So I gotta admit after doing my preseason rankings it made me realize that the business of ranking players based on potential future performance is f’ing difficult. I’m sure if someone with more fantasy hockey knowledge than me judged my rankings they could find some real stinkers too. All that said, it’s just too much fun picking at the WWL’s rankings. And judging by the amount of time ESPN spends talking about hockey on the network, this is how I would imagine these rankings were put together: Matthew Berry: “Can we get Barry Melrose to do it? No??? Hey!Please, blog, may I have some more?
So it’s been a while since I’ve updated the status of Sidney Crosby.. He’s been skating with the team recently, but there is still no timetable for his return. In fact at practices he has to wear a white no-contact helmet. (Which coincidentally is the same name I gave my junk 6 months into marriage). In all seriousness though, it’s getting harder and harder to justify taking Sid in the 1st round. My latest advice for where to draft him is just ask yourself this question: In what round do you think you can afford to get zero production? As for myself, if it was my turn in the 3rd round and Crosby was still available, I’d have a hard time passing him up. The upside is just too insanely good. Now lets take a look at some recent NHL headlines and good performances:
Scott Clemmensen – G (Fla): I identified ol’ Scotty Clemm as one of my top backup Goalies heading into the season, but alas a recent knee surgery has him out for most of the first month. Bummer. Good news is that this is probably someone you’re not drafting in a 10 or 12 team league, but it does give Jose Theodore a slight bump (very slight) in value. Hose-b makes a fine #3/bench Goalie but if you draft him as your primary #2 you better have one hell of an offense.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So the old man had 2 Goals and an Assist last night after a Goal and an Assist in the Flyer’s 1st preseason game. What does this mean you ask? I have no idea, but if I had to guess I’d say it’s just preseason noise. (And BTW I watched that game between New York and Philly tonight – can you guys please tone it down in the preseason?Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s time for the Razzball Commenter’s Leagues! I have 4 leagues right now, if there is a sudden flood of people I will add more. I’ve got some badass Commissioner’s lined up so all you have to do is go HERE and on the far left side of the screen enter (one of) the following:
League ID: 23727
The commissioner is firstname.lastname@example.org so let him know if you have any problems.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So we have this special channel called “toddler tunes” which plays nothing but songs geared to the 2 & under crowd. It’s around 5% goofy sounding songs, 5% slowed down instrumental pop music, and 90% songs about eating and/or sleeping. (I think thats what industry experts call “catering to your audience.”) Anyway we put the channel on all the time cuz the little one likes it but the songs get stuck in my head like you can’t believe. For the better part of 3 weeks now I’ve had a chorus of “…and now it’s time to sleep” beating my brain into submission. The rest of the song I couldn’t tell you, but those 6 words of the chorus will not leave me alone… Why am I telling you this? “Because you feel the music flowing through you!” No VTB thats not it. It’s because whenever I think of that chorus my next immediate thought is potential sleepers in hockey. So let’s preview summa dem:
Anthony Stewart – LW (Car): Stewart decided to stay in the South while all his teammates from last year went up to Winnipeg. He must not have wanted to be the only black man in Manitoba. HI-OOOOOO! A-Stew is the older brother of the more talented Chris Stewart, and he’s already 27 but was a first rounder back in the day just like his brother. His minor league career was average at best, but he finally got a chance to play full time for the Thrashers last year – and he put up 39 points (10 of them on the Power Play) in 80 Games. He’s now with Carolina and the only thing keeping him off the same line as Eric Staal is Tuomo Ruutu, who is somewhat injury proned. Besides it’s Carolina, more than likely they ain’t going anywhere this year they’ll be shuffling lines all season. Best case scenario, Stewart catches a break and ends up clicking with Staal on the top line/power play. But don’t go crazy, thats a serious long-shot… 50 points and 15PPP’s is the upside so don’t think he’s anything more than a serviceable bench guy in a 12 team league.Please, blog, may I have some more?
A whole slew (is the plural for cole-slaw cole-slew?) of preseason games took place last night, and being in the city/state/country that I am my viewing options are limited to whatever the NHL Network decides to air. Sure there is NHL.com and some horrible pirate streaming sites where I can watch the games at a frame-per-minute (thanks to my blazing fast computer), but that just makes me feel like some kind of addict. But alas, once the actual season starts NHL Center Ice will be mine!!! Anyway since I was at the mercy of the NHL Network the only game I got to watch was Boston/Ottawa and the one thing from that game that jumped out was Sergei Gonchar. I thought Ottawa would be transitioning to Erik Karlsson as the Power Play Quarterback this year but if Gonchar’s healthy, he will be that guy (thanks to his enormous salary). That worries me considering I’m pretty high on Karlsson this year. But then I remember that Gonchar is 37 and has averaged around 50 Games played the last 3 seasons, so at some point Karlsson will get his chance…
Mike Modano – C (Retired): Mighty Mo decided to hang up the skates and walk off into the sunset. I think he probably played a year too long (you already have a ring, why DETROIT??) but that doesn’t mean he’s not a HOF lock. The last 2 seasons he’s scattered just 45 Points in 100 Games and just looked old and brittle when he was on the ice.. HOWEVA from about 1990-2005 he was a Top 10 player in the league, so I gotta give him props. Oh, and for you hockey historians out there: Modano over Roenick, Chelios and LaFontaine as greatest American born player ever?Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’ve never been ice fishing before, but I imagine it’s just a bunch of dudes sitting around a frozen hole gettin drunk and hoping something bites. Well predicting which prospects could be a fantasy asset is alot like that. It’s more hope and luck than anything else… I’m going to focus on prospects that I think can make an impact this year, but long term keeper questions are welcome. Also I’m not going to write about some of the bigger names like Brayden Schenn and Jonathan Bernier, you already know about them. And just so I don’t get any hater comments (my 1st one was yesterday!) let me make this clear: If you’ve played less than a full season in the NHL I still consider you a prospect, so please I don’t wanna see any comments like “Hey stupid Travis Hamonic played 60 games in the NHL last year!”. I know. But he started last year in the AHL so that qualifies him as a prospect in my book.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So we had actual live game action tonight, and I have to admit I’ve never really paid attention to NHL preseason games. In fact I don’t pay attention to the preseason in any sport. I go to a couple preseason baseball games in Arizona every year, but that’s just a reason to get drunk during the day. But tonight the NHL Network had the Ottawa/Toronto game and for some reason I couldn’t help but watch some of it. Right off the bat I had to remind myself this is a preaseason game between Ottawa and Toronto, so don’t draw any conclusions. And I won’t. But a couple things jumped out at me and one was that Erik Karlsson appears to be the QB of the Ottawa Power Play. He’s #26 in my Defenseman rankings so this is a good sign.Please, blog, may I have some more?
I KNEW Teemu was coming back for another year. You don’t have a season like he did last year and then all of a sudden call it quits. I don’t like his chances of repeating his crazy 2010-2011 season (31G, 49A, 213SOG’s and an absolutely batty 34 Power Play Points) only because that was at the tender age of 40.. Luckily for Selanne he signed a deal with the devil which allows him to age in reverse – meaning by 2019 he should be back to his prime. For this year though, I’m worried. 41 year olds (not named Nicklas Lidstrom) generally don’t contribute great fantasy stats. But this is the Finnish Flash we’re talking about here so if the price is right (5th or 6th round) I’m drafting the sh*t out of him. Now let’s take a look at some NHL news that may or may not benefit you in your upcoming draft(s):
Hahaha, just joking. I still have something to tell you wild & crazy guys – The cheat sheets will be posted before you wake up on Monday, as well as some quick & easy Links to the rankings I’ve already done. Now “LLLLLLETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!” (What’s that Grey? We’re being sued by Michael Buffer??? Well now since I know you can copyright a phrase I have dibs on ”sloppy roast beef”.)
Tyler Myers – D (Buf): Signed a contract. Signed a contract for 7 years. Signed a contract for $38.5 Million…. Ahem….Please, blog, may I have some more?