DobberBaseball has released this month’s top 150 hitters list. You can check it out here.
From now until June 24th, I'll be running a 2010 NHL Entry Draft contest. Send me (private message, e-mail, carrier pigeon, whatever you prefer) your first round mock. The entry that closest mirrors the first round on June 25th will win an autographed Shane Doan 8×10 photograph.
The rules are simple – one through 30, send me your picks. If you guess the correct player, I'll give you one point. If you guess the correct player and the correct position, you will be awarded three points. For example, of your top five is Hall-Seguin-Fowler-Tarasenko-Gunbranson, and the NHL's top five picks are Hall-Seguin-Fowler-Gunbranson-Tarasenko, you will be given 11 points (three for Hall, Seguin, and Fowler in the correct position, and one for each of Tarasenko and Gunbranson for having them in the first round).
If the rules are in any way confusing, don't hesitate to ask for further clarification.
Matt Bugg's mock draft will be added to the updated Fantasy Prospects Report on June 12th. Buy the Report now!
Phoenix has signed defenseman David Schlemko (doesn't that just roll off the tongue?) to a one-year contract. Schlemko had five points in 17 games with the Coyotes last season. He also had 31 points in only 55 games with the San Antonio Rampage. He has some offensive upside, and could find a spot on the bottom pairing for 2010-11. Michalek, Aucoin, and Morris are all free agents, leaving only Yandle, Jovanovski, Lepisto, and Vandermeer as returning defensemen.
I am pretty confident that Columbus is going to end up moving the 4th overall pick. Scott Howson recognizes how close his team is to the playoffs. They have enough prospects, the time to improve is now. Don’t think Kaberle is the guy they after – Spezza makes so much sense. Aaron Portzline reported that Columbus wouldn’t move the pick for Spezza, but I wouldn’t be surprised if something involving Spezza-to-Columbus comes to fruition at the draft.
Daniel Briere's 12 points in the Cup Final was only one shy of the NHL record, set by Wayne Gretzky (of course).
Marian Hossa was the happiest guy in Philadelphia (and perhaps the entire world) last night after finally winning his first Cup. Second had to be Patrick Sharp – it must have felt good to stick it to the club that cast him aside only a few years ago. Sharp was also the only player aside from Kane who knew that the OT winner actually went in the net right away.
St. Louis has signed 2009 1st round pick David Rundblad. I am unsure of whether he intends to play another season in the SEL or make the jump over to North America in 2010-11.
Weekly link roundup – if you aren't reading Justin Bourne's daily blog, you are crazy! He is now writing regularly for Puck Daddy, and his insights as a former player are both entertaining and informative. Writing something that is interesting and funny at the same time is extremely difficult. (I rarely try – grammar is enough of a concern!)
Things don't sound optimistic out of Calgary with regards to an extension for Ian White. White had a breakout season last year with Toronto and Calgary. He is mobile, smart, and very skilled with the puck. Calgary's cap situation is almost as bad as Chicago's (I am surprised more isn't being made about it), so don't be shocked if an offer sheet comes White's way if he is still unsigned after July 1st.
Eric Fehr, one of my favourite players in the league, is working on a multi-year extension with the Caps. His value will skyrocket once he gets more than 13 or 14 minutes of ice time per game – don't be surprised to see him score 30 if given 16-17 minutes per game.
How many starts will Tuukka Rask get in 2010-11? How about Cory Schneider?
CBC always makes the best montages – the final one of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs is no different. I've probably watched it a dozen times already:
Adam Burish, tell us how you really feel?