June 13, 2014

Dobber

2014-06-13

My eighth annual Prospects Report. My best one. Pick it up if you haven’t already. An update will be released with 10 additional profiles (there’s already over 400) and Brendan Ross’s mock draft will give you all you need for the NHL Entry Draft. That update will be out within 48 hours after Cup is won.

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Interesting details on the Evander Kane lawsuit here. Looks to me like an attempted money grab from some bully.

Also, UFC 174 is tomorrow and I’m putting together another pool for that here. Really just pick your winners, pretty straightforward…

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So now you’re starting to see the NHL prospect hopefuls begin to sign their contracts in Europe. Different prospects have different tolerance levels for “giving up”. A North American would likely stick around until he’s 25 or even 26 before hopping the pond. A European prospect would likely do it a year or two sooner. David McIntyre, who did play seven games for the wild a couple of years ago, signed to play in the SM-Liiga. He’s 27, but I suspect that the fact that he played a handful of NHL games rather recently led to his staying in the AHL one more year in hopes of getting the call. Darryl Boyce is another example of this, but he’s 29. He stayed even longer because he actually played 83 NHL games between 2010 and 2012 so he knew that he was sooo close.

Mattias Tedenby and Alex Urbom are a lot younger and they’re European. Urbom, 23, played 20 NHL games last year. But he has less patience for the process because he knows that he could be a lot closer to home and make guaranteed money, and he knows that it would be another tough battle for a roster spot. The big one is Tedenby, who was owned in every keeper league as recently as two years ago. Tom Gulitti reports that Urbom has a deal done to play next year in the KHL, and that Tedenby is on the cusp of signing a similar KHL contract. Tedenby is 24 now – which was the spot he was drafted in 2008 (24th). He’s played 120 NHL games but could never get it together. His most impressive season was his first one – he made the team in 2010 as a 20-year-old and had 22 points in 58 games. Seemed like a lock to become a solid scoring-line NHL player within three or four years. Instead, he declined. He couldn’t even get going in the AHL.

The dangers of prospects in fantasy hockey. A tough lesson to learn, but if you can trade a couple of blue-chip prospects for a proven player who is already reasonably close to the threshold that you “hope” the prospects get to…then you do it. Because for every success story there’s a Tedenby or an O’Sullivan or Filatov. Right now take a look at the Top 10 in rookie scoring from this season:

Nathan MacKinnon, Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, Torey Krug, Nick Bjugstad, Chris Kreider, Alex Chiasson, Mark Scheifele, Sean Monahan, Valeri Nichushkin

I hate to say it (