September 12, 2007

Dobber Sports


Krys Kolanos has been invited to the Calgary training camp.


Alex Goligoski did not participate in the Pens rookie camp because he was injured. 


Clearly liking quantity over quality, the Coyotes have invited goalie David McKee to camp. He joins Tellqvist, Aebischer, Auld, LeNeveu and Tjordman. 


The Oilers have invited 18-year-old undrafted prospect Vitali Karamnov to camp. The youngster is a two-way center who is decent in all categories but amazing in none. Still, he bears watching in deep fantasy keeper leagues. 


This week's edition of The Hockey News (found HERE ) includes an article by yours truly. It outlines this season's fourth-year breakout candidates, something that I introduced to THN about four years ago. 


The NHL has given Mark Bell a 15-game suspension. This should put an end to all of the Leaf forward's question marks now. Expect 65 games and 40 points this season and then back on track a year later. 


Bryan Little had a standout rookie camp for Atlanta with four goals in three games. Things are looking promising…


Chris Pronger, who separated his shoulder in Game 5 of the Cup final, is still not fully recovered yet. He is not missing training camp, but just know that the problem is there…and he may not play at 100 per cent to start the year. Schneider is looking like a better and better pick with each piece of news this week. Schneider is fully recovered from his broken wrist suffered in the playoffs.


Igor Grigorenko picked up two assists in yesterday's prospects game. I feel he will wind up on the second line this season and could flirt with 50 points. 


TSN is reporting that Teemu Selanne and Brian Burke spoke yesterday, but a decision still has not been made. You can interpret that as – Selanne told Burke he'd like to hang'em up, but Burke begged him to think on it longer. Let me put it this way, if Burke said: "I need a decision now." Selanne would say "Okay, I'm done."


The Pittsburgh rookie camp has concluded and all prospects have either been released or returned to junior with the exception of 13 players who will be in main camp. They are forwards Aaron Boogaard, Jonathan Filewich, Joe Jensen, Tyler Kennedy, Mark Letestu, Kyle Rank, Tim Wallace and Ryan Stone, defensemen Jonathan D'Aversa, Kris Letang and Ben Lovejoy, and goalies David Brown and John Curry.


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Vancouver rearguard Aaron Miller will undergo minor abdominal surgery.  He will be out for two weeks and back before camp is complete.


Alexandre Picard, the Columbus prospect who I rambled about having knee surgery back in the spring, is still not fully recovered. He will miss training camp and likely much of October. He is ranked 76 on my fantasy prospects list and if he does not make an impression