Eastern Edge: Draft Strategy and the Boston Bruins

Cam Metz

2018-08-07

 

The interweb is filled with draft prep advice, some of the best advice I’ve ever read fell in this article by Steve Laidlaw.  I’ve tried drafting goalie / goalie to start and have placed well in 14 team leagues, I’ve tried the early D approach through the first four rounds, and I’ve loaded up on offense and ended up with dregs between the pipes.  Which one has worked better? Technically the Early D landed a championship, but the heavy offense early in the draft seemed to produce the most formidable lineup. The reason I bring this up is I’m starting to wonder that just like drafting D incorrectly, if I’m drafting incorrectly for season long leagues.  Is it best to set the lineup and swing for homeruns late – there is plenty of time to fix the mistakes.  In the past I’ve always gone with the more stable draft picks in late rounds that are likely to produce value, but limit the required roster moves throughout the season.  Seems like it would be more fun to swing for the fences this year, I’ll let you know how that works out.

It has been said by all in the Dobber community already, but the Dobber’s 2018-2019 Fantasy Guide is officially here.  As always there is amazing content – the point predications and the sleeper potentials for players will get you foaming for all of your drafts.  Get your copy now!

Sticking with the Atlantic and let’s look at the second place last year Boston Bruins.

Like for the Wild West series, the ranks are based on a 12 team, head-to-head league, using the categories of goals, assists, power play points, shots, hits and blocks for forwards/defensemen and wins, saves, save percentage and goals against average for goalies. Player eligibility for this series is based on Yahoo, and draft ranks are based on average draft positions compiled from Yahoo, ESPN and CBS by FantasyPros.  Once we can flip the switch and start getting 2018 ADPs we’ll be sure to cover you on the value plays for this season.

 

Recap

The B’s had a successful campaign last year culminating in a second place finish in the division and fourth place finish in the league for total points.  Leading the way was Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak– what really stands out though is the secondary scoring that was able to be fantasy relevant last year at specific times. 

Bottom line – the Bruins are and will be a fantasy goldmine this season.

There are youngsters coming through the pipeline in Boston – three names that you need to look out for are: Jake DeBrusk,