Playoff pools are a strange animal.
Personally, I feel my fantasy hockey successes tend to come from an evolving combination of waiver wire pickups, deep draft pick bargains and the occasional sell-high/buy-low trade. Generally, it seems like the good times stem from studying the movements of others, whether that amounts to the play of dark horse players, people undervaluing certain guys in a draft or overvaluing fellows whose hot streaks might peter out.
A significant amount of those advantages dissolve in a playoff instead of regular season pool.
So take that previous bit as a disclaimer: postseason fantasy hockey represents uncharted wilderness to me. As far as my foggy memory goes, this is now just the second year I’ve done anything fantasy-wise when “the games matter the most.”
Now that the grains of salt have dissolved on your taste buds, I’d like to trot out a few thoughts on how you should select your playoff team(s).
(By the way, the folks at Fantasy Postseason have a format available for you to enjoy right after you finish reading this column.)
While I appreciate the comfortable feeling of picking players from bad teams just about as readily as I do players from dominant squads in the regular season format, there’s a strangely subversive element to disregarding one or more of the 16 postseason squads available in a playoff draft.
Really, you have to ask yourself a crucial question: “Do I want to win this league or do I just want to save face and be competitive?”
Hopefully you want to win the league. If that’s your choice, then I’d strongly recommend “investing” heavily in specific teams rather than trying to spread the wealth by grabbing a guy or two from all 16 squads. After all, there will only be eight left after round one, four remaining after round two and so on …
With that in mind, it’s important to note the ebbs and flows of your league, and maybe even identify some prejudices. Is everyone mocking a decent-enough team to the point that no one’s taking them? Is one squad being picked to bits as if owners are vultures? These are key observations if you want to stock up on players from a team (or teams) who will make a deep playoff run.
YET BE PREPARED TO SCUTTLE THAT PLAN
Of course, some might become so intoxicated by the formulas they’ve concocted that they’re unwilling to acknowledge a failed recipe. In a draft with limited resources like a playoff pool, it’s important not to depend too much on getting the right picks at the right time. It’s also dangerous to reach for lower-end talent when there are clearly superior values.
With that in mind, you have to be prepared to throw out previous notions if it’s clear that other people have the same ideas.
DETERMINE A DARK HORSE OR TWO
Most importantly, you should note that the highest seeds are likely to draw the most attention. Sure, everyone wants to load up on players from a powerhouse like the Pittsburgh Penguins or Chicago Blackhawks, but taking that journey means traveling down the path of most resistance.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s fine to get guys from those teams when it makes sense (I have Evgeni Malkin [first overall] and Marian Hossa [21st overall] myself), but you’re more likely to lock down multiple quality players from teams who are riskier.
Before you draft, make note of the teams you believe have the chance to advance at least two or three rounds. Depending upon how your draft breaks, you might get some real value by picking a bunch of players from those squads while everyone fights for the sixth or seventh best guy with a Native American logo on his chest.
On Page 2, I’ll discuss how this team ID process a) kinda just fell into place and b) prompted me to make a substantial risk or two.
GET GOALIES EARLY
Depending upon how stat categories are laid out, it often pays to WAIT for second or third-tier goalies during regular season drafts. That’s not really the case with netminders in playoff pools, however.
Think about it this way: there are just eight starting goalies who will see the second round of the postseason. Backups are only going to see time if 1) the guy in front of him implodes or 2) the guy in front of him gets injured.
While forwards and defensemen are plentiful, netminders are a scarce resource that probably won’t last more than a round or two.
Obviously, use your best judgment with what might be a “reach,” but make sure you get at least one starter you can believe in.
Now that I’ve laid out a few drafting tips, check out the next page to see how the Rotoworld playoff draft went. Try not to giggle too loudly at my team, as I’m fragile about these things.
Conveniently enough for this column (and not quite as conveniently enough in the sense that I had to be the first guy pulling the trigger in the draft), I received the top pick, so we can start with my team. Here’s the old battle axe:
Round Pick Player Name Pos Team Pick Type
1 1 Evgeni Malkin F Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
2 20 Carey Price G Montreal Canadiens MANUAL
3 21 Marian Hossa F Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
5 41 Viktor Fasth G Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
6 60 Brent Burns D San Jose Sharks MANUAL
7 61 Drew Doughty D Los Angeles Kings MANUAL
8 80 Zach Parise F Minnesota Wild MANUAL
9 81 Michael Ryder F Montreal Canadiens MANUAL
10 100 Ryan Suter D Minnesota Wild MANUAL
11 101 Derek Roy F Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
12 120 Justin Williams F Los Angeles Kings MANUAL
13 121 Jaroslav Halak G St. Louis Blues MANUAL
14 140 Mikko Koivu F Minnesota Wild MANUAL
15 141 James van Riemsdyk F Toronto Maple Leafs MANUAL
16 160 Zack Kassian F Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
17 161 Brian Gionta F Montreal Canadiens MANUAL
18 180 Niklas Hjalmarsson D Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
19 181 Ben Scrivens G Toronto Maple Leafs MANUAL
20 200 Devin Setoguchi F Minnesota Wild MANUAL
The useful stuff comes with my second pick rather than selecting Geno first overall, I’d say ...
Carey Price was easily the best goalie available after a staggering run of netminders. To me, it’s important to draft goalies who have a strong hold on jobs even in the regular season, but it’s downright crucial in the playoffs.
Price also dictated one of my investment teams: the Canadiens. Getting Anze Kopitar in a thrifty spot helped to push me toward the Los Angeles Kings (my Stanley Cup dart throw … er, pick).
My biggest gamble - one I’m not totally sure I’d recommend - was buying in on the Wild. It all started with the irresistible (for me, at least) value of Zach Parise at 80 and continued with nice values for Ryan Suter (100th overall) and Mikko Koivu (140th overall).
Look, I don’t really think the Wild are going to beat the Blackhawks. Still, I think I did the best I could to place myself in a high-risk, high-reward situation. The Canadiens and Kings could very well make deep runs (Los Angeles is my reluctant Stanley Cup pick) while the Wild represented bold gamble values.
Again, it’s all about adapting on the fly. This edition of the strategy probably has a lot to do with the fact that I was making “sandwich” picks.
Still, I think the core of the idea is valid: get the best players from a handful of teams and cross your fingers that the right pieces fall into place.
Goalies wise, I grabbed Price and then took a few weighted risks on threatening backups with the hopes of one or two working out. If you can get two starters who are likely to make decent runs, do that instead, though.
Here is Corey Griffin’s team:
Round Pick Player Name Pos Team Pick Type
1 2 Patrick Kane F Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
2 19 Corey Perry F Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
3 22 Dustin Brown F Los Angeles Kings MANUAL
4 39 Brian Elliott G St. Louis Blues MANUAL
5 42 Craig Anderson G Ottawa Senators MANUAL
6 59 Derek Stepan F New York Rangers MANUAL
7 62 Andrei Markov D Montreal Canadiens MANUAL
8 79 Nazem Kadri F Toronto Maple Leafs MANUAL
9 82 Pavel Datsyuk F Detroit Red Wings MANUAL
10 99 Tomas Plekanec F Montreal Canadiens MANUAL
11 102 Kevin Shattenkirk D St. Louis Blues MANUAL
12 119 Ryane Clowe F New York Rangers MANUAL
14 139 Tyler Bozak F Toronto Maple Leafs MANUAL
15 142 Lars Eller F Montreal Canadiens MANUAL
16 159 Ryan McDonagh D New York Rangers MANUAL
17 162 Kyle Clifford F Los Angeles Kings MANUAL
18 179 Mika Zibanejad F Ottawa Senators MANUAL
19 182 Kyle Palmieri F Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
20 199 Cody Franson D Toronto Maple Leafs MANUAL
Take a gander on the players Michael Finewax ended up with:
Round Pick Player Name Pos Team Pick Type
1 3 Marc-Andre Fleury G Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
2 18 Jonas Hiller G Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
3 23 Jarome Iginla F Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
4 38 Bobby Ryan F Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
5 43 Paul Martin D Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
6 58 Ryan Kesler F Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
7 63 Sheldon Souray D Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
8 78 Francois Beauchemin D Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
9 83 Troy Brouwer F Washington Capitals MANUAL
10 98 Alexandre Burrows F Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
11 103 Brandon Sutter F Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
12 118 Jannik Hansen F Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
13 123 Andrew Shaw F Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
14 138 Tomas Vokoun G Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
15 143 Jason Garrison D Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
16 158 Craig Adams F Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
17 163 Alex Galchenyuk F Montreal Canadiens MANUAL
18 178 Rafael Diaz D Montreal Canadiens MANUAL
19 183 David Desharnais F Montreal Canadiens MANUAL
20 198 Christopher Higgins F Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
(Note: Maybe I should’ve taken the leap with Marc-Andre Fleury, even if I think he’s a flawed netminder. I’ll move on before I get too envious.)
Now consider his team-building philosophy:
I decided to take goaltending with two early picks as I saw that won it last season so getting Fleury and Hiller, two goalies on teams that should go to the Conference finals, will help. Since the pool is weighted in that first round points are what they are, the second round is doubled, the third round tripled and the Cup Final quadrupled, I went with Pittsburgh players and Anaheim players with some Montreal and Vancouver players sprinkled in. Of the 20 picks, none of my players finished lower than third in their Conference. If form holds true (and unfortunately it rarely does in the Stanley Cup playoffs) I should be in the mix. Grabbing Desharnais, Galchenyuk and Diaz late could be really good if Montreal has a deep run.
Finewax conveniently explains the league’s scoring system:
Per Goal: 2.0
Per Shot on Goal: 0.1
Per Assist: 1.0
Per Penalty In Minutes: 0.2
Per +/-: 0.5
Hat Trick: 5.0
Power Play Goal: 1.0
Power Play Assist: 1.0
Short Handed Goal: 3.0
Short Handed Assist: 3.0
Game Winning Goal: 2.0
Faceoffs Won: 0.0
Faceoffs Lost: 0.0
Per Save: 0.1
Per Goal Allowed: -1.0
Per Win: 3.0
Per Loss: -1.0
Save % >= .920: 0.0
Shut Out: 5.0
Per Round Scoring Multipliers:
Round One: 1.0
Round Two: 2.0
Conference Finals: 3.0
Stanley Cup Finals: 4.0
Jump to soak in more playoff pool ponderings.
Marty York’s squad:
Round Pick Player Name Pos Team Pick Type
1 4 Chris Kunitz F Pittsburgh Penguins AUTO
2 17 Pascal Dupuis F Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
3 24 Patrice Bergeron F Boston Bruins MANUAL
4 37 Mike Green D Washington Capitals MANUAL
5 44 Nicklas Backstrom F Washington Capitals MANUAL
6 57 Jeff Carter F Los Angeles Kings MANUAL
7 64 Matt Cullen F Minnesota Wild MANUAL
8 77 Brandon Saad F Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
9 84 Jonathan Bernier G Los Angeles Kings MANUAL
10 97 Patrick Marleau F San Jose Sharks MANUAL
11 104 Brooks Orpik D Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
12 117 Andrew Ference D Boston Bruins MANUAL
13 124 Mark Fraser D Toronto Maple Leafs MANUAL
14 137 Vladimir Tarasenko F St. Louis Blues MANUAL
15 144 Peter Budaj G Montreal Canadiens MANUAL
16 157 Michael Del Zotto D New York Rangers MANUAL
17 164 Cal Clutterbuck F Minnesota Wild MANUAL
18 177 Jason Chimera F Washington Capitals MANUAL
19 184 Brad Boyes F New York Islanders MANUAL
20 197 Pierre-Marc Bouchard F Minnesota Wild MANUAL
Steven Lampert’s team, with pick-by-pick analysis:
Round 1 (Pick 5): Jonathan Toews
Toews put together a solid regular season. If the Blackhawks continue their hot season through the playoffs, their captain will be a big part of it.
Round 2 (Pick 16): Antti Niemi
While the Sharks draw a difficult matchup against the Canucks in round one, Niemi could steal the series for them, making him a high-risk high-reward pick.
Round 3 (Pick 25): Braden Holtby
Holtby broke out in last year’s postseason, and I’m a believer in his clutch ability. Not to mention that the Caps have been hot of late.
Round 4 (Pick 36): Tyler Seguin
The dynamic 21-year-old had a disappointing regular season, but he has the talent to put up some big points in the playoffs.
Round 5 (Pick 45): P.K. Subban
Quite surprised the Norris Trophy favorite made it this far through the draft, so I’ll happily take his production even if the Habs may not have enough to make it past the second round.
Round 6 (Pick 56): Mike Ribeiro
Ribeiro has been so consistent this season, and should receive huge minutes in the Caps’ postseason run.
Round 7 (Pick 65): David Backes
St. Louis will be in tough against the defending Stanley Cup champions in the first round. If they advance, Backes will be a large reason why.
Round 8 (Pick 76): Max Pacioretty
After missing the chance to participate in the playoffs last season, Pacioretty should come out firing on all cylinders this year.
Round 9 (Pick 85): Mike Richards
Richards always seems to pick up his game in the playoffs. If the Kings can advance past the Blues, expect more of the same from him.
Round 10 (Pick 96): Ryan Callahan
The Rangers underperformed this season, but Callahan is a gritty player with some scoring potential which is a great combination for playoff hockey.
Round 11 (Pick 105): Matt Cooke
May have jumped the gun here a bit, but Cooke may provide some point production in addition to his hit total.
Round 12 (Pick 116): Jake Muzzin
The 24-year-old had a quietly good rookie season for the Kings, and he may provide a spark in the back end for the defending champs.
Round 13 (Pick 125): Dougie Hamilton
Another rookie defenceman that should have some energy left in the tank, Hamilton is a breakout candidate this postseason.
Round 14 (Pick 136): Dan Hamhuis
While Hamhuis has put together a string of quality seasons with the Canucks, he has never performed well in the postseason. Here’s hoping that changes this year.
Round 15 (Pick 145): Maxim Lapierre
Lapierre adds grit and proved during Vancouver’s 2010-2011 run to the cup that he can have an impact in postseason play.
Round 16 (Pick 156): David Perron
Much like his teammate David Backes, Perron is a threat on both ends of the ice, and should produce if the Blues can get past the Kings.
Round 17 (Pick 165): Luca Sbisa
There is no doubt that Sbisa is limited offensively, but this pick had more to do with his potential to compile hits and PIMs, and the fact that I had yet to select any Ducks players.
Round 18 (Pick 176): Tyler Kennedy
I was fairly pleased to see Kennedy still on the board this late in the draft. In last year’s postseason, he tallied six points in six games for the Penguins.
Round 19 (Pick 185): Mason Raymond
Raymond will be relied upon to generate some secondary scoring for the Canucks if they are to advance. His playoff experience may work to his advantage.
Round 20 (Pick 196): Justin Abdelkader
I wanted to draft a Red Wing in case they pull off the upset over the Ducks in round one. Abdelkader can perhaps provide some offence.
Brian Rosenbaum’s pick-by-pick analysis:
6) Kris Letang- Best defenseman in the draft in my opinion. Hoped to get more Penguins to with him but alas it didn’t work out.
15) Jonathan Quick-Playoff tested and rounding into form. Kings could have their way with the Blues.
26) Duncan Keith-I believe in drafting positions of scarcity first. Keith is the best defenseman on the west’s best team.
35) Joe Thornton-Maybe when we least expect it…
46) Evgeni Nabokov-I got nervous there wouldn’t be any starting goalies left so I grabbed the veteran.
55) Nathan Horton-I meant to draft Krejci first. Luckily for me he was still there 11 spots later.
66) David Krejci-The Bruins haven’t looked good the last few weeks. That’s why I think they will do well in the playoffs. Make sense?
75) Dan Boyle-I just fell into a Sharks and Bruins thing at this point and Boyle is always good in the post-season.
86) Logan Couture-Continuing with my Sharks’ theme Couture was the best forward to pair with Thornton.
95) Joe Pavelski-Another Shark and a great player in the clutch.
104) Rich Peverley-Thought it was time to go back to Boston and he was the best left on the board.
115) John Carlson-Capitals could be good and I needed a d-man. Thought he was good value at #115 overall.
126) Niklas Kronwall-Started a late collection of Red Wings 13 rounds in. Not sure why!
135) Martin Havlat-I wanted the last decent San Jose forward and he was it.
146) Sergei Gonchar-An oldie but a goodie. Just in case the Sens pull an upset against the Penguins or Bruins.
155) Martin Erat-I figured since I had Carlson I should try and get another Capital and Erat should be motivated to do well in the post-season.
166) Daniel Paille-Bruins all the way baby!
175) Valtteri Filppula-I picked him because I wanted to finally learn how to spell his name.
186) Damien Brunner-Talented rookie. If you don’t pick a guy named Damien you’re bucking for trouble.
195 Robin Lehner-I needed a 3rd goalie and drafted Lehner just in case the injury-prone Anderson goes down.
Ryan Dadoun’s team:
Round Pick Player Name Pos Team Pick Type
1 7 Corey Crawford G Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
2 14 James Neal F Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
3 27 Zdeno Chara D Boston Bruins MANUAL
4 34 Brad Marchand F Boston Bruins MANUAL
5 47 Milan Lucic F Boston Bruins MANUAL
6 54 Brent Seabrook D Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
7 67 Bryan Bickell F Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
8 74 Dennis Seidenberg D Boston Bruins MANUAL
9 87 Matt Moulson F New York Islanders MANUAL
10 94 Michal Rozsival D Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
11 107 Viktor Stalberg F Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
12 114 Matt Martin F New York Islanders MANUAL
13 127 Johan Franzen F Detroit Red Wings MANUAL
14 134 Mark Streit D New York Islanders MANUAL
15 147 Michal Neuvirth G Washington Capitals MANUAL
16 154 Matt Beleskey F Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
17 167 Jarret Stoll F Los Angeles Kings MANUAL
18 174 Daniel Winnik F Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
19 187 Vladimir Sobotka F St. Louis Blues MANUAL
20 194 Dustin Penner F Los Angeles Kings MANUAL
One more jump for the rest of the teams ...
Jimmy Hascup’s team:
8) Henrik Lundqvist - He's among the best in the game and can win a series on his own.
13) Alex Ovechkin - Over the last 17 games: 19 goals and 10 assists.
28) Jimmy Howard - Hasn't been the best playoff goalie, but he's been lights out the past two months.
33) Rick Nash - The Rangers' most dangerous scorer will be hungry in his second-ever playoff berth.
48) John Tavares - Too much potential to pass up. Even if the Isles' playoff lives last four games, one would think Tavares would still be very productive.
53) Niklas Backstrom - Not expecting much against the Blackhawks, but he'll be worked heavily and I steal away a starter from someone else in the league.
68) Phil Kessel - Ten of his 20 goals came in 12 games in April. The offense will be there -- the question is how long Toronto can keep this feel-good season going.
73) Brad Richards - Struggled all year until April when he put up 16 of his 34 points. No matter what, he's a Conn Smythe winner and playoff performer and, with 77 points in 83 games.
88) Alex Pietrangelo - Can't let the down season deter me -- I needed a defenseman and the playoffs are a new season. Plus, he logs heavy minutes and is still very talented.
93) Henrik Zetterberg - I couldn't let Zetterberg slip by, even if the Wings are a seven-seed. Zetterberg also doesn't wilt around the playoff pressure, with 51 goals and 102 points in 109 games.
108) Slava Voynov - He had five more points (25-20) in six fewer games this year and was the Kings' most productive defenseman.
113) Jay Bouwmeester - The past few seasons have been poor, but he's rebounded nicely this year with 22 points in 47 games. Further, he could thrive in his first playoffs.
128) Brendan Gallagher - Just seems like a big-time player -- impressed in his first full season with 15 goals and 28 points and I don't expect him to be overwhelmed in the playoffs.
133) Saku Koivu - Production is declining but I needed to diversify my team and he's another player with a great playoffs track record.
148) Mats Zuccarello - The Rangers are a better offensive team since he's joined them. He oozes creativity and gets a lot of time on the power play.
155) Lubomir Visnovsky - Not his best season but I needed depth on defense and he gets tons of man-advantage time.
168) Cory Conacher - Skilled, but he's had trouble finding his way with the Senators -- perhaps the postseason kick starts his game?
173) Jason Pominville - Dealing with an upper-body injury so it's unclear when and if he's going to play. I'll take my chances this late, though.
188) Joel Ward - Wasn't great with the Caps in the playoff last year, but he did have seven goals with Nashville two years ago.
193) Derick Brassard - I'm banking on a lot of Rangers here, but Brassard has been too good to ignore since coming to New York, with five goals and 11 points in 13 games.
Kevin Brown’s band:
Round Pick Player Name Pos Team Pick Type
1 9 Tuukka Rask G Boston Bruins MANUAL
2 12 Cory Schneider G Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
3 29 Daniel Sedin F Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
4 32 Henrik Sedin F Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
5 49 Jaromir Jagr F Boston Bruins MANUAL
6 52 Erik Karlsson D Ottawa Senators MANUAL
7 69 Alexander Edler D Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
8 72 Kevin Bieksa D Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
9 89 Chris Stewart F St. Louis Blues MANUAL
10 92 Chris Neil F Ottawa Senators MANUAL
11 109 T.J. Oshie F St. Louis Blues MANUAL
12 112 Milan Michalek F Ottawa Senators MANUAL
13 129 Roberto Luongo G Vancouver Canucks MANUAL
14 132 Kyle Turris F Ottawa Senators MANUAL
15 149 Alexander Steen F St. Louis Blues MANUAL
16 152 Patrik Berglund F St. Louis Blues MANUAL
17 169 Adam McQuaid D Boston Bruins MANUAL
18 172 Gregory Campbell F Boston Bruins MANUAL
19 189 Andy McDonald F St. Louis Blues MANUAL
20 192 Jordan Leopold D St. Louis Blues MANUAL
My strategy entering the draft was simple: goaltending, goaltending, goaltending. I wasn't a mathematics major, but even I realized pretty quickly that with 10 people in the pool and a requirement to start two goaltenders, the supply of puck-stoppers would run out early. With that in mind I grabbed Tuukka Rask and Cory Schneider with my first two selections, laying the groundwork for the rest of the draft. In addition to loading up on Bruins and Canucks players, I identified one more team from each conference that I thought was undervalued, the Senators and Blues, and filled my roster with their players as well. I'm a little concerned about the fact St. Louis is facing the defending Stanley Cup champions in the opening round, but I like their depth and think they can win the series. The Senators have suffered so many injuries this season that we don't really know what the team looks like at full strength. I'm banking on Erik Karlsson's return giving them a spark and I expect to win at least one round as an underdog. Having said all that, my chances likely hinge on those of the Canucks. With both of their goaltenders, each of the Sedin Twins, Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa are on my roster, I'm hoping this is the year they drink from Lord Stanley's mug.
Corey Abbott’s allies:
Round Pick Player Name Pos Team Pick Type
1 10 Sidney Crosby F Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
2 11 Ryan Getzlaf F Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
3 30 Ray Emery G Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
4 31 James Reimer G Toronto Maple Leafs MANUAL
5 50 Patrick Sharp F Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
6 51 Brenden Morrow F Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
7 70 Dion Phaneuf D Toronto Maple Leafs MANUAL
8 71 Teemu Selanne F Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
9 90 Jussi Jokinen F Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
10 91 Andrew Cogliano F Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
11 110 Nick Leddy D Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
12 111 Joffrey Lupul F Toronto Maple Leafs MANUAL
13 130 Matt Niskanen D Pittsburgh Penguins MANUAL
14 131 Brandon Prust F Montreal Canadiens MANUAL
15 150 Dave Bolland F Chicago Blackhawks MANUAL
16 151 Anton Khudobin G Boston Bruins MANUAL
17 170 Marcus Johansson F Washington Capitals MANUAL
18 171 Cam Fowler D Anaheim Ducks MANUAL
19 190 Daniel Alfredsson F Ottawa Senators MANUAL
20 191 Mikhail Grabovski F Toronto Maple Leafs MANUAL
Check out his thoughts on the process:
I have to admit I didn't have much of a strategy going into the draft aside from the general idea of taking Penguins, Hawks and Ducks. Having the last pick obviously wasn't the best of situations, but Sidney Crosby's cloudy status allowed me to nab him with my top selection. I was hoping to get Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews as well, but they had already gone so I decided to pick Ryan Getzlaf. After that I tried to fill out my crease, but there wasn't much left there in terms of quality keepers or quality teams, so I settled on James Reimer because he's guaranteed to start and Ray Emery because he should play if Chicago goes deep. After that my roster was filled with Pittsburgh, Anaheim and Chicago depth players with some Maple Leafs sprinkled in to round out the group. A couple of missteps occurred in the drafting process when I got Brandon Prust from an auto draft error and I picked up Boston's Anton Khudobin for my bench when he opposes my healthy contingent of Leafs players. But I can plead ignorance on that since we started the draft without knowing the match-ups in the East. Hopefully, my gamble on Crosby pays off and the other teams I'm banking on advancing can pull through.
Hopefully this post will provide you with some insight on how a draft might go. Stay tuned for weekly updates of the Dose as the playoffs rage on.
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