Over the course of the last few weekends, I participated in a few, (about 30), Yahoo! mock drafts to gain a better grasp of what's been going on in the real fantasy hockey world 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 have concluded.
- Right Wings are massively deep and left wings are crazily not!
These are the examples of the typical** player you can draft at each winger position.
- 10th RW: Daniel Alfredsson, Marian Hossa or Johan Franzen
- 20th RW: Steve Downie, Alex Hemsky, or David Backes
- 30th RW: Rene Bourque, Niclas Bergfors, or Jason Pominville
- 10th LW: Michael Cammalleri, Tomas Vanek, or Alex Burrows
- 20th LW: Mason Raymond, Scott Hartnell, or Taylor Hall
- 30th LW: Ryane Clowe, Daniel Carcillo, or Milan Lucic
- Advice: Don't overreach for RW, if you have the opportunity to draft a LW ahead of a RW, DO SO! I would probably go as far as an extent to say draft your first two LW before you even make your first RW pick. As you can see the talent pool of the lower ranked RW are fairly deep that you could easily find a 55-65 point player on the WW post-draft, but I can't say the same for LW though.
- Center, as always, is as deep as ever!
- 10th C: Jonathan Toews, Ryan Getzlaf, or Mike Richards
- 20th C: Brad Richards, Marc Savard, or Paul Stastny
- 30th C: Nik Antropov, Matt Duchene, or Olli Jokinen
- Advice: Same situation as with the RW, if there is a LW sitting right in front of you, go after him before taking the 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.
- Much like last year, the goalie hype seems to have died down this year, as draftees are holding off on picking up goalies early and electing to wait into the mid-rounds, (rounds 4, 5 or 6), to draft their first goalie.
- Advice: Generally speaking you probably should have two solid goalies by round nine, and a third by round 10-12. You don't want to