Aug
31

Rangers 2015 Traverse City Tournament roster

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The New York Rangers have released their 2015 Traverse City Tournament roster. There are 23 players on the roster, comprised of 21 skaters and two goalies. Most of these guys should look familiar. For those that don’t –likely the ATO’s– Josh did a primer on all of them. You should check them out.

Full roster is after the jump.

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Aug
31

Previewing the battle for the last two roster spots

August 31, 2015, by · Comments (28)
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It’s almost Lindberg time.

August is at an end, and with September beginning tomorrow, we enter a month where there will be hockey on television. The Traverse City Tournament will be held from September 11-15 in Detroit, and the training camp will open almost immediately after. It is so nice to know we are two weeks away from hockey.

With that we can start looking ahead to the only two battles in camp, those for the 12F and 13F spots on the roster. This assumes that Viktor Stalberg makes the lineup as this year’s Benoit Pouliot/Lee Stempniak, though.

There are the incumbents, there are favorites, there are dark horses, and there are wild cards alike. So let’s break them down.

The Incumbent

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Aug
28

Justin’s 4th Annual Top 30 Goaltenders List (10-1)

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Happy Friday, BSB faithful! Welcome to the final installment of the 4th Annual Top 30 Goaltenders List. It’s been a wild ride, but here we are. The first two editions of the rankings can be found here and here, and the first post will outline the format if you are late to the party. A few readers have reached out looking for a write up on the guys who were left off the list from last season, since there was a ton of turnover this time around. If there is interest in that, I can definitely put a post like that together. You can think of it as a spin-off to the original.

Without any further delay, here are your Top 10. Read More→

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Aug
27

Around the league & Rangers prospects hit the ice

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Uber prospect?

It bears repeating. We’re in the dog days folks. If you’re into your European soccer, or NFL training camps/meaningless preseason shenanigans then I’m sure you’re coping. If you’re not then I hope we’re keeping you sane here at Blueseatblogs. Without further delay, on to the latest Around the League post.

Christian Ehrhoff signs for LA 1.5m 1 year

Christian Ehrhoff has finally found a home this offseason. The veteran German defenseman has signed a relatively paltry one year deal with the Kings for $1.5m. Ehrhoff had a pretty disappointing year with the Pens last season, struggling to stay healthy and putting up almost career worst numbers. However, this deal represents almost no risk for the Kings and makes you wonder why no other contending team jumped on Ehrhoff if he was available at this kind of cap commitment. If Ehrhoff can get back to his 30-40 point form he would represent a major steal for the Kings.

Carolina getting analytical

The cellar dwellers that are the Carolina Hurricanes have become the latest franchise to hire a blogger to help with their increased focus on analytics (maybe Dave has a future in hockey as well?…). Former blogger Eric Tulsky joined the ‘Canes as ‘Hockey Analyst’ last week. Hockey continues to move more and more towards analytics. Maybe it’s time I started to understand a bit more about all these fancy numbers…

Yahoo name Kreider as a fantasy sleeper

More and more fantasy posts are coming out now, looking ahead to the new year (‘tis the season) and Yahoo have suggested Chris Kreider could be a breakout candidate; something we’ve discussed numerous times. It’s a list worth looking at if you’re fantasy inclined.

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Aug
26

Reasonable expectations for Oscar Lindberg

August 26, 2015, by · Comments (42)
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Lindberg (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

When the Rangers re-signed Oscar Lindberg to his two-year deal (one-way deal, guaranteeing his salary), they did so with the assumption that Lindberg will make the club. His spot on the roster is still up in the air, as he could be as high as 3C and as low as 13F, but he will be with the Rangers when the regular season starts. Where Lindberg slots in will have a major effect on his production for the upcoming season.

Lindberg has been one of Hartford’s best forwards for two seasons now. Last season he put up 28-28-56 in 75 games, an improvement on his 18-26-44 from the season prior. While with the Wolf Pack, Lindberg played on the top line, getting significant powerplay and penalty kill time as well.

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Aug
25

Columbus Blue Jackets offseason recap

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Brandon Saad has tallied 14 goals across the last two postseasons

Brandon Saad has tallied 14 goals across the last two postseasons

Last year: 42-35-5, fifth in the Metro Division. Missed the playoffs by nine points.

Key additions: Brandon Saad, Gregory Campbell, Zach Werenski, Gabriel Carlsson, Mike Paliotta, Paul Bittner

Key subtractions: Marko Dano, Artem Anisimov, Mark Letestu, Jeremy Morin, Jack Skille

Offense: A team already loaded with young talent pulled off the shocker of the offseason by landing the 22-year-old Saad from Chicago. In the process, Columbus identified its three pillars up front to build around, with Saad joining superstar in the making Ryan Johansen and new captain Nick Foligno. Former Ranger Brandon Dubinsky was a critical cog as recently as 12 months ago, but he’ll be in more of a depth role going forward and will be expected to provide a tremendous example for the younger players. David Clarkson’s contract sticks out like a sore thumb and Scott Hartnell might join him before long, but it hardly matters. The aforementioned trio along with Boone Jenner, Alex Wennberg, Cam Atkinson, Josh Anderson and Matt Calvert represent the present and future for Columbus, with top prospects Sonny Milano, William Karlsson, Kerby Rychel and Oliver Bjorkstrand following close behind. The Jackets have an embarrassment of riches and just need to take some time to determine who else is part of the core alongside Johansen, Foligno and Saad.
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Aug
24

Third annual New York Rangers top 25 under 25 (Part Two)

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Tambellini

Last week, I went through the bottom half of the third annual Top 25 Under 25 for the New York Rangers. The bottom half of the list is fairly interesting, because it had some players fall off the list completely, and players like Ryan Bourque, Cristival “Boo” Nieves, and Steven Fogarty fall significantly. This has a lot to do with the recent influx of talented prospects from the 2015 draft.

Remember though, there are a good number of players under 25 years of age that are on the NHL roster, and naturally that puts them ahead of a lot of players that still qualify as prospects. So let’s round out the top-12 players in the Top 25 Under 25 for the Rangers.

12. Adam Tambellini – Forward, 2013 3rd round (LY: 16)

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Aug
21

Justin’s 4th Annual Top 30 Goaltenders List (20-11)

August 21, 2015, by · Comments (18)
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Welcome to the second installment of the 4th Annual Top 30 Goaltenders List! This time around we will be ranking goaltenders 20-11. In case you missed it, the 30-21 bracket, in addition to all this year’s housekeeping considerations can be found right here. Since that all that good stuff was covered in the first post, let’s jump right in… Read More→

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Aug
20

Around the league and Ranger projections

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Kreider (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It truly is the dog days of summer. It’s not just the Rangers that are quiet but the league in general is in its summer slumber but there’s still a few things worth discussing – both Ranger and league wide.

Danny Briere officially retired this week. Another undersized player, like Marty St Louis Briere also had to fight his way up depth charts to forge a good career. Even though he was a first round draft pick he wasn’t an immediate success. Not Hall of Fame worthy but almost 700 points as well as over 100 playoff points makes an impressive resume.

Offseason (slightly biased) prediction: Henrik Lundqvist finally wins his second Vezina. He should be fresh and will have a pretty big workload meaning strong volume stats.

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Aug
19

Philadelphia Flyers offseason recap

August 19, 2015, by · Comments (22)
Jakub Voracek inked an eight-year, $66 million extension this offseason

Jakub Voracek inked an eight-year, $66 million extension this offseason

Last year: 33-31-18, sixth in the Metro Division. Missed the playoffs by 14 points.

Key additions: Sam Gagner, Evgeny Medvedev, Michal Neuvirth, Colin McDonald

Key subtractions: Chris Pronger’s contract, Zac Rinaldo, Nicklas Grossmann

Offense: The Flyers had no choice but to reward Jakub Voracek with a massive extension after he finished fourth in the league in points last season. Between him and Claude Giroux, the Flyers have the start of a dynamic offense. Unfortunately, they’ve had trouble filling in holes around that duo, not dissimilar to the Penguins’ struggles to find running mates for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. There were high hopes for Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, but while both fill valuable two-way roles, neither has proven capable of posting big offensive numbers. The next-best scoring threat remains power forward Wayne Simmonds, who is virtually unmovable in front of the net, especially on the power play. Perhaps newcomer Gagner will finally blossom, or someone like Michael Raffl or Matt Read will really emerge, but Schenn and Couturier remain the two players squarely in the spotlight. 2015 first-round pick Travis Konecny could be the answer before long. Read More→

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