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from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,
Welcome to the fourth and final part of your preseason fantasy preparation class. I highly doubt that any of the players below are going to singlehandedly win you a fantasy championship, but some possess the skill to give your squad that little something extra that could be the difference between third and first place.
Funny how in my 2008 preview, Jaromir Jagr was listed among the players who signed to play in Europe last season, but this year I’m calling him a sleeper to gamble on late in your fantasy draft. Jagr is only the ninth-leading scorer in NHL history!
from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,
The biggest challenge of ranking the top 125 forwards is not predicting who will finish first, but determining which player from the entire league other than a member of the “Big Three” will place fourth. Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are the consensus top three picks, the only debate being their order (last season I ranked them Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin).
from Owen Good at Kotaku,
The scene is familiar: Midway through the first period of an NHL game, and the shot knots up the score. Randy Hahn considers the action for a split-second and leans into his microphone.
“The Sharks have come right back and tied this one up,” says the television voice of San Jose hockey. “That goal is a real refresher - you get down early, but you’ve come right back and tied it up here in the first period.”
It’s 2:30 p.m., Aug. 20 in Novato, Calif. San Jose’s next game will be 28 days and 400 miles away, in Los Angeles. Hahn is familiar to South Bay fans through his work on Comcast Sports Net. But he’s in the North Bay today as the play-by-play man for NHL 2K10, cutting some final audio for the game before its Sept. 15 release.
It’s a job Hahn could do with his eyes closed, and not because it’s easy.
Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Stortini breaks down NHL 10’s new fighting engine.
Fantasy Hockey Scouts asked bloggers from the 30 NHL teams to pick two breakout players from their teams…
Written by Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page,
If you look at Fabian Brunnstrom’s numbers from last season, they weren’t too bad. He picked up 17 goals and 12 assists in his rookie season and his first in North America. Those numbers are better when you consider he played in just 55 games and averaged only about 11 minutes per game. It was an up and down season for Brunnstrom. He scored three goals in his first game, but struggled with his play away from the puck, found himself a healthy scratch at times and had some injury issues too.
Patrick Kane talks EA NHL Franchise…
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Chicago winger Patrick Kane is the new cover boy of EA Sports made-in-Vancouver NHL 2010 video game.
Kane follows in the footsteps of Calgary defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who was on the 2009 cover.
EA has also signed top draft prospect John Tavares to promote the game.
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,
The official announcement from 2K Sports is due on Friday, but here it is: Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, your NHL 2K10 cover boy. Will virtual Don Cherry criticize his video game box celebration?
read on for a picture of the cover and some commentary…
from John Gaudiosi of IGN,
Corey Perry already has a Stanley Cup ring at the age of 23. Now the Anaheim Ducks forward is gunning for a second. The 2003 first round pick had 72 points this season, including 32 goals and 40 assists. The eighth-seeded Ducks already toppled the first place San Jose Sharks and now have their sights set on the Detroit Red Wings.
In addition to focusing on his team’s latest run for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Perry lent EA Sports a hand with its motion-capture for its upcoming NHL 10 hockey game. He donned the skates, helmet and a special suit with reflective balls to have his on-ice maneuvers captured for inclusion in this fall’s latest hockey game. Perry talks about his love of videogames in this exclusive interview.
IGN: What’s it like to know that your actual moves and trick shots are now going to be part of NHL 10?
Corey Perry: It’s pretty exciting. It’s something that you really don’t think about as a kid – all of the stuff that it takes to make a videogame like this. When you’re part of it, it’s special.
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
First off, my winners:
Round One: Boston, Washington, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Detroit, Vancouver, Chicago
Best-equipped to pull off an upset (among 6, 7, 8 seeds): Carolina, Anaheim, N.Y. Rangers
Final Four: Boston, New Jersey, San Jose, Detroit
Cup Final: Boston, San Jose
Cup Winner: Boston
My Top 120 Skaters for the 2008-2009 Playoffs (assuming goals and assists are worth one point):
1. Pavel Datyuk, C, Detroit
2. Marc Savard, C, Boston
3. Henrik Zetterberg, C, Detroit
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