August 19, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-08-19

 

Some news from today… Atlanta has signed Freddy Meyer IV to a two-way deal. Florida has inked tough guy Andrew Peters to a contract. Real hockey news, come out, come out, wherever you are!

 

Billy Sweatt is expected to sign today.

 

Step 1: Buy the 2010-11 DobberHockey Pool Guide. Step 2: Read It. Step 3: Win Your Pool. Seems simple enough, no?

 

For those of you expecting Mikael Backlund to turn into a top line scorer… I’d love to see some reasons. I am not saying he won’t, but his production in the AHL last season was far from impressive (32 points in 54 games). He was good with Kelowna in 2008-09 (especially during the postseason).

 

99 times out of 100, a player who doesn’t put up at least a PPG at the AHL level won’t ever do it at the NHL level. Points-per-game is usually the most important statistic when projecting future production.

 

The guide has been updated as of August 18th. Still waiting on a few more dominos to fall… lots of talent on the UFA market, not even counting anyone with the name Ilya.

 

I am hoping to get back to my 'Angus Audits Your Team' series in the fall. Busy right now with a new job. I'll let all of you who have sent me your teams when I'm starting back up so you can update me as to any trades or draft picks you have made over the past little while.

 

My Top 10 Keeper League Forward Prospects list will be up soon. Any guesses/predictions? A few Oilers, one Russian, and a Southeast Division prospect all made the grade.

 

The Islanders have signed Rob Hisey to a one-year, two-way contract. Hisey won't be making the team, but camp will be awfully fun to watch. He possesses unbelievable hands. (check the video below). A shootout lineup featuring Hisey and Schremp would attract more than a few fans…

 

The Islanders also signed Andy Hilbert to a one-year, two-way contract. Hilbert is the classic 'tweener' player. Too good for the AHL, but unable to stick at the NHL level in anything more than a depth role. He was pointless in four games with the Wild last season.

 

Chicago signed Fernando Pisani to a one-year contract. Their lines appear to be set…

 

Brouwer/Toews/Kane, Stalberg/Sharp/Hossa, Kopecky/Bolland/Skille, Bickell/Dowell/Pisani

 

I have seen some preview for the seedings in both the East and West… I'll post mine in a bit. Obviously there are some players out there who have the ability to shift a team up or down a few spots depending on where they end up.

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I'm heading up to Castlegar, BC next week to run the dry land training for a summer hockey camp. I am very excited! I'll be around at night to post the ramblings and weigh in with my thoughts. Any Castlegar natives on DobberHockey?

 

Really liking the looks of San Jose's third line – Jamie McGinn, Logan Couture, and Torrey Mitchell. I have made this point a few times, but Couture will see more offensive minutes than the standard "third line center." Don't write him off because of where he sits on the depth chart. He'll play a regular shi