James O'Brien

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Swimming in playoff pools

Tuesday, April 30, 2013



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 ...


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James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than four years. Follow him on Twitter.
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