Fantasy Hockey Ramble – April 04, 2009

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Claude Giroux has seven points in his last three games. He has 21 points in his last 24 games, making him an excellent candidate for 65 points next season and a very strong dark horse for your playoff pool.


Johan Franzen has 24 points in 20 games since his return from a hand injury. He has 14 points in his last seven contests. If Detroit doesn't sign him this summer, he'll be a first line player on a weak team and will get 70 points in 70 games (he gets hurt a lot).


Jason Pominville has 13 points in his last eight games. He'll salvage 65 this year and next year he'll produce somewhere between this season and last season (so about 74 points).


Colby Armstrong is on a six-game point streak, with nine points in that span.


Toronto's Nikolai Kulemin has eight points in six games since missing a game for personal reasons.


Petr Prucha has seven points in his last seven games and is seeing a ton of ice time. I'm never popular when I speak out against Prucha, because so many people are dazzled by his elite skill (apparently Gretzky is one of them). But he hits his cold spells often, and that means he will never see 60 points in the NHL.


After going pointless in his first six with Edmonton, Ales Kotalik has nine in his last nine.
TJ Oshie has 12 points in his last 11.


7. MON 90 (5GR)
8. NYR 89 (4GR)
9. FLA 87 (4GR)
10 BUF 85 (5GR)

7. ANA 86 (4GR)
8. STL 85 (4GR)
9. NSH 84 (4GR)
10. MIN 83 (4GR)
11. EDM 81 (4GR)


Although Marc Denis was sent to the AHL yesterday, Carey Price will not start today. Also, Andrei Kostitsyn will probably miss today's contest.


Phoenix's farm team San Antonio has signed Jared Staal to a tryout contract. Staal is ranked 120th on my prospects list and is the younger brother of Eric, Marc and Jordan. He is considered by some to have more skill, but less work ethic and lacking in the right attitude. But he's still a teen so his upside is high. He's one to watch for sure.


The Penguins signed Hobey Baker finalist Brad Thiessen to an entry level contract. The undrafted netminder will probably battle John Curry for the backup job next fall. My money is still on Curry, who always seems to prevail against the odds.


Joe Vitale, drafted in the seventh round by the Pens, had a weak season in the NCAA, but that did not stop the team from signing him. He is ranked 240 on my prospects list. He won't make the team in the fall.

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San Jose prospect Logan Couture will join Worcester of the AHL. He is ranked 41 on my prospects l