April 07, 2011

Jeff Angus

2011-04-07

 

The Leafs have signed prospect Greg McKegg to an entry-level contract. McKegg led Erie (OHL) in scoring with 49 goals and 92 points this past season. He was picked in the 3rd round of the 2010 Entry Draft.

 

Geno Malkin managed to avoid surgery on his MCL (his ACL was still operated on). Sounds like his recovery is ahead of schedule. He won’t be back until next season but should have time before camp to skate and exercise hard.

 

The NHL’s fake season is upon us. Great column with fantasy hockey implications.

 

Alex Edler is playing tonight for the Canucks. Dan Hamhuis will be ready for game one of the playoffs.

 

Vancouver’s potential defensive group for game one: Hamhuis-Bieksa, Ehrhoff-Edler, Ballard-Salo. First time all season all six have been healthy. Formidable to say the least.

 

Mike Green will be back before round one kicks off, but Dennis Wideman won’t. The Capitals aren’t anticipating a return from Wideman at any point during the first round.

 

Some potential Finnish free agents who could have a fantasy impact in 2011-12…

 

Michael Grabner scored two goals last night – 32 and 33 on the season. Florida’s leading scorer David Booth had a goal (his 23rd). Just saying…

 

When exactly did Rick DiPietro steal Dan Cloutier’s helmet?


Henrik Zetterberg left the game with a lower body injury last night. He won’t play in either of Detroit’s final two games… no word on his return for the postseason.

 

The year of the hat trick continues… Corey Perry continues his assault on the NHL with three (the third being his 50th of the season). Rocket Richard is sewn up, he is chasing down Daniel Sedin for the Art Ross, and he has probably leapfrogged his way above Sedin for the Hart as well.

 

Anaheim's top players are peaking at the right time – if Jonas Hiller can return soon, the Ducks could play sleeper once again in the postseason.

 

As a hockey fan, I'd love to see an Anaheim/San Jose first round match up.

 

Good news for the Hawks (and poolies) – Patrick Sharp returned to the lineup last night after missing seven with a knee injury

 

Scott Clemmensen recorded the loss for Florida last night – his fourth consecutive start. Tomas Vokoun has been out with a back injury.

 

Mattias Tedenby's rookie season hasn't been all that impressive from a statistical standpoint, but he has shown flashes of offensive skills each game. He'll be a regular in New Jersey next year, as will fellow Swede Jacob Josefsen.

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Depending what happens with Parise, the Devils could slide the two rookies alongside Ilya Kovalchuk on the second line.

 

Worst NHL player of the year award – Nikolai Khabibulin?

 

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