The panel picks for the Cup Final are coming tomorrow.
Good morning! The Fantasy Prospects Report is released in three days. You know you want it!
Oops, I guess rereading it, it kind of does look as though I place some value in the KHL-Huberdeau thing. What I meant to say was rather than 0% chance, perhaps it is actually a 0.001% chance.
The KHL draft was held yesterday. They generally draft Russian players, of course, but occasionally they will place dibs on Canadian, American or Swedish players if the team thinks there is an outside shot that they can convince the player to cross the pond. I was very interested to see that one team took Jonathan Huberdeau fifth overall. That is a very high pick to waste on a player who is not coming over… so the team would have to have some reason for the pick.
Other drafted players of note: Landeskog, the younger Granlund, Jarnkrok, R. Murphy, Strom, McNeill, Couturie – drafted in that order (but in the later rounds)
An older column, but Chesnokov reports that Jagr is only talking to KHL teams, according to Jagr's agent.
The Hurricanes plan to shop for a backup goalie for Cam Ward. Justin Peters will play in the AHL next year and battle Mike Murphy for the starting role.
Houston and Binghamton are deadlocked at a game apiece in the AHL Calder Cup Final. The leading scorer of the postseason is Binghamton's Ryan Potulny, a long-time Dobber favorite who is getting Lonny Bohonos'ed out of the NHL. He's made the AHL his bitch, and his stint in Edmonton to me was a good one. I also think he was a solid and promising prospect in Philadelphia who was moved because there was no room for him there. One piece of bad luck after another, and were it not for a bounce here or a bounce there, he could be a second-line NHL player today. Now? Journeyman forever.
The top scorer for Houston is Patrick O'Sullivan, who is probably following Potulny down the same path. One the biggest and most surprising declines in my fantasy hockey history, ranking right up there with Alexander Daigle, Kevin Stevens and Jonathan Cheechoo.
I know that Jacob Markstrom's debut North American season was unimpressive, but take a look at his monthly stats breakdown, courtesy of Litter Box Cats. I just see that SP improving after a brutal two months:
October 4-5-0, 3.33 GAA, .891 SV%
November 3-5-0, 4.05 GAA, .868 SV%
December 4-4-0, 2.37 GAA, .930 SV%
January 5-5-1, 2.32 GAA, .929 SV%
February 0-1-0, 3.04 GAA, .909 SV%
Here are some interesting CHL Award Winners:
Prospect of the year – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (profiled in the Fantasy Prospects Report and No.1 on Matt Bugg's Mock Draft)
Top Scorer – Linden Vey, LA Kings prospect, also profiled.
Scholastic Player of the Year – Dougie Hamilton, another 2011 draftee who is fully profiled in the FPR.
Rookie of the Year – Nail Yakupov, a possible first overall pick for 2012.
Goalie of the Year – Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota Wild prospect who is profiled by Justin Goldman in the FPR and he appears on both Justin and my own charts (keeper league goalies to own).
Defenseman of the year – Ryan Ellis, Nashville prospect, also profiled of course.
Tonight's Memorial Cup Final – Saint John (featuring Jonathan Huberde