I hope all of you have been solely focused on the playoffs, because if you haven't, then most of this won't be relevant to you.
Two kid lines?- I know it's the wrong time to be looking ahead, but consider this. The Anaheim Ducks have Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry locked up for next year, and Dustin Penner should be re-signed soon if Brian Burke is thinking straight. But, Drew Miller's performance in Game 1 of the Cup Finals shows that he is ready to join the lineup. Bobby Ryan, a highly touted Ducks prospect, had 11 points in his first 12 AHL games (including playoffs) and also looks prepared to be given a shot. Throw in 24-year-old center Ryan Carter, who looked pretty good in three playoff games this year, and the Ducks can have another kid line. Imagine that, Duck fans who dream of a repeat (if they win this year).
Phoenix fantasy better than life- Better start wishing you were me on East Side Hockey Manager, Don Maloney. The new Coyotes GM has to deal with the mess that is the Phoenix Coyotes, and he won't have it easy. However, I've come up with a plan that works while seeming unreasonable. Keep all your current players, and re-sign Jeremy Roenick. Yes, really. Then, acquire Petr Sejna off waivers, and have him replace Jeff Taffe. Also, receive Carlo Colaicovo from Toronto, Andy Delmore from Tampa Bay, and Hannu Toivinen from Boston. Keep Toivinen in the minors until Cujo, still your starter, gets injured and David LeNevue severely falters. Recall said Toivinen, and let him tear up said NHL until Coyotes are in playoffs against unreasonably strong Nashville Predators. Play like zombies until swept in four games.
07-08 Rookie group strong- Yes, the NHL will once again have several rookies that will provide plenty of interest. I know I already tried to make a big report on this, and it's still coming, but here are the most interesting ones. Bobby Ryan- The previously mentioned winger will certainly have a strong NHL debut, although, he may have to adjust to Andy McDonald's style of play if Teemu Selanne retires. Jonathan Toews- The Hawks have signed the college player to a contract. He should be able to crack the roster (it is Chicago), and will likely play a key role. Marc Staal- Staal is less guaranteed to make his team than the other two are, but he should still have a good chance. His defensive style can help the Rangers, so look for him to make a difference.
Posting tomorrow to review Game 2.