June 26, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-06-26

 

Congrats to seadawg for winning the 2010 DobberHockey Draft Contest! He finished with a score of 40 points. He correctly predicted the picks of Hall, Seguin, Gudbranson, Connolly, Campbell, Bennett, Howden, and Kuznetzov.

 

Dobber here – just letting you know that I’m on the Draft Chat now – link below. (5:30pm ET)

 

For those of you fed up with NHL.com’s inability to update the picks, follow Matt Bugg on twitter!

 

DobberHockey Draft Chat Round 2 is a go! Check it out here.

 

Make sure to check back throughout the day – I'll be updating the ramblings throughout rounds two through seven. Hopefully a trade or two are mixed in to give me some writing material.

 

I am beyond sick of hearing Tomas Kaberle-related rumours. Pull the trigger, Burkie!

 

It is extremely premature to pick winners and losers of the draft yesterday, but Anaheim has to be thrilled with getting both Cam Fowler and Emerson Etem in the first round. Fowler is the best fantasy defenseman in the 2010 draft by a decent margin.

 

The Canucks were targeting Jarred Tinordi and Beau Bennett with their 25th overall pick. Once they saw that both were gone, they pulled the trigger on the Ballard deal. I expect the Canucks to land one of Martin/Hamhuis/Michalek during free agency, and one of those combined with Ballard/Ehrhoff/Edler is a fantastic top four both now and in the future.

 

I was glad to see Jeff Skinner go 7th overall. I saw a few mock drafts that had him out of the top 10 – absolutely ridiculous. He is going to be an elite goal scorer at the NHL level. If I am picking for a fantasy league, he would be my third selection after Hall and Seguin. The 'Canes are building quite a nice group of young talent – McBain, Tlusty, Bowman, Boychuk, Skinner, Sutter, etc.

 

Justin Goldman is THE goalie expert to listen to. From yesterday: “Goldie here – up early and pumped for the Draft. What’s one of many reasons Dallas might be thinking Jack Campbell? They lost out on two legit prospects (Rynnas, Gustavsson) … third time is a charm and they’d get the last laugh. Just a hunch.”

 

Sticking with impressive young players on one team, Phoenix is stacked on the blueline. Goncharov, Yandle, Ekman-Larsson, and now Gormley.

 

I found the Rundblad-to-Ottawa trade very interesting. It is rare that teams give up on first round picks so quickly. Obviously the Blues really wanted Tarasenko, and I don't blame them. Rundblad is going to spend another year in Sweden before coming over to North America. Rundblad had a terrible WJC last winter, but he has upside as an offensive puck mover. His defensive game is very inconsistent right now. If Tarasenko's name was John Smith, he would have been a consensus top 10 pick.

 

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