Time to throw Hail Mary passes in the DobberHockey Expert League. Actually, last week was the time, but I missed the bidding deadline. I’m in third place (nice comeback – was 11th in November), 4.5 points up on fourth and a whopping 17.5 points behind second. It’s all or nothing, so time to drop the third goalie and anyone with promise, and no need to overvalue a player with multi position eligibility anymore. Again, should have done this a week ago. So here are my Hail Mary moves: Drop Dan Ellis, pick up Colton Orr. Yep, tackling the PIM category head on. Dropping Tom Poti and I bid overly high on Jamie McBain ($9). I had $23 left from the $100 year budget, may as well use it on the two most important ww pickups. Orr was $1 of course. The other important pickup – Maxim Afinogenov ($7) and dropped Michael Frolik (multi position AND potential – useless to me now). Also added Ruslan Fedotenko for Alex Tanguay. It’s a long shot, just like pulling the goalie with a minute left down 4-2.
Completely missed this. From Matt Bugg’s column in the Midseason Guide (yet another reason to buy) he had ranked Bordson first in terms of college free agents. So it’s arguable – who helps whom more, Bordson or the 5-8 Jack Connolly? Here is what Bugg wrote:
Big men simply take longer to develop, but when the light goes on, it can cause a previously ignored player to out-shine the brightest star. Case-in-point: 6’2, 195 lbs Rob Bordson. A hometown boy who actually joined UMD last two years ago, the 21-year-old scored just one goal and seven points during his freshman and sophomore seasons combined.
There’s no question Bordson benefits from having two of the nation’s leading scorers – including Fontaine – on his line, but as the anchor between 5’8 and 5’10 wingers it’s arguable he’s helped them just as much as they’ve helped him. The owner of outstanding quickness and vision for such a big guy, Bordson is a great passer who gets rid of the puck before the defense can think.
Brent Seabrook was back in action playing over 22 minutes. I didn’t see the game (again will need help from the readers on this one), but I would imagine that Dustin Byfuglien was still used as a defenseman. If so, strange that Yahoo still hasn’t changed him to dual positions yet.
Colorado has signed Zach Cohen as an unsigned NCAA free agent. The way Joe Sacco and the Avs are rolling with their luck on young players, I guess Cohen will be a 100-point guy now. Naw, kidding. The 23-year-old adds goal-scoring depth, but didn’t do enough at the college level to show that he can earn a top-six spot and unless the Avs suffer about five injuries, he’s out of luck. Besides their current top six, there is Brandon Yip, Ryan Stoa, Kevin Porter and TJ Hensick waiting in line. Porter can become an NHLer as a checker if he has to, and probably Yip as well, but for Stoa and Hensick it’s top six or nothing.
Here’s a nice story about emergency signing Nathan Deobold, temporarily the Oilers’ backup goalie.
My take on Sean Bergenheim – I really felt that this year was the make or break for him. He always intrigued me as a possible second liner who could also get you penalty minutes. However, his contract holdout really cost him. He missed his chance to build on the momentum at the end of the 05-06 season, and when he returned he was out of the mix. Sinc