clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Daily Dosage - Jan 4th, 2011

New, 7 comments
Leighton is the odd man out in Philly right now... but never count a Flyers goalie out.
Leighton is the odd man out in Philly right now... but never count a Flyers goalie out.

The Flyers placed Michael Leighton on waivers yesterday... so, for the moment, their goaltending situation has become a little clearer as they'll go with Boucher & Bobrovsky for a while (barring an injury).  This really helps the value of both these guys as they go from potentially being sent to the AHL to having a legitimate shot at being the #1 behind one of the best teams in the league.  This obviously hurts Leighton's value but let's see where he ends up before writing him off... and this is the Flyers, so it wouldn't surprise me in the least if Leighton was their starter by February.

Alexandre Burrows with two points, GWG & five shots last night and he's been good lately with 2+5=7 & a plus-6 in his last six games but his fantasy value has really taken a hit this year for GMs in standard leagues as he doesn't rack up the PIMs like he used to (on pace for 36 after 121 last year) and isn't shooting as much (on pace for 156 after 209 last year).

Back-to-back three pointers for John Tavares and he's on fire right now with 5+8=13 & 28 shots over his last nine games.  Some people might expect a 2nd half surge from Tavares & the Islanders but I don't see it coming as purging veterans and icing an AHL roster will catch up to them eventually.

Semi-final day at the WJCs yesterday... The Russians came from behind again to beat the Swedes in a shootout, Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and was Russia's best player but Adam Larsson was the best player for either team as the 18-year-old dman had 1+2=3.... Canada took it to the US and beat them pretty easily 4-1, it was a balanced attack from the Canadians but Ryan Johansen impressed again with another goal and he's now 2nd in tournament scoring with 3+6=9 in six games.  I have to admit that I was feeling this guy heading into the draft last summer but he's grown on me over the WJCs.

The Islanders PP has been effective lately and Andrew MacDonald is running things back there.  He had two PPA last night and has 9A (seven on the PP) over his last eight games... so give him a look if you need help over the short-term.

Rick DiPietro left last night's game injured and with Dwayne Roloson gone, Nathan Lawson was thrown in and stopped 28 of 29 shots to preserve the victory for RDP.  Lawson's had some solid numbers in limited action in the AHL the past two years (he's a bit off this year) but I wouldn't be going out and picking him up (this is the Islanders were talking about) even though he could be in for a bunch of action playing behind RDP (that is unless they go after another goalie... Leighton, perhaps?).

I really think this guy is one of the biggest wastes of space in the league but I have to give it up to Chris Higgins lately as he's proven to be somewhat useful with 4+4=8 & plus-8 over his last nine games... I won't be going near him purely based on principle, but be my guest.

Cory Schneider with another start (he's started four of the last six) and another win to improve his record to 7-0-2 and his numbers to 2.45 & .922.  I think our feelings on him are well known... he's a future #1, we just don't know where... or when.

Ryan Smyth had two goals last night and has five (three on the PP) over his last four games.  His assists are down this year but he's on pace to top 30 goals for the first time since his Edmonton days, assuming he can stay healthy.

Remember all the ha-bub about Marco Sturm going to the Kings and playing on the top line?... well he has 2+1=3 with 13 shots through his first eight games, hopefully you didn't get sucked into the hype.

Mikhail Grabovski kept the good times rolling with another goal last night to give him 9+3=12 over his last 12 games... just to show you that he's well rounded, he's also chipped in a plus-3, 16 PIMs & 40 shots over that stretch.

Eight shots on goal last night for Phil Kessel so his streak of fine play continued but unfortunately it came against the Bruins and he can't score against them.

The Hurricanes Zac Dalpe has two goals on two shots over the two games since his re-call from the AHL... maybe it's about time he saw some more ice-time?... he played 9:44 last night and that was a season high for him with Carolina.

Edmonton has recalled Linus Omark from OKC to fill-in for the injured Eberle.

The Rangers have sent Michael Del Zotto down to the AHL, he could be down there a while or it could just be a short stay to get his confidence back... I wouldn't lose faith in him over the long-term.  Ryan McDonagh has been called up to replace him and while he's a decent prospect, he doesn't have much offensive upside.

More news from the AHL...

  • With Erik Gustafsson in the NHL, Kings prospect Viatcheslav Voynov is now the leading scoring dmen in the AHL after a stretch with 2+12=14 over his last 14 games.
  • The Blues Jake Allen continues to dominate as he leads the league in gaa (1.60) & sv% (.950) and has 13 wins and five shutouts in only 16 games for Peoria.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, Nikita Filatov has not gone down and regained his confidence in the AHL as expected and he only has 1+3=4 & 14 shots in eight games with Springfield.