haha, this is funny-- I almost mentioned pengwin in my original post to try and get him to reply cause i knew he would have a good analysis. I always see him break down formats really well.
Thanks so much for the help, it is much appreciated. I am glad you pointed out the goaltending thing-- so many leagues give goalies such a high premium, it'll be nice to get by with average goalies. That's ideally how I like to draft anyway-- get quality skaters and then pick goalies based on their system.
The league is on ESPN, which I'm not a huge fan of. But, I know they have a handful of guys with dual eligibility.
So, I think my approach will be exactly how you outlined. I suppose my first pick will be an elite center. Pick number 2 will be one of those big 4 dmen, or another elite center, if by chance one slips through the cracks. I highly doubt that'll be the case, but in a 20 team league it all depends on draft position.
From there, I'll start taking inventory on what goalies are available/how many teams still need to get a goalie. I'm not going to jump at all of the premiere wingers in the first 3 rounds, because like you said, a 60pt player with decent peripheral stats will carry a team in this league.
I think I might give fantasyhockeygeek a try, but I'm curious about the rankings... I'm assuming they are worth following? I only ask because sites like NHL.com, Yahoo, all the mainstream ones, have terrible rankings. Just the fact fantasyhockeygeek is endorsed on this board, however, gives me the comfort that it'll probably give me a leg up on the competition. This is the only league I am in where I can confidently say that I am the only one who uses Dobberhockey. I'm hoping it'll pay off!
F: Ovechkin, Stamkos, Parise, Kovalchuk, Marchand, Perron, Hudler, Downie, Clarkson, Ruutu
D: Letang, Subban, Fowler, White, Leddy, Staal
G: Miller, Halak
Farm: Reinhart, de Haan, Beach, Kuhnhackl, Kabanov, Jenner, Vatanen, Dillon, Wedgewood, Matthew Hackett
F: Giroux, Backstrom, Iginla, Zetterberg, Thornton, Doan, VanRiemsdyk, Simmonds, Steen, Setoguchi
D: Doughty, Wideman, Bieksa, Zidlicky, Martin
G: Quick, Pavelec, Harding
Farm: Tangradi, Lack, Bjugstad, Schroeder, Dillon, Friberg, Gaudreau, Finn