Taking questions for my daily Fantasy Mailbag!
Calgary unveiled their jerseys for the outdoor game against Montreal this coming season. In one word: barf. In two words: Ronald McDonald.
A few fearless forecasts for 2010-11:
Vincent Lecavalier leads the Lightning in scoring.
Matt Duchene scores the most goals in the Northwest Division.
Tyler Ennis leads Buffalo in scoring.
Someone not named Crosby or Ovechkin (or Stamkos, for that matter) scores 55 goals. Any guesses?
Tampa Bay has apparently been shopping Malone this summer. If he is moved, a huge opportunity alongside Lecavalier and Gagne opens up. Teddy Purcell may get the first crack at it, but I don't see him sticking long term (unless he really ups the intensity of his game).
One player I really like who is flying well below most fantasy radars is Dana Tyrell. Solid at everything, thinks the game very well. Tampa Bay also has the likes of James Wright (natural center) and Carter Ashton, but Tyrell is a bit more ready at this point.
I don't think the Bruins will put Tyler Seguin at wing, but stranger things have happened. Joe Colborne seems more like a natural winger to be – big, good on the forecheck, and a scorer. If Savard isn't dealt, the Bruins may have no choice but to bump Seguin to wing, though.
If Savard is traded, the biggest benefactor is David Krejci. All three centers (Krejci, Bergeron, Seguin) would benefit, but Krejci becomes the go-to playmaker and the guy who will skate with Lucic and Horton (how's that for some size on the wings) on the top line.
Early evaluation of Dale Tallon – obvious he is expecting to tank this season in hopes of landing Adam Larsson next summer. Florida struggled to score last season and they replaced Nathan Horton with Chris Higgins and Michael Grabner. Ballard to Wideman is a bit of a downgrade, too. Vokoun won't last past the trade deadline.
Another team obviously tanking is Long Island – that roster is simply abysmal. Tavares could score 90 and they'd still be a basement dweller.
Some sleeper picks (pick up the Guide for about 100 more) – Peter Regin, Sam Gagner, Logan Couture, Radim Vrbata, Jeremy Morin (more of a longer-term sleeper pick).
Sticking with Morin, he has had a fantastic camp with the American World Junior team these past few days. I said at the time of the trade that Chicago will LOVE him, and I still stand by that today (although the fact that zero hockey has been played would have made any opinion change a bizarre one).
Morin is big, talented, and a natural scorer. Think Jeff Carter. He won’t make Chicago this year but he’s a lock for 2011-12.
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