December 24, 2011

Jeff Angus

2011-12-24

 

Happy Holidays to all of our readers. I’ll have some rambling updates throughout the day when I get a chance to pop on the computer. Feel free to comment away if you want me to add anything in.

 

Not really a sleeper or an unknown prospect any more, but these WJC will be Jaden Schwartz’s coming out party. Reminds me of Parise – an elite combination of skill and work ethic. He could be the game breaking forward that the Blues so desperately need (the odds are great that one of him or Tarasenko becomes a very, very good NHL player).

 

The LA Kings scored only one goal last night, and are the lowest scoring NHL club. So shocking with the amount of talent they have both at forward and defense.

 

I wish I got to see John Carlson play more. Such a well-rounded defenseman. Played almost 28 minutes last night in all situations. He’s Washington’s top defenseman and has been their best player on many nights.

 

Kurtis Foster had an assist and saw almost four minutes of PP time for the Devils. He’ll get the bulk of the PP minutes as no other defensemen have done anything to stand out in that role.

 

Brian Elliott stopped 24 of 26 shots – an important game for him after Halak got the win in his last start. Elliott’s run is impressive, but he has to come crashing back to earth at some point, no? I flipped Pacioretty for him in a one-year league earlier in the week (tired of Ward killing my fantasy dreams each week).

 

Speaking of Ward… he allowed one goal and got the win. A Christmas miracle?!

 

Pittsburgh played a stifling defensive game against Winnipeg yesterday, thanks in part to the return of Zbynek Michalek, one of the better defensive defensemen in the game. His return boosts the fantasy value of Fleury, as well as most of the other Pens (except for the defenseman who loses a roster spot). Michalek isn’t flashy but he moves the puck way better than most shutdown defensemen.

 

Weiss isn’t expected to play when Florida takes on Toronto on December 27th. Out with an upper body injury.

 

Watched most of the Toronto/Long Island game last night. My thoughts:

 

James Reimer looks uncomfortable in net. He was spitting out awful rebounds all game long, but the Isles didn’t really take advantage until it was too late.

 

Speaking of the Isles – their puck moving is horrendous. Seems like their strategy was random dump ins and point shots, hoping for a fluke bounce. Okposo was uninspired. Grabner was fast but didn’t do much else. Moulson looked pretty good, but he was probably the only impressive forward. The defense is a mess.

 

I’d consider Streit a solid buy low candidate right now if only for the fact that he is way too talented to continue on a five-goal, 45-point pace.

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Not much to report from Calgary/Vancouver – awful hockey game between two teams that looked like they had already dipped in to the egg nog. Luongo was really good save for a weak second goal. Leland Irving was fantastic for the Flames, especially in the third period. Big and fast – looked