July 11, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-07-10

 

Breaking: The New Jersey Devils PR has just sent a press release announcing the retirement of Ilya Kovalchuk. More to come.

 

From beatwriter Tom Gulitti: 

 

Kovalchuk: "This decision was something I have thought about for a long time going back to the lockout and spending the year in Russia. Though I decided to return this past season, Lou was aware of my desire to go back home and have my family there with me.”

 

Fantasy ramifications here are obviously tremendous. Angus will have more later (this is Dobber)

 

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The Perron/Paajarvi trade was an interesting one for both sides. One key point:

#STLBlues GM Doug Armstrong on Perron deal: “This will open up more ice time for [Schwartz] & [Tarasenko].”

 

That above Tweet is from NHL.com writer Pete Jensen.

 

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Work on the 2013-14 Fantasy Guide is well under way. Once again I will be contributing a piece on using advanced stats for each of the 30 NHL teams. Last year was the first year we included this type of analysis, and even if you don't use these stats yourself, they do carry some value.

 

I'll have a column out in the next week or two to kind of explain a bit more of why using advanced stats can help you become a better poolie and judge of talent. And at the end of the day if they aren't your cup of tea, that's fine. It is just another tool to have in your analysis arsenal, should you choose to understand and apply it.

 

We also solicited ideas from the DobberHockey community, and there will be a feature on the impact(s) of the various coaching changes around the NHL. All coaches have their own system and style of play, and how that affects the production of the players they coach can be quite significant.

The fantasy impact of the NHL's realignment plan will also be looked at in close detail.

 

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Carolina has re-signed center Riley Nash for two years (both of the years of the deal are two-way). Once a 1st round pick of the Oilers, Nash spent time playing on Carolina's third line last season. He has limited offensive upside.

 

There will be some battles for the bottom two center spots after Staal 1 and Staal 2 – Shutdown Line (the above link) believes that Elias Lindholm and Jeremy Welsh have the inside tracks for the two open spots. I don't disagree. Nash is a great skater and may slide over to the wing, but he needs to show he can contribute more than he did last season.

 

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Ryan Strome… winger? It was only a matter of time until the Islanders openly discussed this.

 

Now during summer prospect mini-camp and training orientation, after two years of Islanders fans alternately penciling him as the second-line center or the first-line winger, Islanders officials acknowledged the possibility. Said coach Jack Capuano, as reported by Brian Compton of nhl.com:


“I talked to Ryan in the exit meetings after the Pittsburgh [playoff] series before he left, and it’s something he’s pretty comfortable with. But as we move on and see what our depth chart looks like … going into training camp in September, it’s a real good possibility that we’ll try him there.”


The Islanders are very deep up the middle, so this only makes