Ramblings: Caps get Kaned, Lowdown on Lehner, Cholo Scratched, Johnsson Hurt and More (Jan 21)
I released the 11th annual Midseason Fantasy Guide just 10 days ago – still very relevant. It has deeper, more-ready prospect info, plus KHL/Euro/NCAA free agents, trade block musings and of course second-half projections. It’s a great way to step back and take a look at your team, take a look at your league, and figure out a strategy for the second half. It also supports the site and damn if it isn’t a great read. It’s also my longest ever at 231 (!) pages. Pick it up here!
I had my own midseason draft on the weekend, in my 28-year keeper league. It’s the basic keeper, of the three that I’m in, so it is strictly points, and strictly your 12 best (of your 20) players. Points carry over and playoffs count with your same roster. I’ve started to fade out of the picture for first place and while taking a run at second is doable – to me that’s always been the first-place loser. So, as two-time defending champ of the playoffs, I figured I’d beef up my roster with the best playoff players. First I traded Mikael Granlund, Eeli Tolvanen, Vitali Kravtsov for Patrik Laine, Jack Roslovic, Yanni Gourde. Yes, I lost the deal. I lost points, and gave up the two best prospects in hockey. But I removed two players who won’t help my playoffs, and gave myself two Jets and a Bolt. Then I traded Ryan Donato and a first rounder for Jakub Vrana and Alexander Wennberg. I took the latter player because he needed to shed points so he could preserve his draft pick (Jack Hughes). Vrana is not worth a first-rounder, but I had an extra one and again – playoffs. Then I flipped Wennberg and Jason Zucker for Roman Josi. Then I drafted Andreas Johnsson ninth overall and Josh Morrissey 22nd overall.
My two-time defending playoff-champ team?
WAS – Backstrom, Ovechkin, Vrana
TBL – Johnson, Palat, Gourde, Killorn