August 12, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-08-12

The Fantasy Guide can be picked up online in pdf form for the small price of $9.99. And unlike newsstand magazines – besides being way better – this one will be updated up to October. And that includes the projections.

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Another good ramblings from Drance yesterday. As you saw at the bottom, he’s a part of the Score now. That makes two DobberHockey ramblers poached by the Score (Amato is the other one). I’m gonna pat myself on the back here for identifying the talent and giving them the soapbox. Add in Matt Bugg and Justin Goldman going to McKeens, and the track record here is fantastic.

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And I’m with Drance about O’Reilly being the better man for center. The Avs and the Colorado bloggers and fans can talk all they want about ROR playing the wing – and I’m sure that is how things will start. But by Game 5 he’ll be back at center and someone else will be wing. Logic dictates that it will be Nathan MacKinnon. After all, he’s a rookie and it’s easy to put 18-year-olds on the wing to start their career. You saw it happen with Joe Thornton. And by Year 3, he’ll be moved back to center. Here is more on O’Reilly moving to the wing.

 

 

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Several of you may have jumped on the Alexander Avtsin wagon back in 2009 when he was drafted in the fourth round. This was due to his tremendous upside – the mystery, really, about what exactly Montreal had there in him. As happens more often than not, the gamble didn’t pay off. Now 22, Avtsin has shown us his upside and it’s not very high. Hopefully, those of you who took a flyer on him in 2009, saw fit to drop him in 2010 because even at that point the wait was clearly going to be a long one. And now that hope is officially dead, as he has signed to play in the KHL next season. Alexander – we hardly knew ye.

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Steve Montador has also signed to play in the KHL. Montador topped out at 26 points (with Buffalo in 2011) and 143 PIM (with Anaheim/Boston in 2009).

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Since it’s the dry season in terms of hockey news, I’ll grab a few questions from The Hockey News mailbag that are too old at this point to use the next time a do the mailbag (probably a couple of weeks away). I was asked by Patrick of Montreal if I would pick two out of – Nail Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk, Jonathan Huberdeau and Vladimir Tarasenko. Very tough question and it wouldn’t surprise me if, five years from now, these four players are ranked in the complete opposite order that I put them in. But I woul