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12-team, experienced head-to-head league. I've never been a fan of drafting with the first overall pick because so many players are taken in between your selections--this is especially noticeable in the first 3-4 rounds.
I know the first comments on this team will be about defencemen, so let me address that up front: I think taking D early is a waste of a good pick. A 50-point defenceman in one of the first five rounds, when 30-goal/70-point forwards are still available, is not much more valuable than a 40-point defenceman, which I can snatch up in a much later round, when only 50-point forwards may be available. I know this is a controversial philosophy--what's your take on it?
(1) Alex Ovechkin (Was - LW)
(24) Ryan Miller (Buf - G)
(25) Antti Niemi (SJ - G)
(48) Joe Thornton (SJ - C)
(49) Jeff Skinner (Car - C,RW)
(72) Marian Hossa (Chi - RW)
(73) Jamie Benn (Dal - LW)
(96) Alex Tanguay (Cgy - LW)
(97) Justin Williams (LA - RW)
(120) Patrice Bergeron (Bos - C)
(121) James van Riemsdyk (Phi - LW)
(144) Steve Downie (TB - RW)
(145) Cam Fowler (Anh - D)
(168) Dennis Wideman (Was - D)
(169) Jakub Voracek (Phi - RW)
(192) Matt Carle (Phi - D)
(193) Dave Bolland (Chi - C)
(216) Marek Zidlicky (Min - D)
(217) T.J. Oshie (StL - C,RW)
(240) Tuukka Rask (Bos - G)
I agree, with you. It looks like you have a pretty good team, the only thing I might have done differently is skipped Niemi and picked up someone else the next round. but I know what you are saying about waiting all those picks until you are up again.
- 2 Replies to TWolf
Fair point, but I've been burned by average goaltending in the past and didn't want to take the risk this year. Good thing too, as no less than six goalies were taken before my next turn!!
I don't know about you, but I really like my tandem of Miller and Niemi, with Rask as a third to boost stats.
On your philosophy-- I tend to agree that in many league you can delay getting D-- But it also depends on your settings. Once Hits are in play its a completely different assessment.
I have a H2H where the cats for players are G A +/- PIM PPP SHP SOG and Hits-- ON those settings I think if you do NOT pick up a d early its a mistake