So last time I talked prospects I mentioned that I’ve never been ice fishing before, and I probably never will be.  I don’t do well in really cold weather (I’m sure living in Southern California my whole life has something to do with that).  I went snowboarding in Tahoe once many many years ago and couldn’t have been more miserable.  Not only did I suck at snowboarding but I didn’t pack enough warm clothes so the entire trip I was freezing my balls off.  Needlees to say that was the 1st and only time I’ve gone on a snowboarding trip.  Okay enough of my blabbering, lets get to some young’uns who might be able to help your team(s) this year:

Mika Zibanejad – C (Ott):  I have to admit I’m not really all that thrilled with this 18 year old from Sweden.  I am however extremely thrilled with this 18 year old from Sweden.  Back to Mika – I don’t expect much but he is more than likely going to be the #2 Center in Ottawa.  Considering he didn’t do much in his short stint with the Swedish Elite League last year this is a real long shot.

Jacob Josefson – C (NJ):  So this is the start of my New Jersey Devil prospect division.  For some reason they have some rookies who seem to be in the right situation to produce.  First is JJ. Thanks to Travis Zajac’s injury, Josefson will (more than likely) be given the opportunity to skate with Kovalchuk on the top line.  He’s a former 1st round pick so I don’t think he’ll be overmatched.  And there’s always that one in a million chance he clicks with Kovy right off the bat and stays there all year…

Mattias Tedenby – LW (NJ):  Josefson definatley has the better opportunity, but Tedenby is just as good a prospect.  They are both swede’s so more than likely the two of them end up on the 3rd line together when Zajac comes back.  But if anything happens to one of the top 6 Wingers in New Jersey (Zubrus, Clarkson, Parise, Kovy) Tedenby will be the first guy to get the call.

Adam Larsson – D (NJ):  So here is the prize of the NJ rookies.  Drafted just over 3 months ago Larsson is now threatening to make the Jersey roster out of preseason. (Side note: Does New Jersey know they don’t have to draft players from Sweden?)  Anyway back to Larsson.  The thing that makes me excited about him is that no other Defenseman on New Jersey have any offensive ability.  Which means he could see significant time on the Power Play…  Could be this year’s Cam Fowler.

Jeremy Morin – LW (Chi):  This Morin was going to start in the AHL but it looks like he could crack the roster thanks to a concussion to Ben Smith.  It’s a deep Chicago roster although Left Wing is probably their weakest spot.  If Morin gets a chance he’s got real Goal scoring ability (47G in 58 OHL games in 2009).

Nino Niederreiter – LW (NYI):  Yet another one of the Islander’s young guns, El Nino had a cup of coffee with the big club last year.  (In fact he played in 9 games – just 1 game short of qualifying as a full year in the NHL).   After being sent down, Niederreiter proceeded to treat the WHL like his personal toilet.  He had 41 Goals and 29 Assists in just 55 Games.  This year he’ll be thrown into the mix with the rest of the young talent on the Isle’, and if he can stay healthy (he suffered a strained groin on Friday – must have been one heck of a night!) then it looks like he’ll be skating with fellow young guns John Tavares and Matt Moulson on the top line.

Jacob Markstrom – G (Fla):  Markstrom struggled last year in his first full AHL season (2.98GAA/.907SV%) but the talent is there and the Florida goaltending shituation is uglier than than this thing.

Mark Scheifele – C (WPG):  Speaking of ugly, take a look at the Center depth chart in Atlant…. errrrr…. Winnipeg.  It’s not good and if Scheifele keeps producing like he has been in the preseason (8 Points in 5 games) there is no doubt he’ll start (and finish) the year in Winnipeg.  You should jump on this bandwagon right now, MS could be this season’s Jeff Skinner.

  1. barker says:

    20 team league trade F D G no wings hits blks FW as cats

    i give sharp and roloson i get b richards and c scheinder

    my goalies backstrom rolo montoya dekanich
    my other F of note ovie heatley stafford grabo ott laich s kostitsyn

    his goalies rask bernier scheinder khabi curtis sanford
    other F of note umberger st louis moulson jokinen dagostini legwand

    is richards better than sharp — and can i afford to give up a starting goalie given my backups

    do you think i can get this done with stafford or is that too much of a lowball

  2. Howard says:

    @DC Do you think Scheifele is a better prospect than Huberdeau or Landeskog? This season’s Jeff Skinner is a pretty good endorsement. btw, saw your F&F draft, nice pick of Couture at 60 and not to worry about Markov, he’ll be back! I’ll email you about the RCL. Thanks!

  3. borg says:

    Morin is still suffering post-concussion symptoms he suffered in January. He hasn’t played since and there is no timetable for his return though he has been skating. He’ll play in Rockford when he’s cleared to play.

  4. DC

    DC says:

    @barker: Alot of info.. Assuming this is a keeper league I would try to have him swap Schneider for Rask then I’d do the deal.. Or if you don’t think you can compete this year and your building for the future I’d do the deal as it stands.

    @Howard: No I don’t. I really like Huberdeau and Landeskog but I think Scheifele has the easier path to Top 6 and Power Play minutes, which is key.

    @borg: Should’ve known that, thanks for the info!

  5. Lines says:


    Glad you mentioned Larsson. I just came across his name a little earlier this morning, and I’m wondering what kind of value he has. Is he going to be a 1st PP unit guy? If so, I figure he has more upside than some of my other, somewhat suspect D-men (Hamrlik, Souray, Wideman, Carle). The only guy I have any faith in is John-Michael Liles.

    Would you take Larsson over any of the names above? Obviously I’m in a wait-and-see mindset about Souray. As in, I’m gonna wait a few days, then see him get hurt.

    Would you mind taking a look at my roster, and letting me know what you think? As it stands, I think I’m gonna finish dead last in +/-, hits and PIMs. Hope my scoring and goaltending can keep me afloat. I’ll post it in a bit, if you’re willing.

  6. KarlJ. says:

    Had my draft last night in my 12 team roto 1 year league.
    Cats: G (weighted twice) A (weighted twice), plus/minus, power play points. Goalies: W, SV%, GAA, SO.

    I think I did well but curious to know what everyone else thinks

    F H. Sedin
    F E. Staal
    F Gaborik
    F C. Stewart
    F Horton
    F D. Brown
    F Kulemin

    D Goligoski
    D Enstrom
    D Liles

    G Thomas
    G Fleury

    Bench: Rask, Dubnyk, Clitsome, J. Johnson, J. Jokinen, Macarthur

  7. DC

    DC says:

    @Lines: Larsson is in that same group but if you like upside (and can withstand a big hit in the +/-) then I’d put him ahead of those guys.

  8. Lines says:

    Thanks! I’ll keep him on my watch list for now. Here’s my team…

    C – Jonathan Toews, Ryan Kesler, David Krejci, Jordan Staal, Brad Marchand

    LW – Thomas Vanek, Loui Eriksson, Andrew Ladd, Jamie Benn, Tyler Ennis, Chris Kunitz

    RW – Danny Briere, Teemu Selanne, Brad Boyes, Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky

    D – John-Michael Liles, Dennis Wideman, Roman Hamrlik, Sheldon Souray, Matt Carle

    G – Roberto Luongo, Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Bernier, Tuukka Rask

    As I see it, I’ve got a dumptruck full of scoring. I barely have a subcompact’s worth of +/-, PIM, Hits or Blocks. I’d like to move some of my extra offense for a big name D-man. Jack Johnson is available via trade; I’m just trying to figure out what to give up. The guy who owns him overvalues his players, though. He asked for Loui Eriksson and I laughed in his face. I’m thinking Staal, or Eberle +1.

    12-team H2H keeper league. Skater Stat Cats: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPG, PPP, SHG, SHP, GWG, SOG, SH%, FW, HIT, BLK
    Goaltenders Stat Categories: GS, W, GAA, SA, SV, SV% SHO

    Sorry to dump all this info on you at once. Thanks for any input you have.

  9. DC

    DC says:

    @KarlJ.: Nice draft.. Love Goligoski this year.

    @Lines: Maybe Eberle + a non JM Liles Defenseman.. Doubt he’d go for that though.

  10. Lines says:

    Would you give up Tyler Ennis to get PK Subban? I think I would. I think I will, if Subban’s owner will go for it.

  11. DC

    DC says:

    @Lines: In a heartbeat

  12. timSTi says:

    @DC: We can only keep 4. I have Ovechkin Kovalchuk Tavares Carter & St.Louis.

    Traded Kovy & Tavares for Malkin.

    What’s your thoughts?

    12 team G,A,STPTS,PIM,SOG,+-,FOWP skater cats.

  13. MrHappyTime says:

    Guy wants to give me Logan Couture for Jagr, pull the trigger without a doubt right?

  14. DC

    DC says:

    @timSTi: Would’ve tried to trade Carter over either Tavares or Kovy.. But still tough to criticize a deal that brings you Malkin.

    @MrHappyTime: Yes do it now!

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