March 21, 2011

Jeff Angus

2011-03-21

 

Goldie: Here are my thoughts on the Anderson deal and how it might impact Robin Lehner. Also, Atte Engren has been assigned to Milwaukee. He’s #39 on my Top-100 Prospects list and has been one of the best SM-liiga goalies over the past two seasons.

 

Jiri Hudler is missing his third straight with an injury tonight.

 

Daniel Sedin is questionable for Wednesday’s game because his wife is expecting any day.

 

Dobber: Craig Anderson has re-signed with the Senators for four years, per Bruce Garrioch. He’s only 29 so I don’t have a problem with the tenure, although I don’t fully trust his knees. And poor Robin Lehner will have things delayed, unless Anderson’s knee acts up. At any rate, Anderson did what all goalies should do after seeing last summer – signing early. Don’t get hung out to dry as NHL teams import undrafted Europeans to fill up spots.

 

Also, if you are looking for a new pool manager, check out our friends at hockeydraft.ca. Worth browsing, trust me.

 

The Calder will come down to Grabner, Skinner, and Couture. However, I’d think about giving it to Carlson.

 

There is precident for giving it to a defensman over a scoring forward (Barrett Jackman won over Zetterberg a few years ago). Carlson is playing 22 minutes per game on a strong defensive club, and will hit the 30 point mark.

 

I’d say it is harder to make an impact on defense as a rookie (a position with more responsibilities).

 

Kevin Bieksa is playing for the Canucks on Wednesday. He will likely take the place of Chris Tanev (assuming there are no injuries between now and then….).

 

Dobber is sick today so I am filling in for him with the ramblings.

 

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.

 

Callahan and Dubinsky are such terrific players – both had three points and dominated in all areas of the game against Pittsburgh last night. Speed, grit, skill, defensive presence – very well-rounded in real life (and fantasy hockey with PIM/hits/SOG).

 

Callahan has 14 points in his last nine games.

 

Lundqvist stopped 38 of 40 after sitting out practice. His injury obviously isn't serious, but he was ran a few times in the Montreal game on Friday pretty hard.

 

Artem Anisimov has 10 points in his last 10 games, (and five in his last three).

 

Blake Geoffrion had a hat trick for the Preds last night (in less than 11 minutes of ice time) – he is already a very well rounded player, which helps him fit in to Nashville's system.

 

Five rookies have hat tricks this season (and three of them are against Buffalo, the other two being Grabner and Stepan). Seems to be the season of the hat trick.

 

Speaking of hat tricks, PK Subban turned the trick against Minnesota last night.

 

David Desharnais had three helpers, played almost 19 minutes, and saw a lot of PP time. Great scoop by Dobber a few months ago – I grabbed him and he's been a very s