – A look at how the WHL has impacted the Dallas Stars. 


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Picked up NHL 13 yesterday, haven’t had the time to play it yet, though. Here is a thorough review of the game from Puck Daddy.

 

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A great read on Shea Weber and Roman Josi trying to develop some chemistry in Nashville. They have a few months extra to do so….

 

Both are solid skaters, both rely on their passing ability and both are similar in size. Suter is 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, and the 22-year-old Josi is 6-foot-2, 198 pounds. Predators coach Barry Trotz often compared Josi to Suter at the same age.


“He’s a good enough skater. He’s smart enough that he sees the game. He’ll be fine,” Weber said. “He’ll do well.”


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NHL.com takes a look at some sleepers for 2012-13. I’ll share my thoughts on each.

 

1. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues


I like Tarasenko as a prospect, but projecting points from a rookie forward on St. Louis is tough. Their forward group is very deep, and Tarasenko could play anywhere from line one to line three. I think he will be able to play in the NHL right away (he’s excelled against men in the KHL), but I’m not sure how effective he will be out of the gate.

 

2. Ryan O'Reilly, C, Colorado Avalanche


I’d consider last season his breakout. And I don’t see him repeating the same offensive totals, as Duchene and Stastny should get priority with offensive minutes (as O’Reilly is the best defensively of the three – the Jordan Staal treatment).

 

3. David Desharnais, C, Montreal Canadiens


Broke out last season – if he sticks with Pacioretty and Cole, I’d expect 60+ again.

 

4. Justin Schultz, D, Edmonton Oilers


A great choice – zero competition for ice time, but he will probably get snatched up pretty early in many leagues.

 

5. Chad LaRose, LW/RW, Carolina Hurricanes


I’m not so sure – he could be the odd man out in Carolina’s top six. Staal, Staal, Semin, Skinner, Ruutu, Jokinen. That’s six. LaRose has shown in the past he can play with talented linemates, but his game also projects well to a depth/energy/grinding role.

 

6. Dmitry Kulikov, D, Florida Panthers


Brian Campbell made Jason Garrison a 16-goal scorer, and he’ll work wonders for Kulikov’s game, as well.

 

7. Sven Baertschi, LW, Calgary Flames


Definitely a great choice – if he gets the ice time he will score 20-25 as a rookie.

 

8. Devante Smith-Pelly, RW, Anaheim Ducks


Like Baertschi, his production depends on role and ice time. He’ll have to beat out a few other Ducks prospects and young forwards for a top six wing spot.

 

9. Jonathan Bernier, G, Los Angeles Kings


Wasn’t great last year, and unless he’s traded, he will be playing in 10-15 games, tops (especially if there is a lockout). What team around the league has a need for him? The Leafs would prefer to add a more proven goaltender if they are going to bring one in.

 

10. Roman Josi, D, Nashville Predators


Yes. Playing with Weber, more ice time, and more experience – three huge reasons for an increase in production.

 

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Here are the conditions that must be met for a player to be eligible for KHL action:

 

“Criteria for foreign players signed from NHL:


Has played no fewer than 150 games in the NHL over the last three seasons;

Has experience of playing in the KHL;


Represented his country at one of the last two IIHF World Championships, World Junior Championships or the Olympics;


Is a Stanley Cup winner, a Stanley Cup finalist, or a winner of one of the individual prizes awarded by the National Hockey League at the close of the season.”


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Seattle has been approved for their downtown arena. I am incredibly excited – it is about a two or three hour drive from Vancouver. Right now, the closest road city is a 10-12 hour drive away (Calgary). Seattle has terrific infrastructure, a hockey fan base (Canucks and WHL hockey), and would be a terrific natural rival for the Canucks.

 

It could also be a great way to catch a cheaper NHL game, much like the Leafs and Buffalo.

 

The arena is proposed to go in right beside Safeco and CenturyLink – two of the nicest stadiums in sports (Mariners and Seahawks, respectively). Imagine going down for a road trip, catching a Seattle NHL game on Saturday night, and a Seahawks game on Sunday afternoon?

 

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James Mirtle’s latest on the Leafs – it could be status quo in Toronto this fall.

 

“Based on the lack of activity that I see out there, no I don’t think I’ll do anything else right now,” Burke said before the Leafs teed off for their annual charity golf tournament, an event which generally marks a week or so before training camp. “We’ll probably go with this group.”

 

This group? Essentially that’s the 2011-12 team minus a few bodies (Luke Schenn, Joey Crabb, Colby Armstrong, Jonas Gustavsson) and plus at least two more (James Van Riemsdyk, Jay McClement).

I’m not sure what the best course of action is for the Leafs. Do they bring Luongo in? If not, Reimer and Scrivens could battle for the starting gig, and my money would be on Scrivens to stand out.

 

They are pretty set on the back end, and up front, too. They could still use a legit center, but there aren’t many/any of those available right now.

 

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Hockey Prospectus counts down the top 10 Flyers prospects.

 

6. Jason Akeson, Center


The Good: Akeson is a pretty skilled player who had a successful first pro season, leading Adirondack in scoring. He's got above-average hands and hockey sense and was a consistent offensive threat this season. Akeson is always around the puck in the offensive zone, is a good starting point for offense as he sees the ice well, and always seems to make the right play, with flashes of creativity.


The Bad: Akeson isn't a bad skater and can skate with pros fine, but he's a tick below average for a smaller player speedwise. He needs to bulk up a ton to handle an NHL physical game. His defense is certainly a work in progress and he might even need to be pushed off to the wing at the top level.


Projection: He could be an okay second line forward that is sheltered.


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Jeremy Welsh re-signed with the Hurricanes for two years. The first year of the deal is two-way, while the second is one-way. He is the odds-on favorite to center the third line in Carolina this season. From the column:

 

Judging by the contract the Hurricanes gave him, it looks like they see Welsh playing in the NHL as soon as this coming season. If they thought otherwise then they wouldn't have signed him a deal where he's guaranteed at least $1 mil. The popular thought seems to be that he will step into the vacant third-line center role and that wouldn't be a bad option given the Hurricanes have a lot of solid, bottom-six forwards who could flank that line. Welsh plays a gritty, physical style so he should be right at home on the Canes checking line if that's how the Canes decide to use him for next season. He is also in his mid-20's, so he's right around the age where we should know if he is NHL ready or not.


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I have been enjoying the ’87 Canada Cup on TSN. How is this for a top PP unit? Gretzky centering Lemieux and Messier, and Bourque with Coffey on the points.

 

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Marian Gaborik is happy with his rehab progress this summer, and is still on track for a late November or early December return from shoulder surgery.

 

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The Canucks are still trying to get Alex Burrows and Alex Edler under contract before tomorrow’s CBA deadline (no trades or signings can occur without a CBA).

 

The NHL 13 Official Trailer:

 


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Jeffhabs20 said:

Jeffhabs20
... There won't be a lock-out.
September 13, 2012
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TeamFoster4 said:

TeamFoster4
Thank you. I don't think I would have ever figured that out. smilies/wink.gif
September 13, 2012
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PSlipps said:

PSlipps
1W and 2SO... It means 1 pt for win, 2 for Shut out, or 3 pts for win, 5 for S0. The guide is providing different lists depending how your league awards points for goalies.
September 13, 2012
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TeamFoster4 said:

TeamFoster4
Sleepers I read over and over before last season about Benn and Giroux being sleepers. So I grabbed them both about 10 - 15 draft spots ahead of their ranking. People commented that they were nice pick-ups at the time. Both players had awesome seasons and helped me win some pools. I know it doesn't work like that all the time. Looking for a forward in both the East and West that I could do the same with this season. Another thing I have done in Mock Draft Lobbies is ask and offer names, but no one or two names keep coming back from my inquiries. Rather people are saying that the suggested surprises are not very good selections to qualify as a sleeper.

Also: 1W + 2SO & 3W + 5SO.... Could someone please tell me what they mean in the guide?
September 13, 2012
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Chris Beardsmore said:

His Dudeness
KHL conditions Minor clarification - at least one of those conditions must be met. Can you imagine if they were cumulative? Barely anyone would qualify!
September 13, 2012
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angus said:

angus
... TeamFoster - there are no shortage of sleepers. Give me some guidelines - teams, conference, age, etc.

I wrote a few pieces earlier this summer on some East and West sleeper picks:

East: http://www.anguscertified.com/...onference/

West: http://www.anguscertified.com/...onference/
September 13, 2012
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TeamFoster4 said:

TeamFoster4
Name 3 sleepers. Nhl.com's list was weak. Who would you throw out there?
September 13, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Nice Good break down on the NHL.com's top 10 sleeper candidates.
It's a pretty poor list overall, but your thoughts on them are spot-on.
Well done.
September 13, 2012
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angus said:

angus
... Rob - no. It would depend on their age.
September 13, 2012
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robmyatt said:

robmyatt
Alex's If RFA's do not sign, and the CBA expires, do they become UFA's? How does the termination of the current CBA affect their rights?
September 13, 2012
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TeamFoster4 said:

TeamFoster4
Dobber Guide Notes / Definitions additional information 1W + 2SO & 3W + 5SO....
Could someone please tell me what they mean?

September 13, 2012
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smack said:

smack
Reimer/Scrivens I totally agree about Scrivens. I think Scrivens will be the better goalie out of the 2, not only this year, but throughout their careers. Most people want to make Reimer the clear #1 and I think Scrivens will surprise a lot of people!
September 13, 2012
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