August 19, 2014

Michael Amato

2014-08-19

Thoughts on Cammalleri, Johansen, and analytics

 

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Update: for some reason the keeper league article stopped working. I fixed it, it works now, same with the Veto article that it links to.

 

Breaking – the Sens have extended Clarke MacArthur for five years at just over $4.5 million AAV. I’ll have more thoughts on this in tonight’s ramblings

 

The Leafs have created an analytics department, hiring ExtraSkater.com creator Daryl Metcalf and blogger Cam Charron. Thoughts on that later tonight. – Dobber

 

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Mike Cammalleri joining the New Jersey Devils could help the team become more explosive offensively and how they utilize him could make for some interesting fantasy scenarios. Cammalleri would have been on pace for close to 35 goals if he played the entire season last year on a bad Calgary team and the Devils will have options where to use him.

 

This recent piece from The Hockey News suggests that Lou Lamoriello can envision a line featuring Cammalleri, Jaromir Jagr, and Travis Zajac, with Cammalleri moving to the left wing, but will leave it up to the coach.  

 

 

And he can dream about playing with Jaromir Jagr. Lamoriello calls the idea a "coaching decision," but he can see Cammalleri sliding to the left wing to suit up with Jagr and Travis Zajac.

 

If that happens then Zajac is going to the benefactor of those two snipers and should see his assist totals rise. Both Jagr and Cammalleri have the capability for 30-goal campaigns, which means Zajac has a real shot at a 65-point season if everyone stays relatively healthy.

 

 

Of course they could always split Jagr and Cammalleri up, giving them a nice scoring punch on their top two lines.

 

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Buffalo will be hosting the next two scouting combines. It's fitting considering the Sabres figure to picking very high in both of those drafts.

 

 

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I agree with Dobber's take from yesterday where Michael Leighton is concerned. Leighton shouldn't steal Antti Raanta's job but the Blackhawks dealt with goaltending injuries for much of last season, so adding a veteran never hurts, especially at that position.

 

 

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Negotiations between Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly non-existent at the moment. This is another tough one between the player and team as far as a long-term deal goes. Given his play last year one with 33 goals one would think Johansen is in line for a significant raise, but from the Blue Jackets perspective you coul