October 5, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-10-06

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The Habs have signed M.A. Bergeron to a one-year contract. High risk/high reward here, but definitely worth a flyer. He will play in the AHL for now as he gets in shape, so that gives Yanick Weber about two weeks to really show what he can do. Ditto for Paul Mara. If the offense isn’t there and the power play doesn’t click, then Bergeron will have all the opportunity in the world. He has shown that in some instances he can produce as well as any rearguard in the NHL. But he gets benched a lot for poor work in his own end.

 

Angus here… you know the drill. Ask your fantasy hockey questions here!

 

Check out some awesome DobberHockey wallpapers I put together a few weeks ago.

 

Mathieu Schneider is inching closer to his debut as a Canuck. He proclaimed himself 85 or 90% there, and now it is about building up some shoulder strength. He will be a huge help to the powerplay with his vision, skating, and most importantly his huge point shot.

 

I’ll be on the Hardcore Hockey show on Sirius at 1pm today.

 

Alex Goligoski has averaged 22:18 in ice time over two games. My one concern with him when making my projections was ice time. That concern is somewhat alleviated, though we’re only two games in. He is a strong candidate to surpass 50 points this year.

 

Ruslan Fedotenko will be back in practice today. He missed practice yesterday and left the game Saturday with an undisclosed injury. Still, this could be the opening needed to get Chris Bourque into the lineup, so keep an eye out for that.

 

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TSN is reporting that Sergei Kostitsyn will indeed report to Hamilton of the AHL now. I think he’s done in Montreal though and his odds of going to the KHL are higher.

 

Sergei Shirokov managed to be a minus-3 in just 10 minutes of ice time. Welcome to the “real” NHL – not the “fake” NHL like you were tearing up in September. He’ll need to shake this quickly, or he may never regain the confidence.

 

Michel Ouellet, Mark Bell, Kris Beech and Jonathan Filewich have all signed to play in Europe this season.

 

Michael Del Zotto – a power play goal last night. Gives him three points in three games. This is a rookie defenseman – he is for real and I now have little doubt that he’ll shoot past 45 points this year. That will be enough to earn Calder consideration.

 

Speaking of rookie rearguards, Matt Gilroy scored his first NHL goal last night. He doesn’t have near the upside as Del Zotto

 

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