Dobber: My picks on Puck Daddy can be found here.
Quick breakdown of my series predictions:
WSH in 4 – Tampa Bay has a great goaltender, but their defense is too slow to contain Washington’s deep attack. The Bolts barely survived against a decimated Penguins squad.
BOS in 7 – I don’t like Boston’s offense, but I like it better than Brian Boucher. Flip a coin here. Philly could take the series over if Tim Thomas doesn’t shine.
VAN in 7 – If Luongo plays as well as Rinne, I like Vancouver’s chances. Nashville needs a big series from the Klein defensive pairing.
DET in 7 – Went safe with all the game seven picks. Another series tough to call. San Jose’s lack of depth on defense scares me against the Wings, even if Zetterberg isn’t 100%.
James van Riemsdyk led all NHL players in shots on goal in the first round (43). He was probably Philadelphia’s best forward as well. We could be witnessing his coming out party.
Dobber: The Fantasy Prospects Report is now available for presale. I’ve also set up this year’s Keeper League Fantasy Pack and the ‘C’ version of the Ultimate Fantasy Pack. As I pound through this FPR, I’m getting pretty pumped – not only are we doing 10% more prospects, and not only are we incorporating my new 3YP projection stat… but with two more writers on board, the opinions get more focused and to me that’s a good thing.
The panel’s picks for Round 2 will be posted later on this morning.
Dallas first rounder and blue chip goalie prospect Jack Campbell was absolutely ventilated in the OHL playoffs last night, allowing 10 goals on 35 shots. Why was he left in there?
Dwayne Roloson does it again – 36 saves for the shutout in game seven. Doesn't get any more clutch than that. He wasn't facing Pittsburgh's top guns, but they still have some talent and Roloson absolutely slammed the door shut. He has Washington's number too, so it should be interesting to see if he can steal a game or two for the Bolts.
Norris nominations – Weber, Lidstrom, and Chara. I would have included Yandle and Visnovsky over Chara and Weber, but that may just be me. I love Weber (both in fantasy and real life), but he isn't even the best defenseman on his team many nights. He's bigger, stronger, and better offensively than Suter, but I like Suter's positioning and consistency more.
I absolutely love PK Subban. He oozes individuality (in a good way). He was all over the ice last night – diving for loose pucks, scoring a huge goal, delivering massive hits, and skating miles and miles. He is already Montreal's best defenseman (and arguably best skater)… the upside is immense. It is going to be a lot of fun watching him develop.