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Round Pick Player Position
1. (9) Sidney Crosby C
2. (24) Cory Schneider G
3. (41) David Backes C,RW
4. (56) Ryan Getzlaf C
5. (73) Jonas Hiller G
6. (88) Jack Johnson D
7. (105) Jordan Staal C,LW
8. (120) Alexander Semin LW,RW
9. (137) Shane Doan LW,RW
10. (152) Chris Kunitz LW
11. (169) Vincent Lecavalier C
12. (184) Christian Ehrhoff D
13. (201) Ryan Malone LW
14. (216) Marcus Foligno LW
15. (233) Chris Neil RW
16. (248) Dennis Seidenberg D
17. (265) Joni Pitkanen D
18. (280) Troy Brouwer RW
19. (297) Ben Scrivens G
20. (312) Stephane Robidas D
21. (329) Brenden Morrow LW
22. (344) Tim Thomas G
23. (361) Matt Niskanen D
24. (376) Andrew Shaw C
25. (393) Dmitry Orlov D
Round 1 : So I end up picking 8th and I'm trying to figure out which goaltender to pick and Crosby is still sitting there. How can I not take Sid, especially since the top 3 goaltenders were gone?
Round 2 : No doubt I'm taking a goalie, I'm hoping for Rask or Smith, but they are gone so I basically hinge my draft on Loungo getting traded ASAP and Schneider is the undisputed starter in Vancouver cause its not like a hotshot goaltender lost his starting job to some past his prime veteran. (shush Timmy).
Round 3 : Backes. I love him in this format especially with his C/RW, but I might have reached for him. I think I panicked when Brown went a couple picks before.
Round 4 : Wanted Backstrom. Settled for a bounce back year from Getzlaf.
Round 5 : Wanted either Niemi or Hillar here. Niemi went the pick before me so Hillar it was. Hopefully Hillar and Scheider are enough to keep me in the top half of the goaltending stats.
Round 6 : I wanted Ott here, but I had no defence yet. I picked Johnson cause he should be the guy in Columbus and I was hoping Ott would drop another round. Ott ended up going 3 picks later so someone was happy with my choice. :P
Rounds 7 - 9 : Picking up wingers with dual eligibility in Staal, Doan and Semin and hoping Semin has something to prove.
Rounds 10 - 12 : I like to think Kunitz and Lecavalier are solid picks here. Only time will tell. Hoping Ehrhoff spent some of his money and it wont weigh him down as much this year.
Rounds 13 - 15 : Malone, Foligno and Neil. Hits and PIMs I hope. Actually the Foligno pick was autodrafted from my queue when Rogers took a timeout on me. Not too upset, I had him targeted, just a couple rounds later.
Rounds 16 - 18 : Veteran D and possible sleeper in Brouwer. At least he hits.
Rounds 19 - 21 : I don't know... Just a hunch Scrivens could end up being the starter. If not.. to the waiver wire. Morrow and Robidas could be decent depth.
Rounds 22 - 25 : Pretty much lottery picks. If Thomas gets traded and starts somewhere hes gold. If not I have an awesome mascot. Niskanen seemed to be the best available dman at this point cause doesnt everyone get points in Pittsburgh? And finally Orlov and Shaw, young guys with upside in theory. In theory communism works.
Overall : I think my team is solid, but I might be depending on too many bounce back years from players. I'm looking at you Getzlaf and Semin plus I really need Schneider to be a dependable starter. Its the first time I've been in a draft this big and I'm not sure if i valued players properly with the hits category involved.
Surprises : Im still shocked Crosby dropped to me at 8, but then if you look at the other drafts and the expert draft, early goaltending seems to be the theme. Kipper dropping to late 4th round was surprising, could end up being huge.
Side Note : I wish I had drafted Brooks Laich. I have to change my team name cause I didn't get OV and Laich gives me ideas.....