Monthly Mock- November

Dobber Sports

2008-11-08

 

It's November, but while the standings- and the stocks of players- have changed drastically, one thing remains the same. Find out what and find out who is first-round worthy in today's Bugg Bytes.

1. New York Islanders- C John Tavares

2008-09 Team: Oshawa Generals (OHL)
2008-09 Statline:
19 GP, 15-14-29, -5, 18 PIM

It's November, and with the Isles taking the Worst Team crown from a suddenly-hot Atlanta, Tavares wins the first overall battle. Victor Hedman is just as good a number one pick, but we'll stick with the Isles taking the sniper. New York is set to lose their top three forwards to UFA in the summer of 2009. While the extra money will allow them to sign re-enforcements, the patchwork veteran solution only works if you have seriousstarpower to eventually replace them. There's no point in gutting the team and flopping around the cellar to wait for the all of two players (Josh Bailey, KyleOkposo) in the system that possess superstar upside.

In Three Years:

Vet-Vet-Vet
Tavares-Bailey-Okposo

2. Florida Panthers- D Victor Hedman

2008-09 Team: MoDo (SEL)
2008-09 Statline:
19 GP, 2-6-8, +16, 20 PIM

New to the top two are the sad-sack Panthers. Expect them to make a spirited late playoff drive; they're too good on the back end and in net to be floundering here. Regardless, while Florida would probably love an impact forward,Hedman is a no-brainer here. If Florida comes to terms with Jay Bouwmeester, the Panthers could ice the best top-four D ever seen in the last decade. Now only if they could score…

In Three Years:

Bouwmeester-Ballard
Hedman-McCabe


3. Colorado Avalanche- D Jared Cowen

2008-09 Team:
Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
2008-09 Statline:
18 GP, 3-4-7, +6, 13 PIM

Also new to the cellar are the Colorado Avalanche. While they possess one of the most dynamic offenses in the West, the team simply can't keep goals out. PeterBudaj hasn't exactly been terrible recently either. It simply comes down to the lack of a franchise-calibre blueliner. Enter Cowen. The Avs had plenty of success with Adam Foote in their heyday; imagine a 6'5 version that doesn't sacrifice NHL mobility. Cowen is doing everything right to be a top-three pick, but his immediate- and perhaps long-term- fantasy value are limited.

In Three Years:

Hannan-Liles
Cowen-Shattenkirk


4. Los Angeles Kings- C/LW Magnus Svensson-Pääjärvi

2008-09 Team:
Timra IK (SEL)
2008-09 Statline:
19 GP, 2-6-8, -7, 4 PIM


The Kings are blessed with extraordinary depth at every po