May 20, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-05-20

 

Chris Mason sure hasn’t done much to boost his value this summer at the WHC over the past few weeks. He had another brutal game, allowing a few soft goals against a vastly superior Russian squad.

 

The Florida Panthers are introducing a more “intimate” seating system for this coming season. What does that mean? They are essentially covering the last six rows (2500 seats) with tarps. Genius planning!

 

Today’s fantasy hockey audit will be up around 1 or 2pm EST. I’ll be taking a look at AJ’s team (known as tml4ever on the message boards).

 

Made some more wallpapers! Join the DobberHockey Wolfpack! Some of the other new ones include Thornton, Gustavsson, Kovalchuk, and Datsyuk.

 

Ruslan Fedotenko has to be one of the most inconsistent playoff performers in NHL history. He has had two fantastic playoffs. Last year with the Penguins, he scored seven goals in 24 games, and he scored 12 in 22 games with the Lightning back in 2004 (19 goals in 46 games during those two cup-winng runs). Besides those two though, he has one goal in 37 career playoff games (including zero in six this season). I was doing research for a Penguins column (the need for a scoring winger or two) and came across this.

 

I am working on my next top 10 list, and this time I am going to focus on combo players (those that get points and rack up penalty minutes). I am trying to find a fair cut off, so the likes of Crosby and Malkin aren't on the list. I want to focus on players like Steve Downie, David Backes, and Alex Burrows. Do any of you have ideas or suggestions for how to formulate the criteria?

 

James Neal, one of my favourite young players in the league, is working out with Gary Roberts this summer. Does that mean he will score 51 goals last season? (Stamkos trained with Roberts last summer…). Neal was dominant for the first two months of the 2009-10 season, but he faded during the final few months. Any improvement to his fitness and conditioning is going to be fantastic – I wouldn't at all be surprised to see him around the 35-40 goal mark. Brad Richards looks rejuvenated in Dallas, and Neal (along with Loui Eriksson) is going to benefit substantially.

 

Some point to Neal's suspension for hitting Derek Dorsett from behind as the beginning of his downfall – he seemed to play less aggressively after the incident.

 

Apparently Nashville, Chicago, and St. Louis have expressed interest in Marcel Muller. Muller had 56 points in 53 DEL games this past season with Kolner Haie. He turns 22 in July. I remember being impressed with his game during the Olympics – he projects as more of an energy player in the NHL, but he has decent size and speed, and he plays with a physical edge. Perhaps we have some German readers who can shed some more light on Muller.

 

Anton Babchuk is expected back with Carolina next season. He'll probably side into the second pairing with Tim Gleason or Jamie McBain. He had 16 goals and 35 points with the Hurricanes back in 2008-09, but spent last season in