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The DobberHockey Experts draft was conducted last Wednesday (October 3rd). The draft was held a few weeks later than usual this year (for obvious reasons). Drafting with a lockout in effect is difficult, but it didn’t affect my strategy all that much.


All week long at DobberHockey, we will be profiling the rosters hand selected by the 16 participants. Today, hear what Dobber, Angus, Russ Bitely, and Jake S. have to say.


The League:


  • DobberHockey Experts League
  • 16 Teams


Scoring Catgories:


  • Goals
  • Assists
  • Powerplay Points
  • Plus/Minus
  • Hits
  • Shots on Goal
  • Wins
  • Saves
  • Goals Against Average


The Rules:


  • No limit on number of free agent acquisitions
  • $100 for free agent auctions, which are conducted once per week during the season (weekly blind bidding)
  • Start 4 C, 4 LW, 4 RW, 6 D, 2 G
  • 2 IR Spots
  • 5 Bench spots


The GMs:


  • Jeff Angus
  • Darryl Dobbs
  • Glen Hoos
  • Gates Imbeau
  • Ryan Ma
  • Russ Miller
  • Peter Hadley
  • Mac Vincent
  • Steve Laidlaw
  • Anthony Lancione
  • Russ Bitely
  • Chris Wassel
  • Michael Amato
  • Steven S (Mabus)
  • Jacob S (Smackavelli)
  • Eric Daoust

Darryl Dobbs Dobber


My Team:

 

I think I have a Top 3 team, but will need luck and trades to stay there and/or win. Luck is the flip of a coin, but trading I can do - however I freely admit that I can't pull off deals as well as Ryan Ma or Peter Hadley. They are less afraid to pull off the "buy low" and "sell high" theory, and those are the GM's who are successful. They won't wait that extra day "just to be sure". They'll do it. They'll also identify specific stat weaknesses far sooner than I do. Perhaps I would be better in that regard if I cut out one or two of my other leagues, but alas - I cannot.

 

My focus was to ensure that I have strong, stable goaltending, a top presence in the Hits department, and use defensemen No.5, No.6 and No.7 for most Hits.

 

Favorite Pick:

 

I was happy with several. Nugent-Hopkins in the fifth round, Desharnais in the 12th round, Coburn in the 13th, Granlund in the 14th and Sbisa in the 19th. I think that's right about where you love to get your successes.

 

A Pick I Regret:

 

I'm a little leery about Scott Hartnell in the third round, because it's Hits and not PIM. But it was a little panicked because Dustin Brown was taken four picks ahead of me and I didn't expect that. Also didn't need Matt Cooke in the 23rd round, but the pickings were slim.

 

A Player I Wanted:

 

Dustin Brown in the third round. I also wanted a Top 4 goalie in the first round but all four were taken before it got to me. In the 23rd round I really wanted Dainius Zubrus due to multi-position as well as decent multiple stats. He was taken the pick before me (thus sticking me with the aforementioned Cooke).

 

Draft Day Risers:

 

Brown who I really did think would fall to me in the third round. Hadley (Lord of the Rinks) grabbed Jarome Iginla in the fourth round and Brayden Schenn in the 12th, plus Chris Kreider in the 13th. All three were early, in my opinion. Pascal Dupuis in the ninth round by Amato was strange. And there was no way I'd even consider Jeff Carter in the seventh round, yet Laidlaw grabbed him then.

 

Gagner

 

And Fallers:

 

I was surprised Sam Gagner fell to the 17th round. Not that he was a top pick, but somewhere in the 13th or 14th may have been more fitting. Tuomo Ruutu was a great pick in the 13th round (by Laidlaw) with what he brings to the table.

 

 

 

Best Team Drafted:

 

I'm gonna go with mine. Since five or six teams seem to look pretty damn good to me, I may as well take the one I'm most familiar with - my own.

 

Worst Team Drafted:

 

Tough to say. Most teams I would grade anywhere from B+ to A+. So naming a "worst team" is not giving credit where credit is due, since that's a tough label to hand to someone who drafted a B or B-. The B- would go to Wassel. Great skaters, but his goaltending consists of Markstrom, Bishop and Bachman. Strawson has a lot of risks on his team. And Miller has a few question marks as well.








Jeff Angus


My Team:Angus

 

I also used the fantastic Fantasy Hockey Geek tools to help construct my team during our draft last week. I like, but don't love, my team right now. Goaltending went much faster than I anticipated. I may come to regret picking Schneider over Carey Price in round one if the Canucks don't love a goaltender (I obviously am still confident they do so). I didn't pick a defenseman until round nine - with hits, I feel like I can find value at the position later in the draft or on the free agent wire. Wideman is a solid fantasy option - he covers a lot of categories. Erik Johnson is a risk but he is too good not to emerge as a solid top pairing defenseman in short order.

 

I definitely favored offensive players - Couture and Seguin, in particular, I am expecting big things from. Wouldn't be surprised to see both of them score at a 40-goal clip.

 

Favorite Pick:

 

Ryan Kesler in round 10. The lockout helps him perhaps moreso than any other NHL player. He played through shoulder and wrist injuries last season, and it slowed down his production. A fully healthy Kesler is a fantasy stud, and I landed him 148th overall. I love Cam Atkinson in the 17th round, too. One under-the-radar pick is David Moss. He's injury prone, but very versatile and is the exact player that will excel in Phoenix (smart, well-rounded, structured). I could see 20 goals, 45 points, and solid power play production, too.

 

A Pick I Regret:

 

I don't regret any of my picks (too early for that), but there are some risky ones. For starters, my three goaltenders could all be great, or they all could struggle. Three young goalies without a whole lot of experience. I like Dubnyk a lot, and I think Neuvirth beats out Holtby for the starting gig in Washington. I guess if I have to give you one pick - Setoguchi. He scores goals (and should with a better Wild team), but he doesn't do much else for fantasy leagues. I definitely took a number of players that I don't necessarily like in "real" hockey - Corvo, Wideman, and Quincey are three of them. They are all quite solid with our scoring categories, though. Defense will be my weak point, but I'm confident I can shore if up if need be.

 

A Player I Wanted:

 

A number of them - I had more than a few players taken right before me - I am used to it by now in this league, though. David Backes was one - with my projections and our scoring categories, I had him in the top 10 for players (at all positions). I waited one round too long to take him. I was hoping John Tavares would drop to me in the first round, too. PM Bouchard was a guy I had my eye on in the later rounds - I probably was smart to avoid him though, as I have been burned by him numerous times in the past.

 

Draft Day Risers:

 

Goaltenders, especially the non-elite ones. As you can see from our various teams, goaltenders went very, very high. I had to grab Dubnyk where I did, or I wouldn't have had a capable second goaltender. Goaltending killed me in this league last year (thanks to Cam "Red Light" Ward). I don't know any other leagues were Cory Schneider went this high (I took him over Price, which may come back to bite me).

 

And Fallers:

 

A lot of players that lost value with the switchover from PIM to hits, including Corey Perry. It changes player values considerably, and it was interesting to see these tough guys (Steve Downie is another) drop down a few rounds relative to previous years. Derek Dorsett was another, but he gets a lot of htis. In general, hit or PIM specialists don't really need to be drafted, as a lot of them emerge each year from obscurity. The top guys have a lot of value, though (Backes, Ovechkin, Doan, Brown, these sorts of players).

 

Best Team Drafted:

 

I like Laidlaw's team a lot. Dobber's, too. My team is good but I wouldn't classify it as the best. I rarely draft elite teams, I tend to make my move with trades and free agent pick ups. To be honest it is hard to pick one team - 16 team leagues are so deep that parity is inevitable, especially when the quality of GMs is as high as it was for this draft. I wasn't frustrated when my queue of players kept disappearing - I am more than used to it by now.

 

Worst Team Drafted:

 

Wassel's. No goaltending is an absolute killer in any league - and I can attest to that with my average performance last year.

 



Jake S (forum member 'Smack')

My Team: Jake

 

Right off the bat I knew it would tough to have a balanced team while having the #1 pick since I've never had much success with it.  With hits now a category, it made picking Ovechkin an easy decision for me.  After that, I knew I had to use my next 2 picks on goalies (and I'm pretty happy with both) which would leave me w/out some depth somewhere down the line.  That in the end was my defense.  My defence is my weakness but I'm pretty strong on the wings and I think my centres can surprise.  If my goalies can play the way I think they can, they can carry me to the top. 

 

Favorite Pick:

 

Other than Ovechkin, my favourite picks were Doan and Callahan.  Both of these guys should be fantastic in this league format and combined with Ovechkin, they carry my team in hits.  Doan, where I picked up felt like he was a steal even without Whitney there now. 

 

A Pick I Regret:

 

My biggest regret pick was Hodgson.  There were still some pretty good defencemen available at that point (Visnovsky, Gonchar, Voynov, Hedman) that would be more vital to my team than Hodgson at that point.  With all the dual eligibility players, I didn't have the need for Hodgson, nearly as much as I needed a defenceman at that point and I just hope it doesn't come back to bite me.

 

A Player I Wanted:

 

There were more than a few guys that were taken before I was about to take them but the 2 worst were Lupul and Schultz.  I was sure I'd get Lupul with the last pick in the 8th but Lord of the Rinks took him with the pick right before me so I had to settle for Selanne.  Then in round 16, I saw my D was pretty weak so when I saw Schultz was still there I was licking my chops at getting him and thought it would be a bargain. To no surprise of anybody, Cage Match took him which left Gardiner to me.  Yeah, was pretty disappointed with that one.

 

Draft Day Risers:

 

Nash was taken higher than I thought he would.  Even though I do think he'll have a pretty good year, his first year on broadway will be full of pressure on him and I just don't see him having the #'s where it would justify his being taken in the middle of the 2nd round.  Honorary mention goes to Zetterberg, but since I picked Datsyuk, I'm hoping I'm wrong on that one.  Oh yeah, Hodgson, too!

 

And Fallers:

 

I think Lupul was a steal where he was taken as I mentioned previously.  I see him maybe dropping back a bit but I still think he'll have real solid #'s and he should be a stud in this league if he can stay healthy.  Mikko Koivu is also going to be a steal as I think him and Parise will mesh real nice and people will be kicking themselves (myself included) for not taking a chance on him earlier.

 

Best Team Drafted:

 

As for the favourite to win it all, it's pretty close all around but if you put a gun to my head, I got to go with the defending champ.  I think he has the best balance between offensive and goalie categories of any GM as of this moment.  I do think Dobber will give him a run, cause even though I think he took Kipper too high, I think the steal he got in Anderson balanced it out and his I can't really find a weakness on that team.

 

Worst Team Drafted:


In the same respect, I don't see any team that's way below any of the other teams.  Each team has it's weakness.  I do think Between the Lines will have to rely heavily on their offense (and it's a stacked offense) as they have really no goaltending at this point. . . on paper, at least. But one good trade and a couple of good pick ups, could make him a contender just like that. 

Russ Bitely


My Team: Russ B

 

I have a decent team, but fantasy Hockey is so difficult when you have 16 teams. You really have to pick a couple of late sleeper/gems to make a run.

 

Favorite Pick:

 

60-goal scorer Steven Stamkos.

 

A Pick I Regret:

 

Taking another goalie besides the Blues tandem of Halak and Brian Elliott.

 

A Player I Wanted:

 

Marc-Andre Fleury, as I wanted another goalie on a very good team.

 

O'Reilly

 

Draft Day Risers:

 

Ryan O'Reilly, who should be a 20-goal+ scorer along with 40 assists.

 

And Fallers:

 

Jaromir Jagr - just getting old. Great player, but does he have anything left in the tank?

 

Best Team Drafted:

 

A number of strong contenders.

 

Worst Team Drafted:

 

The person who doesn't pay attention - mismanagement is killer! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Experts Review Their Draft Part I

 
The Experts Review Their Draft Part II


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acfurino said:

acfurino
... Gates has the best team... feel free to challenge my comments on his review page smilies/wink.gif
October 13, 2012
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