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Landshark "Fan"-tasy Hockey Draft Recap

by chewy 14. September 2010 13:28
 

Last night, we held the 2nd annual Landshark Hockey "Fan"-tasy draft, where I invited readers of the site to go head-to-head against each other and against me.  Turns out we have some pretty knowledgeable readers out there, as I left the draft with mixed feelings on my roster (an odd feeling for me.)   Here is a recap of what went down.  Hopefully, if you're preparing for your own draft, you can learn a thing or too (like grab that star defenseman early). 

 

Notes:

  • This was a standard, head-to-head league on CBS. 
  • My team was the Landsharks, drafting in 11th spot (not to be confused with the overly enthusiastic fan who chose the honorable name of "landshark hockey" for his own team name, drafting 1st overall).

 

Here's how it went down by round:

Round 1

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

Notes

1

landshark hockey*

Ovechkin, Alex LW WAS

Predictable

2

Midnight Train Wreck

Crosby, Sidney C PIT

No surprise here

3

Brak

Green, Mike D WAS

Brak lands who would have been my first chioice

4

Vanek Depressive

Malkin, Evgeni C PIT

 

5

intenttoinjure

Backstrom, Nicklas C WAS

 

6

Big Tank*

Heatley, Dany RW SJ

 

7

The Sky Kings

Luongo, Roberto G VAN

First bold choice of the draft. 

8

Fool's Gold

Miller, Ryan G BUF

 

9

Mighty Mullets IV

Lundqvist, Henrik G NYR

Goalie run continues early.

10

C21Gun

Doughty, Drew D LA

Sharked me on Doughty.

11

Landsharks

Brodeur, Martin G NJ

"Settled" for Brodeur as my #1 goalie.

12

Stanks18

Parise, Zach LW NJ

Gutsy first pick

Round 2

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

Stanks18

Stamkos, Steven C TB

Stanks18 loads up on offense early

2

Landsharks

Kovalchuk, Ilya LW NJ

Wanted to spring for Defense early, but couldn't pass up Kovalchuk in round 2

3

C21Gun

Sedin, Daniel LW VAN

Off the board pick for round 2

4

Mighty Mullets IV

Boyle, Dan D SJ

 

5

Fool's Gold

Keith, Duncan D CHI

 

6

The Sky Kings

Chara, Zdeno D BOS

Run on defense underway, leaving me out to dry

7

Big Tank*

Howard, Jimmy G DET

 

8

intenttoinjure

Kiprusoff, Miikka G CGY

 

9

Vanek Depressive

Weber, Shea D NSH

I hoped Weber would make it back around.  Argggghhh.

10

Brak

Bryzgalov, Ilya G PHO

 

11

Midnight Train Wreck

Pronger, Chris D PHI

 

12

landshark hockey*

Kane, Patrick RW CHI

 

Round 3

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

landshark hockey*

Sedin, Henrik C VAN

 

2

Midnight Train Wreck

Rask, Tuukka G BOS

 

3

Brak

Gaborik, Marian RW NYR

 

4

Vanek Depressive*

Duchene, Matt C COL

Can't fault him here, his browser locked up…

5

intenttoinjure

Phaneuf, Dion D TOR

 

6

Big Tank*

Halak, Jaroslav G STL

 

7

The Sky Kings

Fleury, Marc-Andre G PIT

2 goalies in first 3 rounds. Bold, but solid strategy.

8

Fool's Gold

Perry, Corey RW ANA

 

9

Mighty Mullets IV

Datsyuk, Pavel C DET

 

10

C21Gun

Rinne, Pekka G NSH

 

11

Landsharks

Semin, Alexander LW WAS

Pleasantly surprised to find Semin still around this late.

12

Stanks18

Gonchar, Sergei D OTT

Thought I could nab him on the rebound…

Round 4

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

Stanks18

Ward, Cam G CAR

Last team to claim their #1 goalie.  This could hurt.

2

Landsharks

Myers, Tyler D BUF

Finally land a defenseman.  Not happy.

3

C21Gun

Streit, Mark D NYI

 

4

Mighty Mullets IV

Visnovsky, Lubomir D ANA

 

5

Fool's Gold

Richards, Mike C PHI

 

6

The Sky Kings

Hossa, Marian RW CHI

Hossa goes a little earlier than expected

7

Big Tank*

Iginla, Jarome RW CGY

 

8

intenttoinjure

Kopitar, Anze C LA

 

9

Vanek Depressive

Marleau, Patrick LW SJ

 

10

Brak

Thornton, Joe C SJ

 

11

Midnight Train Wreck

Zetterberg, Henrik LW DET

 

12

landshark hockey*

Getzlaf, Ryan C ANA

4 rounds.  All offense.  No balance here.

Round 5

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

landshark hockey*

Hiller, Jonas G ANA

A bit early for Hiller.  Better names still on the table.

2

Midnight Train Wreck

Varlamov, Semyon G WAS

 

3

Brak

Ehrhoff, Christian D VAN

 

4

Vanek Depressive

Rafalski, Brian D DET

 

5

intenttoinjure

Johnson, Erik D STL

 

6

Big Tank*

Ryan, Bobby LW ANA

 

7

The Sky Kings

Carter, Jeff C PHI

 

8

Fool's Gold

Hartnell, Scott LW PHI

Hartnell?  What?  Obviously a Flyer fan in the room.

9

Mighty Mullets IV

Backstrom, Niklas G MIN

 

10

C21Gun

Anderson, Craig G COL

 

11

Landsharks

Lidstrom, Nicklas D DET

Lidstrom late in the 5th round?  Times are changing.

12

Stanks18

Kubina, Pavel D TB

Could've done better than Kubina.

Round 6

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

Stanks18

St. Louis, Martin RW TB

 

2

Landsharks

Vokoun, Tomas G FLA

Shocked that Vokoun slipped this far.

3

C21Gun

Staal, Eric C CAR

Staal in the 6th round is a steal.

4

Mighty Mullets IV

Nash, Rick LW CLB

 

5

Fool's Gold

Turco, Marty G CHI

Could pay off big time.  Miller/Turco is top tandem here.

6

The Sky Kings

Gagne, Simon LW TB

 

7

Big Tank*

Burrows, Alex RW VAN

Did he know about the injury?

8

intenttoinjure

Tavares, John C NYI

 

9

Vanek Depressive

Niemi, Antti G SJ

 

10

Brak

Quick, Jonathan G LA

 

11

Midnight Train Wreck

Stastny, Paul C COL

 

12

landshark hockey*

Toews, Jonathan C CHI

 

Round 7

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

landshark hockey*

Vanek, Thomas LW BUF

 

2

Midnight Train Wreck

Franzen, Johan RW DET

 

3

Brak

Richards, Brad C DAL

Lots of groaning at this point. 

4

Vanek Depressive

Cammalleri, Mike LW MON

Another solid 7th round selection.

5

intenttoinjure

Kessel, Phil RW TOR

 

6

Big Tank*

Savard, Marc C BOS

 

7

The Sky Kings

Zajac, Travis C NJ

 

8

Fool's Gold

Eriksson, Loui LW DAL

 

9

Mighty Mullets IV

Spezza, Jason C OTT

 

10

C21Gun

Kaberle, Tomas D TOR

 

11

Landsharks

Subban, P.K. D MON

I start to make up for not drafting D early.

12

Stanks18

Lecavalier, Vincent C TB

 

Round 8

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

Stanks18

Price, Carey G MON

 

2

Landsharks

Horton, Nathan RW BOS

Hoping for a bounceback year in Boston for Horton

3

C21Gun

Yandle, Keith D PHO

Could be a big-time steal for round 8.

4

Mighty Mullets IV

Koivu, Mikko C MIN

 

5

Fool's Gold

Kesler, Ryan C VAN

 

6

The Sky Kings

Campbell, Brian D CHI

 

7

Big Tank*

Enstrom, Tobias D ATL

 

8

intenttoinjure

Bogosian, Zach D ATL

 

9

Vanek Depressive

Goligoski, Alex D PIT

Defense is going fast.

10

Brak

Alfredsson, Daniel RW OTT

 

11

Midnight Train Wreck

Seabrook, Brent D CHI

 

12

landshark hockey*

McCabe, Bryan D FLA

 

Round 9

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

landshark hockey*

Edler, Alexander D VAN

7 of last 8 picks were defense.  I start to cry.

2

Midnight Train Wreck

Bourque, Rene LW CGY

 

3

Brak

Karlsson, Erik D OTT

Another steal for Brak.

4

Vanek Depressive

Ellis, Dan G TB

 

5

intenttoinjure

Giroux, Claude RW PHI

 

6

Big Tank*

Morrow, Brenden LW DAL

 

7

The Sky Kings

Knuble, Mike RW WAS

Not seeing the reason for this selection at all.

8

Fool's Gold

Letang, Kris D PIT

 

9

Mighty Mullets IV

Sharp, Patrick LW CHI

 

10

C21Gun

Roy, Derek C BUF

 

11

Landsharks

Pavelski, Joe C SJ

I (finally) get a Center.

12

Stanks18

Pitkanen, Joni D CAR

 

Round 10

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

Stanks18

Johnson, Jack D LA

 

2

Landsharks

Bouwmeester, Jay D CGY

Still playing catch-up on the blueline.

3

C21Gun

Hemsky, Ales RW EDM

 

4

Mighty Mullets IV

Markov, Andrei D MON

Right time for the injured Markov to be claimed

5

Fool's Gold

Briere, Danny C PHI

Solid pick.  Still not a Briere fan though.

6

The Sky Kings

Hudler, Jiri LW DET

 

7

Big Tank*

Kronwall, Niklas D DET

Big Tank continues to show no regard for injury status.  Oh yeah, that's what happens when you forget to show up for the draft.

8

intenttoinjure

Downie, Steve RW TB

I'm not a believer here.

9

Vanek Depressive

Neal, James LW DAL

Like this pick

10

Brak

Mason, Steve G CLB

Brak goes for goalie #3 already.  Good idea.

11

Midnight Train Wreck

Clowe, Ryane RW SJ

 

12

landshark hockey*

Zidlicky, Marek D MIN

 

Round 11

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

landshark hockey*

Corvo, Joe D CAR

 

2

Midnight Train Wreck

Fisher, Mike C OTT

 

3

Brak

Martin, Paul D PIT

 

4

Vanek Depressive

Leino, Ville LW PHI

 

5

intenttoinjure

Bieksa, Kevin D VAN

 

6

Big Tank*

McBain, Jamie D CAR

 

7

The Sky Kings

Plekanec, Tomas C MON

 

8

Fool's Gold

Carle, Matt D PHI

 

9

Mighty Mullets IV

Del Zotto, Michael D NYR

 

10

C21Gun

Stewart, Chris RW COL

Snaked again by C21Gun.  Had Stewart queued for selection.

11

Landsharks

Staal, Jordan C PIT

Settle for Staal as my 2nd Center.  Shows how deep the position is, and why you can wait on it.

12

Stanks18

Havlat, Martin RW MIN

 

Round 12

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

Stanks18

Langenbrunner, Jamie RW NJ

Puzzling.  Langenbrunner has little fantasy value at this point.

2

Landsharks

Okposo, Kyle RW NYI

 

3

C21Gun

Wolski, Wojtek LW PHO

 

4

Mighty Mullets IV

Doan, Shane RW PHO

 

5

Fool's Gold

Leighton, Michael G PHI

 

6

The Sky Kings

Samuelsson, Mikael RW VAN

 

7

Big Tank*

Morrisonn, Shaone D BUF

Who?  Oh yeah, you didn't show up.

8

intenttoinjure

Neuvirth, Michal G WAS

Nice.  Was hoping to nab him off waiver early in the season.

9

Vanek Depressive

Robidas, Stephane D DAL

Over-rated.

10

Brak

Voracek, Jakub RW CLB

 

11

Midnight Train Wreck

Souray, Sheldon D EDM

I like minor league defensemen, too…

12

landshark hockey*

Lehtonen, Kari G DAL

 

Round 13

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

landshark hockey*

Penner, Dustin LW EDM

 

2

Midnight Train Wreck

Thomas, Tim G BOS

 

3

Brak

Babchuk, Anton D CAR

 

4

Vanek Depressive

Boyes, Brad C STL

 

5

intenttoinjure

Setoguchi, Devin RW SJ

Potential sleeper here.

6

Big Tank*

Laich, Brooks C WAS

 

7

The Sky Kings

Boychuk, Johnny D BOS

 

8

Fool's Gold

Giordano, Mark D CGY

 

9

Mighty Mullets IV

Timonen, Kimmo D PHI

 

10

C21Gun

Elliott, Brian G OTT

Solid backup option.

11

Landsharks

Niittymaki, Antero G SJ

Could pan out for my backup.  No risk, as I'm already sitting on Brodeur and Vokoun - 2 work horses.

12

Stanks18

Giguere, Jean-Sebastien G TOR

 

Round 14

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

Stanks18

Elias, Patrik LW NJ

 

2

Landsharks

Suter, Ryan D NSH

 

3

C21Gun

Whitney, Ryan D EDM

 

4

Mighty Mullets IV

Selanne, Teemu RW ANA

 

5

Fool's Gold

Jovanovski, Ed D PHO

 

6

The Sky Kings

Coburn, Braydon D PHI

 

7

Big Tank*

Wideman, Dennis D FLA

 

8

intenttoinjure

Ott, Steve LW DAL

 

9

Vanek Depressive

Hornqvist, Patric RW NSH

30 goal scorer drops to round 14.

10

Brak

Hall, Taylor LW EDM

Brak rolls the dice with the Hall selection late.

11

Midnight Train Wreck

Lucic, Milan LW BOS

 

12

landshark hockey*

Huselius, Kristian LW CLB

 

Round 15

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

landshark hockey*

Demers, Jason D SJ

 

2

Midnight Train Wreck*

Burns, Brent D MIN

 

3

Brak

Eberle, Jordan C EDM

Another risk/reward option.

4

Vanek Depressive*

Foster, Kurtis D EDM

 

5

intenttoinjure

Barker, Cam D MIN

Solid.

6

Big Tank*

Antropov, Nik C ATL

 

7

The Sky Kings*

Liles, John-Michael D COL

 

8

Fool's Gold

Mueller, Peter RW COL

Sleeper.

9

Mighty Mullets IV

Frolov, Alexander RW NYR

 

10

C21Gun

Ribeiro, Mike C DAL

Diver!

11

Landsharks

Stempniak, Lee RW PHO

 

12

Stanks18

Greene, Andy D NJ

 

Round 16

 

 

 

Pick

Team

Player

 

1

Stanks18*

Weiss, Stephen C FLA

 

2

Landsharks

Krejci, David C BOS

Last pick of the draft for me.  Probably won't keep him long.

3

C21Gun

Pominville, Jason RW BUF

 

4

Mighty Mullets IV

Mason, Chris G ATL

 

5

Fool's Gold

Holmstrom, Tomas LW DET

 

6

The Sky Kings*

Khabibulin, Nikolai G EDM

Obviously went to bed and let the system pick this one.

7

Big Tank*

Gustavsson, Jonas G TOR

 

8

intenttoinjure

Harding, Josh G MIN

 

9

Vanek Depressive*

Leclaire, Pascal G OTT

 

10

Brak

Latendresse, Guillaume LW MIN

 

11

Midnight Train Wreck*

Hamhuis, Dan D VAN

 

12

landshark hockey*

Pavelec, Ondrej G ATL

 

 

 

As for my team, I'm more than satisfied with my goaltending.  I uncharacteristically went after some top-end forwards in rounds 2 & 3, but couldn't pass on either one.  I preach the importance of landing a premier defenseman, but found myself without one come round 4.  Either the competition was on to me, or I need to adjust my thinking for next draft.  Perhaps Duncan Keith in Round 2 or Sergei Gonchar in Round 3 would have played better for me.  Overall, I like my chances, but it won't be an easy road for the host team.

 

Here's how our rosters look post-draft:

 

 

 

 

 

Team

C

W

D

G

Big Tank

M Savard

B Laich (R)

N Antropov (R)

A Burrows

B Ryan

B Morrow

D Heatley

J Iginla

J McBain

N Kronwall

S Morrisonn

T Enstrom

D Wideman (R)

J Halak

J Howard

J Gustavsson (R)

Brak

B Richards

J Thornton

J Eberle (R)

D Alfredsson

J Voracek

M Gaborik

T Hall

G Latendresse (R)

C Ehrhoff

E Karlsson

M Green

P Martin

A Babchuk (R)

I Bryzgalov

J Quick

S Mason (R)

C21Gun

Derek Roy

E Staal

M Ribeiro (R)

A Hemsky

C Stewart

D Sedin

W Wolski

J Pominville (R)

D Doughty

K Yandle

M Streit

T Kaberle

R Whitney (R)

C Anderson

P Rinne

B Elliott (R)

Fool's Gold

D Briere

M Richards

R Kesler

C Perry

L Eriksson

S Hartnell

P Mueller (R)

T Holmstrom (R)

D Keith

K Letang

M Giordano

M Carle

E Jovanovski (R)

M Turco

R Miller

M Leighton (R)

intenttoinjure

A Kopitar

J Tavares

N Backstrom

C Giroux

P Kessel

S Downie

D Setoguchi (R)

Steve Ott (R)

D Phaneuf

E Johnson

K Bieksa

Z Bogosian

C Barker (R)

M Neuvirth

M Kiprusoff

J Harding (R)

landshark hockey

H Sedin

J Toews

R Getzlaf

A Ovechkin

P Kane

T Vanek

D Penner (R)

K Huselius (R)

A Edler

B McCabe

J Corvo

M Zidlicky

J Demers (R)

J Hiller

K Lehtonen

O Pavelec (R)

Landsharks

J Pavelski

J Staal

D Krejci (R)

A Semin

I Kovalchuk

K Okposo

N Horton

L Stempniak (R)

J Bouwmeester

N Lidstrom

P.K. Subban

T Myers

R Suter (R)

M Brodeur

T Vokoun

A Niittymaki (R)

Midnight Train Wreck

P Stastny

S Crosby

M Fisher (R)

H Zetterberg

J Franzen

R Bourque

R Clowe

M Lucic (R)

B Burns

B Seabrook

C Pronger

S Souray

D Hamhuis (R)

S Varlamov

T Rask

T Thomas (R)

Mighty Mullets IV

J Spezza

M Koivu

P Datsyuk

P Sharp

R Nash

S Doan

A Frolov (R)

T Selanne (R)

A Markov

D Boyle

L Visnovsky

M Del Zotto

K Timonen (R)

H Lundqvist

N Backstrom

C Mason (R)

Stanks18

S Stamkos

V Lecavalier

S Weiss (R)

J Langenbrunner

M Havlat

M St. Louis

Z Parise

P Elias (R)

J Johnson

J Pitkanen

P Kubina

S Gonchar

A Greene (R)

C Ward

C Price

J-Sebastien Giguere (R)

The Sky Kings

J Carter

T Zajac

T Plekanec (R)

J Hudler

M Hossa

M Knuble

S Gagne

M Samuelsson (R)

B Coburn

B Campbell

J Boychuk

Z Chara

J-Michael Liles (R)

M-Andre Fleury

R Luongo

N Khabibulin (R)

Vanek Depressive

E Malkin

M Duchene

B Boyes (R)

J Neal

M Cammalleri

P Marleau

V Leino

P Hornqvist (R)

A Goligoski

B Rafalski

S Weber

S Robidas

K Foster (R)

A Niemi

D Ellis

P Leclaire (R)

 

 

 

Here's how I score the teams by position.  I ranked them from best overall draft to worst (in my humble opinion) by Division.   Looking forward to having these guys make me look dumb…

 

EAST

Rank

Team

Offense

Defense

Goalies

Comment

1

Landsharks (me)

B

B

A

Well balanced roster.

2

Fool's Gold

C

B

A

Built from the crease out.  Should contend.

3

Stanks18

A

C

C

Heavy up front, light in the back

4

Big Tank

C

D

B

Next time, show up for the draft.

Should be an interesting battle between Landsharks and Fool's Gold.  Stanks has a shot if he can upgrade his goaltending.

 

 

CENTRAL

Rank

Team

Offense

Defense

Goalies

Comment

1

Sky Kings

C

C

A

Strong where he needs to be.  Adequate elsewhere.

2

Intent To Injure

B

B

D

If Neuvirth wins the job in D.C., this team is good.

3

Midnight Train Wreck

B

C

C

After Crosby and Pronger, not much sizzle.

4

Brak

D

A

C

Needs help up front to compete.

Sky Kings have to be a favorite to win this group.

 

WEST

Rank

Team

Offense

Defense

Goalies

Comment

1

C21Gun

B

A

C

Took forever to draft, but it paid off

2

Vanek Depressive

B

A

C

Hard to find a serious weakness here

3

Mighty Mullets IV

C

B

B

Strong on defense, could contend.

4

Landshark hockey

A

C

D

Stacked on offense.   Sad otherwise.

Tough division to call.  Wildcard spot likely to come from this crew.  Edge to C21Gun, but any of these squads could pull it off.

 

I'll report back once a month during the season to see how these predictions hold out.  Thanks to the guys for playing along, and good luck.

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