October 12, 2011

Dobber Sports

2011-10-12

 

The Fantasy Guide and Draft List are updated up to Friday, October 7. Hope you enjoyed this year's (sixth) edition. I'm thrilled with the content – better than ever. Also happy with the projections – I took fewer risks, only necessary ones, and I think in the end reeling it back in benefits everyone.

 

Nikita Filatov a healthy scratch. And so it begins…

 

Four points in two games last week were enough to earn Tampa prospect Carter Ashton the AHL player-of-the-week honors. A solid outing this season should get him on the team next year.

 

Anaheim prospect Emerson Etem was WHL’s player of the week.

 

I would just be guessing here, based on this, but I am thinking we’ll see Dustin Jeffrey back in the PIT lineup by early next week.

 

Some Preds updates – Martin Erat was not in practice yesterday and is still day-to-day with a UBI (they won’t say “back”). And Mike Fisher has still not been cleared for contact.

 

The Blues plucked Taylor Chorney off of waivers. I’m not sure he’ll get the shot that he needs to succeed there, but for now this move keeps Ian Cole in the minors. This covers off Carlo Colaiacovo, who didn’t take long to get himself on the IR (concussion concerns).

 

Toronto prospect Greg McKegg was named the OHL player of the week on the strength of a six-assist game last week. He’ll get a long look next fall, but will likely be two years away.

 

The Preds have claimed Brian McGrattan off of waivers and placed Zach Stortini on them. I think the Preds won’t be going with a tough guy this season – or perhaps like they had with Wade Belak, in which they dress the enforcer for a game here or there when needed. The team is deep in skill and they’ll set their game around that.

 

Jochen Hecht has been cleared for contact, but the guy who has been playing in his place – Luke Adam – has been kicking too much ass to be taken out. So who goes? That’s the million dollar question, but if you own a bubble player on this team, be worried. Like I said – Adam is NHL ready and I didn’t understand the need to sign Ville Leino.

 

David Krejci suffered an undisclosed injury in practice and will not play tonight. He may not travel with the team this weekend, either.

 

Remarkably, the Hurricanes will probably continue to scratch McBain, Joslin and Murphy, going with Faulk. I really like Faulk and his future in fantasy hockey, but it’s really rough on a young player to start a career minus-6 in three games. And if plays and goes minus-2 again, it certainly won’t help.

 

Corey Crawford “should be alright” to get the start Thursday. Great news for Crawford owners as the last thing he needs is to open the door a tiny bit for Ray Emery kick through.

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David Rundblad got into his first NHL game, played 21 minutes and was a minus-1. He saw time on the second PP unit (2:50) and had three shots on goal. I would say ‘very encouraging’ looking at the stats, but I didn’t see the game (early bed for me – was still kinda recovering).

 

Crosby owners – figure on four weeks. What a roller-coaster ride. It looked promising by the end of training camp, but we (I) should have known better. They are taking their time with it and making sure. So once he's cleared for contac