Ryan Callahan avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year deal with the Rangers yesterday... there is so much to like with him as he does a little of everything (except FOWs). Here's what his numbers might have looked like if he hadn't missed 22 games last year... 31+34=65, 63 PIMs, 306 hits, 105 bks, 245 shots. He would have been 3rd in the league in hits and led all forwards in bks. This guy is a fantasy monster and his injury last year likely leaves him undervalued heading into drafts this year... you know what to do.
Ray Emery has accepted a training camp invite from the Blackhawks... good move for him as while Alexander Salak has a one-way deal and is penciled into the #2 role, there is an opportunity here if Emery looks as good as he did last year in 10 games with the Ducks. Most likely they'll ask him to start the year in the AHL as insurance in case Crawford or Salak falter or come down with injuries. This definitely has to make Salak nervous but I'm still pretty high on him and think he's a nice darkhorse pick this year.
Great stuff from Jewels From The Crown that shows the age of every one of the NHL's 50 goal seasons. Definitely an interesting visual with fantasy relevance. They have the dropoff starting at age 27 and it's pretty clear that after 28 you'd have to be smoking something fierce to expect a 50 goal season, especially these days.
Scott Reynolds at Copper & Blue tries to come up with some comparables for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and his first iteration produces Jason Bonsignore as the best match. Not happy with that answer, for obvious reasons - especially to Oilers fans, he tries again and comes up with an pretty uninspiring list that includes names such as Jakub Voracek, PM Bouchard & Boyd Devereaux. I offered up Claude Giroux as a pretty good statistical comparable but I still have some serious concerns about RNH's lack of production at ES (.69 ppg) which is why we only have him at #3 in our ranking of the top 100 2011 draft eligibles from a fantasy perspective.