The DobberHockey Experts draft will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd. I have made the league viewable to the public, so once things get going, you guys can check in to see how things progress.
We also set our draft order in advance, as it gives the autodrafters some time to set their lists so they don't end up with no goalies (or too many goalies) for example.
I am picking 13th of 16 (no Crosby for me), and Dobber is picking 12th. I would say it is like murderer's row, but I didn't do very well last year (thanks Cam Ward).
My season preview for the Vancouver Giants - going to be some terrific hockey in the WHL this season. I can't wait to get a look at Seth Jones (2013 1st overall pick candidate, playing for Portland).
I am still chewing on this one (not literally, of course). Elliotte Friedman sheds some more light on what, exactly, Hockey-Related Revenues are.
Almost all of the NHL's teams own their arena or are paid to manage it (eg. Nashville Preadators). "One-team" arenas (ie. no NBA tenant) must allocate 65 per cent of luxury suite revenue towards HRR. "Two-team" arenas (eg. Air Canada Centre) are at 32.5 per cent. So even though teams like Montreal -- and we're using the Canadiens for a specific reason -- can't deduct costs, 35 per cent of their suite cash can't be touched.
"I feel like I always work pretty hard in the offseason," Kane said. "I thought I worked as hard as I ever had last offseason and I just got unlucky with my wrist (injury).
"I've skated a lot more this offseason and looking back to when I was the best I was, I skated a lot. There would be times throughout the summer I'd be on the ice three, four or five times a week. That's what I tried to get back to … and just be on the ice a lot more."
I like Kane a lot as a player – his value will never be lower. I just hope Chicago remedies their lack of a second line center, soon. He is so much more effective (and more valuable in fantasy leagues) as a right winger than he is centering Chicago’s second line.
Don’t forget to keep checking on the lockout player tracker – who is playing where, a link to their statistics, and more, all in one place.
A preview of the Texas Stars, who will have many future Dallas Stars on their roster this fall. A potential scoring line:
Tomas Vincour - Cody Eakin - Reilly Smith: Here's your first change. I'd put Vincour and Eakin together, as they might be in Dallas when the lockout ends. Reilly Smith rounds out this top six as I think leadership has a lot of confidence in him and wants to see him develop.
The top 25 WHL players are counted down by the Province.
3. Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw Warriors
After the thinking man’s d and the big, rangy d comes the slick, quick D, the guy who makes the 3-on-2 a 4-on-2 and sneaks in to the net on the power play. As one rival GM says of Rielly, “He wants the puck all the time.” The 6-foot, 200-pound Rielly (Maple Leafs, fifth overall, 2012) missed over five months of league play last year after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament. Too bad. He had started strongly, with 18 points, including three goals, in 18 games. He did come back for the playoffs and had three assists in five games for the Warriors, and NHL people obviously aren’t worried about the health of the 18-year-old from West Vancouver.
Justin Bourne talks about five things that a player can do outside of contributing on the stat sheet to feel good about his (or her) game. Hard to beat a…
3) A well-timed last-second stick lift.
When your opponent doesn’t know you’re there it’s even better. Whether he’s waiting for a pass and about to receive it, or just turning up ice on a loose puck in the d-zone, it’s uber-satisfying to wait until the last second, give a good, hard stick lift, and have solid possession immediately, with the other guy going to wrong way.
Pavel Bure’s lost shifts are amazing. What was done – a few games from Bure’s early career were watched and his best non-goal moments were compiled. He was so dominant, and look at the crazy amount of holding and hooking.