Angus Audits Your Team – The Icehawks

Jeff Angus



Wondering what your plan of attack should be this summer? Preparing for a draft? Upset about some trades you made in the past? I'll weigh in with my thoughts on the interesting and important issues.


This week, I took a look at the team submitted to me by DobberHockey reader and member Brendan G (known on the message boards as 'teamramrod').



League: The MJHL


Team: The IceHawks


League Rules:

Dynasty League


11 teams in league


Forwards: Goals = 1, Assists = 1


Defensemen: Goals = 1, Assists = 1, +/-


Goalies: Wins = 3, Ties = 1, Shutouts = 2


Active Roster size: 14 forwards (no positional requirements), eight defensemen, and two goalies


The Roster:


Niclas Bergfors

Mikkel Boedker

Derrick Brassard

Nikita Filatov

Valtteri Filppula

Claude Giroux

Anze Kopitar

Ville Leino

Josh Bailey

David Perron

Jordan Staal

Steve Stamkos

Kyle Turris

James van Riemsdyk

Jakub Voracek


Cam Barker

Zach Bogosian

John Carlson

Erik Karlsson

Alex Pietrangelo

Michael Del Zotto

Kris Russel

Ryan Sutter

Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Bobby Sanguenetti


Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Michal Neuvirth

Jeff Deslauriers

Jacob Markstrom


The Breakdown:

This team is   STACKED for the future, especially on the blue line and in goal. The Icehawks finished dead last in the league in 2008-09, and 10th in 2009-10. I would expect a top three or four finish with this group in 2010-11, and then some serious, serious dominance. To add to the embarrassment of riches, Brendan has accumulated the first three draft picks, and he plans on taking Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, and Jordan Eberle.


Brendan wants to shop Halak, and now may be a good time with the uncertainty surrounding his future with Montreal. However, only move him if you get fair value. Don't settle for a downgrade in goal and a minor add-in.


I have never seen a team with so much young talent before. Ever. I’m frankly surprised that you have been able to accumulate such an embarassment of riches. Even though you have been a bottom-feeder for two years, I still don’t get it. Do any of your  competitors read DobberHockey at all?


Recent trades:


Ray Emery for Anze Kopitar, Ryan Suter, and the 11th overall pick

Unless Ray Emery's mom is in your league, I am not even sure what to say here…


Marc Staal, Brent Burns, and three 3rd round draft picks for Josh Bailey and the 1st overall pick in the supplemental draft

Depending on who you pick, this is a solid trade. Staal is nothing special with the scoring categories in this league, and same goes for Burns. He has upside, but so do the rest of your defensemen. Bailey has lots of upside, and I like him even more in leagues that don’t count PIM.


The Recommendations:


1) Sit back and enjoy. More seriously, start to accumulate some veteran talent. All of your young players are great, but hedge your bets by trading some of them for proven offensive producers. You have the depth to overpay in certain situations. Your patience (finishing dead last and second last over the past two seasons) is going to pay off, but do your part to speed up the process.


2) Give the GM who made the Emery/Kopitar trade a psychiatric exam.


3) Get ready to win often.


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