June 21, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-06-20

 

*

 

Now this is how you write a season review for a player – Shutdown Line looks at Jeff Skinner.

 

A splash of cold water for those who have soured on Skinner:

 

Right now, any talk associated with Skinner is how the team should consider trading him because he is injury prone, bad defensively and is coming off his worst season. Yes, he had two concussions but he still managed to play in 78% of his game during that time.


I’ll concede that he is bad defensively, but this is the case with many young scoring forwards and on most nights, Skinner is there to make up for it at the other end. He didn’t this year because he couldn’t buy a goal over his last 31 games. People who are clamoring for Skinner to be traded now are doing so because of a bad 31 games.


*

 

The final NHL team to look at – the Winnipeg Jets

 

Jets

 

2013-14 sleeper pick: Jacob Trouba

 

If you are a regular DobberHockey reader, you are already very familiar with Trouba. He is the best defensive prospect in hockey (not including the 2013 eligible players), and he is more than ready for prime time NHL minutes on the Winnipeg back end. Trouba can do it all – offensively, he's elite. He is a punishing hitter, and he is sound positionally, too. The Winnipeg defense is wide open after Byfuglien, Enstrom, and Bogosian. Expect Trouba in that top four.

 

Long term sleeper pick: Yasin Cisse

 

An interesting prospect to say the least – Cisse left Boston University to go to the QMJHL after struggling there. His production in the Q was decent, but not great. He's a big forward with a lot of talent, but also a lot of inconsistency in his game. In 27 games in the QMJHL, he scored eight goals and had 14 points. In 29 games with BU, he scored two goals total. He's 6-3 and 215 pounds, and at this point is about as much of a project forward as you can get.

 

He'll turn pro this summer, but he probably isn't even AHL ready yet.

 

*

 

You could make this same video about 29 other NHL clubs, but it is funny to see how hypocritical Claude Julien's comments are/were:

 

 

*

 

A funny read here – the Flyers are trying to acquire… everybody?

 

*

 

Was Mark Streit the best option for the Flyers?

 

Streit is a similar player as former Flyer Matt Carle, who signed a six-year, $33 million deal ($5.5 million cap hit) with Tampa Bay as an UFA last year. Carle, an excellent shot blocker, was 27 at the time.

Streit will help the Flyers on the power play and he will trigger the offense by getting the puck to the forwards quickly. He is also a good leader.