Column on the way for tonight – Five Teams to Invest in For the Future. St. Louis is in the mix, as are the Oilers. Can you guess the other three? Factors used for evaluation – star quality, prospect quality, coaching philosophy, scoring depth quality, and prospect readiness.
Goldie says: Why Deeper is Better for Luongo. Things just keep getting better for his season’s outlook. Traffic and bodies in front won’t be as much of an issue this year like it was last year.
Goldie says: I think James Reimer is one heck of a patient goaltender…and it really showed in the 11-round shootout last night against the Flyers. Sergei Bobrovsky is ridiculously quick down low, but exposes way too much space up high. How that translates in the AHL is yet to be seen. Jack Campbell won his first start with Windsor yesterday as well.
The top teams (Washington, Chicago, San Jose, Pittsbugh, Vancouver) have already been covered in the previous column (Five Teams to Invest in For 2010-11).
The DobberHockey Wales Division Pro Draft occured this past week – check some of the discussion about draft strategy used by some of the league members here.
Derek Stepan will make the Rangers. I compared him to Paul Stastny in my top 10 keeper league center prospects article back in August, and after watching him play against NHL talent, I stand by it. He isn't a blazing fast skater, but he is solid at both ends of the ice, and he thinks the game really, really well.
If you have already drafted him, great work. If you haven't…. the cat is essentially out of the bag now.
Ilya Bryzgalov is one of the funniest players in hockey. Don't believe me? Check this interview out.
This is exactly why I avoided him in my summer drafts – Peter Muller is out again with a concussion. Mueller now has sustained three (diagnosed, so potentially more) concussions at the age of 23… not a good trend.
Watched the final frame of the Edmonton/Tampa Bay game. I haven't got a chance to watch many preseason games (work and a lack of interest), but I have kept my eye on injury news and the highlights. My thoughts from the game:
Dan Ellis was brutal.
Magnus Paajarvi is NHL ready. He's a powerful skater and he's got a wicked shot. Marian Hossa version 2.0
Linus Omark has a ton of skill when the puck is on his stick, but he isn't NHL ready. There probably isn't any room for him on the roster anyway, but he will definitely be in the AHL in 2010-11.
Thanks to mister_mcgoo for posting this in the hockey forums – Chris Pronger is healing well and is hoping to be ready to go at the beginning of October.
The Carey Price situation has to be controlled pretty quickly here. It has the potential to spiral out of control, especially if Halak gets off to a strong start in St. Louis.