Extras: Silfverberg, Brassard, Eller
I had the 5th pick going into the draft. I ended up with the one player I didn't really want to take, Sid the Kid. He could win or lose the pool for me, I guess. A 100+ point pace and I like my odds, 100+ point pace for 13 games, well, thanks for coming out. Still, I couldn't leave him on the table at number 5 - I was tempted to go goaltender, but with only 3 cats for the goalies and weekly starts, I decided to go forward. 10 goalies had gone by the time it came around to me again (including 5 in a row), so I had no choice but to go Lehtonen.
Favorite Pick: Happy to get Derek Roy in the 13th round, and Jeff Petry in round 19. Also that Corey Crawford was still around in the 8th round - he's not my favorite, but I think he is better than he played last year, and it will be nice to have 2 (likely) first string goalies along with the Bob for depth.
Pick I Regret: My last 5 picks, as I was disconnected. A couple of them might turn out, but I hope missing the last half hour doesn't hamstring me too much.
A Player I Wanted: Jamie Benn, Max Pac, Steve Ott. Wanted one more multi-cat LW, a little shy on that side. Burrows can slide over if I find more right side help, but would love to find one more wing contributor. Backstrom (WAS) at 49 was very nice.
Draft Day Risers: I thought Lindback and Schneider went rather high, but the goalie panic was in full effect. Chara at 13, well, I know he's a beast in this kind of league, but I would have waited until the second round, especially if I was picking 5 later.
Draft Day Fallers: Datsyuk, like everyone I guess. Surprised me that Okposo was still there at 205.
Best/Worst Team Drafted: Hard to say, of course. I like my first 20 rounds, I think I got a lot of players who will contribute across the board without cutting to much scoring. I think Art Vandelay looks solid, and I kind of like the Barons squad. In my mind, Return of Daigle took really great D, but maybe too early. And I'm not too sure why some teams took 4 goalies, or a third one so early, but you never know I guess.
24-Team Keeper League
PTS: G=1, A=1, W=2, SO=5
Starting roster: 6F, 3D, 1G, *Keep 12
F: Spezza, Kovalchuk, Krejci, Franzen, Pacioretty, Steen, Berglund, Erat, PMB
D: Keith, Weber, Visnovsky, Leddy
G: Lundqvist, Harding
16-Team Keeper League
PTS: G=1, A=1, W=2, SO=3
Starting roster: 6F, 4D, 1G, *Keep 12 + 4 on farm
F: Benn, Krejci, Kessel, Skinner, Ryan, Parise, Clowe, C. Smith, Boedker, Leblanc
D: Edler, E Johnson, Campbell, Kronwall, Petry, McDonagh, Hamonic
G: Price, Rask
Farm: Schwartz, Zibanejad, Bjugstad, Dumba