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Ninety minutes on the Ice: Friends & Family Draft Review

And with the calendar turned to October, the eyes of the multi-sport rotohead now turn to … ice hockey.

A collection of 12 suspects (some the old usuals, some newcomers) gathered on Thursday for the fifth annual Yahoo! Friends & Family League draft. We laughed, we mocked, we shed blood, we broke up a fight or two. And when the smoke cleared and the horn sounded, 240 players were selected, covering various talent levels.

Draft reviews mean different things to different people. Perhaps you'll learn something from our hits and misses (and comments to that end), or maybe you'll be in the middle of a glorious nap before you finish this piece. That's up to you. We'd like to know which teams you like the most, in the comments; our fragile egos rest on your approval.

Game on. And yes, I'm working on the Big Board, Marc-André.

A very long odyssey through make-believe hockey is yours after the jump. Did I mention it's very long? It is.

Team 1: Peter Maingot
RotoWire.com

Previous F&F Finishes: 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 4th

1. (1) Alex Ovechkin(notes)
(Was — LW)
2. (24) Henrik Zetterberg(notes)
(Det — C,LW)
3. (25) Marc-Andre Fleury(notes)
(Pit — G)
4. (48) Danny Briere(notes)
(Phi — C,RW)
5. (49) Patrick Sharp(notes)
(Chi — C,LW)
6. (72) Dan Boyle(notes)
(SJ — D)
7. (73) Brent Burns(notes)
(SJ — D)
8. (96) Brenden Morrow(notes)
(Dal — LW)
9. (97) Tuukka Rask(notes)
(Bos — G)
10. (120) Tobias Enstrom(notes)
(Wpg — D)
11. (121) Shane Doan(notes)
(Pho — LW,RW)
12. (144) Patrik Elias(notes)
(NJ — LW)
13. (145) Cory Schneider(notes)
(Van — G)
14. (168) Andy McDonald(notes)
(StL — C,LW)
15. (169) Marek Zidlicky(notes)
(Min — D)
16. (192) Mathieu Garon(notes)
(TB — G)
17. (193) Mikael Samuelsson(notes)
(Van — RW)
18. (216) Grant Clitsome(notes)
(Cls — D)
19. (217) Steve Ott(notes)
(Dal — C)
20. (240) Marco Sturm(notes)
(Van — LW,RW)

Pick to Promote: You can expect 30-35 starts each for Rask and Garon. That's 30-35 wins combined. Moreover, either goalie could see far more starts as Thomas and Roloson are a combined 79 years of age (Rollie turns 42 on Oct.12).

Pick of Regret: I waited too long on right wing and was left with the scraps. I'm not convinced that Mikael Samuelsson can replicate last season's 50 points and 19 power play points.

Parting Shot: I love my defense: 47 goals and 88 power-play points last year in just 305 games.

Team 2: Matt Romig
Yahoo! Sports, @matt_romig

Previous F&F Finishes: 5th, 5th, 6th, 1st

1. (2) Daniel Sedin(notes)
(Van — LW)
2. (23) Carey Price(notes)
(Mon — G)
3. (26) Eric Staal(notes)
(Car — C)
4. (47) Marian Gaborik(notes)
(NYR — RW)
5. (50) Joe Thornton(notes)
(SJ — C)
6. (71) Jeff Skinner(notes)
(Car — C,RW)
7. (74) Keith Yandle(notes)
(Pho — D)
8. (95) Taylor Hall(notes)
(Edm — LW)
9. (98) Steve Mason(notes)
(Cls — G)
10. (119) Jason Spezza(notes)
(Ott — C)
11. (122) Ryan Whitney(notes)
(Edm — D)
12. (143) Justin Williams(notes)
(LA — RW)
13. (146) John Carlson(notes)
(Was — D)
14. (167) David Booth(notes)
(Fla — LW)
15. (170) Tomas Fleischmann(notes)
(Fla — LW)
16. (191) Roman Hamrlik(notes)
(Was — D)
17. (194) Jamie McBain(notes)
(Car — D)
18. (215) Al Montoya(notes)
(NYI — G)
19. (218) P.A. Parenteau(notes)
(NYI — RW)
20. (239) Rich Peverley(notes)
(Bos — C)

Pick to Promote: I'm looking forward to having Taylor Hall rostered in 2011-12. The 2008 No. 1 overall pick (Stamkos) jumped from 46 to 95 points in his sophomore campaign. The '09 top pick (Tavares) went from 54 to 67. Hall had 42 points in just 67 games as a rookie and at a relatively thin LW position. The kids catch on quick these days.

Pick of Regret: Marian Gaborik in the 4th round. You can't afford any misses this early and with Gaborik injuries aren't a risk, they're a certainty. For whatever reason this triggered a pattern as I followed later with Justin Williams (12th round) and David Booth (14th) before having to switch to auto-pick to attend to some work matters, which was my biggest regret.

Parting Shot:Brian Burke would be disgusted by the lack of truculence on this team — when Eric Staal is your enforcer, you under-drafted PIMs.

Team 3: Janet Eagleson
RotoWire.com

Previous F&F Finishes: 10th, 6th, 2nd, 6th
1. (3) Steven Stamkos(notes)
(TB — C)
2. (22) Anze Kopitar(notes)
(LA — C)
3. (27) Cam Ward(notes)
(Car — G)
4. (46) Claude Giroux(notes)
(Phi — C,RW)
5. (51) Loui Eriksson(notes)
(Dal — LW,RW)
6. (70) Dustin Brown(notes)
(LA — LW,RW)
7. (75) Dwayne Roloson(notes)
(TB — G)
8. (94) Martin Havlat(notes)
(SJ — RW)
9. (99) Alex Pietrangelo(notes)
(StL — D)
10. (118) Andrew Ladd(notes)
(Wpg — LW)
11. (123) Tomas Plekanec(notes)
(Mon — C)
12. (142) Steve Downie(notes)
(TB — RW)
13. (147) Mark Giordano(notes)
(Cgy — D)
14. (166) Evgeni Nabokov(notes)
(NYI — G)
15. (171) Jordan Eberle(notes)
(Edm — RW)
16. (190) Kevin Bieksa(notes)
(Van — D)
17. (195) Jonathon Blum(notes)
(Nsh — D)
18. (214) Peter Mueller(notes)
(Col — C,LW)
19. (219) Andy Greene(notes)
(NJ — D)
20. (238) Marc Staal(notes)
(NYR — D)

Eagleson Thoughts: Last year, I was burned by being unable to adjust to the draft runs and trends because I was on auto-draft the whole time. Not this year! Stamkos was a no-brainer at number three and I came within one pick of nabbing Ryan Miller(notes) in the second. Sitting in the third position, I decided to forego a goalie in round two (despite the run) and took Anze Kopitar. I had sworn I wouldn't grab two centers that early but he was hard to pass up. And besides, a glitch with my internet connection at that very moment meant the computer picked him for me. I think it worked out -- I'm thinking he's top-10 this year.

Cam Ward came to me in round three and from there, my focus turned to offense -- an approach that hasn't been my usual style. Right wing (and left for that matter) are usually thin so I started to accumulate high-SOG, multi-positional wingers as quickly as I could -- we roll three wingers on each side and the lists of decent guys dries up way quicker than usual. I drafted Claude Giroux with an eye to rolling him on RW rather than center-ice.

Overall, I'm pretty OK with my draft. I don't love it but I sure don't hate it. I have some injury risks but I also have some high-upside guys (some with positional flexibility) that could make me an powerful, in-season trade partner. I did find it really nerve-wracking this year, though -- that doesn't usually happen to me. I think that's because I seriously deviated from my usual draft patterns (and my pre-draft plan, too). I'm really looking forward to seeing how this new approach turns out -- maybe I'll be turning over a whole new leaf. Anything to make me more unpredictable and dangerous on the draft floor.

Team 4: Evan Berofsky
RotoWire.com, @evanberofsky

First Year in F&F

1. (4) Evgeni Malkin(notes)
(Pit — C,RW)
2. (21) Ryan Miller
(Buf — G)
3. (28) Jonathan Toews(notes)
(Chi — C)
4. (45) Miikka Kiprusoff(notes)
(Cgy — G)
5. (52) David Backes(notes)
(StL — RW)
6. (69) Matt Duchene(notes)
(Col — C)
7. (76) Duncan Keith(notes)
(Chi — D)
8. (93) Mark Streit(notes)
(NYI — D)
9. (100) Tyler Ennis(notes)
(Buf — C,LW)
10. (117) James Neal(notes)
(Pit — LW)
11. (124) Ryan Callahan(notes)
(NYR — RW)
12. (141) Drew Stafford(notes)
(Buf — RW)
13. (148) Brent Seabrook(notes)
(Chi — D)
14. (165) Kevin Shattenkirk(notes)
(StL — D)
15. (172) Dustin Penner(notes)
(LA — LW)
16. (189) Joni Pitkanen(notes)
(Car — D)
17. (196) Jose Theodore(notes)
(Fla — G)
18. (213) Tyler Seguin(notes)
(Bos — C)
19. (220) Adam Larsson(notes)
(NJ — D)
20. (237) Magnus Paajarvi(notes)
(Edm — LW)

Pick to Promote: Really happy to grab Mark Streit in the 8th round. Let's not forget he was a top-10 D scorer the three seasons before last year's injury. Already looks great in the preseason anchoring the Islanders' PP.

Pick of Regret: Since Jose Theodore (17th round) would be the obvious answer, I'm going to go with Dustin Penner (15th). Although all reports claim he's in great shape and playing alongside Anze Kopitar. I'll be happy with 20 goals; anything more will be a bonus.

Parting Shot: I only joined this league since someone told me first-time league participants are automatically awarded the title.

Team 5: Mark McLarney
RotoWire.com

Previous F&F Finishes: 4th, 12th, 7th, 2nd

1. (5) Corey Perry(notes)
(Anh — RW)
2. (20) Antti Niemi(notes)
(SJ — G)
3. (29) Tim Thomas(notes)
(Bos — G)
4. (44) Zdeno Chara(notes)
(Bos — D)
5. (53) Dany Heatley(notes)
(Min — RW)
6. (68) Johan Franzen(notes)
(Det — LW,RW)
7. (77) David Krejci(notes)
(Bos — C)
8. (92) Mikhail Grabovski(notes)
(Tor — C)
9. (101) Alex Goligoski(notes)
(Dal — D)
10. (116) Ryan Suter(notes)
(Nsh — D)
11. (125) Brandon Dubinsky(notes)
(NYR — C,LW)
12. (140) Nikolai Kulemin(notes)
(Tor — LW)
13. (149) Michael Grabner(notes)
(NYI — RW)
14. (164) Brad Marchand(notes)
(Bos — C)
15. (173) Travis Hamonic(notes)
(NYI — D)
16. (188) Brooks Laich(notes)
(Was — LW)
17. (197) Stefan Elliott(notes)
(Col — D)
18. (212) Clarke MacArthur(notes)
(Tor — LW)
19. (221) Andrew MacDonald(notes)
(NYI — D)
20. (236) Martin Erat(notes)
(Nsh — RW)

Team 6: Matt Cubeta
NHL.com, @NHLcomFantasy

Previous F&F Finish: 11th

1. (6) Pavel Datsyuk(notes)
(Det — C,LW)
2. (19) Pekka Rinne(notes)
(Nsh — G)
3. (30) Ryan Getzlaf(notes)
(Anh — C)
4. (43) Shea Weber(notes)
(Nsh — D)
5. (54) Mike Richards(notes)
(LA — C)
6. (67) Martin Brodeur(notes)
(NJ — G)
7. (78) Chris Stewart(notes)
(StL — RW)
8. (91) Marian Hossa(notes)
(Chi — RW)
9. (102) Teemu Selanne(notes)
(Anh — RW)
10. (115) Dion Phaneuf(notes)
(Tor — D)
11. (126) Jamie Benn(notes)
(Dal — LW)
12. (139) James van Riemsdyk(notes)
(Phi — LW)
13. (150) James Wisniewski(notes)
(Cls — D)
14. (163) Erik Johnson(notes)
(Col — D)
15. (174) Chris Kunitz(notes)
(Pit — LW)
16. (187) Sheldon Souray(notes)
(Dal — D)
17. (198) Ryan Ellis(notes)
(Nsh — D)
18. (211) Sergei Kostitsyn(notes)
(Nsh — LW)
19. (222) Derek Stepan(notes)
(NYR — C)
20. (235) Daniel Alfredsson(notes)
(Ott — RW)

Pick to Promote: Chris Stewart — I grabbed him in the seventh round and feel like he could finally get over that 30-goal hump this season. Last year he scored 28 in just 62 games, so 30 should be a lock if healthy. Plus he also contributes solid penalty minutes and is the most talented forward on a young and still rising St. Louis offense.

Pick of Regret: I'm leery on: Martin Brodeur — I drafted Marty in the sixth round mainly because I was desperate for another starting goalie. I was looking for someone that would get plenty of starts, but of course Marty is starting to get older and had a rough season when he was healthy last year. I expect the Devils to be better, but Brodeur's outstanding career could finally be on the decline. Time will tell.

Parting Shot:I was completely shocked to see that Mike Green(notes) was the first defenseman off the board, considering his injuries and minimized production when healthy last season. I felt there were several other blueliners that deserved the nod well ahead of him.

Team 7: Andrew Mak
Yahoo! Contributor Network

Previous F&F Finish: 8th

1. (7) Martin St. Louis(notes)
(TB — RW)
2. (18) Patrick Kane(notes)
(Chi — RW)
3. (31) Alexander Semin(notes)
(Was — LW,RW)
4. (42) Ilya Kovalchuk(notes)
(NJ — LW,RW)
5. (55) Jimmy Howard(notes)
(Det — G)
6. (66) Ryane Clowe(notes)
(SJ — LW,RW)
7. (79) Niklas Backstrom(notes)
(Min — G)
8. (90) Alexandre Burrows(notes)
(Van — LW)
9. (103) Tyler Myers(notes)
(Buf — D)
10. (114) Mikko Koivu(notes)
(Min — C)
11. (127) James Reimer(notes)
(Tor — G)
12. (138) Stephen Weiss(notes)
(Fla — C)
13. (151) Cam Fowler(notes)
(Anh — D)
14. (162) Victor Hedman(notes)
(TB — D)
15. (175) Tomas Kaberle(notes)
(Car — D)
16. (186) Devin Setoguchi(notes)
(Min — RW)
17. (199) Valtteri Filppula(notes)
(Det — C)
18. (210) Marc-Andre Bergeron(notes)
(TB — D)
19. (223) Cody Franson(notes)
(Tor — D)
20. (234) Vinny Prospal(notes)
(Cls — C,LW)

Pick to Promote: What's sicker: Landing Mikko Koivu, a more complete version of Mike Ribeiro(notes), 30 picks after Ribeiro's taken; or me battling this fever, barely able to keep my face off the keyboard? Last season, Koivu played alongside less-than-decorated scorers Brunette, Miettinen and Bouchard, yet he still managed a top 75 campaign; Koivu's a playmaker, so the additions of snipers Seto and Heatley only help to boost his value and point potential. Dubinsky and Staal are two others who are poised for breakout years.

Pick of Regret: Blueliners I would draft before Victor Hedman, if given a mulligan: Erik Johnson, Marek Zidlicky, Kimmo Timonen(notes), Joni Pitkanen, among others. The unfortunate part of this was that I knew going in, that he wasn't slated for time on the extra-man. Upside's not typically my weakness.

Parting Shot:When I took Reimer a little part of me died inside, and I drank until I couldn't feel anymore and passed out (man, that Robitussin Extra Strength works like a charm!).

Team 8: Brandon Funston
Yahoo! Sports, @1befun

Previous F&F Finishes: 8th, 9th, 8th

1. (8) Henrik Sedin(notes)
(Van — C)
2. (17) Roberto Luongo(notes)
(Van — G)
3. (32) Brad Richards(notes)
(NYR — C)
4. (41) Mike Green
(Was — D)
5. (56) Drew Doughty(notes)
(LA — D)
6. (65) Lubomir Visnovsky(notes)
(Anh — D)
7. (80) Nicklas Lidstrom(notes)
(Det — D)
8. (89) Christian Ehrhoff(notes)
(Buf — D)
9. (104) Paul Stastny(notes)
(Col — C)
10. (113) Craig Anderson(notes)
(Ott — G)
11. (128) Alex Tanguay(notes)
(Cgy — LW)
12. (137) Erik Cole(notes)
(Mon — LW,RW)
13. (152) R.J. Umberger(notes)
(Cls — LW)
14. (161) Rene Bourque(notes)
(Cgy — LW,RW)
15. (176) Milan Hejduk(notes)
(Col — RW)
16. (185) Curtis Glencross(notes)
(Cgy — LW)
17. (200) Devan Dubnyk(notes)
(Edm — G)
18. (209) Derick Brassard(notes)
(Cls — C)
19. (224) Kris Versteeg(notes)
(Fla — LW)
20. (233) Bryan McCabe(notes)
(NYR — D)

Editor's Note: Brandon had a power outage and was, unfortunately, unable to draft as scheduled Thursday night. His roster was selected by autodraft. If the team happens to disappoint, all blame can be placed at the skates of the guy who did the ranks and projections — some Janikowski or Gronkowski fellow, I forget the name.

Team 9: John Toperzer
RotoWire.com

Previous F&F Finish: 3rd

1. (9) Nicklas Backstrom(notes)
(Was — C)
2. (16) Zach Parise(notes)
(NJ — LW)
3. (33) Jonathan Quick(notes)
(LA — G)
4. (40) Jaroslav Halak(notes)
(StL — G)
5. (57) Joe Pavelski(notes)
(SJ — C,RW)
6. (64) Milan Lucic(notes)
(Bos — LW)
7. (81) Michael Cammalleri(notes)
(Mon — LW)
8. (88) Patric Hornqvist(notes)
(Nsh — RW)
9. (105) Alexander Edler(notes)
(Van — D)
10. (112) Jack Johnson(notes)
(LA — D)
11. (129) Brad Boyes(notes)
(Buf — C,RW)
12. (136) Jonathan Bernier(notes)
(LA — G)
13. (153) Patrice Bergeron(notes)
(Bos — C)
14. (160) Dennis Wideman(notes)
(Was — D)
15. (177) Teddy Purcell(notes)
(TB — RW)
16. (184) T.J. Oshie(notes)
(StL — C,RW)
17. (201) Gabriel Landeskog(notes)
(Col — LW)
18. (208) Tyler Kennedy(notes)
(Pit — LW,RW)
19. (225) Dennis Seidenberg(notes)
(Bos — D)
20. (232) Fedor Tyutin(notes)
(Cls — D)

Picks to Promote: Really excited about Zach Parise (2.04), 40 goals, 350-plus SOG and playing for contract. Alex Edler (9.09) missed 30 games and still had 33 points (17 on the power play). Vancouver will need him even more with Christian Ehrhoff gone to Buffalo.

Picks of Regret: Brad Boyes (11.09) could be pretty good or bad. Flip a coin. Very inconsistent. Role on team diminished at season's start. Teddy Purcell (15.09) His numbers suggest he's worth the pick, but I could've likely picked him up later. Just one good year after four years of struggles. Fingers crossed.

Parting Shot: Never trust chat boards that pump up goalie runs after they've already taken theirs (Peter Maingot, I'm looking at you!). Taking Jaroslav Halak in Round 4 instead of someone like Claude Giroux (4.10) could come back to bite me.

Team 10: Eric Maltais
NHLTradeTracker.com

Previous F&F Finishes: 6th

1. (10) Sidney Crosby(notes)
(Pit — C)
2. (15) Ilya Bryzgalov(notes)
(Phi — G)
3. (34) Corey Crawford(notes)
(Chi — G)
4. (39) Thomas Vanek(notes)
(Buf — LW)
5. (58) Ryan Kesler(notes)
(Van — C)
6. (63) Kris Letang(notes)
(Pit — D)
7. (82) P.K. Subban(notes)
(Mon — D)
8. (87) Derek Roy(notes)
(Buf — C)
9. (106) Jaromir Jagr(notes)
(Phi — RW)
10. (111) Jordan Staal(notes)
(Pit — C,LW)
11. (130) Nathan Horton(notes)
(Bos — RW)
12. (135) Ales Hemsky(notes)
(Edm — RW)
13. (154) Ondrej Pavelec(notes)
(Wpg — G)
14. (159) Evander Kane(notes)
(Wpg — LW)
15. (178) Patrik Berglund(notes)
(StL — C)
16. (183) Sergei Gonchar(notes)
(Ott — D)
17. (202) Brian Campbell(notes)
(Fla — D)
18. (207) Anton Babchuk(notes)
(Cgy — D)
19. (226) Kyle Okposo(notes)
(NYI — RW)
20. (231) Ville Leino(notes)
(Buf — LW)

Pick to Promote: Considering there were only 24 players to hit the 70-point mark last season, I was extremely happy with getting Ales Hemsky in the 12th round. I know it's a big IF, but if Hemmer can play 75 games, I'd put my money on him reaching 70 points. I really like the young talent in Edmonton and I believe Hemsky will feed on it and could have a career year...provided his body holds up.

Pick of Regret: Half my team has serious health issues, so I could dwell on that, but the pick I'm really anxious about is Ilya Bryzgalov in the second round. On paper, the Flyers have a team to contend for the President's trophy, but the dynamics of the team have completely changed with the Mike Richards and Jeff Carter(notes) trades. I drafted Bryzgalov expecting over 40 wins which doesn't allow much time for the new Philly roster to gel, but I remain nervously confident.

Parting Shot:Love my draft if my picks can average 75 games played, but right now those odds are as good as the odds of two MLB teams coming back from eight games out in September to make the playoffs . . . well, I guess anything's possible.

Team 11: Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports, @scott_pianowski

Previous F&F Finishes: 2nd, 1st, 12th, 5th

1. (11) Henrik Lundqvist(notes)
(NYR — G)
2. (14) Tomas Vokoun(notes)
(Was — G)
3. (35) Patrick Marleau(notes)
(SJ — C,LW)
4. (38) Jeff Carter
(Cls — C,RW)
5. (59) John Tavares(notes)
(NYI — C)
6. (62) Dustin Byfuglien(notes)
(Wpg — RW,D)
7. (83) Phil Kessel(notes)
(Tor — RW)
8. (86) Kari Lehtonen(notes)
(Dal — G)
9. (107) Matt Moulson(notes)
(NYI — LW)
10. (110) Jason Pominville(notes)
(Buf — RW)
11. (131) Niklas Kronwall(notes)
(Det — D)
12. (134) Brian Gionta(notes)
(Mon — RW)
13. (155) Joe Corvo(notes)
(Bos — D)
14. (158) Alex Steen(notes)
(StL — C,LW)
15. (179) Ryan Smyth(notes)
(Edm — LW)
16. (182) Kimmo Timonen
(Phi — D)
17. (203) Jussi Jokinen(notes)
(Car — LW)
18. (206) Ian White(notes)
(Det — D)
19. (227) Danny Cleary(notes)
(Det — RW)
20. (230) Kurtis Foster(notes)
(Anh — D)

Pick to Promote: I like Ian White as a semi-sleeper, paired with Nik Lidstrom. And Joe Corvo will be the player the Bruins though they were getting with Tomas Kaberle.

Pick of Regret: I'm never going to feel good about rostering Phil Kessel, no matter the context.

Parting Shot:Because I went with two goalies early, I really need my scorers from Round 3-7 to be good. Damn, I just saw Kessel's name again. Prank caller, prank caller.

Team 12: Daniel Coburn
Razzball.com, @Razzballhockey

First Year in F&F

1. (12) Bobby Ryan(notes)
(Anh — LW)
2. (13) Jarome Iginla(notes)
(Cgy — RW)
3. (36) Rick Nash(notes)
(Cls — LW,RW)
4. (37) Jonas Hiller(notes)
(Anh — G)
5. (60) Logan Couture(notes)
(SJ — C)
6. (61) Vincent Lecavalier(notes)
(TB — C)
7. (84) Mike Ribeiro
(Dal — C)
8. (85) Scott Hartnell(notes)
(Phi — LW)
9. (108) Erik Karlsson(notes)
(Ott — D)
10. (109) Chris Pronger(notes)
(Phi — D)
11. (132) Semyon Varlamov(notes)
(Col — G)
12. (133) Jakub Voracek(notes)
(Phi — RW)
13. (156) Andrei Markov(notes)
(Mon — D)
14. (157) Mike Smith(notes)
(Pho — G)
15. (180) John-Michael Liles(notes)
(Tor — D)
16. (181) Michael Frolik(notes)
(Chi — C,RW)
17. (204) Simon Gagne(notes)
(LA — LW)
18. (205) Carlo Colaiacovo(notes)
(StL — D)
19. (228) Jason Demers(notes)
(SJ — D)
20. (229) Olli Jokinen(notes)
(Cgy — C)

Pick to Promote: I'm all about Weapon X Logan Couture with the last pick in the 5th Round (60th overall). He scored 32 Goals on an awesome 253 Shots last year and now with Heatley out of the picture I think he'll see time on the Top Power Play unit with Marleau and Jumbo Joe. I'm calling 40 Goals — you heard it here first!

Pick of Regret: My biggest regret without question was Andrei Markov in Round 13. I felt dumb doing it at the time and now a day later I'm having a hard time looking myself in the mirror. Absolutely awful pick.

Parting Shot: After a few rounds I realized my draft board was quickly being shredded and these guys (and gal) are called "experts" for a reason.

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