September 16, 2010

Jeff Angus


Justin Bourne with a must-read article today on Puck Daddy – steroids in hockey.


DobberHockey’s 2010-11 Pool Guide – updated through September 15th and available here.


Dobber – Breaking: The Penguins have announced that Jordan Staal underwent a procedure in his foot to cure an infection. Recovery is five to six weeks, meaning he will miss the first 10 or 12 contests of the season. So Malkin will remain at center to start, and I now think that Brett Sterling will get a three-week trial on the wing. The odds are always against the player, but it’s better than the zero percent odds that he would have had otherwise. The true meaning of the words boom or bust.


Montreal’s new captain is Brian Gionta. Great move.

My column in the five teams to "invest in" (load up on) for the future should be released early next week. The Blues will factor in. Any guesses as to which other four teams are on the list?


It is nice to see the Jeff Skinner hype continuing to grow. As a poolie I didn't mind sharing my thoughts on him, as I don't pick until the ninth spot in my keeper league. I wouldn't have been able to get Skinner anyway.


I didn't think Cam Fowler was going to crack Anaheim's roster out of training camp, but with Paul Mara now signed, he has no shot at doing so now.


Fowler is a great skater and he sees the ice really well, but like most young defensemen he needs to get bigger, stronger, and better in his own zone.


Coyotes prospect Colin Long is drawing rave reviews from those in attendance at Phoenix's prospects camp/tournament. I have seen him live a few times in junior, and he it sounds like he's displaying his best attributes, which are speed, great hands, and puck pursuit.


He gets forgotten a bit behind the trio of Turris, Boedker, and MacLean, but he isn't far behind in terms of NHL readiness or upside (although Turris is a cut above in the upside department).


More on the Phoenix rookies here. There is a lot of good stuff on Goncharov, Gormley, and Ekman-Larsson as well. Thanks to DobberHockey reader Ryan for the link. An Ekman-Larsson-Goncharov pairing will look mighty fine in a few years…


The Belanger signing has taken away a potential roster spot for one of these rookies (more on that below), though.


Some may wonder why Phoenix would sign Belanger when they have so many promising rookies close to making the jump. Good teams force their young players to earn roster spots (Detroit is notorious for this), they don't hand them anything.


A great read on the Belanger-Washington fiasco, as orchestrated by his agent.


If Turris comes into camp and outplays Belanger/Fiddler/Ebbett/Hanzal, he'll have a roster spot. If he doesn't, he'