I have been reading last year’s guide for reference, and it has been interesting to look back at all of the projections. I was astounded after reading Justin Goldman’s “Goalies to Watch” section – he was on the money.
Dobber here – I’ll be taking your fantasy hockey questions throughout the day in the forum right here.
Raise your hand if you’d be surprised to see Peter Regin record 60 points in 2010-11? (FYI, both of my hands are down.)
I am on twitter (angus_j), and am giving absolutely nothing away to my 1000th follower. Most of the DobberHockey crew is kicking around there as well. (@DobberHockey) @AlexSerenRosso , @HockeyScribe (Van Horne), @TheGoalieGuild (Goldman).
Toronto is reportedly interested in Simon Gagne. Considering Nikolai Kulemin is currently the top left winger, this doesn’t surprise me. Gagne would be a great fit on a line with Bozak and Kessel – speed and enough defensive ability to cover for his linemates.
One contract negotiation I am really looking forward to – Zach Parise. He took a HUGE pay cut a few years ago (he has one year left on a deal that pays him $3.125 million annually).
After seeing all of his 2003 draft peers break the bank (Staal, Perry, Getzlaf, Kesler, Burns, Fleury, and so on), the Koivu contract in Minnesota is probably just icing on the cake.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like Gagne has been around forever. He was on the Canadian team that won gold in 2002, and he turned 30 only a few months ago. Still lots of hockey left.
Van Riemsdyk is going to benefit in a big way if/when Gagne is traded away. It’s tough to say what kind of player he will become, but with his size/skill package, even at the low end he projects to be a very good top-six scorer.
Eric Belanger is close to signing somewhere. He’s a solid depth option in many fantasy leagues, especially those that count faceoff wins.
Matt Cullen was able to get $3.5 million per from the Wild. He is better than Belanger, but not by that much.
Ryan O'Marra is a perfect example of why drafting for character alone in the 1st round isn't the best idea. Drafted ahead of Hanzal, Rask, Bergfors, Oshie, and more, O'Marra had a measly 18 points in 74 games with Edmonton's AHL farm team last year.
Washington prospect Patrick McNeill signed a one-year, two-way contract yesterday. I really like his game – he compet