March 14, 2012

Dobber Sports

2012-03-14

 

Evgeni Kuznetsov has told KHL TV that he will be staying in the KHL next year. Probably saw the playing style that the Caps have been implementing these last two years…

 

Nicklas Lidstrom has suffered a setback with his ankle. It sounds like he will shut it down for a week. If I were to guess, I would count on two more weeks of him being sidelined.

 

I’m late with this (rough day – believe it or not, still the fallout from the sick kids of 10 days ago), but I’m sure the fantasy enthusiasts are already on it like Brian Burke on an American college star: Matt Duchene will not play for the Avs tonight, but he will return for the game tomorrow against the Devils, which is well ahead of schedule for him.

 

Here is a great breakdown of the problems that Anaheim is having with signing Justin Schultz, and the likelihood that he will Blake Wheeler his way into unrestricted free agency in the summer. Wheeler was a great prospect – a Top 20 forward prospect, back when he decided to test the waters. Schultz is better than that – he’s Top 10 among defensemen (I have him 11th in the rankings, but plus/minus 5 rating points when you analyze that chart). Teams will be lining up to sign him, and since his salary will be maxed – he’ll sign wherever the hell he wants. He’s from BC, so Canucks fans are salivating over him. Frankly, while that’s certainly an influence, I would guess that he will do what Wheeler did – play where he is guaranteed Top 4 minutes right off the bat. He went to school in Wisconsin, which places him just a few hours from Chicago, St. Louis, Minnesota and even Detroit to an extent. So perhaps one of those teams hold some sway as well – I think you can rule out the depth in the position for St. Louis, Detroit and Chicago. So how much pull will Minnesota have?

 

Also look at former teammates/friends – Stepan, Geoffrion, C. Smith, B. Smith, Gardiner, McDonagh are all former teammates. Anyway, I’m rambling – and I’m probably missing something as I stare at this map. The point is – Anaheim is probably going to be a ‘no’, and Vancouver is the early favorite. Don’t discount the Wild (proximity, ideal depth chart) and the Rangers (two former teammates).

 

Ottawa prospect Jakub Silfverberg was named the MVP of the SEL, as voted by the players. Silfverberg ranks 61 on my Fantasy Prospects List and he has been steadily rising on that list every month since the summer. He will compete for a spot in the fall and could surprise. But he’ll compete with Stephane Da Costa, Nikita Filatov and Mika Zibanajed for what will probably be two spots. My money would be on, at this point, Silfverberg and Zibanajed.

 

The Sens have signed undrafted college star Cole Schneider to a contract. He led the U. of Connecticutt in scoring with 45 points in 38 games. Of the three big college names to sign so far, I’m disappointed that I only caught one of them in my Midseason Guide. Oh well, 12 to go – they’re signing them quickly now!

 

The San Jose Sharks have signed Sebastian Stalberg (Viktor’s brother), an undrafted player at the University of Vermont. He led them in scoring this past season, and his points have improved in each of his three seasons there.

 

With PA Parenteau out, Kyle Okposo saw over 20 minutes of ice time for the first time in a month. He responded with a couple of points, lining up with Tavares and Moulson.

 

In the last two games, Travis Hamonic – who was supposed to be a great pickup this year – has five points and 12 PIM. The first time this year that he's had back to back multi-point games.

 

In the last 14 games, Dmitry Orlov has nine points and is plus-8. John Carlson has three point