April 06, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-04-05

 

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Don’t forget to check out DobberBaseball – I used the draft guide thoroughly this year, as it was my first year in about 10 years playing fantasy baseball. The Kershawshank Redemption is off to a great start in 2013 (in case you were wondering).

 

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Brandon Pirri (Chicago prospect) had three points last night for Rockford and is now sixth in AHL scoring. I could see him settling in as a 45-50 point second line NHLer in his prime, if all goes well.

 

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Check out DobberHockey’s Studs & Duds from Friday.

 

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Brandon Dubinsky had no points and was a minus-2, but he won 16 faceoffs and played close to 20 minutes. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him set career numbers next year. He has a ton of skill but got buried a bit in New York (especially after he moved to left wing).

 

Jay Bouwmeester had two helpers for the Blues, and he only played 24 minutes. Not many other NHL players could you say that about (“only” 24 minutes of ice time).

 

David Backes scored a goal – he’s been very underwhelming offensively this season – I’d look to buy low if possible. His roto value is crazy – he is consistently a top 10 forward in my league (with hits and PIM).

 

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Rick Nash scored a goal and had seven shots on net – he was a beast last night for the Rangers. Tortorella is really riding him right now (22+ minutes of ice time), and he is making the most of his opportunities.

 

Ryan McDonagh is a top 10 NHL defenseman, and he showed it last night. 28 minutes of rock solid defense, and the Rangers controlled the play whenever he was out on the ice.

 

Jussi Jokinen scored a goal for the Pens – 15 minutes of ice time, and he will continue to play center if he keeps winning faceoffs like he did last night (he lost only two of the 15 he attempted).

 

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Cory Conacher had zero points in 14 minutes of ice time in his Ottawa debut – he created some chances with his speed and hands. I think the move to Ottawa will be good for him, as he probably would have gotten buried in Tampa with their impressive collection of young talent (Ottawa also has a ton of good young players too, but Conacher has a better shot at finding a permanent home there).

 

Speaking of impressive young talent – Mika Zibanejad had two helpers, and Jakob Silfverberg had an assist and seven shots on goal. Those two Swedes are going to lead Ottawa’s offense for many years to come. Both play NHL games – very different players, but very good at what they do.

 

I made the point on Twitter yesterday – is Bryan Murray the best GM in hockey? He hasn’t been perfect, but the moves lately… wow. Trades, signings, and draft picks are all working out Ottawa’s way. He has a great read on his team.

 

Luke Adam, who at one time was a young offensive stud in Buffalo, scored a goal last night (10 minutes of ice time). He will see some minutes down the stretch as the Sabres will want to take inventory with what they have.

 

Brian Flynn had a goal in 16 minutes of ice time for the Sabres (more than Hodgson). Could be a nice waiver wire move for the final few weeks of the season.

 

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Kris Letang is expected to play Tuesday against the ‘Canes.

 

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The point has been made before – advanced stats/analysis are great, but they need to be taught or explained in a way that people can understand (and that directly correlates to success).