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  • The Press Box April 29, 2012

    Happy Sunday!

    Jonathan Quick continues to stop pucks making it really difficult to bet against him. Did you guys see him last night when he got real low, I mean real low and was throwing out any body part to make the save? He could carry the Kings all the way! Click here to see save from last game.

    Yesterday’s games showcased two young players that you need to get on your fantasy squad as soon as possible before the rest of your pool realizes how good they are. Slava Voynov and Chris Kreider are going to be fantasy studs for a long, long time.

    Voynov scored his first Stanley Cup playoff goal of his career (click here to see). Voynov scored eight goals and 20 points in 54 games this season as a rookie, that’s 12 goals and 30 points over an 82 game schedule. He will easily hit 30+ points next season and should peak around 15-20 goals and 45-50 points a season.

    Kreider is a 6-3, 230 pound power forward that wins everywhere he plays. Click here to see his goal. Watch this goal by Brad Richards, see how Kreider makes a great heads up pass to Richards. The New York Rangers couldn’t wait for him to lose in the NCAA to get him into the NHL. Unfortunately for the Ranger Kreider played as much NCAA as possible winning his second NCAA title. Kreider is showing he is ready for full-time duty in the NHL and could score 25 goals and 50+ points as a rookie next season. His career potential is 45 goals and 90 points.

    The St. Louis Blues may be without Alex Pietrangelo for a while as he may have a concussion after being driven into the boards by Dwight King. If Pietrangelo is out long term this will really hurt the Blues offence, especially against the tight checking of the Kings who don’t give up a lot of goals. Kevin Shattenkirk is now the only offence the Blues will have from the back end. UPDATED: Hitch says Petro is day to day with upper body. "But just don't be writing him off yet." This was tweeted by Jeremy Rutherford.

    Check out this column about Brett Connolly’s first season in the NHL.
    As Connolly reflects on his first professional season, he acknowledges that it was a season full of learning both on and off the ice. “I was fortunate to have a very good group of leaders around. They made it a lot easier for me,” said Connolly. “It’s nice being around guys who have won Stanley Cups before. They taught me how to be professional, and I want to take that into next year for sure.”

    Connolly has always prided himself on being an offensive player, and he doesn’t have to look far inside his own locker room to find offensive motivation. He had the luxury of watching and learning from the NHL’s top goal scorer Steven Stamkos. “You see a guy like Stamkos, who scored 60 goals, and is in the gym every day,” said Connolly. “It rubs off on you and it’s nice to be around that type of attitude.” Click here to see column.

    P.K. Subban
    suffered a lower body injury at the World Hockey Championships in a pre-tournament game against Switzerland. Doesn’t sound serious but he didn’t return after the leaving the game in the first period for precautionary reasons.

    Daniel Alfredsson
    is thinking about retiring but likely won’t announce anything till summer time when he sees how his training is going. Hopefully he won’t wait till the very last minute so that fantasy owners have time to decide whether to protect him or not.

    Latest Tweets:

    Steve Zipay
    “Saw Brandon Dubinsky slowly walking to trainers' room on crutches. Count him out for tomorrow. Boyle progressing, feels better. Good sign.”

    Katie Strang
    “Tortorella on Kreider: "I don't think there's a faster skater on either team."”

    Dave Lozo
    “Ovechkin said he heard the "Ovi sucks" chants last night but didn't realize it was always at the 8-minute mark.”
    Stephen Whyno “Hunter explained that Dmitry Orlov was taken out of lineup late in reg season to go with more defensive defensemen on 3d pair.”

    Aaron Brouwer is the co-creator of FHC is a free fantasy hockey service that developed a ranking system combining post-lockout statistics, current factors and our own hockey knowledge. Brouwer writes a weekly fantasy hockey column for Bleacher Report, The Star Phoenix, Fantrax and Inside Hockey. Email Coach Brouwer at [email protected] or check us out on twitter at

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