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Playoff Pool Draft

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2011 Rotoworld Playoff Pool

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The first annual Rotoworld Playoff draft took place on Monday night with the following participants:

Michael Finewax (Rotoworld)
Brian Rosenbaum (Rotoworld)
Corey Abbott (Rotoworld)
Ryan Dadoun (Rotoworld)
Brett Lockwood (Rotoworld)
Kevin Brown (Rotoworld)
Marc Lapierre (Rotoworld)
My Cousin Vinny
Two to Tanguay

The format is as follows:

5 Forwards
1 Defenseman
3 Forwards/Defensemen
1 Goaltender

Points are awarded in the following manner.
Goal: 2
Shot on goal: 0.1
Assist: 1
Plus/Minus: +/-.5
Save: 0.1
Goal Allowed: -1
Win : 4
Shutout: 5

We used the fantasy site Fantasypostseason.com and found it to be outstanding. The site is also available for Basketball, Football and Baseball and I can definitely recommend it.

Round One
1.01 (1) Ryan Dadoun: Alex Ovechkin, Capitals
1.02 (2) Marc Lapierre: Sidney Crosby, Penguins
1.03 (3) Stickler: Tim Thomas, Bruins
1.04 (4) Cannons: Daniel Sedin, Canucks
1.05 (5) My Cousin Vinny: Roberto Luongo, Canucks
1.06 (6) Strohsbeer: Michal Neuvirth, Capitals
1.07 (7) Two to Tanguay: Antti Niemi, Sharks
1.08 (8) Brett Lockwood: Henrik Sedin, Canucks
1.09 (9) Kevin Brown: Ryan Kesler, Canucks
1.10 (10) Michael Finewax: Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins
1.11 (11) Freiguy88: Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals
1.12 (12) Soloy: Sergei Bobrovsky, Flyers
1.13 (13) GoLeafsGoeh: Jimmy Howard, Red Wings
1.14 (14) Corey Abbott: Ryan Miller, Sabres
1.15 (15) Brian Rosenbaum: Dwayne Roloson, Lightning

Marc: There's always someone at every draft who sees his chance of winning a fantasy title go down the drain with a ruined auto-pick. Well this time, that someone was me. I had the second overall pick and wanted to draft Roberto Luongo but had some technical issues with the computer and ended up with Crosby instead with the auto-pick. The plan was to load up on Vancouver players afterwards. Oh well. Draft over.

Michael: I really had my eye on Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler, but unfortunately they went right before my selection. I like the Penguins this season, especially if Crosby returns, so I took Marc-Andre Fleury.

Round Two

2.01 (16) Steve Stamkos, Lightning
2.02 (17) Pavel Datsyuk. Red Wings
2.03 (18) Alexander Semin, Capitals
2.04 (19) Jeff Carter, Flyers
2.05 (20) Patrick Marleau, Sharks
2.06 (21) Alex Burrows, Canucks
2.07 (22) Pekka Rinne, Predators
2.08 (23) Milan Lucic, Bruins
2.09 (24) Joe Pavelski, Sharks
2.10 (25) Mike Richards, Flyers
2.11 (26) Corey Perry, Ducks
2.12 (27) Carey Price, Canadiens
2.13 (28) Logan Couture, Sharks
2.14 (29) Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings
2.15 (30) Dany Heatley, Sharks

Omar (Two to Tanguay) Joe Pavelski. Had a hard time with the pick because I was contemplating picking Briere (I think he'll burn his for team in the first round). But I have the Sharks going far and Pavelski was a beast in the playoffs last year (9G, 8A, +6), so hoping he does the same this year. He also had a great playoff beard.

Stuart(Strohsbeer): Mike Richards I am hoping to cash in on first line pp and another run by the flyboys.

Round Three

3.01 (31) Joe Thornton, Sharks
3.02 (32) Johan Franzen, Red Wings
3.03 (33) Nathan Horton, Bruins
3.04 (34) Christian Ehrhoff, Canucks
3.05 (35) Daniel Briere, Flyers
3.06 (36) Martin St. Louis, Lightning
3.07 (37) Claude Giroux, Flyers
3.08 (38) Patrice Bergeron, Bruins
3.09 (39) Mikael Samuelsson, Canucks
3.10 (40) Kris Letang, Penguins
3.11 (41) Mike Green, Capitals
3.12 (42) Ville Leino, Flyers
3.13 (43) Alexander Edler, Canucks
3.14 (44) David Krejci, Bruins
3.15 (45) Dan Boyle, Sharks

Jason (Freiguy88): Green. I decided to take a chance on his health. If he gets back to a point a game then this will work.

Michael: Kris Letang. Although he has been slumping of late, the power play seems to rule in the playoffs and he led the Penguins in time and points.

Round Four

4.01 (46) Vincent Lecavalier, Lightning
4.02 (47) Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings
4.03 (48) Brooks Laich, Capitals
4.04 (49) Lubomir Visnovsky, Ducks
4.05 (50) Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks
4.06 (51) Ryane Clowe, Sharks
4.07 (52) Zdeno Chara, Bruins
4.08 (53) Daniel Cleary, Red Wings
4.09 (54) Bobby Ryan, Ducks
4.10 (55) Mike Knuble, Capitals
4.11 (56) Chris Kunitz, Penguins
4.12 (57) Simon Gagne, Lightning
4.13 (58) Thomas Vanek, Sabres
4.14 (59) Brian Rafalski, Red Wings
4.15 (60) Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks

Omar: Bobby Ryan. It was either Ryan or Knuble, but I love how Ryan plays with Getzlaf and Perry and the fact the he's a goal scorer. If the Ducks make it in the 2nd round, I think it's a good pick, but that's a tough one to call. If I could do it again though, I would probably pick Knuble because I have the Caps going deep and Knuble also plays with Ovie and Backstrom.

Stuart: Knuble. It's time to pile on the Caps. If Ovechkin takes off, so should Knuble.

Round Five

5.01 (61) Patrick Kane, Blackhawks
5.02 (62) John Carlson, Capitals
5.03 (63) Drew Stafford, Sabres
5.04 (64) Jason Arnott, Capitals
5.05 (65) Michael Cammalleri, Canadiens
5.06 (66) Devin Setoguchi, Sharks
5.07 (67) Scott Hartnell, Flyers
5.08 (68) James Neal, Penguins
5.09 (69) Tomas Kaberle, Bruins
5.10 (70) Jordan Staal, Penguins
5.11 (71) Ilya Bryzgalov, Coyotes
5.12 (72) James van Riemsdyk, Flyers
5.13 (73) Mason Raymond, Canucks
5.14 (74) Patrick Sharp, Blackhawks
5.15 (75) Teemu Selanne, Ducks

Marc: I think the Caps have a great chance to make a deep run this time around and Carlson is quickly developing as a second potent offensive defenseman for Washington. He could lead all defensemen in playoff scoring.

Michael: Jordan Staal. With Crosby and Malkin out of the lineup, Staal is their best forward.

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Michael Finewax is entering his 13th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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