Back from Mexico and have spent the morning getting my head back in the game. I spent an hour yesterday running through the week in hockey while I awaited my plane, so at least I wasn’t coming in completely cold. I’m pretty shocked that the Sharks were swept – I know it’s shocking news as it is, but you guys got to see it unravel, whereas I hopped on to see them down 2-0, and then three days later I see they were swept.
Kudos to Joe Pavelski. Though he only had two points in the last six games, he led the Sharks in scoring. With Marleau gone (don’t kid yourself, he’s gone), Pavelski’s PP time will jump and he’ll top 70 points next year easy. Since the big line was shut down for much of the postseason, as soon as Pavelski was stifled the Sharks folded. I can see that just from the stats.
Dany Heatley had just two goals in 14 playoff games. That’s two goals in 21 games going back to the regular season. We know he was struggling a little with a groin problem, but I think the high of joining a new team really died down by midseason.
Ryane Clowe had just two points in his last nine games.
Joe Thornton – one point and minus-5 in the Western Conference Final.
The Blues have signed 25-year-old Evgeny Skachkov. He is an offensive (goal scorer) specialist who has been off the radar because, let’s face it, he wasn’t expected to ever sign a contract. Well now he has, and his progress in camp – although a longshot – bears watching. He won’t be put on their penalty kill.
Andy Wozniewski has signed to play in the Swiss League next year.
Brendan Bell has signed to play in the KHL next year.
Dobber is back today – you know he'll be getting to work on the 2010 Prospect Report as soon as possible! The Report will be available for download on June 1st.
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Taylor Hall was named Memorial Cup MVP for the second consecutive time, making him the first player in history to win the award twice. Windsor absolutely destroyed Brandon 9-1.
I believe Windsor goalie Philipp Grubauer is draft-eligible this year. He played behind a great team, but bailed them out whenever he needed to. Does he get drafted?
Not sure if he was injured or not, but Brandon forward Scott Glennie was horrible. Schenn was good in spots and bad in others. Matt Calvert was definitely the most noticeable of the three.
San Jose didn't choke – they simply lost to a better team. Will Nabokov be back? I doubt it. Thornton? Maybe. Marleau? He should, but he may want a fresh start elsewhere. Rob Blake was great all season long, and I can see him returning for another kick at the can.
Dany Heatley was miserable all series long. It has now been reported that he has been battling a "pretty bad' groin injury that he sustained in the Colorado series. At least one person was probably happy to see Heatley struggle a bit – Senators owner Eugene Mel