A group of people in the forum are doing a Mock Draft, if you would like to participate, details are here.
As usual, the Kings won at home.
Mike Richards is still out, and it’s a suspected unconfirmed alleged possible concussion. Kings’ fans – would you rather have him play, or Tyler Toffoli?
Toffoli added another assist and three shots, seeing 13:26 of ice time. That’s the highest of the playoffs for him, and the third highest ice time of his NHL career.
In my one keeper league in which all of my buddies were unanimous in saying that I had the playoff trophy ‘in the bag’ – I have Malkin, Letang, Neal, Dupuis, Bennett, Brown, Kopitar and Toffoli. Oops. I think Toffoli is the only guy to get me points this round, and my big lead has shrunk to two points. And I could be out of players for the Final.
Do you think Dustin Brown is hurt? He has just four points in 16 playoff games. This is the guy who had 20 in 20 last year. I looked this up myself – the last time Brown went 16 games with just four points was in March of 2010 – and on the 17th game he got four points…and on the game prior to that run he got two points.
Slava Voynov with another two points last night gives him back-to-back two-point efforts and his third in four games.
That’s the sound that Bryan Bickell‘s agent keeps hearing.
Bickell is a UFA in another month. With seven goals in 15 playoff games, coming off the equivalent of a 40-point season, a team will (over)pay big money for him. And with such a big contract, his coach will be obligated to give him first-line ice time, linemates and PP time. His production will improve for sure next year… but fellow poolies may overshoot his evaluation and actually overrate him. This one will be tough to gauge (player’s trade value) and will probably be different from league to league, personality to personality. I’ll be looking to both buy and sell – and act according to how I see the market.
Here’s Bickell with another chance late – Jonathan Quick robs him and saves the game:
Syracuse is still waiting for their opponent for the Calder Cup. OKC forced a Game 7 with a 4-3 win over Grand Rapids. The big star? Anton Lander with three points. But, and here is that name again – Mark Arcobello