September 02, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-09-02

 

Will Crosby score 51 goals again in 2010-11?  Don’t count on it.

 

The Penguins have confirmed that Jordan Staal will miss the start of training camp with his foot injury.

 

Dobber: The D-man List is a day late, but it is up now.

 

The new DobberHockey shop was waiting on the creator to give us a plug-in that allows the purchase of a “package” as opposed to just single items. This has delayed us by 10 days so far. It will be at least 48 hours yet. I would estimate 2-5 days for launch and then the process will be quick, easy and no Paypal involved.

 

According to Dean Millard (who works for The Pipeline Show), the Islanders are planning on keeping Nino Niederreiter around. Strange news considering training camp hasn’t even started yet…

 

Jason Botchford of The Province breaks down the Luongo contract situation. Pretty thorough analysis.

 

How I see Phoenix’s top six shaking out: Upshall-Wolski-Doan, Whitney-Turris-Stempniak. That leaves Vrbata and Hanzal to play together on the third line.

 

I am not a big Wolski fan, and I have been a huge critic of his in the past. However, I think the move to center will be huge for him. He is big and mobile, and he is a better player when he is more involved in the play and has the puck on his stick (two things that will definitely happen more as a center compared to a winger).

 

Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News chatted with Ryan McDonagh. Once Wade Redden is waived/removed from the Rangers roster, McDonagh will slide in on the bottom pairing. Things are looking good when your best competition for a roster spot is Steve Eminger.

 

San Jose is taking a huge leap of faith with Jason Demers. After Boyle, he is the only offensive defenseman in the organization ready to play at the NHL level. Vlasic is a two-way blueliner, and Murray/Wallin/Joslin/Huskins are far from offensive defensemen (although Huskins’ game has been described as offensive at times).

 

If Bobby Ryan gets his business together and signs a contract soon (the two sides are scheduled to meet next week, according to Ryan’s agent Don Meehan), the Ducks could have the highest scoring line in the league. I have all three players pegged for 80 or more points in 2010-11.

 

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I have been getting my depth charts and personal projections in order over the past week. I’ll post a few of my thoughts from the process:

 

I seem to be higher on Atlanta than most other people are (including Dobber). I have Bergfors, Antropov, and Peverley all breaking 50 points. I have La