Fantasy hockey question on your mind? Fire away! I’ll answer as many as I can today.
Dobber jumping on quick – Peter Mueller skated for the first time in three weeks yesterday. We probably won’t see him tonight, but there is a slim possibility. Extremely doubtful though. However, if the Avs force a Game 7, I think you can expect to see him.
Anton Volchenkov has blocked 26 shots so far in the first round, including 11 last game. Now this is a category I’d love to get in my fantasy league! Does anyone out there use it?
Ryan’s article on Kyle Clifford is a good read. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes the Kings roster out of training camp next season, as his game is well-suited for the NHL.
Puck Daddy chats with Ilya Kovalchuk. After being booted from the playoffs, he is not a happy man. However, that frown will probably turn upside-down on July 1st. Where does Kovalchuk end up? I think the Kings are an obvious destination, but there are some other clubs with lots of money to throw around. The Blues are one.
There are rumors that the Kings may recall Jonathan Bernier for Sunday’s game. Personally, I would put him in as the starter, but it looks like they are going to sink-or-swim with Quick. Since the Olympics, Quick has been off of his game. He was fantastic in the first game of the series against the Canucks, but has struggled since that point.
Jimmy Howard has been fantastic for the Red Wings in his past two starts. I guess letting a goalie “rot” in the minors for five seasons is now going to be considered a viable strategy? I am far from a goalie expert, but Howard is fun to watch. He isn’t the most technically proficient, but he battles hard and is very athletic.
Matt Calvert, who I wrote about last month as a keeper prospect to watch, recorded quite the feat two games ago for Brandon. He had a shorthanded hat trick, all in the same period! He definitely bears watching as early as next season, as the Blue Jackets are short on talent and he could find his way on the second scoring line with a strong camp.
Calvert’s Brandon Wheat Kings got eliminated by Calgary last night in the WHL Eastern Conference Finals, but they are the host team for the Memorial Cup this year, so his season isn’t done. The Hitmen will play the winner of the Vancouver Giants/Tri-City Americans series going on right now.
Dobber’s 2010 Prospect Report – read all about it here! You can buy it now, and it will be available for download on June 1st. Support the site! Matt Bugg’s famous 2010 Mock Entry Draft will be included as well. The guide will be available in French as well! Check out the link for that verison here.
Mikael Samuelsson has 16 goals in his last 17 games, dating back to the regular season. He is en fuego!
Tyler Ennis can flat out play. Buffalo’s 2008 draft (Myers and Ennis in the 1st round) is already benefitting them in a huge way. Ennis is a lock to make the team next season and should be among the rookie scoring leaders. He sure is fun to watch.
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