One more point about the Prospects Report – as a poolie who uses a one-to-three year window to build my team, I absolutely love the 3YP (best three seasons of production) number that has been added to the guides this year.
The upside number is good and all, but often times players will take four or five (or six) years to get there, and often times they never do (hence the percentages). Way too long to wait for in a pool, unless you are extremely patient and enjoy losing. Having a tangible upside for the short/medium term makes it easier to rate and compare prospects across the board.
Writing/researching for the guide also helps me a lot in my own pools – to those of you in the UFP – watch out for me at the draft this summer!
Brad Richards must be licking his chops this summer. I took a look at the free agent crop for forwards… Thin doesn’t even begin to describe it. The Rangers seem like the obvious fit, and they love to overpay for centers. Only difference is Richards is considered a top line center. Would have huge ramifications for Gaborik, Stepan, Anisimov, Callahan…. the entire team.
Do the Sabres take a run at Richards? They have money to spend, but he (rumors, at least) wants to play in a big market. Would slide Roy to line two and Ennis to the wing full time.
Torontonians – looking for your vote/feedback on the possible date of an event. We will be celebrating the acquisition of Goalie Post sometime in mid-June and you’re all invited to join myself (Dobber), Justin Goldman and Goalie Post’s Jeff Hillen. I’m sure there will be a couple of other writers there as well, but I can’t confirm any until I confirm a date.
Thank you everyone for the kind words and well wishes. Baby, toddler and mommy are all doing well!
Buffalo has signed Kootenay defenseman Brayden McNabb to an entry level contract. I’ve mentioned him a few times on here – drafted as a defensive/two-way defenseman, but his production exploded in 2010-11.
He’ll probably need a year in the AHL, but he isn’t all that far off from NHL action.
Another recently signed prospect to watch – Christian Thomas of the Rangers. Christian is the son of Steve. He’s got an elite shot and is a pure goalscorer. He’s got a good set of genes too.
Reports are coming out of Russia stating that Nik Zherdev attacked his wife and her car with a metal pipe yesterday in an apparent act of domestic violence. What a bizarre situation.
As per his agent, Evgeni Nabokov will report to training camp with the Islanders this fall. They still have his rights for another year. They probably would trade him because of any potential bad blood among his teammates, but they could also use a veteran presence in goal.
Gordie Howe hat trick for Bieksa last night. He has been a rock all postseason long. Could be pricing himself out of Vancouver’s range if he keeps playing this well, but I doubt the team cares at the moment. Bieksa had a monster fantasy season back in 2006-07, and still has the potential to be a 40-point, 125-150 PIM defenseman with solid peripherals.
He doesn’t get a ton of PP time on the Canucks, but they have an offensive system at even strength. It remains to be seen if another situation would benefit his production more.