Fantasy Prospects Report is only 23 days from release – I feel like I'm so far ahead in writing/editing this, but that date is fast approaching…and this is the best one yet – lots of positive feedback on my new 3YP statistic so I added it to the player analysis in this document. There are also about 10% more profiles than ever before!
How did I know Joel Ward was gonna be a playoff stud? Some players just have it written on their face – the gritty, hard-working 40- or 50-point players always seem to find that extra gear in the postseason and become 70-point players (or better). Three points last night gives him 12 in 11 games. He had 29 in 80 games during the season! Seven of his 12 points have come against the Canucks.
What do I keep saying about the Predators and why they are difficult to contain? They have lines that take turns getting hot. Round 1 it was the Fisher/Kostitsyn /Hornqvist line. Round 2 it's the Legwand/Ward /Tootoo line. Yes, yes, I know that Trotz shook things up last night and mix and matched – so Kostitsyn played with Ward and Legwand, while Erat played with Fisher. But the point remains the same.
That being said, it doesn't look like Ryan Kesler will let the Predators win. He has nine points in the five games so far, with eight of them coming in the last three.
Luongo should be buying Kesler dinner. Three times this series, Luongo has faced 23 or fewer shots – the other two games went to overtime. Let's not be clapping Roberto on the back for bouncing back this Round. He hasn't. The team in front of him has been fantastic. I never thought I'd see the day where a great goaltender like Luongo would Chris Osgood his way to a Stanley Cup ring behind a great team.
It's amazing how the NHL works to stop the Green Men from doing what they are doing by limiting their actions (don't touch the glass, and don't do head stands, etc. BUT the NHL will gladly promote the Green Men and their antics on NHL.com.
Rangers signed prospect Roman Horak to an ELC. Horak is ranked 158 on my Fantasy Prospects List after a strong WHL campaign.
The Ducks have signed free agent goaltender Iiro Tarkki from out of Finland. Now their goaltending question marks are answered. I don't know anything about him, other than he will be 26 in the summer and had decent numbers in the SM-liiga (2.44, 0.919). To compare, Niklas Backstrom's last year there was 1.68 and 0.940.
A late-blooming meathead, Kyle Hagel, has punched his way onto an NHL contract. The Blues signed him to a one-year deal after he managed 245 penalty minutes for Rockford of the AHL. After a tame career in college, he started fighting in the ECHL and has been working his way up.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@DobberHockey) probably heard me lashing out at the whiners who knee-jerk complain – after-the-fact – about Philly's decision making. Here are Paul Holmgren's mistakes:
- He signed Michael Leighton without a thorough physical. Had one been properly done, they could have avoided that mistake. Signing a healthy Leighton would have worked, trust me.
- Loyalty to Jeff Carter. Trade Carter last summer and land a top young goalie and possibly a prospect and/or pick. You don't need Carter, you have enough top forwards.
That's it. But that being said, at the trade deadline – with his mistakes decisions having be