March 15, 2011

Dobber Sports

2011-03-15

 

GM Gates and Praba have posted their March edition of the Top 100 Roto Players.

 

Need help with your fantasy squad? Well, letters to my mailbag typically dwindle at this time of year, so here I am about to do tomorrow’s mailbag (for The Hockey News) and I only have a handful of letters. Anyway, if you submit something now, you’ll probably have a 50/50 shot of getting your letter published and answered. UPDATE: Plenty of letters to go with now, thank you!

 

Teddy Purcell is one of the most underrated fantasy forwards in the league. His hockey sense has really come to the forefront this breakout season and frankly I don’t think he can be held back as a third/second liner next year. He was on a 41-point pace after 18 games, but his pace has been 61 since that time. With opportunity, that’s where he’ll land next year. He has three assists and was a plus-3 last night.

 

Toronto has one win to show for their last five games and James Reimer has now been pulled twice. Not really his fault, he’s been playing great, but he is no longer riding that “unbeatable” adrenalin. He’s shown enough to be their starter next season, provided the Leafs don’t sign a Vokoun-type. And don’t discount that – everyone knows that a proven star goalie like Vokoun is the key to any team’s fortunes.

 

Chris Pronger is out for the next 3-4 weeks with a broken hand.

 

Joey Hishon has signed an ELC with the Avalanche. I think he’s on the team next year, but can Ryan O’Reilly be a fourth-line center while Hishon mans the third line? It will be interesting to see how the positions fall for this team next year.

 

Toronto has signed Jake Gardiner to an ELC – per the FAN590. He’ll get a long look in the fall, but what is best for him is a year in the AHL. However, that would depend on his camp performance and who the team brings in in the summer.

 

I want to offer my readers some cash, so I’ve managed to secure $250 from Fan Duel to give away as a prize over at DobberBaseball. All you have to do is have the best one-day fantasy team for opening day. Details are here. I’ll have a similar contest on the hockey side announced later today or tomorrow.

 

Aaron Ness has reportedly announced that he will turn pro. The Islanders’ prospect rearguard has been under-whelming these past two seasons.

 

Wild lines with Koivu and Clutterbuck back: Koivu with Miettinen and Brunette; Cullen with Clutterbuck and Madden; Brodziak with Bouchard and Havlat

 

With his minus-3 last night, Tyler Bozak leapfrogs over Kuba to take sole possession of the third worst plus/minus in the entire league at minsu-28. Kovalchuk looked like a shoe-in for this award, but has since improved to minus-19.

 

Erik Karlsson is the lowest at minus-33.

 

Chicago is scoring like gangbusters lately and it shows when I see the guys in my pools with lots of Hawks slowly creep up the standings. Patrick Sharp had four assists last night and is back on track for 80 points.

 

But, hey, at least Philadelphia got, er, Matt Ellis.

 

Can’t figure out why Michael Frolik played just 10 minutes last night. Nobody is reporting an injury…

 

Devin Setoguchi was on fire there for a little while, b