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Eighth Round

  1. Jay Bouwmeester (Behrens)
  2. Dennis Wideman (Romig)
  3. Ray Whitney (IG)
  4. David Booth (Eagleson)
  5. Kimmo Timonen (McKeen’s)
  6. Milan Lucic (Pianowski)
  7. Pascal Leclaire (Rocky)
  8. Derek Roy (Maingot)
  9. David Backes (Tony)
  10. Rob Blake (McLarney)
  11. Marian Hossa (Ma)
  12. Milan Michalek (Buser)

My Pick: Hossa, the great thing about Roto is that a lot of the results are based on production-per-game numbers. Since we were allocated 82 games per position, if a player plays 50 games, you can always use your bench slots to fill in the remaining 32. Hossa’s numbers-per-contest look pretty darn good, picking him up in the eighth round is a steal as long as you can find a solid 30 game complement (which I have).

Value Pick: JBo was probably the last of the “big named” potential 50 point D-men available in the draft, so Behrens snagging him at 85 was great value.

Questionable Pick: There were still a few quality RW still available out there, so I thought the Backes selection by Tony was a bit of a reach. He also justified it by saying that he didn’t think Paul Kariya or Keith Tkachuk would survive the season, so he didn’t see Backes’ lowly ranking on the depth chart as a major problem. Overall not a bad pick, but if I were in his position I wouldn’t have gone with Backes.

 

Ninth Round

  1. Kevin Bieksa (Buser)
  2. Anze Kopitar (Ma)
  3. Mike Knuble (McLarney)
  4. Alex Edler (Tony)
  5. Alex Frolov (Maingot)
  6. David Krejci (Rocky)
  7. Niklas Kronwall (Pianowski)
  8. Daniel Briere (McKeen’s)
  9. Joe Pavelski (Eagleson)
  10. Brad Richards (IG)
  11. Chris Kunitz (Romig)
  12. Kris Versteeg (Behrens)

My Pick: Kopitar, once again I looked through the rankings and there just wasn’t anyone there that tickled my fancy. Kops was the best player available so I jumped on him right away. With Malkin/Spezza/Kopitar, I should have a solid set of centers moving forward.

Value Pick: A few value picks in this round, Briere could have a very nice bounce back season in Philly, as well as Richards in Dallas, both very solid fantasy contributors up the middle.

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?

 

Tenth Round

  1. Tuomo Ruutu (Behrens)
  2. Derick Brassard (Romig)
  3. Cam Barker (IG)
  4. Jason Pominville (Eagleson)
  5. Vesa Toskala (McKeen’s)
  6. Nathan Horton (Pianowski)
  7. Brent Burns (Rocky)
  8. Dustin Brown (Maingot)
  9. Ryan Suter (Tony)
  10. Paul Martin (McLarney)
  11. Ales Hemsky (Ma)
  12. Pavel Kubina (Buser)

My Pick: Hemsky, with my initial risk of drafting Hossa as my number one RW, I needed to have support for him, so I went with one of my favourite late round steals in Hemmer. With 58, 40, 51, and 43 assists in his past four seasons, I’m banking on him continuing the trend and returning back to 50+ assists form this season.

Value Pick: Quite a few value picks this round as pretty much half of the players taken were in my queue. Brassard could very well center Nash and Huselius on Columbus’ top-line. Horton is a great steal at 114th. Burns should get a new life in Minnesota. Brown should continue his bomb-launching ways in LA and the real dagger to my heart was Suter snatched two picks before mine (Tony did that constantly throughout the night...).

Questionable Pick: Considering all the big names that went this round, I don’t think Ruutu fits well in this round. He’s buried behind Ray Whitney, Sergei Samsonov and possibly Jussi Jokinen in Carolina, so I highly doubt that he returns back to 54 point form this season.

 

Eleventh Round

  1. Marek ZIdlicky (Buser)
  2. Bryan McCabe (Ma)
  3. Joe Corvo (McLarney)
  4. Mike Ribeiro (Tony)
  5. Erik Johnson (Maingot)
  6. Teemu Selanne (Rocky)
  7. Loui Eriksson (Pianowski)
  8. Steven Stamkos (McKeen’s)
  9. Kris Letang (Eagleson)
  10. Bill Guerin (IG)
  11. Jamie Langenbrunner (Romig)
  12. Phil Kessel (Behrens)

My Pick: McCabe, after my heartbreak of losing Suter, I needed to redeem myself. I was only carrying one defensemen at the time, so I desperately needed to fix that up ASAP. McCabe is one of the best across-the-board producers amongst defensemen, when he’s healthy**. Since the remaining D column is looking pretty bare, I took a chance on McCabe.

Value Pick: Johnson was also on my radar, but he was quickly snatched after I took McCabe, he could very well return to 40 point form this season. Selanne has a .82 point-per-game average in the past three years, if he can maintain that average and play in 70-75 games, 60-65 points from a 126th pick will certainly be a bargain.

Questionable Pick: No questionable picks in this round.

 

Twelfth Round

  1. Brian Gionta (Behrens)
  2. Ryan Whitney (Romig)
  3. John Tavares (IG)
  4. Mikko Koivu (Eagleson)
  5. Zach Bogosian (McKeen’s)
  6. M.E. Vlasic (Pianowski)
  7. Ryan Clowe (Rocky)
  8. Travis Zajac (Maingot)
  9. Alex Tanguay (Tony)
  10. Michael Ryder (McLarney)
  11. Milan Hejduk (Ma)
  12. Ryan Smyth (Buser)

My Pick: Hejduk, throughout this draft I’ve gone after guys who will maintain a bulk of the ice-time on their team’s top-line. I continued the trend with Hejduk as he should receive ample ice-time playing on an offensively shallow Avs squad. That plus he’s having stellar pre-season scoring playing alongside Stastny.

Value Pick: I also had Whitney on my radar as a late-round steal, but they were getting sniped left and right. Tony got me again with Tanguay as I had him all highlighted and ready to click before seeing his name fly off the board two picks before mine.

Questionable Pick: The Gionta pick was a questionable one, as I don’t really see the upside in him. His production in the last three seasons has been 45, 53, and 60, perhaps getting out of Jersey may help his numbers but once again, if I were given that slot I wouldn’t have gone with Gionta.

 

Thirteenth Round

  1. Blake Wheeler (Buser)
  2. Patrick O’Sullivan (Ma)
  3. David Perron (McLarney)
  4. Lubomir Visnovsky (Tony)
  5. Jose Theodore (Maingot)
  6. Scott Gomez (Rocky)
  7. Brent Seabrook (Pianowski)
  8. Nik Antropov (McKeen’s)
  9. Joffrey Lupul (Eagleson)
  10. Kristian Huselius (IG)
  11. Bryan Little (Romig)
  12. Michael Frolik (Behrens)

My Pick: O’Sullivan, for those of you who have followed my columns during the summer would realize that I’m a big supporter of O’Sullivan. I just think he has the pedigree (CHL player of the year, CHL rookie of the year, AHL rookie of the year) to not only succeed in the NHL, but to break out in a huge way this season. He is currently on a line with Mike Comrie and Ryan Stone, but I think during the season he finds his way onto Hemsky’s line, which should be summarized with two words “CHA-CHING!”

Value Pick: Lupul, I’m not a big believer in Ryan, because of this guy. Yes Ryan has talent, but so does Lupul, and if there is one person on the Ducks squad that could possibly unseat Ryan from the much acclaimed top-line it’s Lupul.

Questionable Pick: It could be a boom or bust season for Perron, but with the depth on Blues squad I just don’t know if he has enough upside to own as a third LW. Visnovksy also has great potential, but with the recent reports coming out of Edmonton about his current status it doesn’t bode well for the oft-injured band-aid boy. The Oilers have ample blue-line talent in Denis Grebeshkov and Tom Gilbert to hold the fort, which probably isn’t good news to Visnovsky owners.

 

Fourteenth Round

  1. Christian Ehrhoff (Behrens)
  2. James Van Riemsdyk (Romig)
  3. Filip Kuba (IG)
  4. Matt Niskanen (Eagleson)
  5. Jonas Gustavsson (McKeen’s)
  6. Jason Arnott (Pianowski)
  7. Erik Cole (Rocky)
  8. Ed Jovanovski (Maingot)
  9. J.P. Dumont (Tony)
  10. Patrick Sharp (McLarney)
  11. Keith Tkachuk (Ma)
  12. Andy McDonald (Buser)

My Pick: Tkachuk, with Elias scheduled to be out for the first couple of weeks of the season, I needed to find a temporary replacement. Tkachuk seems to fit the bill as he started with nine points in his first nine contests last season. I’m hoping that the Blues are keeping Tkachuk as the top-line center for the first ten games, where he can pick up major points playing alongside Brad Boyes and Paul Kariya, then I’ll just gently sneak Elias back into my starting rotation once he gets back into game shape.

Value Pick: Arnott and Dumont are my favourite value picks of this round, most of the top-line players from each team have been snatched up with the exception of those two. The duo has looked impressive with Patric Hornqvist and Steve Sullivan during the pre-season, furthermore both should have a great fantasy season even though they might not play for an offensive juggernaut.

Questionable Pick: I’ve got two questionable picks this round. One is Ehrhoff, similarly with Edler mentioned before with Edler, there’s just too much depth on the Vancouver blue-line to predict who’s going to come out on top of that heap. They’ll just end up taking points away from each other, where no one will have a fantastic fantasy season. The second is JVR, yes Philly is deep offensively, but how much offense is everyone going to muster? The best case scenario I see from JVR is 50 points, and a low of 30, just too much risk without the reward for my liking.