April 15, 2011

Jeff Angus

2011-04-15

 

Saturday’s ramblings will be posted at approximately 9:30am EST. Had a late night celeberating the Vancouver win!

 

My fantasy mailbag is open all day!

 

Pretty big news – Carolina has signed defensive standout Justin Faulk to an entry level contract. Faulk has a lot of offensive upside. He’ll need a full AHL year before making the leap, but he projects to be a very good defenseman.

 

With Andrej Sekera out, Chris Butler played close to 27 minutes last night. Buffalo keeps finding these gems on the back end. Butler was a healthy scratch for a large chunk of the season, but he played himself out of the doghouse.

 

His offensive upside isn’t huge, but he should be on your radar if your league values 25-30 point defensemen with decent peripherals.

 

Nino Niederreiter is having a strong playoff run in the WHL – he has 17 points in only eight games. I don’t think he posseses elite offensive upside, but with his size, strength, and skill, he is a sure bet to become a very solid top six winger (25-30 goals, 60+ points).

 

The April edition of our Top 100 Roto Players is out. Check the PDF out.

 

Last night could have been Dany Heatley’s best game since coming to San Jose. He made several great defensive plays. That’s right – Dany Heatley spent some time in his own zone, and looked very good doing it.

 

Why did Alex Edler make my top 10 keeper league defensemen list? Read this. Or this.

 

Tim Thomas made 18 saves last night, and Montreal's players blocked 19 shots.

 

Carey Price was sensational last night for the Habs, stopping all 31 shots he faced. Picking the under on the betting lines for any of these games is easy money right now.

 

Buffalo won a low scoring contest against Philly – both goalies were very good. I was really impressed by Buffalo's third line of Gerbe-Gaustaud-Kaleta. Gerbe was flying all game long.

 

Marc-Andre Gragnani assisted on Kaleta's goal and had a solid game. I mentioned him yesterday – lots of offensive upside for a defenseman, and he seems to by flying under the radar (for now).

 

A huge blow for the Sharks – Ian White left the game after being smoked from behind by Jarrett Stoll last night.

 

Drew Doughty and Willie Mitchell had a great game against San Jose's top line, but Logan Couture made Doughty look silly on a goal.

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Ryane Clowe had three helpers for the Sharks.

 

Chicago has recalled a bunch of players from their AHL affiliate, including Jeremy Morin. Does Morin draw in? Dave Bolland isn't close, and it doesn't sound like Tomas Kopecky will be playing tonight either.

 

Apparently Morin is only one game away from buring a year off of his entry l