January 19, 2012

Jeff Angus

2012-01-19

 

The Preds claimed winger Brandon Yip off of waivers from Colorado. After a promising stretch of play two years ago, he’s been a disappointment for the Avs. Yip couldn’t beat out the likes of Kobasew, Porter, and Van Der Gulik for ice time.

 

He now becomes one of many third/fourth line wingers in Nashville. I wouldn’t say this changes his fantasy value at all. Perhaps a short-term boost if the team wants to see if he can play a scoring role for them. A low risk move for the Preds.

 

As per Dobber’s tweet today – Kyle Palmieri has 36 goals in his last 37 AHL games. Wow.

 

How about them apples? Peter Mueller had two goals and a helper last night – he also had five shots on goal, in just under 20 minutes of ice time. GREAT to see. He is a fantastic offensive talent. Glad I have three IR spots in one of my leagues, he’s been camping out there for a long, long time.

 

Not a great night for Mike Smith – the red hot Ducks thrashed him for six goals on only 21 shots. Multi-point games of note – Visnovsky, Bonino, Cogliano, Jason Blake (hot streak starting?), and Beauchemin (two goals and a helper).

 

Dobber’s Midseason Guide was released January 6 and then an addendum was added Friday the 13th, get it here.  Prospects, second-half projections, the trading block – and so much more.

 

When do the panic moves start in Buffalo? Jhonas Enroth got the start last night, and was shelled for six goals.

 

Toews scored his 25th and 26th goals of the season – more than making up for Pat Kane's shortcomings in the scoring department.

 

Pominville scored the only two Buffalo goals – he and Vanek are the only two Sabres really doing anything over the past while. So much talent, so little to show for it.

 

Rookie Jimmy Hayes continues his strong play – two points in less than 10 minutes of ice time. Really good skater for someone his size (6'5").

 

Rookie Andrew Shaw also had two points, but he played over 20 minutes (including almost four on the PP). Talk about seizing the opportunity… Huge short-term buy recommendation.

 

Shaw had 54 points and 135 PIM last year in the OHL, and scored 12 goals in only 33 AHL games this season before getting the call up.

 

Michal Neuvrith had a great game, stopping all 31 shots he faced. A rare start for him as the Caps wanted to give the red hot Vokoun a rest. Vokoun is a notorious second half monster too… Neuvirth will likely go back to waiting around for another start.

 

Mathieu Perreault scored for the Caps last night – he played about six minutes. Seems right.

 

It probably won't happen for a few years, but John Carlson could make his way into darkhorse Norris talk if the Caps make a run down the stretch. He plays tough minutes every game and makes few mistakes, while contributing offensively as well (on pace for 10 goals, 40+ points).

 

Should Cody Hodgson be playing more?

 

"Despite Hodgson’s power-play proficiency, when Sami Salo went down with a concussion, Vigneault elevated Alex Burrows – who has never been a power-play producer really – to the first unit. Burrows has manned the right point despite being a left-handed shooter, more well known for potting garbage goals than the velocity on his slap-shot."

 

Harrison Mooney from Puck