March 11, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-03-11

 

Prospect List is now updated – funny seeing people comment on it earlier today when it wasn't yet updated – don't read the ramblings?

 

I'm sure you have heard by now, Alexander Radulov's KHL team has been eliminated from the postseason and the Preds haven't ruled out bring him back. According to the Tennessean, they have had no talks with he or his agent, however.
 

 

Prospect List – updated later this afternoon.

 

With Mikhail Grabovski scoring his first goal in 18 games last night, he could have one of his hot streaks now. Streaky players like him always score in bunches.

 

Pekka Rinne did not play last night because of the flu – Ellis stopped 42 of 44 shots and took the loss. Meanwhile, Rinne's rival for rookie of the year – Steve Mason – picked up his ninth shutout. The Preds are off today but play tomorrow.

 

Steve Montador returned to the BOS lineup, so that meant that Matt Hunwick was scratch. Since the team was shut out, it may mean a return next game for Hunwick. Either way, he'll be fighting for a roster spot the rest of the way and will not be worth owning.

 

Morrison saw the second most PP time on Dallas last night (6:23) and over 20 minutes overall. He was still pointless.

 

As you know, I'm watching the Phoenix situation and it just became even more muddled. Brandon Prust is back and he played 13:14 last night, notching an assist. Prucha and Upshall still saw over 20 minutes of ice time, while Lombardi saw 24 minutes. Meanwhile, Mueller and Lindstrom are down to 12 minutes. Lisin, Tikhonov and Turris were all scratched. With Prust back, this has added several players to the list of possible scratches, including Mueller. Mueller owners should be very worried about the stretch run . With 15 games left, I can see him playing 12 of them, posting as little as three points, with three healthy scratches.

 

Tomas Holmstrom was back in the lineup last night for Detroit. Marian Hossa skated yesterday in practice but did not play in the game. He should return within the next two games.

 

Brian McCabe is out with a broken nose – probably for one to two weeks – so Nick Boynton got back into the lineup. He saw some PP time and picked up a pair of points. Meanwhile, Eminger was pointless and a minus-1 despite lots of PP time. When McCabe returns, this doesn't bode well for Eminger.

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The "punishment" to Luca Caputi is over. He was reassigned to WB-Scranton. He had three points in three ECHL games. This is a great angle to play off of when talking with Caputi's owner in your league – "He sucks, the Pens sent him to the ECHL – I'll give ya a pick in the final round for him." Meanwhile, you know that he was sent to the 'E' for disciplinary reasons and not for his play.

 

The Isles returned Jesse Joensuu to Bridgeport. He had one point in four games in the NHL and should make the team next season. However, I dou