January 9, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-01-09

Midseason Guide – Final version – is now out. Formatting is fixed, last minute updates (i.e. Kostitsyn) are in, a couple of charts have been added, and my projections for the teams – who will make the playoffs? It’s all there in your downloads for you to pick up (assuming you were smart and bought it)

 

Midseason Guide – Arguably more important than the preseason guide. All poolies buy some sort of aid in August or September to help them with their picks, but how many in your pool have a full guide that comes out in January to help them down the stretch run? The ones that read DobberHockey and that’s it. Dobber has poured countless hours into this thing, and all of the great writers, old and new, have contributed unique and interesting perspectives.

 

Some goalie starts (I know you can find this news elsewhere, but if you are on the site and curious) – Neuvirth in for WSH, Elliott in for OTT, Gustavsson in for TOR, Hedberg in for ATL, and the Halak Attack in for the Habs.

 

I mentioned Kevin Connauton a few days ago in the ramblings. Here is a solid piece on hi.

 

Sheldon Souray has stated that he will be willing to waive his NTC, but wants to remain close to his kids in Los Angeles. San Jose, perhaps? How about the Kings?

 

Most importantly, the guide sales help support the site. Sure, you can get updates and forums for free elsewhere, but we have built a great community here and try to offer fresh and unique perspectives instead of just injury updates, signings, and rumors.

 

A solid interview with Habs prospect Alexander Avtsin, courtesy of RussianHockeyFans.

 

I contributed an interesting article on the Olympics and potentially fantasy effects. I spent some time analyzing data, and although I didn't really reach a true conclusion, I think it is fairly thought provoking.

 

Jamie Benn had an assist – his first point in six games. Struggles are common with rookies, and his ice time has taken a big hit lately. Last night he played over 17 minutes, but during the pointless streak his ice time ranged between 10 and 13 per game.

 

Tuomo Ruutu left the game last night after breaking his hand in a fight with Darcy Tucker. Injuries keep piling up for the Hurricanes. Not sure who will be called up next…

 

John Tavares has one point in is last 10 games. Again, great time to try and acquire him. He will be a big time producer but is too young and inexperienced to produce on his own, and the Islanders have arguably the least talented team in the entire NHL.

 

Dion Phaneuf has two points in his last 10.

 

Poor Belarus – Grabovski, Kostitsyn the Elder, and Salei are all going to miss the Olympics with injuries.

 

Antoine Vermette had a big game for the Jackets, scoring once and assisting on the other two goals. He has games like last night where he shows flashes of being a 70-80 point forward, but then he goes cold for five or six. He has that upside, but consistency is a tough thing to predict for the future. Some players find it, some don't.

 

Brandon Yip continues his strong play for the Avalanche. He scored the lone Colorado goal (with only a few ticks left on the clock in the third). He has four go