DobberHockey Fantasy Hockey Experts


Eric Maltais recently hosted the third annual Industry Experts Fantasy League. DobberHockey has always had a strong presense in this one - Dobber exploded out of the gates the first year, leading for the better part of five months before injuries took the big man down in the final weeks. Last season, DobberHockey's Maltais won the whole she-bang. This year will be no different.


The format has changed this year to that of a keeper league. Below is an uncensored account of the draft from Eric Maltais (okay - it's censored once...Dobber's call!)


Draft Diary



Thursday night was the draft for the Industry Experts league, which is in its third season. TSN's Scott Cullen won the league in its initial season while yours truly finished at the top of the 15 experts last season. The league was converted to a 12-team keeper league this year where each team will be able to keep four players with a maximum of one goaltender the following season.



Here are the league participants;



Eric Maltais -  Dobber Hockey

Jeff Angus - Dobber Hockey

Ray Flowers - Fanball

Scott Cullen - TSN

Ian Gooding -

Jan Levine - Rotowire

John Topper - Rotowire

Gus Katsaros - McKeens Hockey

Matt Romig – Yahoo! Sports

Michael Finewax - Rotoworld

Nicolas Chabot - The Sports Forecaster

Rocky Bonnano -



Rosters: C, C, C, C, LW, LW, LW, LW, RW, RW, RW, RW, D, D, D, D, D, D, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR, IR 



Scoring categories: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SOG, W, GAA, SV%



The following are my thoughts written during the draft, an insight in my mind while I processed the goings as picks were made.



8:30 - Draft is in 30 minutes I'm about to log on hoping to get one of the top three picks so I can draft Ovechkin, Crosby or Malkin. There are plenty of other young studs available, but the drop-off is big after the top three.



8:32 - Draft room is open, I log on and %*&@, I got the fourth pick, I really wanted top 3 or something later. I'm really tempted to go with Zetterberg but his injury history scares me. On the other hand he was awesome during the playoffs and is a five-category stud. So is Dany Heatley . There's also Iginla but he's four years older than Zetterberg and Iginla. And there’s still Thornton.



8:55 - Zetterberg is fourth in my queue, the fact that he plays with Detroit who is so awesomely strong this year ways in his favor. I'll be looking for a goaltender in the second round.



8:59 - Draft is about to start and I change my mind scared off by Zetterberg's bad back. Seconds are counting down; I'm hoping a goalie goes in the top three, nervous to find out.


 Round 1 


Draft starts quickly the top three go as expected and I take Heatley and Iginla goes right after. Unlike the last two years no goalies have gone in the top five.



Zetterberg went after Iginla and then Brodeur is the first goalie taken, followed by Luongo, I wonder if we'll see a goalie run. Nabokov is the only other goalie to go in the first round so I'm confident to get a good one in the second round


1.Alexander Ovechkin Sports Forecaster
2.Sidney Crosby Rotowire – Levine
3.Evgeni Malkin
4.Dany Heatley DobberHockey – Maltais
5.Jarome Iginla
6.Henrik Zetterberg Rotowire - Topper.
7.Martin Brodeur
8.Roberto Luongo DobberHockey – Angus
9.Joe Thornton Fanball
10.Evgeni Nabokov Rotoworld
11.Vincent Lecavalier McKeens Hockey
12.Ilya Kovalchuk Yahoo!


Round 2 


Lundqvist and Turco go back-to-back to start the second round. I'll probably draft goalies with my next two picks; this crowd always drafts goalies early. Carey Price is tops in my queue. Three picks to go I'm nervous, Fleury and Giguere went off the board, one pick and then I take Price.



YES!!!! Getzlaf is drafted leaving me Price. I got my goalie for the next 10 years!


1.Henrik Lundqvist Yahoo!
2.Marty Turco McKeens Hockey
3.Dion Phaneuf Rotoworld
4.Marc-Andre Fleury Fanball
5.Marian Hossa DobberHockey – Angus
6.Pavel Datsyuk
7.Jean-Sebastien Giguere Rotowire – Topper
8.Ryan Getzlaf
9.Carey Price DobberHockey – Maltais
10.Miikka Kiprusoff
11.Jason Spezza Rotowire – Levine
12.Chris Osgood Sports Forecaster


Round 3 


I take Ryan Miller hoping he has a better season this year, hesitated between Miller and Bryzgalov. Now I can forget about goaltenders for the rest of the draft.



I'm surprised to see Alfredsson go so early considering his age, than again it is the 3rd round and he doesn’t have to be a keeper.



Mike Green just got drafted, was hoping to make him my next pick. Patrick Kane is next on my list but plenty of picks before it’s my turn. Kane, Morrrow, Parise are in my queue.



1.Niklas Backstrom Sports Forecaster 
2.Daniel Alfredsson Rotowire – Levine 
3.Nicklas Lidstrom 
4.Ryan Miller DobberHockey – Maltais 
5.Olli Jokinen 
6.Zdeno Chara Rotowire - Topper. 
7.Marian Gaborik 
8.Ilya Bryzgalov DobberHockey – Angus 
9.Rick Nash Fanball 
10.Mike Green Rotoworld 
11.Dan Boyle McKeens Hockey 
12.Eric Staal Yahoo! 



 Round 4 


I add Vanek and Brent Burns to my queue.



A lot of defensemen are going early, Morrow goes, damn I just had put him ahead of Kane.



I've got a feeling I'm not getting Kane....but WOOHOO it's suddenly my turn and he's there.


1.Chris Pronger Yahoo!
2.Daniel Briere McKeens Hockey
3.Martin St. Louis Rotoworld
4.Brian Campbell Fanball
5.Brenden Morrow DobberHockey – Angus
6.Jonathan Toews
7.Daniel Sedin Rotowire – Topper
8.Cristobal Huet
9.Patrick Kane DobberHockey – Maltais
10.Thomas Vanek
11.Brian Rafalski Rotowire – Levine
12.Andrei Markov Sports Forecaster


Round 5 


I'm wondering when to pick Stamkos, I'll wait at least another round



Another good one, Burns is still there, the draft is going very well. My pick is applauded. Wow, huge suprise to see McCabe go right after Burns after his season last year and the poor +/- he should post in Florida.



After the next couple of picks I won't worry about keeper value I'll have my four keepers already



Backstrom (WAS) goes, damn wanted to make him my next pick, I'm huge on the guy, three straight picks out of my queue with Parise and Perry. I've got Horton and Zherdev on deck. I add Kopitar and Hemsky.


1.Mike Richards Sports Forecaster
2.Paul Stastny Rotowire – Levine
3.Shane Doan
4.Brent Burns DobberHockey – Maltais
5.Bryan McCabe
6.Tomas Vokoun Rotowire - Topper.
7.Joe Corvo
8.Dustin Byfuglien DobberHockey – Angus
9.Corey Perry Fanball
10.Nicklas Backstrom Rotoworld
11.Zach Parise McKeens Hockey
12.Alexei Kovalev Yahoo!


Round 6 


Picks are taking longer now, four picks before me and I like my queue of four, I'd have to be really unlucky for them to all go before I pick



I add Sean Avery to my queue hoping to get him in round 7.



I hesitate between Zherdev and Horton but go with Zherdev since I think he'll score 40 goals, Horton goes next and I'm not surprised, then Kopitar who was in my queue and who I might have taken over Avery.

1.Alexander Frolov Yahoo!
2.Jason Pominville McKeens Hockey
3.Alexander Semin Rotoworld
4.Marc Savard Fanball
5.Derek Roy DobberHockey – Angus
6.Michael Cammalleri
7.Tomas Kaberle Rotowire – Topper
8.Cam Ward
9.Nikolai Zherdev DobberHockey – Maltais
10.Nathan Horton
11.Jeff Carter Rotowire – Levine
12.Anze Kopitar Sports Forecaster


Round 7


Again I glad with my pick since I get Avery, if I can add Carcillo I've got the category sewn up but I wouldn't take him until round 11 and I'm sure he'll be gone by then.


I was surprised to see Souray and Carter go so early.


Selanne goes, good pick in round 7. I'm thinking hard about Stamkos. It looks like nobody trusts Ribeiro who went in round 5 in the Dobber Expert draft.


I wonder how long Gonchar will be out, he could be worth a gamble in round 8 Carcillo goes so so much for me matching him up with Avery.


1.Ed Jovanovski Sports Forecaster
2.Sheldon Souray Rotowire – Levine
3.Brad Richards
4.Sean Avery DobberHockey – Maltais
5.Tomas Plekanec
6.Daymond Langkow Rotowire - Topper.
7.Jose Theodore
8.Teemu Selanne DobberHockey – Angus
9.Jonathan Cheechoo Fanball
10.Martin Biron Rotoworld
11.Erik Cole McKeens Hockey
12.Pascal Leclaire Yahoo!


Round 8


Ribeiro finally goes in round 8, I guess I'm not the only one who doesn’t trust him, he's followed by much for that tought.


My turn, Hemsky or Stmakos...hmmmm Hemsky it is.

1.Lubomir Visnovsky Yahoo!
2.Scott Niedermayer McKeens Hockey
3.Daniel Carcillo Rotoworld
4.Dan Ellis Fanball
5.Mike Ribeiro DobberHockey – Angus
6.Sergei Gonchar
7.Milan Michalek Rotowire – Topper
8.Andrei Kostitsyn
9.Ales Hemsky DobberHockey – Maltais
10.Martin Gerber
11.Brad Boyes Rotowire – Levine
12.Milan Hejduk Sports Forecaster


Round 9


Round 9 and still I have no centers, if he's there on the way back I'm taking Stamkos.

YES!!! got him. Now I have to wait a while for my next turn.


Bergeron goes, damn he could have been my next pick, I need centers. I  Put Sedin and O'Sullivan in my queue.


Comment appears about Stamkos going late for a keeper league


Satan goes, he was about to go in my queue. I add Ryan Whitney in my queue, don't want to forget about him.


Letang goes, I'm not as high on him as others even with Gonchar and Whitney, but he could bust out. Tangay goes 4 rounds later than in the Dobber draft


I'm thinking Sedin might fall to least I'm hoping but still 8 picks before me.


1.Pierre-Marc Bouchard Sports Forecaster
2.Jay Bouwmeester Rotowire – Levine
3.Simon Gagne
4.Steven Stamkos DobberHockey – Maltais
5.Patrick Sharp
6.Patrice Bergeron Rotowire - Topper.
7.Miroslav Satan
8.Kris Letang DobberHockey – Angus
9.Shawn Horcoff Fanball
10.Patrick Marleau Rotoworld
11.Alex Tanguay McKeens Hockey
12.Peter Mueller Yahoo!


Round 10


Ryan Clowe goes way too early but Romig is a Shark fan. Prospal also goes way early for my taste and so does Lehtonen for that matter, but very few goalies left. Dipietro is the best left, but I put Conklyn in my queue so I don't forget about him.


Damn it, Sedin goes 2 picks before my turn. I take Gomez for the assists and power play points...oops I wrote that in the Yahoo comment box…this isn’t easy writing this thing and doing the draft at the same time.

1.Ryane Clowe Yahoo!
2.Tim Thomas McKeens Hockey
3.Vaclav Prospal Rotoworld
4.Kari Lehtonen Fanball
5.Niklas Kronwall DobberHockey – Angus
6.Kevin Bieksa
7.Henrik Sedin Rotowire – Topper
8.Shea Weber
9.Scott Gomez DobberHockey – Maltais
10.Braydon Coburn
11.Mathieu Garon Rotowire – Levine
12.Ryan Suter Sports Forecaster


Round 11


Defensemen are going fast so I need to add another and Timonen is next on my list...and I get him, I really like my team overall even if I am weak at center.


My queue now consists of O’Sullivan, Ryan Whitney, Conkly, Meszaros, Brown and Franzen.


Brown goes and there are plenty of picks before my turn. One of my sleepers, Kuba goes, I wouldn't have taken him over Meszaros.


I'm asking myself when to take a chance on Havlat.


1.John-Michael Liles Sports Forecaster
2.Wade Redden Rotowire – Levine
3.Petr Sykora
4.Kimmo Timonen DobberHockey – Maltais
5.Brian Gionta
6.Brian Rolston Rotowire - Topper.
7.Patrik Elias
8.Duncan Keith DobberHockey – Angus
9.Dustin Brown Fanball
10.Joe Sakic Rotoworld
11.Filip Kuba McKeens Hockey
12.J.P. Dumont Yahoo!


Round 12


I add guys in my queue I don't want to forget about. Turris, Okposo, Doughty. Meszaros is my next pick if he's still there, 3 more to go before my turn.


Damn I was almost forgetting one of my favorite sleepers, Kessel, so I add him to my queue.


Got Meszaros, giving me three solid blueliners. I'll gamble on Havlat in round 13.

1.Mark Streit Yahoo!
2.Jordan Staal McKeens Hockey
3.Sergei Zubov Rotoworld
4.Markus Naslund Fanball
5.Mikko Koivu DobberHockey – Angus
6.Johan Franzen
7.Chris Drury Rotowire – Topper
8.Todd Bertuzzi
9.Andrej Meszaros DobberHockey – Maltais
10.Marek Zidlicky
11.Paul Kariya Rotowire – Levine
12.Chris Kunitz Sports Forecaster


Round 13


I get Havlat as planned, but I really need to draft a few centers, I've still got O’Sullivan in my queue as well as Nylander and Turris. I add Jason Arnott. I’m thinking Havlat is worth it here if he plays 60 games.


Arnott goes so it won't be him, would have made a nice third center.


Antropov so early???? You know that I can't stand him.

1.Michael Ryder Sports Forecaster
2.Vesa Toskala Rotowire – Levine
3.Sam Gagner
4.Martin Havlat DobberHockey – Maltais
5.Sami Salo
6.Matt Niskanen Rotowire - Topper.
7.Dennis Wideman
8.Joni Pitkanen DobberHockey – Angus
9.Rob Blake Fanball
10.Jason Arnott Rotoworld
11.Nik Antropov McKeens Hockey
12.Joffrey Lupul Yahoo!


Round 14


Three more picks and I take O’Sullivan, I really need him and I do believe he will sign a contract soon


Huselius is still out there, another guy we experts don't believe in.


Phew I get O’Sullivan, and already thinking about my next pick, I think it'll be Ryan Whitney.


Just talked about him and Huselius goes, seven rounds later than in the Dobber draft.


1.Michal Rozsival Yahoo!
2.Radim Vrbata McKeens Hockey
3.Tomas Holmstrom Rotoworld
4.Ryan Malone Fanball
5.Scott Hartnell DobberHockey – Angus
6.Philippe Boucher
7.Mike Knuble Rotowire – Topper
8.Bobby Ryan
9.Patrick O'Sullivan DobberHockey – Maltais
10.Kristian Huselius
11.Wojtek Wolski Rotowire – Levine
12.Tobias Enstrom Sports Forecaster


Round 15


When do I gamble on Sundin???


I get Whitney and a few comments appear, it seems I took him just in time.


I thinking Nylander for my next pick , hopefully he'll still be there. Kubina is another possibility, love the PIMs he'd bring. Demitra is also a possibility.


Samsonov is a surprise here but I like the Schneider pick even though we don't know where he'll play


So much for Kubina, but I keeping hope for Nylander.


Damn Conklin goes and I was considering him for my round 17 pick, Filatov now, a bit early but worth a gamble. I'm thinking I really need to get Halak to cover Price


1.Paul Ranger Sports Forecaster
2.Ryan Smyth Rotowire – Levine
3.Steve Bernier
4.Ryan Whitney DobberHockey – Maltais
5.Maxim Afinogenov
6.Jere Lehtinen Rotowire - Topper.
7.Brent Seabrook
8.Sergei Samsonov DobberHockey – Angus
9.Shane O'Brien Fanball
10.Mathieu Schneider Rotoworld
11.Pavel Kubina McKeens Hockey
12.Ty Conklin Yahoo!


Round 16


Demitra is gone, I'm praying for Nylander now...particularly with Turris going.


Yes again! I get my pick, I'm loving my draft!!!


The young guys are going, Filatov, Turris, Perron, Lucic, Okposo.


1.Nikita Filatov Yahoo!
2.Ray Whitney McKeens Hockey
3.Jamie Langenbrunner Rotoworld
4.Pavol Demitra Fanball
5.Jiri Hudler DobberHockey – Angus
6.Kyle Turris
7.Adrian Aucoin Rotowire – Topper
8.Marco Sturm
9.Michael Nylander DobberHockey – Maltais
10.David Perron
11.Milan Lucic Rotowire – Levine
12.Kyle Okposo Sports Forecaster


Round 17


I'm looking for a LW since I only have two. Not much left so I take Penner.


Kessel will be my next pick if he's still there, if not I'll go with Sergei Kostitsyn or a third goaltender. I still need Ds and Cam Barker and Gilbert are in my queue...okay Barker not there anymore shit I was really hoping to get him with my 19th pick.


Koivu goes, I'd been eyeing him. I add Artyukhin to my queue, I like his PIM potential. I add Vermette…and there he goes, oh well.


1.Christopher Higgins Sports Forecaster 
2.Ron Hainsey Rotowire – Levine 
3.Jaroslav Spacek 
4.Dustin Penner DobberHockey – Maltais 
5.Rod Brind'Amour 
6.Ales Kotalik Rotowire - Topper. 
7.Jason Blake 
8.Robert Lang DobberHockey – Angus 
9.Cam Barker Fanball 
10.Cory Stillman Rotoworld 
11.Saku Koivu McKeens Hockey 
12.Antoine Vermette Yahoo! 


Round 18


Sundin??? hmmmm thinking about it hard...damn there he goes.


Matt Carle goes, nice pick this late. Kessel is still there though and I do want him bad. SHIT!!! Right before my turn… I'm really frustrated now.


I take Artyukhin, probably too early but I get kudos for my pick from some of the other guys.


1.Mats Sundin Yahoo! 
2.Mark Giordano McKeens Hockey 
3.Martin Erat Rotoworld 
4.Matt Carle Fanball 
5.Jack Johnson DobberHockey – Angus 
6.Mikael Samuelsson 
7.Rick DiPietro Rotowire – Topper 
8.Phil Kessel 
9.Evgeny Artyukhin DobberHockey – Maltais 
10.Peter Budaj 
11.Mike Smith Rotowire – Levine 
12.Joe Pavelski Sports Forecaster 


Round 19


I'm going for upside now so S. Kostitsyn looks good but I need to protect Price so I put Halak in my queue...and get him, phew at least that's one worry gone. They should be could for 50 wins between the two of them.


I need LW and Defense, Kostitsyn and Eriksson are in my queue. It looks like Brunnstrom was on a lot of queues since there is much talk about his selection.


Tkachuk goes as I was about to add him in my queue, no worries S. Kostitsyn and Ericsson are my targets


My queue only has Gilbert and Connolly otherwise.


1.Ryan Kesler Sports Forecaster 
2.Jason Williams Rotowire – Levine 
3.Drew Doughty 
4.Jaroslav Halak DobberHockey – Maltais 
5.Fabian Brunnstrom 
6.Johnny Oduya Rotowire - Topper. 
7.Andrew Brunette 
8.Scottie Upshall DobberHockey – Angus 
9.Keith Tkachuk Fanball 
10.Paul Martin Rotoworld 
11.Darcy Tucker McKeens Hockey 
12.Brad Stuart Yahoo! 


Round 20


Steve Downie is an interesting pick for the PIMs if he plays enough. 4 more picks, I'm confident I'll get my LW.


The last of the goalies are going, really not much left, by the time the draft is over there'll be no goaltender worth a spot left on waivers.


I'm good, I get S. Kostitsyn, might take Eriksson next.


Claude Giroux goes and then Eriksson, damn it! I don't know what to do with my next pick. I don’t like the my last few rounds and am not set for the last few.


1.Steve Downie Yahoo! 
2.Alexander Steen McKeens Hockey 
3.Craig Rivet Rotoworld 
4.Marek Svatos Fanball 
5.Josh Harding DobberHockey – Angus 
6.Manny Fernandez 
7.R.J. Umberger Rotowire – Topper 
8.Tom Gilbert 
9.Sergei Kostitsyn DobberHockey – Maltais 
10.Ruslan Salei 
11.Claude Giroux Rotowire – Levine 
12.Loui Eriksson Sports Forecaster 


Round 21


I need a D and rush into taking Preissing, oh well I hope he takes the lead with Visnovsky and Blake gone


Only four picks left and I need at least two more Ds.


Several gambles taken this late.


1.Manny Legace Sports Forecaster 
2.Alex Goligoski Rotowire – Levine 
3.Teddy Purcell 
4.Tom Preissing DobberHockey – Maltais 
5.Francois Beauchemin 
6.Mattias Ohlund Rotowire - Topper. 
7.Viktor Tikhonov 
8.Fredrik Modin DobberHockey – Angus 
9.Zack Stortini Fanball 
10.Roman Hamrlik Rotoworld 
11.Jarret Stoll McKeens Hockey 
12.Devin Setoguchi Yahoo! 


Round 22


Lee goes just as I was thinking about him


Not much left so I gamble on Radulov...we'll see what happens. I thinking only 1% chance he plays this season, but I’ll let him go in a few weeks if nothing positive comes out.


1.Brian Lee Yahoo! 
2.Ville Koistinen McKeens Hockey 
3.Tim Connolly Rotoworld 
4.Stephane Robidas Fanball 
5.Brett Clark DobberHockey – Angus 
6.Viktor Kozlov 
7.Tuomo Ruutu Rotowire – Topper 
8.Trevor Daley 
9.Alexander Radulov DobberHockey – Maltais 
10.Andrew Cogliano 
11.Derick Brassard Rotowire – Levine 
12.Patrik Berglund Sports Forecaster 


Round 23


Poti isn't much of a pick, but there really isn't anything left on D. I still need another to compensate for Whitney’s injury.


I've got Schubert targeted as my last blueliner.


1.Mikkel Boedker Sports Forecaster
2.Owen Nolan Rotowire – Levine
3.Keith Ballard
4.Tom Poti DobberHockey – Maltais
5.Olaf Kolzig
6.Alex Auld Rotowire - Topper.
7.Jakub Voracek
8.Brandon Dubinsky DobberHockey – Angus
9.Brendan Shanahan Fanball
10.Nikolai Khabibulin Rotoworld
11.Lee Stempniak McKeens Hockey
12.Valtteri Filppula Yahoo!


Round 24


Draft Burrows with my next to last pick. I’ll see if I keep Artyukhin or Burrows once the season starts. Certainly won't keep both.


1.Bryan Little Yahoo! 
2.Scott Walker McKeens Hockey 
3.Alex Pietrangelo Rotoworld 
4.Jason LaBarbera Fanball 
5.Alexander Edler DobberHockey – Angus 
6.Dave Bolland 
7.Andrej Sekera Rotowire – Topper 
8.Brendan Morrison 
9.Alex Burrows DobberHockey – Maltais 
10.Chris Neil 
11.Zach Bogosian Rotowire – Levine 
12.Fedor Tyutin Sports Forecaster 


Round 25


I decide to forego another D and take go for the upside of Nilsson. I'll get another defenseman when I put Whitney on IR. It's 11:30, I'm tired, I have a cold and my back aches so my concentration wasn’t there the last few rounds.


1.Andrew Ladd Sports Forecaster 
2.Ruslan Fedotenko Rotowire – Levine 
3.Nigel Dawes 
4.Robert Nilsson DobberHockey – Maltais 
5.Daniel Cleary 
6.Drew Stafford Rotowire - Topper. 
7.Karl Alzner 
8.Jared Boll DobberHockey – Angus 
9.Jonathan Bernier Fanball 
10.Slava Kozlov Rotoworld 
11.Erik Johnson McKeens Hockey 
12.Christian Ehrhoff Yahoo! 


Morning after 

Overall I really like my team. Although I waited a while to get my centers I’m confident that Stamkos, Gomez, O’Sullivan and Nylander can give me good numbers. I really like my goaltenders, the Habs have a very good team so if anything happens to Price, Halak will cover. I’m already set on dropping Poti to gamble on Schubert instead since Kuba and Lee are no guarantees to run the power play with success. My defense is my weak spot.


I think I’ll be very strong in seven of nine categories; goals and plus/minus will be weaker. I give myself a good shot at defending the league title providing my squad remains relatively healthy.


My four keepers will probably turn out to be Heatley, Kane, Stamkos and Price. If Stamkos is a bust, Burns or Zherdev will be the guy.







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