August 15, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-08-14

 

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There has been a theme of younger players with the first part of my top 10 2013-14 sleepers list. The top three will be released over the next week or so – one veteran and two young (but very established) NHL players. All three are household names, but they deserve to be on the list because of where I see their production going in 2013-14.

 

Any guesses? As a reminder – one veteran looking to bounce back, and two younger and established stars.

 

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A very happy birthday to Mr. Glen Hoos, DobberHockey’s resident graphics man!

 

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I am officially handing the website manager/editor reins over to Mike Amato and Steve Laidlaw at the end of August… so only a few ramblings left! Lots to talk about today – let's get to it:

 

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The countdown is well underway for my top 10 sleeper picks for this season:

 

#10 Jaden Schwartz

#9 Cal Clutterbuck

#8 Drew Shore

#7 Ryan McDonagh

#6 Cam Atkinson

#5 Gustav Nyquist

#4 Sven Bartschi

 

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Advanced stats are featured throughout the 2013-14 DobberHockey Guide.

 

Here is a primer as to why you should use them (or at least become familiar with them) to make yourself a better and more well-rounded poolie.

 

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Don’t forget to check out Rob Vollman’s Hockey Abstract, a “primer” on statistics in hockey.

 

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I'd say breakdown of who will play with Tavares/Moulson this season is as follows:

 

Bouchard 40% of the time (more if healthy for 75+ games, which is very unlikely)

Clutterbuck 25% of the time (read the above profile on him)

Okposo 15% of the time

Bailey 10% of the time

Strome/others 10% of the time

 

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I am kind of bullish on a Nashville forward this year, and that rarely happens. I think Colin Wilson has the opportunity to separate himself from the pack this year in terms of offensive production. The Predators have brought in some really strong defensive forwards, and I can see them giving some of their players more of an offensive focus because of this (Wilson, Fisher, Forsberg, Hornqvist).

 

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Okposo has been tried there in the past, with limited success. Both Bailey and Moulson are much better on the left wing. Clutt