March 11, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-03-11

Dobber here. Just an update on the Fantasy Prospects List. I’ve been working around the clock on the update and I’m up to Phoenix (alphabetically). It may not get up until tomorrow, though. With 700 prospects to track, I usually make notes throughout the month and then scan through it over a few hours on the 10th. But once a year I go through every player and depth chart with a fine-tooth comb and really audit it. Usually that happens in April/May, but I felt like doing it now. In April and May it will get another thorough look, though, thanks to the upcoming Fantasy Prospects Report. I’m already seen tons of changes on this list – big ones. You’ll love it

 

Dobber’s weekly piece on Puck Daddy is up.

 

The Kings have recalled Jonathan Bernier on an emergency basis, as Jonathan Quick has left the team to be with his wife, who is set to deliver their first child. Perhaps Bernier will get the start tomorrow night?

 

Henrik Sedin needs 21 points in the final 15 games to break Pavel Bure’s team record mark of 110. Can he do it?

 

Mikael Samuelsson again reaped the benefits of playing with the Sedin twins last night in the desert, scoring a goal and adding an assist. Burrows is still the long term fit on this line in my opinion, but the Sedins have proven time and time again that they can play with basically anyone. Expect Samuelsson's increased production to continue as long as he keeps coming over the boards with Daniel and Henrik. The fact that he can shoot right opens up a lot more passing lanes for the twins, who like to work the puck on their strong side behind the net and along the boards.

 

As for Burrows, he won't see the same production five on five obviously, but he is finally getting a regular shift on the second power play unit with Ryan Kesler and Kyle Wellwood. He has replaced Pavol Demitra, who now plays the point on the top unit.

 

Desperate for goals down the stretch? Lee Stempniak may be your man. He had two goals last night in regulation, and added one in the shootout for Phoenix. He is playing for a new contract as well, so expect him to be hungry and motivated to put the underwhelming stint in Toronto behind him.

 

You may call me insane for this, but I think Mike Green is incredbly underrated. Sure his defense is suspect, but as a poolie, who cares? Only 16 players in the entire league have better PPG numbers than Green (1.06). Duncan Keith at 0.89 is the next best defenseman. Green is on pace for 20 goals and close to 80 points. To put it simply, say the average fantasy defenseman gets eight goals and 38 points (just an example). Say the average forward gets 25 goals and 55 assists (again, just an example). Green is the equivalent of a 55-60 goal, 130 point forward.

 

My example is just to show how Green’s relative value as a defenseman is through the roof. Maybe it is just here on DobberHockey, but I don’t see as much chatter about Green as there was last season. I guess people have come to expect a point-per-game from him…

 

There are four weeks left in the NHL regular season, beginning on Monday. I'll have an announcement this Friday or Saturday about a fun contest I will be organizing for these final few weeks. Each week there will be a list of players to select from, and certain fantasy rules. Each week the entrant with the most points will receive a s