We held a mock draft on Tuesday September 4, with hockey writers from Rotoworld and ProHockeyTalk.
Listed below are the participants:
James O’Brien (ProHockeyTalk, Rotoworld and NBCSports.com)
Joe Yerdon (ProHockeyTalk and NBCSports.com)
Michael Finewax (Rotoworld)
Brian Rosenbaum (Rotoworld)
Corey Abbott (Rotoworld)
Ryan Dadoun (Rotoworld and ProHockeyTalk)
Kevin D. Brown (Rotoworld)
Jimmy Hascup (Rotoworld)
Steven Lampert (Rotoworld)
Gus Katsaros (McKeen’s Hockey and Rotoworld)
Mitch Goldenberg (Rotoworld)
It is a roto-style pool with the following categories: Goals, Assists, Power Play Points, Penalty Minutes, Plus/Minus and Shots on Goal for the skaters and Wins, Shutouts, Goals against Average and save percentage for the goalies. Each team starts two goalies, two right wingers, two left wingers and four defensemen with four bench players. There is a maximum game limit and it is a serpentine draft.
Gus ended up using the auto-draft as he kept getting disconnected from the site.
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1.01 (1) Steven Lampert , Steve Stamkos, Lightning, (C)
1.02 (2) Gus Katsaros, Evgeni Malkin, Penguins, (C,RW)
1.03 (3) Michael Finewax, Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers, (G)
1.04 (4) James O’Brien, Sidney Crosby, Penguins, (C)
1.05 (5) Mitch Goldenberg, Claude Giroux, Flyers, (C, RW)
1.06 (6) Joe Yerdon, Daniel Sedin, Canucks, (LW)
1.07 (7) Corey Abbott, Jonathan Quick, Kings, (G)
1.08 (8) Jimmy Hascup, Corey Perry, Ducks, (RW)
1.09 (9) Ryan Dadoun, Pekka Rinne, Predators, (G)
1.10 (10) Kevin D. Brown, Alex Ovechkin, Capitals, (LW)
1.11 (11) Brian Rosenbaum, Ilya Bryzgalov, Flyers (G)
Steve Stamkos, C: While Stamkos may not reach 60 goals again; there isn’t a reason to doubt another 50-goal, 90+ point season.
Evgeni Malkin- For the 2nd overall selection, Pittsburgh's 2nd best player isn't a bad choice, however, I likely would have picked a goalie at this spot instead -- value is good.
Henrik Lundqvist- With goaltending taking up 40 percent of the categories, it seemed like a no-brainer to select Lundqvist, the best fantasy goalie in the league.
Sidney Crosby - With my diabolical Henrik Lundqvist/goalie-hoarding plan already in flux, I decided to roll the dice big-time with arguably the highest-risk, highest-reward guy. Crosby occasionally flies off the handle - though not as much as his partner Geno - so PIMs are plausible and his recent goal-scoring emphasis makes him a great SOG guy too. If the elephant in the room stays asleep, that is.
Claude Giroux – Crafty, dominant, elite and still improving are some words that come to mind.
Daniel Sedin- Well, why wouldn't I take a consistent high-scoring forward?
Jonathan Quick - I knew I wouldn't get one of the elite scorers (i.e. Malkin, Stamkos, Crosby or Giroux) at No. 7, so I decided that a goalie was best here. Henirk Lundqvist was already off the board, so Quick was the next best option.
Corey Perry: An across-the-board asset, Perry historically may not have the best plus/minus numbers, but he’ll fill it up everywhere else that counts and still give me 40-goal upside.
Pekka Rinne – Given the lack of depth when it comes to top-tier, “safe” goaltenders, I felt like I had the grab one in the first round, regardless of my position in the draft.
Alex Ovechkin – I’m not necessarily buying into a full-blown Ovi revival, but getting him with the 10th lowers the expectations somewhat. The fact that he’s a winger also adds some value due to positional scarcity.
Ilya Bryzgalov-I may be the only one who thinks last season was a fluke. I had him ranked third amongst goalies behind Lundqvist and Quick who had already been selected. I'm looking for the "Flakey One" to have a big comeback campaign on a strong Philly team.