July 26, 2011

Dobber Sports

2011-07-26

 

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As a 23-year-old goaltender selected in the Top 5, you knew that Carey Price would be given every opportunity to succeed (in hindsight, why did it surprise anyone that the Habs went with him over Halak?). Now that he's coming off of a 72-game season, the team has seen what he can do when shouldering a heavy workload. So they follow up Alex Auld with Petr Budaj. Just like that, Price is back in a situation where 70 games is likely. Again, he's only 23. Assuming he's healthy for 10 of the next 13 seasons, that works out to 1000 games by the age of 36 and close to 500 wins. He'll be close to the top of my keeper goalie list for a long, long time.

 

The most interested unsigned players left:

Teemu Selanne, Jarkko Ruutu

Cory Stillman

Fernando Pisani, Marty Turco

David Koci

Anton Stralman

Steve Bernier, Sergei Samsonov

Patrick O'Sullivan, Antti Miettinen

Paul Mara – and this name brought back memories: Alexander Perezhogin

JP Dumont – and I didn't know that the Preds gave up on this guy: Mark Santorelli

Jack Hillen

Bryan McCabe

Marek Svatos, Pascal Leclaire

Nik Zherdev, Patrick Thoresen

Petr Prucha, Mike Comrie, Alex Kovalev

Kyle Wellwood

Paul Szczechura

Fabian Brunnstrom

Rob Schremp

 

Some comments

I don't think that Hillen was given a long enough shot. ..I wonder if the Panthers are interested in bringing Mike's brother into the system…I don't think there is a single team in the league now where O'Sullivan would work out…There has to be something wrong with Dumont in terms of his healthy. There has to be a reason why he's not getting a sniff after one bad year…Stralman is still not in his prime, which as a puck-moving d-man should mean that a team in need would give him a one-year deal…I thought Thoresen was returning to the NHL this year? Second in the KHL in both goals and points, he may be the best option on this entire list among forwards, other than Selanne

 

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Davis Payne has coached the Blues to a 61-48-15 record. He has managed to miss the playoffs while the team rebuilds and give the organization great draft picks and not uselessly getting into the postseason for a first-round elimination. Now the team is healthy, other than Perron. They have two future stars who are a year away in Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko. And they have Patrik Berglund, TJ Oshie, Matt D'Agostini and Chris Stewart all entering their fourth season. With a healthy Halak and two of the best puck-movers in the game in Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo, I love this depth chart. Love it. This summer I have been focused on trying to acquire players in my keeper leagues from four teams: Edmonton and St. Louis in the West, and Pittsburgh and the Islanders in the East. All four will be offensive power houses within two seasons (Pittsburgh, if the Big 2 are healthy, are already there now of course).

 

Nabokov has fantasy value as a third goaltender in your league. He should be taken in the final few rounds of a 24-round draft. I don't think he plays a game for the Islanders, but I think he is traded to the first team whose starter goes down with an injury. Depending on that team, and when that injury happens, He could be good for anywhere from 12 to 30 wins – cap it at 30 because I assume the original starter comes back from his injury and the job is given back to him.

 

Zach Parise is a Top 8 fantasy forward own. But do I take him in the first round this year? No. There's always risk and taking a risk in the first round is never smart – to lose out on the risk costs you the win right there. If your first round pick is injured, 99% of the time you lose your league right there. If he slips to the third round, which won't happen, then I scoop him up. But someone in your league will take a chance on him in the Top 15 so let them. He is low ri