March 14, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-03-13

 

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The Canucks need to add a center at the deadline – here are a few of the options.

 

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My fantasy hockey mailbag is open for business until Saturday. Ask all of your questions here.

 

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An important read on the concussion epidemic that we are slowly finding more and more about, from Ross Bonander over at the Hockey Writers.

 

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Ilya Bryzgalov stunk last night, and after a strong January and early February his play has regressed in a huge way. Oh, and Sergei Bobrovsky was just named NHL player of the week in Columbus.

 

Briere and Gagne were a combined minus-6 in a combined 20 minutes of ice time. Not good, in case you were wondering.

 

Jake Voracek had two points and was a lone bright spot for the Flyers – he isn't showing any signs of slowing down.

 

Andrei Loktionov scored a beauty of a goal, and he was great for the most part outside of that, too. For a 5th round pick, the Devils landed what looks like a future top six center. And you wonder about the other NHL teams looking for more scoring? A 5th round pick – I don't have the numbers handy, but I'd wager getting a player who suits up for even one game in the NHL is somewhere around 10-15% (at the best).

 

Adam Henrique was dominant with two goals and a helper – his game is really rounding into form as he was clearly still dealing with lingering wrist issues after coming back from the injury.

 

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In case you were waiting for the Canadiens to crash back to earth, don't get your hopes up. Montreal is the real deal – great goaltending, balanced offense, and a solid mix of skill and physicality on the back end.

 

Oh, and they have arguably the best goalie in the game manning the net.

 

PK Subban played 30 minutes and had two points, and he is starting to emerge as one of the top defensemen in the league – how quickly his contract dispute gets forgotten. Good on Montreal for keeping him – he is a game-changing defenseman in so many ways.

 

Lars Eller added a goal as well as a team-leading seven shots on goal. He adds an important element up the middle for Montreal – size and grit.

 

Patrick Wiercioch is a player I'd be looking to target in all keeper leagues – tons of skill, plays with poise, doesn't make rookie mistakes. For a 6-4 defenseman he moves really well. Tons of offensive upside.

 

Silfverberg and Zibanejad were both very good last night as well – two terrific young talents who don't look overmatched in the NHL.

 

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Jordan Schroeder had two points last night in his first game back in the AHL. He played well in Vancouver but hit a bit of a rookie wall. He'll be back.

 

The Canucks will be calling up Steve Pinizzotto soon. He makes for a solid depth option for hits and PIM – he has had a very successful AHL career as a grinder/agitator. And he can throw 'em, too:

 

 

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A good read on the ailing Vancouver power play – time to change things up, according to Thomas Drance.

 

The issue at hand appears to be a combination of luck and the club’s offensive zone execution, which hasn’t been that good. The team’s systems are fine to my eyes and are especially potent in transition, even against really good penalty-killing teams like the Kings, Blue Jackets and Sharks. It looks to me like far from