April 28, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-04-28



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Angus here – stellar debut today from Thom Drance – and my fantasy mailbag is open for a few days.


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Buy the Playoff Draft List here. Updated through this morning – expect an update this evening after the match-ups are finalized, and any key injury notes will be updated through Tuesday. Basically, download the list again when you are ready to finalize your own list.


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Hey Dobber Hockey readers. I’m Thomas Drance and I’ll be taking over the Sunday ramblings slot around here going forward. I’m really excited to be joining the team, I’m a long-time reader of the site, I use the Frozen Pool tools all the time in my work and I’ve been working with Jeff Angus over at my most regular haunt CanucksArmy.com for the past couple of years. So, yeah, in terms of my credentials I’m the managing editor over at CanucksArmy.com, I write a weekly hockey column for Vice Canada, and you can also find my writing frequently at Canucks.com and at the Sporting News (TSN.com – the #1 name in hockey!).


In the past I’ve covered games for the Vancouver Province and I covered the 2012 NHL Draft for the Vancouver Sun as well. So that’s my Coles Notes writing resume, but really I’m just a guy who writes math-y fancy-stats takes about the Canucks while getting myself out to a variety of Ontario rinks as often as my schedule will allow to cover games. I also like dark beer and hot sauce.


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The big news on Saturday night in the hockey world? Joe Nieuwendyk is out as Dallas Stars General Manager, and Jim Nill – long time Red Wings assistant General Manager – will replace him. Nieuwendyk seemed to me to be improving as a General Manager after a rocky start to his tenure. I for one really liked what he did at the trade deadline in stockpiling puck-moving defensive prospects, loved the Ribeiro trade (Cody Eakin is a stud) and think he nailed the Radek Faksa pick. Ultimately when you’re the General Manager of a club that’s perpetually hovering in the no-man’s land between the draft lottery and the postseason, and you’ve got a trade like the Neal and Niskanen for Goligoski debacle in your rearview mirror, you’re in a vulnerable spot.


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The New Jersey Devils, one of the best puck possession teams in the Behindthenet era to miss the postseason, closed their