February 17, 2014

Dobber Sports

2014-02-17

The big news of the day, that’s rocked the fantasy hockey world to its very core, is that the DobberHockey Forum has finally completed the upgrade and re-launched. A process started in mid-November and began with a failed VBulletin 5 upgrade, is now complete as a successful VBulletin 4 upgrade. The forum looks as it always did, logins and registration all seamless, and I look forward to finally enjoying the boards again.

The other news – Dobber Sports is having an event in Toronto Friday at the Sports Centre Café. Details here.

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Oh, and that Olympics thing. If you want to see how your team is doing in the Olympics Pool, click here. Me? I’m not doing well. Nine points, 566th place. Already lost Zetterberg.

I find it fantastic that the members of the Los Angeles Kings are going nuts on the scoreboard at this level. It really says a lot about their coach. Sorry Mr. Sutter, you won a Cup and congrats for that. But that style only works once – you have to actually score some goals in order to win games. And you can’t use the “lack of personnel” excuse, as you can plainly see. But all the poolies care about is – will Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty keep it up when they get back to the NHL?

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Michael Grabner has five goals in the tournament to lead the way. He’s on a hot streak. He gets those. Doesn’t change my outlook for him in the least. He’s a 20-goal, 35-point penalty killer.

Olli Maatta, on the other hand, is really impressing. Not just in Sochi (four points so far), but throughout the NHL season. Each game he gets better – and the improvement is on the offensive side of the puck. And that’s where us poolies want to see it. And another Finnish defenseman Sami Vatanen is justifying my faith in him from the last two years. He’s absolutely flying.

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It was hinted Saturday that Alexander Radulov would be scratched Sunday. Apparently not:

Still – what an attitude. If we only knew about this reputation when he was a prospect, we could have stayed clear! (By the way, the Olympics are pretty damn tight with their hoarding of rights, so it wouldn’t shock me if the above clip disappeared soon).

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Sidney Crosby is averaging 15:43 per game. That’s low, but he’s behind only Toews in that department. The bigger question mark is John Tavares only seeing 12:31. There’s a guy who can make a difference in an awful hurry. Four minutes a period?

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Phil Kessel leads the Olympic Tournament in scoring with seven points. In fact, since December 1, no player has more NHL/Olympics points (he has 48, Crosby has 42+2=44). Here are the top scorers since Dec.1 courtesy of the Report Generator over at Frozen Pool: