May 06, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-05-06

 

Flyers fans give Laperriere a well-deserved standing ovation last night.

 

My top ten right wing keepers list is almost complete. Expect it to be posted in a few hours.

 

I was browsing the leading AHL playoff scorers, and came across a name I hadn’t seen in a while. Mike York is playing for Rochester, and put up 12 points in seven games. I remember owning York back when he was a member of the successful (but short-lived) FLY line in New York, along with Fleury and Lindros.

 

Alexandre Giroux has 135 goals in his past 169 games with the Hershey Bears (including playoff games). His game hasn’t translated to the NHL level (and it probably never will), but his AHL production is absolutely amazing.

 

Kovalchuk to the Blues? Not likely.


David Krejci suffered a dislocated wrist last night and we probably won’t see him again in the playoffs. This impacts Milan Lucic and Miroslav Satan, who were his linemates and on a bit of a hot streak.

 

Dobber jumping on just to clarify – Darren Dreger tweets that Jokinen’s agent refutes the KHL story, as I hinted last night. Here is a great summary of the situation over at On Frozen Pond

 

Use twitter? Follow myself (@angus_j) and Dobber (@DobberHockey)! Since getting twitter on my cell phone, I am now able to comment on fantasy hockey 24/7, 365. Other DobberHockey tweeters: @AlexSerenRosso , @HockeyScribe (Van Horne), @DobberBaseball, @notch4077, @TheGoalieGuild (Goldman).

 

Neuvirth or Varlamov – who do you like more for next season and beyond in Washington? I own Neuvirth in one of my keepers (and I'm sure my entire league is reading this right now), and am contemplating moving him for some immediate help at either left or right wing.

 

How important is it to get a good young right wing on your fantasy roster? Looking at Hockey's Future's Top 50 Prospects list, only two of the 50 are listed as right wingers – Scott Glennie (Dallas) and Greg Nemisz (Calgary). This will probably change as many of the young centers move to wing once they graduate to the NHL. It happened with Zach Parise, and it is fairly common. In juniors/college, typically the best forwards are put at center so they get more time with the puck on their stick. However, these players are often moved to wing at the NHL level, as for some reason (lack of defensive ability, size, speed, etc) they are more suited to playing either on the left or right side.

 

Parise has excelled as a winger because he is so aggressive on the puck, and playing wing allows him more freedom with regards to puck pursuit, especially with the system New Jersey plays (heavy emphasis on defensive coverage from centers).

 

A recent example of this is center-to-wing conversion Jordan Schroeder. He played center in college, but has already played some wing in the AHL, and he projects as a winger in the NHL. Another is Edmonton prospect Jordan Eberle – expect him to suit up as a winger in the NHL.

 

And another one bites the dust! Ol