Dobber is taking the week off as he takes a vacation, so you are stuck with me until next Sunday.
Fantasy Guide will be updated today. The Goalie Rankings will be updated tomorrow as well. And then of course there was yesterday's launch of a new iPhone app – Dobber's Draft Buddy.
Please take a moment to weigh in on our Smart Phone vote – looking to see who uses the BB, iPhone, Android, or none of the above. Comments are welcomed/encouraged
A Teemu Selanne update – nothing firm, but looking a little more promising for one more year.
Is Christian Thomas (NYR) the next Jeff Skinner? Blue Shirt Banter takes a look…
Patrick Sharp is now exclusively a center according to Yahoo. This handcuffs me a bit as I was benefitting from having him win me faceoffs from the left wing position. I hope he gets his dual eligibility back soon…
Five questions surrounding the Isles as training camp approaches…
The goaltending situation is very interesting – DiPietro is not reliable at all right now, but he's still under contract for the next decade and a bit. Nabokov, who knows what to expect from him? Montoya played well last year, but the games were meaningless and it is sometimes hard to get an accurate read on players on poor teams down the stretch. Much easier to play when there is nothing on the line.
Getting excited for NHL 12 – here are some first impressions from the demo (I have yet to play). I'll be getting a PS3 and a new TV just for this one (my current 20 inch 1990's model won't cut it any longer).
Some info on little-known Dallas prospect defenseman Brendan Dillon.
"What is interesting about Dillon is that what made him get passed up by NHL teams during the past few drafts was his lack of size, especially as a defenseman playing in the WHL. Yet he was a bit of a late bloomer and the skills he developed in order to succeed as an undersized hockey player are being put to get use now that he’s a big body out on the ice.
When Dillon signed his entry level contract back in March, not much was made of the acquisition here at Defending Big D. We had bigger worries to talk about, especially as the season was lost down the stretch of the season, yet there were some very positive things happening down in Austin once Dillon made his AHL debut.
While he never scored in 10 regular season games, he managed to instantly solidify himself as one of the best and more reliable defensemen on the team. He was used extensively by coach Glen Gulutzan in the first round of the playoffs, as he finished with a plus-1 and two assists in six games. For a player that was never regarded as someone worthy of even being drafted, Dillon certainly made an instant impression on the Dallas Stars and the organization."
Dillon had 59 points in his final WHL season with Seattle last season (and 139 PIM).
Some impact players to watch for from USA Today's Kevin Allen.
Let's hope we will be seeing this magic from Crosby at s