Posting a few thoughts for you to chew on as we head into a fairly heavy Saturday of NHL playoff action....


Via @MiikaaArponen 

"#Preds Miikka Salomaki was cut from the Finnish World Championship roster today. #Isles Jesse Joensuu was added"


The IIHF U18 World Men's Championship medal games take place Sunday.

Bronze - Canada vs. Finland

Gold/Silver - USA vs. Sweden



Morgan Rielly (2012 NHL Draft) played in his first game since December 28th as his Moose Jaw Warriors faced off against the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL Eastern Conference Finals.  Rielly had 1 assist in the 6-1 loss maintaining his point-per-game pace.  Edmonton's Henrik Samuelsson (son of former NHL defenseman Ulf) recorded 3 assists as he continues to play well since joining the Oil Kings mid-season.


Portland's Sven Bartschi (Flames) continues to dominate the WHL as his team defeated the Tri-City Americans in overtime to take game one of the Western Conference Final. Maple Leafs' prospect Brad Ross, Penguins' Joe Morrow and Blues' Ty Rattie added a point each in the win for Portland.  Teammates Ty Rattie (who I liked a lot at last years' draft) and Sven Bartschi sit atop the WHL Playoff scoring leaders list with 24 points each (12 games). Joe Morrow leads all WHL defenseman in scoring ...ya, Portland is STACKED!

Ducks' prospect Patrick Maroon had two goals and an assist in Tri-City's loss.


In game one of the Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference Final featuring Niagara IceDogs and Ottawa 67's, goaltending was the story of the opening expected.  Red Wings' prospect netminder Petr Mrazek continues to have a remarkable season as he stopped 49 of 51 shots but took the loss in overtime.  Coyotes' goaltending prospect Mark Visentin stopped 41 of 42 pucks in Niagara's 2-1 win.

Ryan Stome (Islanders), Freddie Hamilton (Sharks), Dougie Hamilton (Bruins), Tom Kuhnhackl (Penguins) and Brett Ritchie (Stars) picked up single points each in the victory.

Overage 67's defenseman Marc Zanetti has likely played in his last OHL game after kicking Tom Kuhnhackl in the head during a scrum.


Kitchener Ranger forwards Tobias Rieder (Oilers) and Michael Catenacci (undrafted) sit 1-2 in OHL scoring with 25 and 24 points, respectively.  Ryan Strome (Islanders), Brandon Saad (Blackhawks) and Alex Friesen (Canucks) round out the top five in scoring.


The Halifax Moosehead had a comeback of ages against Patrick Roy's Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL Conference Semi-Final as Halifax faught back from a 0-3 series deficit to win game 7 in overtime.  Halifax lost game one of the Conference Final to Rimouski 4-1.  Petr Straka (Blue Jackets) had a goal and an assist in the game.


The powerhouse Saint John Sea Dogs were victorious in their conference final series opening game winning 4-1 to record their ninth straight playoff win. Stanislav Galiev (Capitals) and Charlie Coyle (Wild) each tallied two points while Jonathan Huberdeau (Panthers) and Nathan Beaulieu (Canadiens) added single points in the win. Los Angeles Kings' goaltending prospect Christopher Gibson took the loss in net as he stopped 29 of 33 shots.


Wild prospects Charlie Coyle and Zack Phillips sit tied in QMJHL playoff scoring with 23 points through 9 playoff games. Halifax's Nathan MacKinnon (2013 draft class), Stanislav Galiev (Caps) sit third and fourth with 21 points.


Speaking of Nathan MacKinnon, check out his hit from last night....


The American Hockey League (AHL) playoffs have started so take the time to glance over the boxscores to see how your favourite prospects are performing when the pressures to produce are increased. 



AHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final Matchups (with a few notable prospects): 



Manchester Monarchs (Linden Vey, Justin Azevedo, Thomas Hickey, Richard Clune) 


Norfolk Admirals (Cory Conacher, Richard Panik, Jaroslav Janus, Dustin Tokarski)



St. John's IceCaps (Spencer Machacek, Patrice Cormier, Ben Maxwell)


Syracuse Crunch (Brandon McMillan, Patrick Maroon, Kyle Palmieri, Dan Sexton, Emerson Etem)



Connecticut Whale (Ryan Bourque, Casey Wellman, Christian Thomas, Pavel Valentenko, Tim Erixon)


Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Rhett Rakhshani, Casey Cizikas, David Ullstrom, Brock Nelson, Calvin de Haan, Ty Wishart, Mark Katic)



Hershey Bears (Cody Eakin, Chris Bourque, Ryan Potulny)


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Phillip Samuelsson, Alex Grant, Brad Thiessen)



Western Conference Quarter-Final Matchups:



Oklahoma City Barons (Tyler Pitlick, Philippe Cornet, Magnus Paajarvi, Anton Lander, Colten Teubert, Alex Plante)


Houston Aeros (Brett Bulmer, David McIntyre, Nick Palmieri, Tyler Cuma, Steven Kampfer, Matt Hackett)



Rochester Americans (Corey Tropp, Marcus Foligno, Luke Adam, TJ Brennan, Brayden McNabb)


Toronto Marlies (Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Carter Ashton, Matt Frattin, Jerry D'Amigo, Stuart Percy, Korbinian Holzer, Jake Gardiner, Ben Scrivens)



Chicago Wolves (Jordan Schroeder, Bill Sweatt, Nicklas Jensen, Kevin Connauton, Eddie Lack)


San Antonia Rampage (Jon Matsumoto, James Wright, Bill Thomas, Drew Shore, Alex Petrovic, Jacob Markstrom)



Abbotsford Heat (Akim Aliu, Roman Horak, Paul Byron, Greg Nemisz, Brian Connelly)


Milwaukee Admirals (Michael Latta, Taylor Beck, Chris Mueller, Teemu Laakso)


Thanks for reading. Enjoy the weekend hockey. 




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doulos said:

portland vs edmonton The Oil Kings and Winterhawks series is shaping up to be amazing. The Oil Kings had won 22 straight games, including 11 in the playoffs before finally losing 1 game to the Warriors and the Winterhawks have been a complete beast in the postseason, just having their way with Tri-City who I thought had a legitimate chance at making it to the Memorial Cup this year.

April 29, 2012
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mike hess said:

Ratings Well done as usual. No wonder this is the best hockey site...thanks Mike
April 22, 2012
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Dobber said:

... Mike Hess - if you click the word "outlook" beside the letter grade, it will lead you to the explanation page.
April 22, 2012
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Rankings @ Mike Hess,
The explanation of outlook was included in the initial ramblings but that isn't very convenient. I will look to place it in a place that is readily available to our readers.

Until then....

The Outlook grading system is designed to give you a ballpark idea of the quality of prospect you have for a deep keeper league. It is not a reflection of their "real" NHL-caliber skills, but instead it is a delicate balance of upside, NHL-readiness and the certainty that the player will achieve fantasy-worthy numbers as opposed to a lesser role on a less-desirable line.

A+: The prospect has great upside, is almost certain to not only make the NHL, but flourish in a top role. He will be in the NHL within two years and will make his impact early. Most likely, he will be found in the Top 20 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) and Top 5 (defensemen).

A: The prospect either has great upside, but not as certain as A+, or he has very good upside and very high certainty. Most likely he will be found in the Top 40 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) or Top 10 (defensemen).

A-: A slightly lesser combination of upside vs. certainty that you find with A prospects. These players will most likely be found in the Top 60 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) or Top 20 (defensemen).

B+: These prospects can have great upside, but carry some risk. These prospects can also have lesser upside and carry very little risk. Top 80 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) or Top 25 (defensemen).

B: As with B+, except it is looking as though these prospects are a little further off. So the wait on them will be longer. Top 100 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) or Top 30 (defensemen).

B-: At this point, any prospects with high-end upside are either quite risky or the wait is upwards of three years or more. Often a B- will indicate a modest upside of the mid-60s, be two years away and have reasonable certainty of making it. Top 120 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) or Top 35 (defensemen).

C+: Top 150 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) or Top 40 (defensemen).

C: Top 200 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) or Top 50 (defensemen).

C-: Top 250 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) or Top 60 (defensemen).

D+: Top 300 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) or Top 70 (defensemen).

D: Top 350 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) or Top 90 (defensemen).

D-: Often, this area is filled with either (a) 18-year-olds who were drafted late and are considered "projects", (b) prospects who are in the KHL/Europe and unlikely to come over, or (c) 25-year-olds who have yet to really get a sniff of the Show and probably won't. In the case of the "projects", the wait will be at least five or six years unless they make huge strides one year, in which case we would obviously bump up the fantasy grade. Top 400 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) or Top 110 (defensemen).

E: Barely on the radar, but worth a mention because you never know. For example, defenseman Jason Garrison was an E back in 2008 - undrafted, 25 years old, with numbers at other levels that were not exactly Earth shattering. But he then kicked off the 2011-12 NHL season with nine goals in his first 28 games. Top 700 in the Dobber Prospect Rankings (forwards) or Top 200 (defensemen). Jeff Hamilton is another example - he was 29 before he played his first full NHL season and he scored 18 goals that year (2006-07)

April 21, 2012
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Renaldo? said:

Teh Doktor
Great! This is really good!

And thank you for putting the team next to the players name. Sometimes on the mothersite, they'll talk about a player and I'll have no idea what team they are talking about. It's especially annoying when it's like the players first game or they were just called up... please continue the practice of identifying the players parent team.

April 21, 2012
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mike hess said:

rankings You might want to clue us in on what a C or C+ or B means. I am so used to the 6.5B ranking system I need to learn yours. .thanks Mike
April 21, 2012
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Awesome Wow, this is awesome.

And that was a great hit.
April 21, 2012
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mike hess said:

Nice job Well done Brendan...I enjoyed the summary and the comments..keep up the good work..
April 21, 2012
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