November 18, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-11-18

Matt Duchene will be out for about a week with an oblique injury. I’ll be interested to see how Nathan MacKinnon responds to the added ice time (assuming he gets some). That’s three games, and look for Duchene to return Wednesday the 27th.

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Tobias Enstrom had six points in five games to kick off the year but has two in 17 games since. He’s an excellent buy low opportunity because he’s still king when it comes ot ice time and PP time – he’s seen 29 minutes of ice time in two of the last four games and he saw over five minutes of PP time Friday.

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In thinking about the Peter Holland trade, I got to thinking about how he’ll be press box or Marlies bound if and when Tyler Bozak returns (which would be after Nazem Kadri returns). Unless he’s absolutely lights out – and he was pretty good Saturday, but not lights out – he won’t get a fair shake in the long term. If he has, say, six points in 10 games then back he goes. And this would be an example of what I call “politics” and how it affects fantasy hockey. Had Holland been acquired for Dion Phaneuf (extreme example to show a point, nothing more) then he could go 20 games without a point and still get played by the Leafs game in and game out. But he was acquired for what amounts to a bucket of pucks so the Leafs have very little invested in him and if push comes to shove they will go with the player with whom they have something invested. This can be a big contract, or a high draft pick or, as I noted already, a heavy price on the trade market.

This also explains David Desharnais still getting chances. The Habs have him signed to a big contract and desperately need a return on that investment.

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Danny DeKeyser is showing some offense. We never put too much stock in that part of his game, as he was touted as a defensive stud. But he has eight points in his last 10 games. In one of my keeper leagues we are allowed to sign one unowned player each year provided that he is over the age of 24 and it is done before the trade deadline. I had already grabbed Mark Arcobello last month, but I can acquire someone else’s free agent pick. So I was looking at DeKeyser. But he’s 23 and his 24th birthday is March 7. And the NHL trade deadline? It’s March 5. So close.

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What we’re seeing Marek Mazanec do for Nashville right now is what I figured/thought/hoped that Magnus Hellberg would do. The problem is, Hellberg had camp wiped out with an injury. And there is one of the forks in the road when it comes to his career. No injury = gets this chance and this success. Injury = Mazenec gets all that. It remains to be seen whether Mazenec swaps spots with Hellberg on the depth chart permanently. Mazenec hasn’t been amazing, but he’s been much better than Hutton.

Hellberg, after a great AHL start a week ago, followed it up with a win. And in three games prior to Sunday he stopped 87 of 93 shots. So his weak start to the AHL season is coming around.

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Alexander Semin left the game Saturday with what looks to be a concussion here:

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I didn’t see the game, but checking Frozen Pool I was able to select Eric Staal and “Third Peri