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After a much needed short sabbatical from my Eastern Edge articles (thanks Dobber!), I'm back and can't wait for the season to finally get going. I've been lucky enough to participate in four Yahoo drafts already, with three more to go!!


I've scoured the players list in Yahoo for guys that are not ranked where I expected them to be. If guys in your pool pay attention to the Yahoo rankings, you might be able to forecast some potential steals in your draft. Conversely, there are also guys that Yahoo has ranked way too high. I'll give you those as well.


Potential Steals


RW-Claude Giroux, Philadelphia

O-Rank in Yahoo: 464

Avg Pick in Yahoo: 148.1

Dobber Experts Draft: 131


Arguably the biggest mistake in the Yahoo O-Rankings, although his average pick in Yahoo is close. Giroux's ranking is sandwiched between third string goaltender, Dany Sabourin and eight year veteran Darcy Hordichuk, whose career high is 13 points. Giroux is a lock to play an offensive role on one of the Flyers top lines this season.


D-Alex Goligoski, Pittsburgh

O-Rank in Yahoo: 571

Avg Pick in Yahoo: 155.1

Dobber Experts Draft: 202


Sure Goligoski is solidly behind both Sergei Gonchar and Kris Letang on the offensive defenseman depth chart, but come on Yahoo, 571? Way out to lunch on that one. It looks like they forgot about him during the first cut and then just added him at the end when someone mentioned that he had 20 points in 45 games last year. He may get an audition on the top power play unit as Gonchar is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Goligoski won't break out until Gonchar is out of the picture


D-Tomas Kaberle, Toronto

O-Rank in Yahoo: 334

Avg Pick in Yahoo: 143.8

Dobber Experts Draft: 152


Even though Kaberle is far down the list, I think he is an obvious rebound candidate after missing 25 games to hand injuries last season. Kaberle had averaged 59 points over the three previous seasons and at 31 years of age; he is far from over the hill.


D-Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh

O-Rank in Yahoo: 273

Avg Pick in Yahoo: 100.1

Dobber Experts Draft: 50


Prior to last season, the venerable Russian had been money over the previous three years, averaging 63 points a season.  Don't let last years 19 points last year (in only 25 games) mislead you, even at 35 years of age, Gonchar can still bring it.


C-Daniel Briere, Philadelphia

O-Rank in Yahoo: 323

Avg Pick in Yahoo: 144.5

Dobber Experts Draft: