Thanks to DobberHockey reader Mike J. for the heads up on Alex Steen. Since December 20th, he has 28 points in 31 games, 84 shots on goal, 20 PIM, and 10 power play points.
Those numbers prorate to 74 points, 222 SOG, 52 PIM, and 26 PPP over a full season. He had only four points in his first 19 games. Perhaps this is more than just a blip in the radar? Steen had long been an offensive disappointment at the NHL level, but those days look to be gone. Keep an eye on his production down the stretch, as he may earn himself a scoring line role for next season.
Note from Dobber: I have two luxury suites side-by-side at the Marlies game on Sunday March 21. The game is sold out as it will be on CBC. They play Calgary’s farm team. I have sold most of the tickets for the two boxes, but still have six left – if you live in the Toronto area and want to hang with myself, Russ Miller, Brent Lemon and Notch – while eating wings and talking fantasy hockey – get your ticket now. Just $35 for all that. Buy it HERE. Also, just an update – I’m seven tickets shy of my goal of 50 for the charity – Children’s Aid Society.
Sidney Crosby is on pace for 54 goals. Over/under of 55? Where would you put your money?
The Sedins are slumping right now, but have played much better over the past two games. Henrik has been battling a sore back, and their production on the road has dipped significantly compared to home games all season. The Canucks have three more games on the marathon trip, and then play 10 of their final 15 at Canada Hockey Pl…er… I mean GM Place.
If any of you ever want to contribute to the ramblings, don’t hesitate to send me an email! I can’t watch every single game unfortunately, and I am sure that the higlights and stat sheets miss some awesome stuff. Even better if I can get some game reviews from people in attendance.
If you aren’t reading Notch’s Saturday picks, something is wrong with you! He has been on fire with his picks this year (just under 70%), and has made himself (and a few others I am sure) a nice return.
Kevin Bieksa should be back within the next week for the Canucks. His offensive numbers were down this year, thanks to Christian Ehrhoff stealing most of his PP time away. Expect Bieksa to contribute offensively when he returns, as Ehrhoff has been logging heavy minutes and could use a bit of a break down the stretch.
I’ve been starting to gather names for my third annual ‘Prime Cuts of the Year.’ It is far and away the article series I look forward to the most. Here is a bit more info about the article series… “To make the team, a player must show something beyond the stat sheet. Similar to TSN broadcaster Pierre McGuire’s annual "Monsters Team," the Prime Cuts squad is chalk-full of intangibles such as heart, determination, hockey IQ, two-way play, grit, and clutch scoring ability. Most of the players on this squad are also under appreciated (in both fantasy and real hockey circles). There are obviously some big stars on this team – the usual suspects – but there are also some under-the-radar players who you may not have noticed this season for whatever reason. (How’s that for a rhyme?)”
Pavol Demitra stretched his post-Olympic point streak to three games. He has seven shots on goal over that span, and has looked much, much better compared to before the break. Leadingthe Oly