GM Gates is running a little contest in the forum in which you can name the DobberHockey farm team – that’s the area where myself or Angus choose a column written by YOU for publication on front page. Details here.
The rookie adrenalin rush has finally worn off of Matt Calvert, as he has just two points in his last 10 games. He’ll make the team next year, but I’d be shocked to see 45. He’ll get there, but it won’t be as fast as he hinted at a month ago.
Sami Lepisto picked up his first three points as a Blue Jacket. He’s seeing lots of ice time there, but none of it on the power play. Perhaps this will convince the coach to give him a look there.
Grant Clitsome left that game with a knee injury that will be re-evaluated.
Evgeny Dadonov finally returned to action after missing six weeks with a broken finger and he made his presence felt with a pair of goals. He saw some time with Sergei Samsonov, but lined up with Reasoner and Booth.
Samsonov, by the way, is pulling a Tom Gilbert and making poolies interested in him because of a late season surge. Well we’re not falling for it this time Serge! But we don’t have to – NHL GM’s have to. He needs a contract. Anyway, Samsonov has three consecutive two-point games. That’s nine in 10 for his new team. Seeing 20 minutes a game, he could keep this up. Yes…I blew it when I reviewed this trade and felt that he wouldn’t do much in Florida.
Rick DiPietro got that win (over Florida), by the way. Montoya is his backup going forward now. Next year, I think it will be Montoya/Poulin as 1a/1b, with DiPietro making cameo appearances in between surgeries and rehab stints.
Dmitry Kulikov has a four-game points streak going. He has six points in 10 games since the McCabe trade, indicating that if he’s ‘the man’ back there, then he can give you some nice numbers. How he does next year will depend on who the team signs in the summer.
Jonathan Blum has a three-game points streak going for the Preds.
So the Fan Duel contest was yesterday for DobberHockey. You can still sign up for the opening day contest over at DobberBaseball right here. Anyway, congratulations to Azridine, whose secret was to grab Ray Emery for cheap and build from there. Conversation about the contest is here.
So how did I do? I was 29th out of 313. So only 28 of you get the $5 for beating me. I’ll have more info on how your prize money is collected on Monday, if Fan Duel hasn’t already credited your account there. My team: LW: Ennis 6.4, Calvert 0, RW: St. Louis -2 (not off to a good start, but check it), D’Agostini 6.6, C: Stamkos 0.4, Thornton 6, D: Goligoski 4.4, Karlsson 8, G: Reimer 9
Back on my radar for my keeper league – Matt D’Agostini. He has a five game points streak and has nine in that span. Thanks to Alex Steen for getting out of the lineup. It looks like he actually has a shot at 50 points. Man, if he gets there I’d have to think he can build on that – he was completely unproductive during the two months leading up to Steen’s injury. If you can erase those 70 days or so, his product