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Fifteenth Round

  1. J.M Liles (Buser)
  2. Mike Smith (Ma)
  3. J.S.Giguere (McLarney)
  4. Ilya Bryzgalov (Tony)
  5. Slava Kozlov (Maingot)
  6. Nikita Filatov (Rocky)
  7. Dan Carcillo (Pianowski)
  8. Denis Grebeshkov (McKeen’s)
  9. Ryan Kesler (Eagleson)
  10. Paul Kariya (IG)
  11. Kyle Quincey (Romig)
  12. Drew Stafford (Behrens)

My Pick: Smith, with Lundy and Mason locked up, I really just wanted a third goalie to complement my goalie stats. I didn’t have much faith in Bryzgalov or Quick so I thought I’d go with the next best alternative. I only plan on starting Smith 15-20 times during the season, and mostly only against weaker offensive teams, so I have no problem with Smith in that department.

Value Pick: Nothing really stood out to me, Kariya at 178th is a great pickup.

Questionable Pick: No questionable picks this round.


Sixteenth Round

  1. Mattias Ohlund (Behrens)
  2. Jon Quick (Romig)
  3. Braydon Coburn (IG)
  4. Jaroslav Halak (Eagleson)
  5. Chris Campoli (McKeen’s)
  6. Fedor Tyutin (Pianowski)
  7. Jack Johnson (Rocky)
  8. Joni Pitkanen (Maingot)
  9. Claude Giroux (Tony)
  10. Craig Rivet (McLarney)
  11. Victor Hedman (Ma)
  12. Stephen Weiss (Buser)

My Pick: Hedman, with only two defenseman selected, it was an easy choice to decide which my next position to fill was. I’m not a big fan of Hedman, just because I know how long it takes a defenseman to be deemed fantasy-worthy, but with only slim-pickings available I decided to roll the dice on Hedman.

Value Pick: Johnson was also on my radar before he was snatched four picks before mine.

Questionable Pick: None.


Seventeenth Round

  1. Brooks Laich (Buser)
  2. Stephane Robidas (Ma)
  3. T.J. Oshie (McLarney)
  4. Michal Rozsival (Tony)
  5. Steve Sullivan (Maingot)
  6. David Clarkson (Rocky)
  7. Dan Ellis (Pianowski)
  8. Ryan Callahan (McKeen’s)
  9. Ville Leino (Eagleson)
  10. Ryan Malone (IG)
  11. Jaro Spacek (Romig)
  12. Craig Anderson (Behrens)

My Pick: Robidas, I continued the D trend as I needed to fill out the rest of my roster. Robidas is getting more and more responsibility on the Stars’ squad. He led the Stars in total-ice-time last season, as well as ranking first amongst Stars’ blue-liners in PP ice-time. Big things should be in store for Robidas this season.

Value Pick: After a bit of discussion about Sullivan earlier on in the draft chat, Maingot finally completed the Predator trio by picking up Sully.

Questionable Pick: Buser left the draft early so he left the bottom bit of his team to the auto-pick gods. Laich had a great season last year, but I don’t think he has it in him to repeat a similar performance, especially with the recently signed Brendan Morrison competing for second line minutes.


Eighteenth Round

  1. Andrew Ladd (Behrens)
  2. P.M. Bouchard (Romig)
  3. Jame Wisniewski (IG)
  4. Alex Goligoski (Eagleson)
  5. Francois Beauchemin (McKeen’s)
  6. Daymond Langkow (Pianowski)
  7. Andrei Kostitsyn (Rocky)
  8. Sean Avery (Maingot)
  9. Brandon Dubinsky (Tony)
  10. Carlo Colaiacovo (McLarney)
  11. Patrice Bergeron (Ma)
  12. Nikolai Zherdev (Buser)

My Pick: Bergeron, I accidently had Bergeron queued at the top of my list, and when my draft disconnected when it was my pick, the computer auto-drafted Bergeron for me. Overall not a bad pick, but if had a mulligan I probably would have taken it then and there.

Value Pick: Tony sniped me again as I had Dubinsky ripe for the picking, but saw him snatched two picks before mine.

Questionable Pick: Zherdev has been waiting months after the Rangers declined his arbitration award and has still found no takers. His best shot was probably with the Thrashers, but it looks like they’re going with Maxim Afinogenov instead. Hei ho hei ho, off to KHL you go!


Nineteenth Round

  1. Alex Ponikarovsky (Buser)
  2. Peter Mueller (Ma)
  3. Marco Sturm (McLarney)
  4. Kari Lehtonen (Tony)
  5. Keith Ballard (Maingot)
  6. Martin Biron (Rocky)
  7. Todd White (Pianowski)
  8. Nick Foligno (McKeen’s)
  9. Tom Gilbert (Eagleson)
  10. Brian Elliot (IG)
  11. David Moss (Romig)
  12. Jonathan Cheechoo (Behrens)

My Pick: Mueller, I continued the trend of picking up players who will get top-line ice-time. Wayne Gretzky didn’t fully utilize the players he had properly last season, which is why I think Mueller will regain some of his rookie success under new coach Dave Tippet.

Value Pick: Lehtonen, Tony already had Rinne, Emery and Bryzgalov drafted already, so adding Lehtonen probably only strengthened his goalies. Despite the high gaa (2.87), Lehtonen’s save percentage is relatively stable (.912), and if he spots starts his four goalies against favourable matchups he could build himself some relatively nice goalie stats.

Questionable Pick: Foligno, the recent additions of Cheechoo and Michalek probably put the final nail in the coffin for Foligno’s top-six ice-time chances. With Heatley in the mix Foligno was pretty much guaranteed top-six ice-time, but now he’ll be relegated to the Sens checking line alongside Mike Fisher and Jarkko Ruutu, ouch...


Twentieth Round

  1. Tobias Enstrom (Behrens)
  2. Alex Pietrangelo (Romig)
  3. Mikael Samuelsson (IG)
  4. Justin Williams (Eagleson)
  5. Antoine Vermette (McKeen’s)
  6. Dan Cleary (Pianowski)
  7. Drew Doughty (Rocky)
  8. Mathieu Schneider (Maingot)
  9. Jonathan Ericsson (Tony)
  10. Tomas Holmstrom (McLarney)
  11. Wade Redden (Ma)
  12. Petr Sykora (Buser)

My Pick: Redden, final round of the draft, so there’s not much noise being made. Following my Mueller pick, I had a final decision between Redden and Enstrom for my final D slot. Behrens made my life easier as he snatched up Enstrom with his final pick and I was left with Redden.

Value Pick: No real surprises in the final round of the draft. Sykora with the final pick could prove to be quite the steal if he managed to garner top-line ice-time in Minnesota. Williams is a lock for top-six ice-time in LA and the Eagle snatching him at 232 is a steal.

Questionable Pick: Ericsson could be considered a questionable pick considering players like Adrian Aucoin, Ron Hainsey, Steve Montador, Shane O’Brien, Roman Hamrlik and Johnny Oduya were all still available. It’s really Tony’s sixth D, so nothing really to cry over if Ericsson busts, just if I were in that position, I would have taken someone else.

I therefore represent DobberNation with a line up of against the Yahoo Juggernauts:

C- Malkin, Spezza, Kopitar

LW- Elias, Morrow, O’Sullivan

RW- Hossa, Hemsky, Hejduk

D- Streit, McCabe, Hedman, Robidas, Redden

G- S. Mason, Lundqvist

BN- Bergeron, Tkachuk, Mueller, M. Smith

Questions or comments? Like always I’ll be ready and willing to discuss them with you in the comments section below.


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Ryan Ma said:

... I have no doubt in his ability, just that I think 50-55 is a huge stretch, definitely not realistic. Maybe as a possible maximum ceiling, but no way I'm going into the season thinking he's a 50-55 point player. Only 13 D cracked 50 points last season, and all of which were on high scoring teams or top defensive pairings. 50-55 point range we're talking about guys like Weber, Souray, Campbell, and Chara... Edler is not there yet.

I would have probably believed you when they moved Ohlund, and it was just Bieska, Salo and Edler... but then they added Ehrhoff and Schneider, and face it they didn't add those guys for $6 million in salary just to make them the 4th and 5th D-men to fill out the roster. Those guys are going to play...
September 30, 2009
Votes: +0

Dennis J Wanninger said:

... Questionable Pick: I was a big fan of Edler after last post-season, but with all the off-season moves that the Canucks made, Edler has drawn the short end of the stick. With Sami Salo, Christian Ehrhoff, Kevin Bieksa, Mathieu Schneider and Willie Mitchell all in line to compete in playing time with Edler, you would have to think how productive is he going to be as a fifth or sixth defender in Vancouver?

Just a comment here from a Canucks fan... Edler may have been the 5th or 6th defender on the Canucks a couple years ago, but I think this is the year you will see him become the Canucks top pairing and best all around defenseman by mid-year.... 50-55 points is a very realistic estimate for him this season.
September 30, 2009
Votes: +0

Ryan Ma said:

... RE: Tkachuk

Keep in mind that we run 3 at each position, so it's a much shallower talent pool than normal 12 team leagues.

Also this is a one-year league, Tkachuk loses huge value in keeper leagues considering he's probably 1-2 years away from retiring, so it's not surprising to see him on the WW in keeper leagues.

Also I had 3 LW already, but I had Elias too, Tkachuk was my 4th LW which I was going to spot start anyways. I was fully planning on using him the way I described in the blurb above, probably full-time the first 10 games, then maybe a few more (10-15) after that and only against favourable matchups. Bit of a reach, but his usually hot starts made me invest in him earlier.

September 29, 2009
Votes: +1

Werd said:

... Taking Tkachuk that high is crazy, especially considering the players that were still available. He's on waivers in all 3 of my keeper leagues.
September 29, 2009
Votes: -1

HS_1001 said:

... Nice work smilies/smiley.gif

All I can say though, is that Pianowski has a Killer team. I drool at that. Gaborik in the 5th was interesting and Carcillo in the 15th round of a roto is pretty tasty too.

There were a few guys that didn't get that much love in this draft though. You made some nice picks, so it was really good.

I like Quick over Smith though smilies/smiley.gif
September 29, 2009
Votes: -1

derek said:

nice draft I did one draft on yahoo where I went goalies early...I think it is the way to go in a standard yahoo draft. I also had success drafting top tier defensemen early...they are really underrated in roto leagues.
September 29, 2009
Votes: -1
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