A very happy birthday to Ryan Ma! DobberHockey's resident numbers guy has been a huge part of the success of this site for the past few years. Have a good one, Ma!

 

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My latest for the Canucks Army - Jason Garrison's rise to prominence has been an interesting story.

 

At the age of 17 he was playing forward in Junior B, and now he's a top-four NHL defenseman.

 

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Alex Radulov was kicked out of the KHL game he played in today for shoving the ref. His stellar reputation continues to grow.

 

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How many teams have wasted draft picks trying to find the next Milan Lucic?

 

I am not referring to hyped young power forwards like Zack Kassian, who were billed as top prospects in their year (unlike Lucic). Lucic is an outlier with his incredible development - he was a plodding skater and adequate WHL forward, but many teams thought Boston reached when they took him in the second round.

 

Since then, a number of big, slow CHL forwards have been drafted much higher than they should have been. One example is Mitch Moroz, who the Oilers took early in the 2nd round this past June.

 

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CBA talks are resuming Friday.

 

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How and why the lockout will hurt the San Jose Sharks, from The Hockey Writers.

 

Ennis, Pacioretty, and Perron may not have been the players San Jose would have selected had they kept the picks, but all three are proven top six forwards with top line upside. Bonino is a very good young center who the Ducks are counting on to center their third line in 2012-13. The Sharks also traded top prospect Charlie Coyle to Minnesota last summer, but that was not a trade for a rental player. They received Brent Burns in return, and Burns will be the backbone of the defense in San Jose for the foreseeable future.


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A profile of the top Stars prospect (arguably) – winger Alex Chiasson. He could replace Brenden Morrow in a year or two.

 

Turning pro following his third season was the right move for Chiasson. His junior year featured a significant jump in which he became a much more consistent top-line forward for BU. He took fewer ill-advised penalties and made better decisions with the puck, which was part of the reason Parker used his line so much. As a power-play contributor and a valuable member of the penalty kill, Chiasson had become a more complete player at the collegiate level.


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A look at the history of hockey and the marketplace in Seattle – with news of the arena getting approval, it will be interesting to see how this progresses.

 

Given six professional sports organizations, the population of greater Seattle would be about 600,000 people per team. That number would place Seattle second lowest in the entire nation, ahead of only Denver. For comparisons sake, the New York area (11 major sports franchises) has a per-team population of 1.7 million.


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Claude Giroux is bored with the lockout. Me too, Claude. Me too.

 

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Alex Semin has signed in the VHL for free, instead of opting for big money in the KHL. Why? To give back to his home town team.

 

“I had options with some KHL clubs. But I decided to play at home,” Semin continued. “I have known the hockey people of Krasnoyarsk for a long time, was here after the Worlds, prepared for the new season in the local arena. You know, at first it was just jokes. And then I thought – why not? It’s been a long time since I spent much time at home. All the friends and relatives are ecstatic. And my grandma hasn’t seen me play in person for awhile. I’ll give her a present; she just turned 90 years old. She is in great health and a big fan.”


Patrik Berglund is doing the same in Sweden. Great to see from both of these guys.

 

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The top prospect in Phoenix is Brandon Gormley? To find out why, read this.

 

I see Phoenix moving Yandle for a forward within the next year or so. Ekman-Larsson is a top pairing defender. Gormley will be a top four guy very soon. They also have a number of other talented young defensemen.

 

Gormley made a strong run at making the big club last Fall before the Coyotes reassigned him to his junior team late in camp. Unlike the year before Gormley was healthy when the 2012 World U-20 Championships came around. He was the most dominant defenseman in the tournament and was named to the all-tournament team and was named the tourney's best defenseman.


Yandle is very good, but it is more a case of trading from a strength to shore up a weakness. For example, a Yandle-for-Krejci or Yandle-for-Ryan trade would make sense for both sides.

 

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I got this from a DobberHockey member from back in January on the forum. The Sedins turned 32 yesterday. Why should you care?

 

You know how many players had 100 point seasons at the age of 32 or over? Only 10 (Gretzky, Esposito, Howe, Dionne, Jagr, Francis, Bucyk, Ratelle, Sakic and Alfredsson). What are the odds Sedin will join them?

 

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Ross Bonader is taking a stand against cancer.  Let's get on board with this and help Ross out with a terrific cause.

 

"The other day I wrote “Who Fights Cancer in a Lockout?” at Overtime, noting that should the lockout cancel games in October, it also cancels the biggest charity initiative of the NHL season, “Hockey Fights Cancer” (HFC). This means that the league, the players, and the fans won’t take part in the league-wide initiative, resulting in about $1 million not going to cancer charities this year.

 

Well if the NHL won’t do it, and the NHLPA can’t do it, then we the fans should.

 

To that end, I’ve created a grassroots fundraising team with the Livestrong Foundation entitled “Hockey Fans Fight Cancer.”

 

100 % of donations go to Livestrong."

 

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While the Capitals are without Evgeni Kuznetsov on their farm team, they do have a few other Russians – Dmitri Orlov and Stanislav Galiev. More on those two here.

 

“I was a young player and it's the best league in the world. When you skate with guys like [Alex] Ovechkin, [Nicklas] Backstrom, [Mike] Green, you look on them and you improve your game. You try to play like they do. They helped me a lot.”


Even at 19, Orlov delivered top-pair-caliber play almost immediately upon arriving in Hershey in 2010-11. He has generated six goals and 12 assists in 34 AHL regular-season games.


I thought Orlov was really effective last year, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in Washington’s top four soon. Galiev isn’t far off from NHL action, either.

 

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A season preview for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators – right here.

 

Gone are the likes of Rob Klinkhammer, Mark Parrish and Corey Locke (and, uh, Francis Lessard). Stepping into the top-six in place of the journeymen will be players central to Ottawa's rebuild: Jakob Silfverberg, Mark Stone, Shane Prince, and Mika Zibanejad.

 

Here is Prince’s DobberProspects profile.

 

Russ Bitely also wrote a piece on Prince a few months ago.

 

 

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If the lockout does ever end, NHL teams will be allowed to recall players from the CHL. They had to submit a list of players they wanted eligible to the NHL yesterday. Here it is.

 

Anaheim: Richard Rakell, John Gibson

Boston: Dougie Hamilton

Buffalo: Mikhail Grigorenko

Carolina: Ryan Murphy, Victor Rask

Columbus: Boone Jenner, Ryan Murray

Dallas: Radek Faksa, Matej Stransky, Brett Ritchie

Edmonton: Nail Yakupov, David Musil

Florida: Jonathan Huberdeau

Minnesota: Matthew Dumba

Montreal: Alex Galchenyuk

NY Islanders: Ryan Strome, Griffin Reinhart

Ottawa: Cody Ceci, Stefan Noesen

Philadelphia: Scott Laughton

Pittsburgh: Scott Harrington, Olli Maatta, Derrick Pouliot

St. Louis: Ty Rattie

Toronto: Morgan Rielly, David Broll

Vancouver: Frank Corrado

Washington: Thomas Wilson

Winnipeg: Mark Scheifele

 

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An absolutely sick goal from Nik Zherdev in the KHL:

 

 

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Some of my latest fitness and nutrition stuff:

 

A fitness mailbag on improving your shot, Gary Roberts workouts for the Average Joe, playing sports as a vegetarian, and more.

 

A look at Gary Roberts and why his training has been so successful for his clients (Stamkos, Skinner, Neal, and more).

 

And finally, five nutrition tips for September – some breakfast ideas, a great pancake recipe (tried it the other day, was delicious), what body fat really means, and my thoughts on CrossFit.

 

Hope you guys/gals enjoy.

 

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Detroit Senior Vice President and Alternate Governor Jim Devellano was fined 250k for speaking out a few days ago. Rhys Richards details why he was fined, and why his comments went against the Detroit way of doing things.

 

"The owners can basically be viewed as the Ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle. The owners own the Ranch and allow the players to eat there. That’s the way its always been and that’s the way it will be forever. And the owners simply aren’t going to let a union push them around. It’s not going to happen.”


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angus said:

angus
... The insurance issue is tricky.

September 27, 2012
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JW said:

maya has the knife
Zherdev goal Don't see moves like that in the AHL, eh Mike Murphy?
September 27, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Big Ev - $1600 pretty much covers his flight there and back. So if thing is over in a month, then it will work out that he played there for free. If he's there two months, then he's up $1600. And, hell, I'm sure he blew that treating his teammates to a couple of dinners smilies/wink.gif

Good point on insurance costs though.
September 27, 2012
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Semin did not sign for free. He is getting ~ $1600 per month.

Most guys going to Europe are signing for nothing anyway since the insurance costs pretty much cover their entire salaries. At least that was Spezza's case and Karlsson's as well.
September 27, 2012
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austeane said:

austeane
... Semin just pisses me off! No heart, just in it for the money... Typical Russian! Just go back to the KHL already, we know its coming!

smilies/wink.gif
September 26, 2012
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CascadeFilly said:

CascadeFilly
Semin Classy move by Semin! Gotta respect that.
September 26, 2012
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