First things first – I released the Fantasy Prospects Report yesterday afternoon at around 2:30pm ET. My eighth one. My best one. Pick it up here.
Morning update – fixed a couple things below, just minor points but interesting.
For those of you who are not following the AHL’s Calder Cup, Texas is up on Toronto 3-2 and St.John’s is up on Wilkes-Barre 3-2. At this point it looks like the farm teams for Winnipeg and Dallas will square off in the Final, barring a comeback.
Of interest, Toronto’s Jerry D’Amigo has 14 points in 12 games – a potential third liner who is in the zone, but it bodes well for his making the team next year.
Curtis McKenzie – after his huge season (65 points) that put him on so many fantasy radars, his playoff numbers aren’t the greatest. Just eight points in 14 games for the Dallas farmhand.
Next things next – the game. The battle of the juggernauts. The best Game 7 team that I’ve ever seen, up against the defending Stanley Cup Champions who are something like 22-4 in the last three years in Games 5, 6, and 7. I mean…how do you pick that?
All I had the courage to do in the forum, when predictions were asked for, was to say that Chicago would be up 3-1 in the third, Los Angeles would tie it and the game would be 3-3 with five minutes left. Reasonably close – the Kings did come back from 2-0 and 4-3 and it was a tie game with five minutes left. Okay, I’m reaching.
Justin Williams, Mr. Game 7, with another two points including an assist in overtime. For some reason, I struggled to dig up his point total in Game 7s, but I believe it’s something like 17 points in eight Game 7s. Anyone know? Just ridiculous, whatever it is. Update: thanks to CC in the comments below – Williams has 7 goals, 7 assists in 7 Game 7s. !!!!
Impressed the most: Jeff Carter in the postseason, Dustin Brown in the series. I also liked how Tyler Toffoli performed. Just another element of attack. And sticking Carter on his line was genius.
As for Brown – he had eight shots on goal last night and he’s riding a four game points streak. You know the last time he went four straight with a point? March of 2013. Can we say with confidence that he’ll be better than a 30-point guy next year? Uh, still going with no. This year scarred me. But I’ll keep him in my keeper league because he’s winning me the playoff trophy.
Alec Martinez has 24 points in his last 43 regular season and playoff games. And he made a fantastic play breaking up a three on one when he hit the ice. For some reason, I feel a little more confident in Martinez getting 40 points next season than I did about Jake Muzzin (who finished last year hot) doing it this season.
Here is the Martinez OT winner in case you want to see it again:
Los Angeles versus NY Rangers. Any big names you know, off the top of your head, who played for each of those teams? And is now retired? With over 2500 career points?
I wonder who he’s rooting for.