January 28, 2012

Jeff Angus



Jason Arbuthnot here. A new Frozen Pool tool has just been released! It’s a tool that allows you to quickly identify Hot and Cold streaks while showing points collected in the last 3-12 games for every player!  The new tool can be found here


An interesting/troubling development from Pittsburgh – Crosby has been diagnosed with a fracture in his cervical vertabrae. Read more on it here.


“Crosby’s concussion, stemming from a collision with Dave Steckel in the 2011 Winter Classic and a hit from behind by Victor Hedman, kept him out of action for 11 months. He returned on Nov. 21, 2011, scoring four points against the New York Islanders. He played eight games and tallied 12 points before leaving the Penguins’ lineup with concussion symptoms.

Crosby visited chiropractic neurology specialist Ted Carrick, who assisted in his previous recovery, and then traveled to California to visit Dr. Robert S. Bray, a neurological spine specialist. That visit with Bray was out of the ordinary in Crosby’s rehab, as he’s an renowned expert in “neurological spine surgery” rather than concussion rehab.”


How the hell did the doctors miss this?


No timetable for a return to skating for either Briere or van Riemsdyk, according to the Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. Both have concussions.


I mentioned Cory Conacher a few months ago in my 15 Prime Cuts, but he deserves another mention. He’s leading all AHL rookies in scoring. Conacher is only 5’8″, but he has a ton of skill and a great work ethic. He has 24 goals and 47 points through 43 games this year in Norfolk.


He’s gritty for his size, too. It is only a matter of time until an NHL team gives him a look. I know many undersized, skilled AHL forwards don’t adapt to the NHL successfully, but Conacher doesn’t rely exclusively on his skill to succeed. He plays bigger than his size, like many other successful undersized forwards.


Here’s a good read on Conacher from back in September, written by recent DobberNation guest Erik Erlendsson.


“Conacher has been one of the biggest surprises of training camp and earned his way into the lineup Wednesday for Tampa Bay’s preseason game against St. Louis at Amway Center. Conacher has been such a presence to this point, he was rewarded by skating alongside center Steven Stamkos and St. Louis, a boyhood idol.

“He’s the exact same player as me, I guess you could say. He’s small, he’s got a powerful stride, he’s quick, he’s smart and he’s played so many years in the NHL, so it’s clear how good of a player he is and I look up to a guy like that,” Conacher said.”


There are many good comeback stories this year…. but it is hard to beat Lupul’s.