Ramblings: Thoughts on Dubois, Gavrikov, Danault, Tatar, Bergevin (Feb 04)
Last reminder, for any stragglers out there – Midseason Guide was released just over three weeks ago. Still relevant, but you’ll need to grab it soon as by next week I don’t think I can make the claim anymore. Click on the link to see screen shots of much of what you get. At the very least – take a look. Maybe you’ll see it can help you. The projections are still in the PDF, but I have also added them to a spreadsheet. There will be a coupon code in the PDF that allows you to get that spreadsheet for free, so don’t buy it. This was the only way I could add a spreadsheet without putting it into your accounts one at a time.
I was in the Forum a lot last week (and plan to continue this throughout the next little while), and when explaining to a user what I thought of Oliver Bjorkstrand I used a great comparable. I said to treat him – right now – as if his name was Mark Stone. No longer treat Bjorkstrand as this good young player who has upside and could be a star. Because Bjorkstrand has arrived. Now. There is as little risk with him as there is with Stone. You’ll get your points at the same clip as Stone, and frankly I think he can exceed Stone in the coming seasons, but we shall see if the future Columbus offense will allow for that. Bjorkstrand has 23 points in his last 21 games.
Another player I had my eye on as a breakout player this season (hitting that 200-game threshold) is a player a little further along than Bjorkstrand. I spoke of him last week – Anthony Beauvillier. His issue this year has been the fact that his line is being used as more of a shutdown line. He faces the opposition’s top players and he doesn’t often see zone starts in the other end. It’s usually in his own end where he starts. Despite that, he’s on pace to hit 50 and set career highs in both goals and assists. Because of a recent run of seven points in his last six games, he sits just one point behind