Backing the Penguins and more playoff talk leading into the second season …
I had my annual playoff draft last night. Points only and 24 teams with 10 players apiece.
It is a marathon.
This is the ninth year I've been in the pool, and I won in 2007, 2012 and finished second in 2008 or 2009. I can't remember which Detroit-Pittsburgh final I cashed in. I wouldn't call it is the sharpest draft room, but numerous people will load up over 50 percent of their roster on a single team, as volume has been a proven winning formula over savvy picks across multiple teams.
I drew eighth pick and was eyeballing Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry.
Here were the top-10 selections:
1. Evgeny Kuznetsov
2. Nicklas Backstrom
3. Alex Ovechkin
4. Patrick Kane
5. Jamie Benn
6. Ryan Getzlaf
7. Corey Perry
8. Sidney Crosby
9. Jeff Carter
10. Tyler Seguin
I had no intentions of rolling with Pittsburgh, but their beastly second half that included the most goals per game in the league (3.56) was tough to pass up. In such a cavernous format, you're hitching your wagon to a few ponies, and Crosby is a thoroughbred with pool-winning upside.
The Rangers are scary on so many levels because of their depth, experience, and most importantly, Henrik Lundqvist.
Pittsburgh beat New York three times in March by a combined 12-6 score, though, and there is a strong case to suggest the Rangers have overachieved all season. Plus, in the