FHS League Audit - James Mirtle's Blogger Invitational Hockey Pool

When you move into a new house your new neighbours bring you over a new pie or fruit basket or something.  When you are a fantasy hockey blog and move to a new home the equivalent of a pie is a request for a league audit. 

We normally shy away from auditing leagues we enter because: (1) we're lazy and it takes a lot of time and (2) do you care who a bunch of strangers draft?  And if you wanted our opinion on who to draft you probably already have a copy of our Breakout Bible or Fantasy Scouting Report anyway.

When we received a request for a league audit by Dirk Hoag from the fantastic On The Forecheck we thought that you might get a kick out of it so we agreed.

We thought you might enjoy this post because Dirk's league, 'James Mirtle's Blogger Invitational Hockey Pool', was started by James Mirtle from the Globe and Mail (obviously) and is home to many of our (and your) favourite bloggers.

Follow the jump for all the league details, team lists, our good/bad comments and our projected finishes.

Who's your pick for the W?  Any good or bad picks we missed?  Throw them in the comments section.

 

Here are the league details:

Type:

16 team Head-to-Head league

Keepers:

Each team is allowed to keep any three players from last year.  They any keep a maximum of one goalie and must keep a d-man.  These keepers 'selected' in the first three rounds of the draft.

Roster Spots:

C, C, C, LW, LW, RW, RW, F, F, D, D, D, D, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, IR, IR, IR, IR, IR

Scoring Categories:

G, A, +/-, PIM, PPG, PPA, GWG, SOG and Blocks for the skaters & Wins, GAA, Saves, SV% and Shutouts

With only four out of fourteen spots (ideally) taken by d-men they are not of large significance in this pool. Especially since one dman must be kept from the previous year.  In your league, blueliners likely have a higher priority.

You will see it's a pretty strong league.  Not too many big mistakes in our opinion (other than a few auto-draft specials... ahhh autodraft, we love you so).

The projected finishing order was found by using our projected statistics and each team's top 3 centers, 2 LW's, 2 RW's, 3 forwards, 4 blueliners and 2 goalies (or our best guess at which players fit into those categories).  Since everybody had a different type of bench this was the only way to compare apples to apples. 

After each team we offer up a few things each owner did well and not so well.  No offense intended to owners that we gave some constructive criticism to. 

We'll start with the unfortunate team we picked to finish last and work our way up to #1.


Sharkspage (Jon from Sharkspage.com)

Projected Finish: 16th
1-K Henrik Sedin  (Van - C)

2-K Patrick Marleau  (SJ - C,LW)

3-K Keith Yandle  (Pho - D)

4-56 Marty Turco (Chi - G)

5-73 Jonathan Quick (LA - G)

6-88 Loui Eriksson (Dal - RW)

7-105 Ryane Clowe (SJ - LW)

8-120 Ryan Smyth (LA - LW)

9-137 Mikael Samuelsson (Van - RW)

10-152 Tomas Holmstrom (Det - RW)

11-169 Kimmo Timonen (Phi - D)

12-184 Johan Hedberg (NJ - G)

13-201 Jason LaBarbera (Pho - G)

14-216 Alexander Edler (Van - D)

15-233 Jack Johnson (LA - D)

16-248 Jason Blake (Anh - LW)

17-265 Lee Stempniak (Pho - RW)

18-280 Logan Couture (SJ - C)

19-297 Lars Eller (Mon - C)

20-312 Matt Cullen (Min - C)

The Good:

We like the goalies, but Quick could useless pretty fast. 

Some great late picks with upside like J.Johnson (15th), Stempniak (17th) and Couture (18th)

The Bad:

Assuming Sedin and Marleau are 1st and 2nd C… who's #3? 

Can Smyth and Homer play a full season? 

Overall, forwards are weak after top 3, especially in peripheral categories. 

Not liking Quick (5th), Clowe (7th), Hedberg (12th), LaBarbera (13th) and Blake (16th)

The Ugly:

73rd overall for Quick isn't too bad but missing out on protection for him and Turco (Bernier went in 10th & and Crawford went in 13th) was a big mistake… especially since Hedberg and LaBarbera were drafted in similar spots.

 

Insane Macoun Posse (Matt Fenwick from Battle of Alberta)

Projected Finish: 15th

1-K Steven Stamkos  (TB - C)

2-K Nicklas Backstrom  (Was - C)

3-K Mark Giordano  (Cgy - D)

4-51 Carey Price (Mon - G)

5-78 Kari Lehtonen (Dal - G)

6-83 Simon Gagne (TB - LW)

7-110 Ales Hemsky (Edm - RW)

8-115 Rene Bourque (Cgy - RW)

9-142 Mike Smith (TB - G)

10-147 Andrew Ladd (Atl - LW)

11-174 Alex Tanguay (Cgy - LW)

12-179 Ian White (Cgy - D)

13-206 Sam Gagner (Edm - C)

14-211 Kris Letang (Pit - D)

15-238 Dwayne Roloson (NYI - G)

16-243 Evander Kane (Atl - LW)

17-270 Patrik Berglund (StL - C)

18-275 Ryan Callahan (NYR - RW)

19-302 Matt Stajan (Cgy - C)

20-307 Brad Stuart (Det - D)

The Good:

Some big-time forwards (Stamkos, Backstrom, Gagne, Hemsky)

Liking the picks of Gagne (6th), Hemsky (7th), Gagner (13th), Kane (16th) and Berglund (17th)

The Bad:  

With Price and Lehtonen as the starters… a backup better than Smith or Roloson is required… could have picked Bernier or Ellis over Smith.

Not liking Bourque (8th), Ladd (10th) and White (12th)… too early

The Ugly:

D-men are one of the weakest in the league… Stuart is a starter?  White and Giordano could easily take a step back.

 

Tha Gnomes (Kent Wilson from Five Hole Fanatics)

Projected Finish: 13th (tied)

1-K Corey Perry  (Anh - RW)

2-K Jonas Hiller  (Anh - G)

3-K Brent Seabrook  (Chi - D)

4-50 Ryan Kesler (Van - C)

5-79 Chris Mason (Atl - G)

6-82 Mikko Koivu (Min - C)

7-111 Alexei Ponikarovsky (LA - LW)

8-114 Jason Pominville (Buf - RW)

9-143 Olli Jokinen (Cgy - C)

10-146 Wojtek Wolski (Pho - LW)

11-175 Jonathan Bernier (LA - G)

12-178 Pavel Kubina (TB - D)

13-207 R.J. Umberger (Cls - C)

14-210 Joni Pitkanen (Car - D)

15-239 Radim Vrbata (Pho - RW)

16-242 Sean Avery (NYR - LW)

17-271 Brent Burns (Min - D)

18-274 Martin Hanzal (Pho - C)

19-303 Dan Carcillo (Phi - LW)

20-306 Drew Stafford (Buf - RW)

The Good:

Should have no problem in competing in PIM's and blocks. 

Centers could surprise. 

Loving the picks of Kubina (12th), Burns (17th) and especially Bernier (11th)

The Bad:

If Bernier doesn’t win the #1 job, how many starts (and wins) is Chris Mason going to get? 

We project only three players (Perry, Kesler, Koivu) for more than 20 PPP.

Should also struggle in +/-

Other than Perry, not in love with the wingers

Not liking Ponikarovsky (7th), Umberger (13th) and Hanzal (18th)

The Ugly:

Wingers available after Poni was selected... Hemsky, Penner, Frolov, Brown and more.  Ouch.

 

Snipes

Projected Finish: 13th (tied)

1-K Ryan Getzlaf  (Anh - C)

2-K Vincent Lecavalier  (TB - C)

3-K Zdeno Chara  (Bos - D)

4-61 Joe Thornton (SJ - C)

5-68 Michael Leighton (Phi - G)

6-93 Christian Ehrhoff (Van - D)

7-100 Nik Antropov (Atl - C)

8-125 Mason Raymond (Van - LW)

9-132 Brian Campbell (Chi - D)

10-157 Wayne Simmonds (LA - RW)

11-164 Martin Erat (Nsh - RW)

12-189 Jamie Benn (Dal - LW)

13-196 Andy Greene (NJ - D)

14-221 Cristobal Huet (Chi - G)

15-228 Ty Conklin (StL - G)

16-253 Eric Fehr (Was - RW)

17-260 Marc-Edouard Vlasic (SJ - D)

18-285 Josh Bailey (NYI - C)

19-292 Jochen Hecht (Buf - LW)

20-317 Marco Sturm (Bos - LW)

The Good:

Top centers in the league with Getzlaf, Lecavalier and Thornton. 

One of the best sets of d-men led by Chara and Ehrhoff.

Loving the pick of Benn (12th)

The Bad:

Why pick a C (Antropov) in the 7th when you already have those big three c-men?  Needed a top winger instead as W's are weak.

D-men were drafted a bit too early

As roster currently stands, two of Fehr, Hecht, Sturm and Bailey will need to start. Yuck. 

Not liking Erat (11th) and Greene (13th)

The Ugly:

Huet is auto-draft special, obviously, but with only Leighton and Conklin around to play net it's going to be a long year.  Too bad, as the skaters have some promise.

 

Mirtle’s Merry Men (James Mirtle from the Globe and Mail)(Note **)

Projected Finish: 12th 

1-K Alexander Semin  (Was - RW)

2-K Jaroslav Halak  (StL - G)

3-K Erik Johnson  (StL - D)

4-52 Rick Nash (Cls - LW,RW)

5-77 John Tavares (NYI - C)

6-84 Patrik Elias (NJ - C,LW)

7-109 Joe Pavelski (SJ - C,RW)

8-116 Brooks Laich (Was - LW)

9-141 Jean-Sebastien Giguere (Tor - G)

10-148 Tomas Fleischmann (Was - LW)

11-173 Nikolai Zherdev (Phi - RW)

12-180 Chris Kunitz (Pit - LW)

13-205 Michal Neuvirth (Was - G)

14-212 Kris Versteeg (Tor - LW)

15-237 Brandon Dubinsky (NYR - C)

16-244 Tyler Bozak (Tor - C)

17-269 Matt Carle (Phi - D)

18-276 Brian Boucher (Phi - G)

19-301 Magnus Paajarvi (Edm - LW)

20-308 Francois Beauchemin (Tor - D)

The Good:

Team looks much better than their ranking. 

Great forward depth 

Great wingers (Semin, Nash, Tavares, Elias)

Centers are a bit weaker, but still solid. 

Loving the picks of Zherdev (11th), Neuvirth (13th), Bozak (16th), Carle (17th) and Paajarvi (19th)

The Bad:

Forwards will put up the points but D could be one of the worst in the league. 

If one of Giggy, Neuvirth or Boucher doesn’t step up and win a #1 job… wins, SO’s and saves will be an issue.

The Ugly:

With only three d-men and only one true fantasy star (E.Johnson) on the blueline, help will be needed via trade or waiver wire.

 

the Flamingos

Projected Finish: 11th  (Note **)

1-K Patrick Kane  (Chi - RW)

2-K Cam Ward  (Car - G)

3-K Andrei Markov  (Mon - D)

4-59 Tomas Vokoun (Fla - G)

5-70 Marian Hossa (Chi - RW)

6-91 Michael Cammalleri (Mon - LW)

7-102 Alexander Frolov (NYR - LW)

8-123 Mike Ribeiro (Dal - C)

9-134 Brad Boyes (StL - RW)

10-155 Patrice Bergeron (Bos - C)

11-166 Niklas Kronwall (Det - D)

12-187 Ryan Malone (TB - LW)

13-198 Rick DiPietro (NYI - G)

14-219 T.J. Oshie (StL - C)

15-230 Erik Karlsson (Ott - D)

16-251 James van Riemsdyk (Phi - LW)

17-262 Derick Brassard (Cls - C)

18-283 TroyBrouwer (Chi - RW)

19-294 Shawn Horcoff (Edm - C)

20-315 Todd Bertuzzi (Det - RW)

The Good:

Two solid goalies (Vokoun and Ward). 

Some great wingers as well (Kane, Hossa, Cammalleri, Frolov). 

Loving the picks of Oshie (14th), JVR (16th), Brassard (17th), Horcoff (19th) and especially Karlsson (15th)... great upside picks.

The Bad:

Markov injury really hurts as team only has two d-men now… one is unproven (Karlsson) and one is injury prone (Kronwall). 

Also very weak up the middle... their top C is Ribeiro??? 

Blocks, SOG and PIM's look like a weakness.

Not liking the pick of Malone (12th).

The Ugly:

DiPietro might make a good late round flier but another center would have been more valuable for this team. 

 

The Petes

Projected Finish: 10th

1-K Henrik Lundqvist  (NYR - G)

2-K Travis Zajac  (NJ - C)

3-K Paul Martin  (Pit - D)

4-63 Eric Staal (Car - C)

5-66 Daniel Alfredsson (Ott - RW)

6-95 Thomas Vanek (Buf - LW)

7-98 Tomas Plekanec (Mon - C)

8-127 Stephen Weiss (Fla - C)

9-130 David Backes (StL - RW)

10-159 Jonas Gustavsson (Tor - G)

11-162 Kristian Huselius (Cls - LW)

12-191 Ray Whitney (Pho - LW)

13-194 Ville Leino (Phi - LW)

14-223 P.K. Subban (Mon - D)

15-226 BryanLittle (Atl - RW)

16-255 Steve Ott (Dal - C)

17-258 Dennis Wideman (Fla - D)

18-287 Kevin Bieksa (Van - D)

19-290 Mikhail Grabovski (Tor - C)

20-319 Nikolai Kulemin (Tor - LW)

The Good:

Very deep at center (Zajac, Staal, Backes) but we’re not the biggest fans of Weiss or Plekanec. 

King Henrik is as good as you can get between the pipes. 

Loving the picks of Backes (9th), Leino (13th), Subban (14th) and Little (15th). 

The Bad:

No keepers better than Zajac and Martin? 

Very few players will pick up good PPP, blocks or SOG numbers.

The Ugly:

With no backup goalie, hope 'The Monster' plays enough.

 

south bronx sushi

Projected Finish: 9th

1-K Roberto Luongo  (Van - G)

2-K Jeff Carter  (Phi - C)

3-K Shea Weber  (Nsh - D)

4-54 Duncan Keith (Chi - D)

5-75 Mike Richards (Phi - C)

6-86 Alexandre Burrows (Van - LW)

7-107 Dustin Penner (Edm - LW)

8-118 Alex Goligoski (Pit - D)

9-139 Steve Downie (TB - RW)

10-150 Mark Streit (NYI - D)

11-171 Tomas Kaberle (Tor - D)

12-182 Dustin Byfuglien (Atl - RW,D)

13-203 Nikita Filatov (Cls - LW)

14-214 Corey Crawford (Chi - G)

15-235 Manny Malhotra (Van - C)

16-246 Tyler Kennedy (Pit - C,LW)

17-267 Mathieu Carle (Mon - D)

18-278 Matt Cooke (Pit - LW)

19-299 Colby Armstrong (Tor - RW)

20-310 Bill Guerin (Phi - RW)

The Good:

The D (Keith, Weber, Streit, Goligoski, Kaberle) are one of the best in the league… even with Streit injured. 

Top 2 C's (Carter and Richards) and 2 LW's (Burrows and Penner) are also strong. 

Loving the picks of Downie (9th) and Filatov (13th)

The Bad:  

With only Luongo and Crawford as G’s, essentially playing one goalie all year… SO’s, wins and saves won’t be pretty. 

Don’t like the strategy of using high picks on d-men when they make up only ~29% of starting lineup.

Picks of Goligoski (8th) and Byfuglien (12th) were too early.

The Ugly:

Malhotra (starting C?), Kennedy and Carle (the one on Montreal) look like auto-draft specials. Shame, some good guys were available at that point.

 

Denomme’s Danglers

Projected Finish: 8th

1-K Ilya Kovalchuk  (NJ - LW,RW)

2-K Jonathan Toews  (Chi - C)

3-K Zach Bogosian  (Atl - D)

4-57 Marc-Andre Fleury (Pit - G)

5-72 Paul Stastny (Col - C)

6-89 Phil Kessel (Tor - RW)

7-104 Nicklas Lidstrom (Det - D)

8-121 Ondrej Pavelec (Atl - G)

9-136 Teemu Selanne (Anh - RW)

10-153 Jordan Staal (Pit - C)

11-168 Bryan McCabe (Fla - D)

12-185 Andrei Kostitsyn (Mon - LW)

13-200 Michael Del Zotto (NYR - D)

14-217 Niclas Bergfors (Atl - RW)

15-232 Sheldon Souray (Edm - D)

16-249 Jordan Eberle (Edm - C)

17-264 James Wisniewski (NYI - D)

18-281 Tyler Ennis (Buf - C,LW)

19-296 Jamie McBain (Car - D)

20-313 Erik Cole (Car - LW)

The Good: 

Great forwards at the top of the depth charts (Kovy, Toews, Stastny, Kessel)

D should be one of the better groups in the league

Loving the picks of Bergfors (14th), Eberle (16th), Wisniewski (17th), Ennis (18th) and McBain (19th)

The Bad:

Not big fans of what MA Fleury brings (other than the wins) and when you add in Pavelec… goaltending will be a big issue

Drafting seven d-men is way too much

Not liking Selanne (9th), Kostitsyn (12th) and Del Zotto (13th)

The Ugly:

Selanne is the 5th best forward on this team… having to depend on him is not a good idea 

 

The Rebuilding Year

Projected Finish: 7th

1-K Niklas Backstrom  (Min - G)

2-K Marian Gaborik  (NYR - RW)

3-K Mike Green  (Was - D)

4-64 Ilya Bryzgalov (Pho - G)

5-65 Brad Richards (Dal - C)

6-96 Matt Duchene (Col - C)

7-97 David Booth (Fla - LW)

8-128 Martin Havlat (Min - RW)

9-129 David Krejci (Bos - C)

10-160 Nikolai Khabibulin (Edm - G)

11-161 Scott Hartnell (Phi - LW)

12-192 MilanHejduk (Col - RW)

13-193 Michael Frolik (Fla - RW)

14-224 Vinny Prospal (NYR - LW)

15-225 Tyler Seguin (Bos - C)

16-256 Kurtis Foster (Edm - D)

17-257 Anton Stralman (Cls - D)

18-288 Matt Carkner (Ott - D)

19-289 Andrew Raycroft (Dal - G)

20-320 Peter Budaj (Col - G)

The Good:

Good group of forwards (Gabby, B. Richards, Duchene). 

Tenders (Bryzgalov and Backstrom) should produce some of the best numbers in the league.  

Loving the picks of Hartnell (11th), Frolik (13th) and Seguin(15th).

The Bad:

Not a lot of PIM's or blocks from the forwards. 

Will struggle with +/- too. 

Worry about injuries to Gabby, Booth and Havlat. 

Defense is very weak other than Green.

The Ugly:

Budaj and Raycroft aren't helping anybody.  Would have been better off drafting some depth to protect against injuries.

 

Hands of Stone

Projected Finish: 6th

1-K Daniel Sedin  (Van - LW)

2-K Jimmy Howard  (Det - G)

3-K Sergei Gonchar  (Ott - D)

4-60 Miikka Kiprusoff (Cgy - G)

5-69 Jason Spezza (Ott - C)

6-92 Johan Franzen (Det - RW)

7-101 Dustin Brown (LA - RW)

8-124 Shane Doan (Pho - RW)

9-133 Marc Savard (Bos - C)

10-156 MilanLucic (Bos - LW)

11-165 Jay Bouwmeester (Cgy - D)

12-188 Jason Arnott (NJ - C)

13-197 John Carlson (Was - D)

14-220 David Clarkson (NJ - RW)

15-229 Chris Osgood (Det - G)

16-252 Victor Hedman (TB - D)

17-261 Steve Sullivan (Nsh - LW)

18-284 Chris Neil (Ott - RW)

19-293 Nazem Kadri (Tor - C)

20-316 Zenon Konopka (NYI - C)

The Good:

Possibly the best goalies (Howard and Kipper) in the league.  Nice to have Ozzy for a bit of insurance as well.

Loving the picks of Brown (7th), Arnott (12th), Carlson (13th) and Hedman (16th)

The Bad: 

Should have lots of PIM's… but blocks and PPP are weaknesses

After big guns (D.Sedin, Spezza, Franzen) the skill and points drop off

Need to avoid the injury bug as Savard, Franzen, Spezza, Lucic, Arnott and Sullivan aren't not known for being ironmen

Not liking Lucic (10th), Sullivan (17th) and Konopka (20th)

The Ugly:

With Savard out for 1/2 the year.... who is going to play 3rd center?

 

Puck Daddy (Greg Wyshynski from Puck Daddy)
Check out Greg's reaction and analysis of his own team here.

Projected Finish: 5th

The Good:

Goalies (Varlamov and Brodeur) will put up some big numbers

Blueline is also very strong (although blocks, shots and PIM’s are on the low side)

Only real steal was Dan Ellis (10th) but no mistakes in draft

The Bad:

Only two LW's (Hall and Perron) on the roster.

Team is pretty soft so PIM's should be an issue. 

Too many passers (Datsyuk, Lombardi, Connolly, Peverley) might mean they’ll struggle to score goals. 

We project only two guys (St. Louisand Datsyuk) to get over 200 shots… shots are a big weakness.

The Ugly:

What's the point of drafting Antti Miettinen?  Has no upside at all.  How about a winger with some potential instead?  E. Kane, Ennis, Wheeler, MPS and others were available.

 

Battlestar Sleektica (Earl Sleek from Battle of California)

Projected Finish: 4th   (Note **)

1-K Evgeni Malkin  (Pit - C)

2-K Dany Heatley  (SJ - LW,RW)

3-K Chris Pronger  (Phi - D)

4-62 Craig Anderson (Col - G)

5-67 Brian Elliott (Ott - G)

6-94 Antero Niittymaki (SJ - G)

7-99 Danny Briere (Phi - RW)

8-126 Brian Gionta (Mon - RW)

9-131 Lubomir Visnovsky (Anh - D)

10-158 Scott Gomez (Mon - C)

11-163 Jamie Langenbrunner (NJ - RW)

12-190 Jussi Jokinen (Car - LW)

13-195 Saku Koivu (Anh - C)

14-222 Andy McDonald (StL - LW)

15-227 Justin Williams (LA - RW)

16-254 Niklas Hagman (Cgy - LW)

17-259 Mike Comrie (Pit - LW)

18-286 Curtis McElhinney (Anh - G)

19-291 Adrian Aucoin (Pho - D)

20-318 Cam Fowler (Anh - D)

The Good:

Two big studs in Malkin and Heatley + decent set of forwards = some good offensive numbers

Should be able to put up some good goalie stats between Anderson, Elliott and Niitty (we used Andy and Elliott for the projection)

Good depth at center

Loving the picks of Visnovsky (9th), Jokinen (12th) and Comrie (17th)

The Bad: 

What's the point of drafting McElhinney?  He’ll never be a startable player.  Guys like him will be available on the FA wire

Team will struggle with blocked shots

Not liking Gomez (10th), Koivu (13th) and Aucoin (19th)

The Ugly: 

With only 4 d-men, they need Pronger and Aucoin to stay healthy and Fowler to make the team and produce… odds are slim that they all come true.

 

Spector’s Spudheads (Lyle Richardson from Spector's Hockey)
Projected Finish: 3rd

1-K Sidney Crosby  (Pit - C)

2-K Ryan Miller  (Buf - G)

3-K Drew Doughty  (LA - D)

4-49 Antti Niemi (SJ - G)

5-80 Bobby Ryan (Anh - LW)

6-81 Patrick Sharp (Chi - C,LW)

7-112 Chris Stewart (Col - RW)

8-113 James Neal (Dal - LW)

9-144 Tim Thomas (Bos - G)

10-145 Dennis Seidenberg (Bos - D)

11-176 Devin Setoguchi (SJ - RW)

12-177 Valtteri Filppula (Det - C)

13-208 Keith Ballard (Van - D)

14-209 Scottie Upshall (Pho - RW)

15-240 Dave Bolland (Chi - C)

16-241 Zbynek Michalek (Pit - D)

17-272 Blake Wheeler (Bos - RW)

18-273 Kyle Quincey (Col - D)

19-304 Brandon Yip (Col - RW)

20-305 Viktor Stalberg (Chi - LW)

The Good:

Got some big guns (Miller, Crosby & Doughty) but have some holes to fill too. 

Goaltending shouldn't be problem.

Loving the picks of Filppula (12th) and especially Wheeler (17th)

The Bad:

Don't have one winger who scored more than 66 points last year… but they have a lot of potential. 

PPG and PPA could be a problem (we project only three players to top 15 PPP). 

Need Neal, Setoguchi and Filppula to step up and fill utility spots.

The Ugly:

Bottom three d-men (Seidenberg, Ballard and Michalek) will have great blocks but not much else.

 

Alcoholic Army

Projected Finish: 2nd

1-K Zach Parise  (NJ - LW)

2-K Tuukka Rask  (Bos - G)

3-K Tyler Myers  (Buf - D)

4-55 Anze Kopitar (LA - C)

5-74 Henrik Zetterberg (Det - C)

6-87 Steve Mason (Cls - G)

7-106 Antoine Vermette (Cls - C)

8-119 Peter Mueller (Col - C,LW)

9-138 Claude Giroux (Phi - RW)

10-151 Kyle Okposo (NYI - RW)

11-170 Tobias Enstrom (Atl - D)

12-183 Jiri Hudler (Det - RW)

13-202 MilanMichalek (Ott - LW)

14-215 Ryan Whitney (Edm - D)

15-234 Guillaume Latendresse (Min - LW)

16-247 Alex Steen (StL - C)

17-266 T.J. Galiardi (Col - LW)

18-279 Andrew Brunette (Min - LW)

19-298 Jason Demers (SJ - D)

20-311 Frans Nielsen (NYI - C)

The Good:

Great forwards… nice combination of stars (Parise, Kopitar, Zetterberg) and potential (Giroux, Okposo, Hudler, Michalek)

D is solid but not spectacular

Loving the picks of Giroux (9th), pre-injured Okposo (10th), Michalek (13th) and especially Demers (19th)

The Bad:

Big part of success is on Steve Mason's shoulders (we think he’ll do okay this season)

Need to avoid any more injuries (Mueller and Okposo are out already)

Not liking Vermette (7th), Enstrom (11th) and Nielsen (20th)… reaching

The Ugly: 

Extremely soft team... we project Enstrom as the only guy on this team to crack 50 PIM's.  Looks like a lock to finish last in PIM’s

 

The Fab Forecheckers (Dirk Hoag from On The Forecheck)

Projected Finish: 1st

1-K Alex Ovechkin  (Was - LW)

2-K Pekka Rinne  (Nsh - G)

3-K Stephane Robidas  (Dal - D)

4-58 Jarome Iginla (Cgy - RW)

5-71 Dion Phaneuf (Tor - D)

6-90 Patric Hornqvist (Nsh - RW)

7-103 Derek Roy (Buf - C)

8-122 Brenden Morrow (Dal - LW)

9-135 Mike Knuble (Was - RW)

10-154 Mike Fisher (Ott - C)

11-167 Alex Kovalev (Ott - RW)

12-186 Pascal Leclaire (Ott - G)

13-199 Ed Jovanovski (Pho - D)

14-218 Jarret Stoll (LA - C)

15-231 Matt Moulson (NYI - LW)

16-250 John-Michael Liles (Col - D)

17-263 Jeff Deslauriers (Edm - G)

18-282 J.P. Dumont (Nsh - RW)

19-295 Cory Stillman (Fla - LW)

20-314 Fedor Tyutin (Cls - D)

The Good:

One of the best forward groups (Ovie, Iggy, Roy, Morrow) in the league. 

Could lead the league in goals. 

Should also do very well in shots, PIM's and blocks.

The Bad:

Only really offensive issue will be in number of assists. 

Robidas isn't a very good keeper d-man.

Goaltending could sink this team… what happens if Leclaire plays like Leclaire? 

Not liking the picks of Hornqvist (6th), Kovalev (11th) and Stoll (14th).

The Ugly:

Hornqvist was drafted way too early for a guy that had only 51 points last year… could have had Kessel, Eriksson, Burrows, Horton, Elias or Gagne instead. 

 

Word is Dirk has already planned the parade and is thinking about ways to spend his prize money.  This is the first time we've done such an extensive analysis for a league we weren't apart of.  It was a fun exercise.  Hopefully you learned a few things (both good and bad) from the experts above that might help you our with your draft this weekend. 

Thanks to Dirk for thinking of us as the fantasy experts and thanks to the rest of the league members for not yelling at us too much for our negative feedback.

Any comments on the teams above?  Throw them in the comments section.

 

** Note: Mirtle's Merry Men and the Flamingos had only three d-men so we put the stats of a FA d-men in there in stead.  Battlestar Sleektica is starting Cam Fowler (who we only projected for 9 NHL games) so we put in a FA d-man instead. 

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