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.