Enlightened You Shall Be

Ryan Ma

2009-09-08

Marleau

 

This weekend I participated in 10 Yahoo Mock Drafts to gain a better grasp of what's been going on in fantasy hockey drafts and thought that I'd pass my findings onto you Dobberities. I participated in random drafts ranging from eight to 14 teams from H2H to Roto leagues with standard settings. This is what I found.

 

  • Right Wings have re-established themselves as a deeper talent pool than left wings.
  1. These are the examples of the typical** player you can draft at each winger position.
  2. 10th RW: Alex Kovalev, Shane Doan, Daniel Alfredsson
  3. 20th RW: Brad Boyes, Joffrey Lupul, Teemu Selanne
  4. 30th RW: Drew Stafford, Peter Mueller, Bryan Little, Kyle Okposo
  5. 10th LW: Patrick Marleau, Tomas Vanek, Scott Hartnell
  6. 20th LW: Ryan Smyth, Kristian Huselius, Alex Tanguay
  7. 30th LW: Ryane Clowe, Erik Cole, Keith Tkachuk, Paul Kariya
  • Advice: Don't overreach for RW, if you have the opportunity to draft a decent LW ahead of a RW, DO SO! As you can see the talent pool of the lower ranked RW are fairly deep that you could easily find a 65-75 point player with a 30th drafted RW. Can't say the same for LW though.
  • Center, as always, is as deep as ever especially with the inclusion of the rookies for the drafts rather than inserting them during the season.
  1. 10th C: Marc Savard, Jason Spezza, Jonathon Toews
  2. 20th C: Henrik Sedin, Steve Stamkos, John Tavares
  3. 30th C: Nathan Horton, Jason Arnott, Shawn Horcoff, Dave Bolland
  • Advice: Same situation as with the RW, if there is a LW sitting right in front of you, go after him before taking a C. If you look above, there isn't much difference between the 30th drafted C compared to the 20th or perhaps even the top 10.
  • The goalie hype seems to have died down this year, as draftees are holding off on picking up goalies early and electing to wait to the mid-rounds (rounds 4, 5 or 6) to draft their first goalie.
  1. In one mock draft I ended up with a trio of Niklas Backstrom, Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist.
  • Draftees have indeed drank the Jonas Hiller and Semyon Varlamov Kool-Aid. Hiller is being drafted close to 150 spots ahead of J.S. Giguere, while Varly is being drafted 140 spots ahead of Jose Theodore.
  1. Kind of shocking considering Giggy has a career 2.49 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
  2. Either way if you own Hiller/Varlamov seems like you would easily be able to hand