January 04, 2012

Dobber Sports

2012-01-04

 

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My first impression of the Russia – Canada game last night was how smart Yakupov was (four assists by the time I stopped watching). My second impression was of what a risky play Ryan Murray made with that pass, followed by a terrible decision to dive to stop a pass that didn't arrive. He ended up knocking his goalie over and reflecting the puck in. At that point, I told my buddy that I would bench him for at least the period, maybe the game. Too jittery. By coincidence or not, the 2012 draftee went on to tip the next two Russian goals in! Anyway, at 5-1 we flipped to the Detroit-Dallas game.

 

Can't blame Canada's goalies, but then again they weren't exactly legendary superstars either. There was an era when Canada pumped out the goaltenders. Quebec was known for that – one after the other, superstar after superstar. These days it seems as though Canada "settles" for their goalie after putting together a killer team in front of him. Let's get some goalies developed again!

 

In one of the meaningless games, when Team USA hammered Latvia, Nick Bjugstad finally showed up, potting five points. Nashville prospect Austin Watson had seven. You can see WJC stats here.

 

Jordie Benn and Jamie Benn assisted on the first Dallas goal, in Jordie's first NHL game. Jamie went on to post three points even though they lost. Jamie has 13 points in his last nine games.

 

Not coincidentally, Alex Goligoski has been back for 12 games. I warned you that he wouldn't get any points in his first two weeks because his hand wasn't fully healed. It seems to be coming around now as he has three points in four games.

 

Also with 12 points in nine games – Michael Ryder.

 

Gustav Nyquist got his first NHL point despite just 9:38 of ice time. More of that to come. The points, not the 9:38.

 

Ian White is on pace for 43 or 44 points, but I'd put a friendly wager on him reaching 50 this season. He's a new man in Detroit, and having Lidstrom at his side is working wonders. If Lidstrom could give him one more year as his partner, I'm convinced he'll be a top fantasy own for years to come. Strong words, I know.

 

Jiri Hudler scored his 11 goal last night. Last year he had 10.

 

Well, the Sabres were impressed with Nate Gerbe's return to action on the weekend so they gave him 17 minutes last night and repaid them with three points and a plus-3. This year or next year – just repeat that mantra with me. I see something in him, and this timeline I haven't wavered from in three years. Just hang in there, you're starting to see results now…

 

So Leino gets hurt and the void is filled BETTER by Gerbe (once he returned). And Ehrhoff gets hurt and the void is filled BETTER by both Jordan Leopold (five points in five games) and Brayden McNabb (four points in two games). Again, I ask the owner – who I love for being so passionate and willing to spend – why did you make the GM sign players