The Edmonton Sun is reporting that Riley Nash is impressing in development camp. The 19-year-old two-way pivot is three years away from making the big club, and should be a second-line center. He is fully profiled in the Fantasy Prospects Report, and currently ranks 69th on the Fantasy Prospects List.
Tomorrow, Blake Wheeler becomes a free agent. Expect to hear news of a signing by the Wild, I'd say… although a handful of teams will be making offers.
The Leafs now have this year's Simon Gamache experiment. Tim Stapleton, an undrafted college star who measures 5'9 and weighs in at 160, has starred the past two seasons for Jokerit. The 25-year-old centered recent Detroit signee Ville Leino. Stapleton is a long shot dark horse… I would be hesitant to take him in deep leagues, but it bears watching.
San Jose goaltender Dimitri Patzold has signed to play next year in the Russian second division.
675 people beat me in the DobberHockey Ultimate Playoff Pool 2009, but it's the Top 4 who get the prizes. Congrats to Jean for taking the top prize of a Nicklas Backstrom autographed Caps jersey, courtesy of hockeyknight.com.
David Nunes, Patrick Gilbert, Jeremy Wall, "Miscreants", Doug Yool, Paul Siopiolosz and Colin McPhee all tied for second, however the tie-breaker is "Least Games Played" followed by a randon draw. That means that Siopiolosz and McPhee are tied for second and third. The other five are all tied for fourth place.
Random draw: Jeremy Wall wins Dobber's Ultimate Fantasy Pack 2008C – it's the fourth prize…but really it's first prize in everyone's hearts! It includes my just released Fantasy Prospects Report, my Fantasy Guide 2008-09 (out Aug. 1 and updated all summer), my Midseason Fantasy Guide 2009 and my Interactive Playoff Draft List 2009.
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