April 20, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-04-19

 

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Putting together my sixth annual Prime Cuts roster, which I will be releasing in the coming weeks. Details here, and I’d love to see some submissions too!

 

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Nashville winger Bobby Butler has four points in his last four games. Hey… somebody has to score.

 

Victor Bartley had two helpers for the Preds – he has very quietly been rock solid on the back end as a rookie. Limited upside, but the Predators have found another solid (and cheap) defender internally.

 

Two assists and 14 faceoff wins for Mr. Toews. May he be meeting Mr. Hart in a few months?

 

Bryan Bickell has points in four of his last six games. The Hawks have done a great job developing him – he’s outworked much higher profile (and more talented) prospects – Kyle Beach and Jeremy Morin, most notably. Bickell plays a hard, physical game, but he knows his way around the offensive zone.

 

Players like him are crucial to the success of teams like Chicago with a significant amount of cap space allocated to a few assets.

 

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The two Alberta teams both won last night, worsening their respective draft positions. At this point, Oilers fans are probably sick of cheering for draft-related losses, though.

 

Justin Schultz had two assists in less than 17 minutes of ice time. He’s a phenomenal talent but the Oilers didn’t surround him with enough help on the back end. He’s been overwhelmed defensively at times.

 

Jordan Eberle had a great game – three points, and he was dangerous all night with the puck on his stick.

 

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I don’t think Mikael Backlund will ever have 17 PIM in an NHL game again, but it did happen last night. No points though.

 

Roman Horak scored a goal – he played over 18 minutes, and won 10 faceoffs. He’ll get a lot of ice time during the final week.

 

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I hate that feeling when you check the box score of a high scoring game knowing that you don’t own many/any players on either team….

 

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The Ryan Miller era is coming to an end with a massive thud. Miller was yanked after giving up four goals on 14 shots (although Enroth didn’t do much better, allowing four goals in 15 shots).

 

The Rangers and Sabres combined for a whopping x goals.

 

Carl Hagelin scored a goal – his first point in three games. He’s been great this season, but the production has dropped off a bit as of late (although his earlier pace was unsustainable).

 

Rick Nash has five points in his last two games – he has been in beast mode over the past few games (and for a lot of the season). Love watching him play when he “brings it.” No one in the league (Ovechkin, maybe) can match his size/skill combination.

 

Derek Stepan continues his strong season. May he find his way onto my 2013 Prime Cuts roster?

 

Brad Richards has been supbar this season (especially relative to salary and expectation), but he had a hat trick last night, and has five points in his last two games. Turning his game around just in time? Or is it too late for the Rangers?

 

Mark Pysyk scored his first career NHL goal for the Sabres. He played just under 20 minutes on the back end (third behind the following two guys).

 

Andrej Sekera and Christian Ehrhoff were a combined minus-10. Not bad at Augusta….

 

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Lost in a mess of a season – the stellar play of PA Parenteau in Colorado. The best UFA signing from last summer? He’s been a top line stud/star and has helped Matt Duchene find his scoring touch once ag