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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
From Jeff Angus at Dobber’s Hockey, a 5 part series featuring his “prime cuts” of the 2008-09 season.
[The] Prime Cuts squad is chalk-full of intangibles such as heart, determination, hockey IQ, two-way play, grit, and clutch scoring ability. Most of the players on this squad are also under appreciated (in both fantasy and real hockey circles). There are obviously some big stars on this team – the usual suspects – but there are also some under-the-radar players who you may not have noticed this season for whatever reason
Remaining parts to be published at Dobber’s over the coming days.
from Rob Higgins at the Toronto Sun,
Since the “All-Star” Game ...
• Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk leads the NHL with 27 points.
• Fellow Thrasher, Colin Stuart, has as many shorthanded goals as Flyer Mike Richards. (They both have 3)
• Blackhawk Jonathan Toews and Flame Mike Cammalleri lead in power play goals with 7.
• Someone is actually keeping pace with Alex Ovechkin in the shots on goal department. Hurricane Eric Staal has managed 103 SOG, only 7 short of Alex’s 110.
• 26 players have 20 points or more. The Kings’ Alex Frolov, the Stars’ Steve Ott, Florida’s Stephen Weiss and Carolina’s Matt Cullen are among them. San Jose’s Joe Thornton, Detroit’s Hank Zetterberg, Philly’s Jeff Carter and Boston’s Marc Savard are not.
from Rob Higgins at the Toronto Sun,
Back to Weber. Nashville’s coach, Barry Trotz, recently commented on his slump, saying “They’re aware of him, not letting him get the shot off as much. He’s also been battling some bumps and bruises for the past month, which probably takes a little edge off his game. But he’s starting to get healthy again, so I think you’ll see him coming back.”
Brilliant. Right from the source. Once the media, the National Hockey League AND its players get their heads around just how powerfully this type of insight resonates with a considerable portion of the fans of this game we will experience a degree of interactivity that the NHL has never known. As it stands, the media, generally speaking, ask lame questions of players and coaches in one-on-one opportunities. And, generally speaking, most hockey people oblige with lame, run-of-the-mill answers. We all know the cliches.
Look, I’ve said it a thousand times and I’m going to say it again. Fantasy hockey is the most cost-effective marketing solution the league has at its disposal.
more fantasy talk…
from Darryl Dobbs at the Hockey News,
Four weeks from today is the NHL’s trade deadline. In fantasy hockey, many leagues use the same date. The window for fixing your team is starting to close, so let’s get to some letters!...
Q.Hi Dobber, I’m looking at the possibility of obtaining Zetterberg in a keeper league from someone who is in the position of winning the pool this year. What is your opinion on Zetterberg’s health; he seems to miss time each year due to back problems. Is this going to worsen and limit his career? Or do you think this is just a phase? How does his fantasy value fare with all this in mind?
A. Hi Savas. Not only is Zetterberg’s back an issue, but don’t forget his wrist problem, which may be even more of an issue in the long run. He is an injury risk year in and year out, but never seems to miss more than five or 10 games.
For each of the next five seasons, I think he is good for 70 games with a better than even chance of playing 78 games or more. In keeper leagues, you can never really look beyond a five-year window because in my experience no player remains on your roster longer than that.
more questions and answers…
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