December 19, 2011

Dobber Sports

2011-12-19

 

The final week before Christmas, but you have to wait nearly three weeks to get the present you REALLY want. Dobber's fifth annual Midseason Fantasy Guide – out January 6 with a special addendum update for January 13.

 

Patrik Elias missed practice today with an illness. How he’ll be tomorrow for the game will depend on how he feels tomorrow of course.

 

Today’s Puck Daddy article is here.

 

Tomas Vanek missed practice today with an undisclosed injury. MA Gragnani actually practiced as a forward.

 

Of minor consequence fantasy-wise for this season, but Dallas prospect Philip Larsen was injured Saturday and left the game. He is day to day with a LBI.

 

Since the Devils took Adam Larsson off of the power play, he's been doing very well, with four points in his last six games. Go figure. And he was on a roll before the PP decision was made too – he had five points in eight games prior to the above run and three of those points came on the PP. Talk about rewarding success. But anyway, with the pressure off, he's still performing. Eventually, DeBoer will have to put him back on, as he is producing. But Kurtis Foster has two points in three games (both came on Saturday) with the Devils, and DeBoer has been going with four forwards.

 

Adam Henrique has a point in each of the games that he played since Travis Zajac returned. He has averaged about 18:30 in ice time, which is down about 30 seconds or so. Zajac, meanwhile, clocked in around 15:30 in those two contests.

 

Add Sean Couturier's name to the list of concussions. Sorry – "head injuries". He left Saturday's game, and as Nichols noted later yesterday he was in hospital overnight. Matt Read gets leaned on a little more, as well he should…

 

After his two points on Saturday, I compare Jason Williams' situation to that of Brett Sterling. I don't believe he's as talented or as deserving of an NHL top six spot as Sterling was… but I'm referring to the production that will mean nothing in the end. Williams could get six goals and nine points in 11 games, but if everyone else is healthy he goes back to the AHL. Remember last year when Sterling had five points in five games and then players returned to health? He was playing too well to be sent down, so they gave him four minutes of ice time for a couple of games and then, when he went pointless in those games they could justify the demotion a little easier. That's life on the outskirts of the NHL – it's all about bounces, contract details and the depth chart when you're not established.

 

As a fantasy owner I am disappointed that Sutter is the new coach of the Kings. But I've had some time to think about it and I have to admit – the discipline that he brings will turn a lot of L's into W's. And that's what matters in hockey.

 

Torrey Mitchell has played the last two games with Pavelski and Thornton. But if he keeps putting up goose eggs this won't last for much longer. Something to watch, anyway.

 

The Caps have sent Cody Eakin to the minors.

 

PM Bouchard and Mikko Koivu practiced yesterday, but neither wil