May 31, 2013

Dobber Sports





The 2013 DobberHockey Prospects Report… one day away. Get excited.




The Oilers signed a defenseman yesterday – Anton Belov from the KHL. The 6-4 defenseman had 26 points in 46 games last year, and the Oilers beat out five or six other teams to get him (including the Penguins). I bet Belov took one look at their depth chart and said to himself… “ice time!”


Quick scouting report – great skater, huge, not very good defensively. Will be interesting to see how he adjusts. 6-4 215 pound offensive defensemen don’t grow on trees. This hurts Oscar Klefbom’s ability to crack the roster next year – Belov is a similar defenseman and more experienced at the pro level.


Assuming the Oilers don’t add another defenseman, they currently could roll with Schultz (J and N), Smid, Petry, Belov, and Potter/Klefbom/Fistric. Still need another defenseman in there, but this is a good signing for the organization.




The latest DobberNation podcast is fantastic. Give it a listen here. Brock Otten dishes some great thoughts on OHL prospects, including Bo Horvat, Max Domi, Sean Monohan, and Darnell Nurse (who he really likes).


Otten's draft day guesses:


Monohan to the Oilers at #7 (paired with Nail Yakupov)


Zadorov to the Flyers (a physical defenseman, perhaps pairing him with an offensive guy in a year or two)


Nurse to Calgary at #6 (a replacement for Bouwmeester)


Ryan Hartman (Boston or San Jose late in the 1st round – energetic, physical, but skilled player)


Max Domi to Columbus (could be a replacement for Gaborik in a few years)


Bo Horvat to Phoenix at #12 (a do-it-all replacement for Shane Doan down the road)




Danny Cleary played the entire Chicago series with a separated shoulder and broken finger (suffered in Game 5 against the Ducks).




A great read – not fantasy relevant, but important – Kris Letang remembers his friend Luc Bourdon, five years later.




This just in – all teams and players dive:





Not a huge surprise – the reason for Tortorella's firing was the fact that some players (including a few in the core) were tired of his style. Gee… ya don't say?


Sportsnet's Michael Grange rips Tortorella a new one in this interesting piece.



Today's team to analyze – the Philadelphia Flyers

2013-14 sleeper pick: Erik Gustafsson


For a team with issues breaking the puck out of their own zone, the Flyers will need all of the puck movers they can get this season. Gustafsson is exactly that – he won't score a ton of goals or make the highlight reels with a big hit, but he's a steady and mobile two-way defenseman who doesn't cost a lot of money against the salary cap. When the inevitable injury hits Andrej Meszaros again, there could be a top four spo