August 09, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-08-08

 

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Darren Helm still isn’t ready to declare himself 100% – he is such a key player for the Wings, and if he isn’t ready to play this season the ramifications are significant (yes, I realize they played a lot without him last year).

 

I sympathize with him having once had a chronic back injury – they really are impossible to work around (not like a knee, wrist, or elbow injury). Hopefully he can get back to full health and stay there. One of the better young checking centers in hockey.

 

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Check out my CTV fitness segment from yesterday. (Click on the second video on the right side of the page).

 

I go over six really effective and easy-to-learn core exercises (no crunches, no situps – much safer movements here).

 

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What are your best guesses for Florida's top six forward group? Do they load up a veteran line to handle the tough minutes? Perhaps Matthias flanked by Versteeg/Upshall and Fleischmann?

 

Do they move Shore and/or Bjugstad to the wing? How about Barkov? There won't be room for all of them.

 

I'd imagine Marcel Goc will again see brutally tough minutes in a checking role.

 

Florida will be an interesting team this season – if Markstrom is ready to start, they will surprise a few people. If not, it may be another long season as some of their young forwards adjust to the NHL game.

 

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I think Justin Schultz is primed for a monster season. He struggled defensively last year and was really burnt out at the end of the season (a ton of games in the AHL/NHL compared to what he was used to in college), but he still managed really strong point totals.

 

And look at who he will be playing with. Schultz is guaranteed a ton of PP minutes with some ridiculously talented young forwards, and he has some better help around him on the back end (Ference, and don't discount the Grebeshkov signing).

 

I wouldn't be surprised to see Schultz finish with a 15-goal, 50-point line at the end of 2013-14.

 

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Is Alex Pietrangelo an apt comparison for Darnell Nurse? How about PK Subban? The answer may surprise you.

 

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