January 23, 2011

Dobber Sports

2011-01-23

 

Copper and Blue opines that Alexander Radulov would be a 94-point player this year had he stuck it out in the NHL. If so, his next contract would earn him Kovalchuk money.

 

The Rangers have recalled Michael Del Zotto and Evgeni Grachev from the minors. Grachev had an AHL hat trick last night, while Del Zotto has five assists in his last four AHL games.

 

Benoit Pouliot just shot 102 mph to take the lead in the MTL skills competition. That has to impress you.

 

Braden Holtby has started the last two games for the Caps and won them both in fine fashion. While Varlamov and Neuvirth impress by playing well in spurts, between their injuries, Holtby impresses us – and does not get injured. I’m liking this guy more and more in fantasy circles. Sometimes being a Band-Aid Boy stunts a promising career and this Neuvirth and Varly stuff is getting on my last nerve. Holtby is waiting on the wings and impresses every time he gets a shot. Eventually they’ll just turn him in the first place.

 

The Caps have stuck Jason Chimera on the big line lately and it has worked nicely. He has four points in four games and is a plus-5 in that span. Playing with Ovechkin and Backstrom always helps production. He has speed, but no hands – but he scores in spurts, so putting him on that line while he’s wielding a hot stick will work out nicely. But when he cools down, it’s back to the fourth line in a hurry.

 

Ottawa prospect Kaspars Daugavins is breaking out in the AHL now. He has 19 points in his last 18 games. That will endear the 22-year-old to an Ottawa team that needs offense.

 

After losing four in a row, Antti Niemi has now won four in a row and has started 12 of the last 15 games. Now, finally, he’s worth owning. Too bad I drafted him in September to be my third goalie – suddenly needed him when Leighton went down – and he was nowhere to be found then. Dropped him by mid-November. Now he’s doing what I was hoping for back in September. That’s fantasy hockey, folks!

 

Terry Frei of the Denver Post wonders if John Grahame will get a look in net for the Avs. Call him a dark horse. Anderson is struggling and Budaj, well, sucks. Meanwhile, Grahame is on fire in the AHL: 10-7-2, 2.25 and 0.918.

 

If I own Peter Forsberg today, I’m trading him. No way he stays on my team. I’d rather drop him. All he’ll do is make you dress him for a game and then he’ll be a last minute scratch, ruining your fantasy night. He did that too often last time. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…

 

Or no, what did George Bush say? Fool me once…shame on…me. Fool me twice…uh…we won’t get fooled again.

 

PK Subban has six points in six games. You know what? If they didn’t keep trying to teach this guy a lesson, for god knows what, then he would have 28 points right now. Between scratching him and trying to cut his ice time, it’s probably knocked a good nine points from his totals. He’s an exciting player. Deal with it. You can’t scratch him and you can’t hold him down – not if you want to win. Because he makes things happen. The sooner Jacques Martin accepts his personality (which, by the way, is awesome), the better. He had six shots on goal last night and two PIM. Forty points, I still stand by that.

 

Marc Savard leaving with another head injury shuts the