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    Just testing to see if the hyper links and formatting worked on my entry for the Dobber ramblings Contest. Disregard- will be re-posted in the contest section.

    Wangin’ it, Cliff Fletcher Tells You to Calm Down About Ryan Super, and De-bunking the Zetterberg Myth

    Hey guys- I’m throwing my hat in the ring for Dobber's Hockey Ramblings challenge. I know this challenge developed out of some conflicting schedule issues with the writing staff- but I actually think it’s a great way to keep things fresh and interesting during a renownly dull period for fantasy hockey enthusiasts. I’ll comment on a few recent news bites and share some of my juicier opinions on players going into next season. Necessity truly is the mother of invention!

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    I have noticed a few other entrants shamelessly plug Dobber’s Annual Fantasy Hockey Guide and I wish I could tell you I was gonna buck the trend... but I can’t! It’s just that damn good. As a regular reader this has become a bible of sorts- and I even find myself reading old guides in my spare time- mind you it might be that Im just weird like that. You won’t find this in the testimonials- but I personally GUARANTEE that if you buy this guide you’ll win 1st place in any and all leagues you play in this year!!

    *Warning- author’s guarantee is subject to change at indiscriminate notice, carries no validity, and is in no way legally binding.

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    On to some ramblings!

    In some of the stranger news of the week it appears Charles Wang is being sued over an apparent sale of the Islanders followed by a hasty and subsequent “backing out” of said sale. It is a little disconcerting to hear this was based largely on what he is calling a “handshake” agreement- but it is clear that things on the Island are looking a bit rocky. For the record, this is not the first time the team has been tossed around in illegitimate deals. This is a great documentary directed by Kevin Connolly (better known as “E” from entourage), on how Jack Spano’s group tried to buy the Islanders without actually paying for them. The craziest part is that it almost worked.

    This is all really unfortunate timing for Islander fans who were looking at a team finally poised to make some serious noise going into the season. One of the bigger storylines in my opinion is the potential of a second line powered by Grabovski and Kulemin- henceforth known as the Grabolemin line. The emergence of advanced stats has put some pretty interesting perspectives out there, in terms of how effective certain players actually are, and in this case, they are clearly in Gabolemin’s favor. From Dobberhockey’s own Thomas drance- in a piece published at The Score: When both Grabovski and Kulemin were on the ice between 2009 and 2013, Toronto also managed to control 51.3 percent of even-strength shot attempts. That's a solid number, but it's made even more impressive when one considers that Grabovski and Kulemin accomplished this while playing on a club that was generally glued in their own end of the rink. In the article Capuano goes on to state that he’s not entirely sure that line would remain intact but the numbers certainly bode well that we’ll see out favorite Leaf underdogs re-united.

    A concern of many, is the effect this may have on Frans Nielsen who has been an underrated gem for many poolies. Generally, I find that players with a proven scoring record find a way to get their opportunities but he’s a guy that worries me simply due to his elite level two-way play. I wouldn’t quite go pushing the panic button yet- but if he starts out the season mired in a third line defensive specialist role I’d be shopping him based on name recognition. No way he flirts with 60 again from that spot.

    While Nielsen’s numbers might slip this year it’s entirely possible the team as a whole becomes exponentially harder to play against- which makes Jarolsav Halak a real sleeper pick in my opinion. He has shown brilliance in short flashes but never truly been given a long enough leash to lockdown a starters role. With 4 years at 4.5 million per, he now has that chance. A healthy JT should help stacking up those W’s too.

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    A lot of buzz around NHL.com about the Wild for their 30 in 30 series-, which is great fodder for poolies as Minnesota, stands to be one of the more interesting/exciting teams going into next season. A lot of the big impact stuff has already been covered in terms of their once again monstrous free agency period- but there were a few tidbits in there that caught my attention.

    The biggest one for me is Ryan Suters ice time, or more accurately if he can sustain such ungodly totals without fatiguing or burning out. Cliff Fletcher sais you have nothing to worry about: "He's not a physical player and he's not necessarily a player who's leading the rush offensively. He defends really well, he moves the puck really well. He's such an intelligent, intuitive player. He knows where to go and doesn't waste a lot of energy flailing around the ice."

    In the same article, he expresses his excitement about Granlund, Coyle, and Haula. I am a very big Granny fan (the Minny prospect and my Grammy Grams) - but it will be interesting to see where he slots in next year. It seems to me he has a relatively safe spot in the top six- with an above average supporting cast to boot- but I worry about his injury history. Many people- myself included- have him penciled in for a big step forward this year and any notable loss of games played can have a disastrous affect on his perceived value to the team. We have seen this time and again form young players trying to gain a foothold in the league. I’m not saying Id be shipping him out by any means- quite the opposite actually- but if I owned him Id be knocking on some extra wood. It’s a critical year.

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    Big shout out to petegreg21 doing his part to help out the forum when he dug up this article. A lot of big questions around Big Buff- or as I like to call him ”The Drunk Boater’s Society”- in regards to his role with the team next year. Some compelling data, but the gist of it is that he is more effective offensively as a forward- scoring at a 0.46 higher point per 60 minute clip- than he was as a rearguard. Interestingly these numbers balance out by the time you factor in the decrease in ice time he’d see with the switch and you’re left with about the same production. This speaks against both the argument that he might regress to his 35ish point days as a forward on the Blackhawks AND the argument that he’s likely to see a magical jump in production with the move. In all likelihood- its business as usual for Heavy B.

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    In the ramblings a few weeks back there was talk of Marchand saying he “hated” Thomas Plekanec. Looks like the folks over at fox news have upped the Alert Level to Sean Avery Red- with their hilarious blow-by-blow analysis of who is the more annoying of the two players. I mean, its gotta be Marchand- but some of those Plekanec head throws! Wow... If I had my Snidely Whiplash hat on, I might post some of those videos on my league message board in an effort to drive Plekanec’s asking price down.

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    Looking for a few more chuckles? Can you imagine how jacked up you’d be as a rookie stepping onto an NHL ice surface for the first time? Only to have THIS happen.

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    If you haven’t seen them yet I recommend taking a gander at the Ice Bucket Challenge clips- they’re pretty funny and help raise awareness for ALS. Their have been some great submissions so far but Paul “BizNasty” Bissonnette just upped the ante with this unrivaled display of epicness. Mic drop.

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    The wings appear close to signing Danny DeKeyser. Over a full season, he would have scored 30 points with 105ish shots on goal, which is pretty mediocre unless you’re in a deeper league. At 24 there is room for upside but I wouldn’t get too excited as he’s never been billed as much of a scorer, even dating back to his days in the CCHA. The Wings decision to invest in DeKeyser however, may bite into Brendan Smith’s offensive opportunities and that is worrisome considering his development is already falling short of what team brass may have expected. Once highly touted in the fantasy community- he’s another guy to keep an eye on this year. In a perfect world the two could exist harmoniously as long as Smith can step up the offense in his game. A poor season on the other hand, could have him dropping off fantasy radars altogether, especially with more competition emerging in Detroit.

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    With that winged wheel tidbit as a segue- Ill close by referencing an article I dropped in the forums over the weekend that was pretty well received. If I asked you what you projected Henrik Zetterberg to score next year- what would you say? Maybe 60ish- if he can stay healthy? 50 with some serious injury time? I attempt to de-bunk the Zetterberg myth here- and prove why anything less than 75 points has to be considered a shock.
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    your blue links work but you have your [/i] in the wrong spot for the italics to work. You have it [i/] and thats backwards. Your slash needs to be in front of the "i", not after it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Axeman33 View Post
    your blue links work but you have your [/i] in the wrong spot for the italics to work. You have it [i/] and thats backwards. Your slash needs to be in front of the "i", not after it.
    Thanks a bunch axeman!
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    Three things!

    1. Broken link in the big Islanders paragraph. Just gotta switch "/END" to "/URL" and you're golden.
    2. Is "Ryan Super" a nickname or did you mean Suter?
    3. Thanks for the shoutout on the article. Glad you found that Buff post helpful!

    All around good stuff Emu. Good luck with the comp!

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    Check your blue link here in the paragraph about Grabo and Kuli. I think you have a typo causing it to not work right.

    From Dobberhockey’s own Thomas drance- in a [URL=http://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/540774]piece[/END] published at The Score:


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    Well he is pretty super, at least in my league

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    You guys are awesome- thank you!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by petegreg21 View Post
    Three things!

    1. Broken link in the big Islanders paragraph. Just gotta switch "/END" to "/URL" and you're golden.
    2. Is "Ryan Super" a nickname or did you mean Suter?
    3. Thanks for the shoutout on the article. Glad you found that Buff post helpful!

    All around good stuff Emu. Good luck with the comp!
    I guess i cant say i did that on purpose now :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by vitun-tyhmä View Post
    Well he is pretty super, at least in my league
    Lol- there ya go- so I DID mean to do it on purpose :P

    EDIT: Actually im gonna put Ryan Super in italics at the top now- lol!
    14 team cap league (30 mil above nhl)
    Daily Changes- 3c 3rw 3lw 3 forward flex 5d 2g 8bn ir+
    Weekly hth - g a p ppp shp pim sog +/- gwg - w sv% so gaa saves
    27 man farm team - no cap - junior team can hold prospects to up till 3 years
    C Mathews Kadri E Lindholm
    Rw Toffoli Perry Neal
    Lw Forberg Hall Skinner
    Flex Perron E Kane Dadanov
    D Weber OEL Klef-Bomb Krug Rutta
    G Andersen Quick
    BN Hartnell Lehkonen Gourde Hartman Heed Miller Kempe Saros
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axeman33 View Post
    Check your blue link here in the paragraph about Grabo and Kuli. I think you have a typo causing it to not work right.

    From Dobberhockey’s own Thomas drance- in a [URL=http://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/540774]piece[/END] published at The Score:
    Fixed
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    Daily Changes- 3c 3rw 3lw 3 forward flex 5d 2g 8bn ir+
    Weekly hth - g a p ppp shp pim sog +/- gwg - w sv% so gaa saves
    27 man farm team - no cap - junior team can hold prospects to up till 3 years
    C Mathews Kadri E Lindholm
    Rw Toffoli Perry Neal
    Lw Forberg Hall Skinner
    Flex Perron E Kane Dadanov
    D Weber OEL Klef-Bomb Krug Rutta
    G Andersen Quick
    BN Hartnell Lehkonen Gourde Hartman Heed Miller Kempe Saros
    Notable prospects and farm- Hayden H Fleury Guhle Sikura Bracco
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    I was entertained throughout the entire piece!! Great read Emuuuuuuu..
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    Nice piece
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