|Hangin’ with the Yahoo Crew - 3||Tweet|
|Written by Ryan Ma|
|Tuesday, 29 September 2009 14:14|
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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...
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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