Fantasy Hockey News for Tuesday

Bruce Bennett

A fantasized look at Monday's NHL action

Just three games on the schedule last night, all three of which were shutouts. And just five goals in total, so this may be the shorted recap ever.

Skaters who were notable:

Charlie Coyle, featured in Sunday's Free Agents and Trade Targets post by Seagull, scored the Wild's lone goal. That's ten points in his last nine games. If he can stay on the top line with Koivu and Parise, his value skyrockets.

Mark Giordano scored Calgary's lone tally.

And that's about it. Sure there were a few other goals, but this was really a goaltender's showcase.

Goalies who got shutouts:

Ilya Bryzgalov: 24/24 - That's the second straight shutout for the eccentric goaltender, who is enjoying a revival of sorts in Minnesota. He was Seagull's Pickup of the Week and I swear if you've been following Seagull's advice all year there is no way you could lose your pool. It's like he has ESPN or something.

Karri Ramo: 31/31 - His 16-13-4 record doesn't look too bad on the Flames.

John Gibson: 18/18 - not bad for your NHL debut, Mr. Gibson. With Hiller being unsteady lately and Anderson injured, Gibson really stepped up and might even see another start before the end of the year. He is touted as a big part of the Duck's future (hence they could comfortably trade away Fasth earlier this year), but I can't see them planning to use him in the playoffs. Of course, nobody plans to use their third-string goalie in the playoffs.


Junior Playoff Watch

In the OHL, Nick Ritchie's Peterborough Petes won a seven-game series over Sam Bennett's Kingston Frontenacs. At 6'2" and 230 lbs, Ritchie is one of the biggest members of the 2014 draft class. Central Scouting had him ranked 7th among North American skaters at the halfway point. As a third-year winger, his point totals don't blow you away (74 points in 61 games), but his 136 penalty minutes was good for fifth in the league, so he's got a mean streak (or he closes his hand on the puck a lot, I didn't check). So far in the second round, his team has failed to score a goal and finds itself down 2-0 to the Oshawa Generals.

Leading the way for the Generals is Michael Dal Colle (2014), with 13 points in six games. Dal Colle is French for "The Glue."

San Jose Sharks prospect and 2012 second round pick Chris Tierney, who had 40 goals in the regular season in his fourth year, sits second in league scoring with 16 points in six games. His London Knights are 1-1 with Guelph after his incredible two-goal, three-assist performance on Sunday. He's normally overshadowed by younger teammates Bo Horvat and Max Domi. He hasn't even cracked Dobber's Top 215 Prospects list, but I could see him Tomas Hertling himself into a scoring role in San Jose in a couple of years.

In the WHL, Kelowna Rockets' Damon Severson (Devils) was named player of the week. The fourth-year defenceman put up an incredible three goals and four assists as the Rockets took the first two games against the Seattle Thunderbirds. With Larsson, Merrill and Gelinas, the Devils really don't need another promising young puck-moving defenceman, but I guess that's a nice problem to have. While that pace isn't normal, Severson, the 60th overall pick in 2012, was seventh among WHL defencemen in points during the regular season at just under a point-per-game pace.

In an incredible example of sport imitating Canadian economic policy, the Edmonton Oil Kings are crushing the Brandon Wheat Kings 8-0 through two games (no word on whether the winner will face the already-depleted Ontario Manufacturing Kings in the Memorial Cup). Brett Pollock (2014) is pacing the Oil Kings with four goals and four assists in six games. Nobody from the Oil Kings ranks among the top 20 playoff scorers.

No games on the schedule in the QMJHL last night. Jonathan Drouin (Lightning) is averaging over three points per game through six games. He has 13 assists already. Think he's going to enjoy playing with Stamkos?

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