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  • Nicolai Nicolai Sep 6, 2012 5:34 PM Flag

    Final Keeper! Lupul or Shattenkirk

    So there are 122 keepers and Lupul is ranked higher than this. But I dont think they will keep the top122 based on average ranking... I really think you can redraft Lupul with the 5th overall pick, maybe even a better player.

    The problem is: you may start 4(?) Ds and there will be no way a top 10 defender available.
    without Shattenkirk you have no D and are in need to draft one. but you might not be the only one.
    considering the Rank A Ds will be all kept (no one will release Chara,Weber,Letang,Pietrangelo,Byfuglien or Karlsson). So at best you might grab one of the Top B Defenders where Shattenkirk belongs... maybe he will end up the best D available...then he wont make it far... considering your need on D, I would keep him. You may replace Lupul with a better player, but there wont be a better D available I tell you...

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    • Thanks a lot Nikolai, you made a lot of sense. Our league only allows you to keep 1 goalie so I know there will be a few goalies, at least 5 of the top 125 overall back in the draft. My second goalie was Niemi so if I can get him back with my 16th or 17th overall pick, I would be very happy. Not sure why they ranked him so low this year. I also have Ladd and Purcell that I'm not keeping who should go fairly early.

      • 1 Reply to Steve J
      • your very welcome,

        I think Niemi is ranked that low, because he will get a lot of heat if he starts slow...
        Greiss is a good underrated goaltender who might have developed so strongly that he can get 30 starts out of Niemi if he struggles... personally I like Niemi a lot - he was very strong last season for my regular-season-team...but in the FH-playoffs he killed me with horrible play -_-

        some fear he cant rebound? naa i dont think so... but expect Greiss to get some starts !
        (but this will happen to a lot of goaltenders this season... St.Louis is quite a model there)


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