August 27, 2010

Jeff Angus



A guarantee – Jakub Voracek will break the 80-point mark at some point over the next three seasons.


If I were a Wings fan, I’d be a bit concerned about the lack of mobility on the back end (especially with Kronwall still banged up). The Blues, Blue Jackets, Blackhawks, and especially the Predators are all very quick teams up front.


Detroit’s offense will be much improved with a healthy Franzen and a returning Hudler. However, they’ll need Jimmy Howard to show that last season wasn’t a fluke. I have never been a Howard fan but he proved me wrong last season. I still think he spits out way too many rebounds, though.


Pick up DobberHockey's 2010-11 Pool Guide.


I have been up in Castlegar (a small town in the interior of BC about four hours from Vancouver) over the past five days running the training at a hockey school. Castlegar is the home of Shawn Horcoff and Travis Green.  It has been extremely hot here. Yesterday it was 34 degrees outside (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit). I am back to Vancouver tonight, and should have an article up this weekend.


A name who hasn't been on my radar for quite some time – Angelo Esposito.  He has torn his ACL twice and most (including myself) had written him off as a legitimate prospect. However, it sounds like he is looking very good during some informal skates going on with Atlanta.


The Ilya Kovalchuk circus continues… Puck Daddy's Dmitri Chesnokov is reporting that Kovalchuk may consider some offers from the KHL if he is unable to get something done soon. I still think the KHL threat is nothing more than leverage… but my confidence in Kovalchuk sticking in the NHL has dropped from 99% to 90%.


Jordan Staal has been unable to skate without pain this off-season. Staal had a tendon in his foot cut during Pittsburgh's second round series against Montreal. He returned to play but underwent surgery after the season ended.


It sounds like Staal should be ready to go when the season starts, but he may miss some of camp. Don't be surprised to see him get off to a slow start, as he hasn't been able to properly prepare this summer.


The Thrashers and Niclas Bergfors are still very far apart in terms of numbers on a new contract. Atlanta is already a team that will probably struggle to score goals, and without Bergfors they'd be even worse off.


I really like Bergfors from a fantasy standpoint, as I see him fitting in really well with Atlanta. He is quick and he has a nose for the net, and with the big bodies that the Thrashers added this summer, he'll be seeing a lot of open ice. He's very streaky, but the majority of young offensive players are.

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The Thrashers are reportedly toying with the idea of moving Byfuglien back to defense. Huge fantasy ramifications.


If he gets defensive eligibility, he could be one of the most valuable defensemen to own in most league formats. He will undoubtedly move up to forward on the power play, and could be a 20 goal, 45-50 point defenseman with decent PIM totals.