For those yearning for the start of fantasy hockey, Yahoo has now opened their platform for mock drafts, with regular drafts starting this Thursday.
This is awesome news. I know many have been anxious for the start of fantasy hockey, and mock drafts can help you get a sense of what fantasy general managers are thinking.
When you do a draft through Yahoo, the default ranking is the experts' pre-season ranks. This is what Yahoo will use to autodraft your team if you don't pre-rank the players. Of course, no ranking is perfect. There are obviously players ranked too high and too low. This week, I wanted to concentrate on the players ranked too high.
As well, here's an annual reminder to not select Klas Dahlbeck. He's ranked 307th this year (ahead of Erik Cernak, Shayne Gostisbehere, Cam Fowler and Damon Severson), but is now in his third season of playing in the KHL and will probably never come back to the NHL. However, this didn't stop numerous fantasy GMs from drafting him last year. Make sure to include him on your do-not-draft list if doing your own pre-draft ranking.
10. Shea Theodore
Last year was the breakout campaign we've been hoping for from Theodore as he finally broke the 40-point barrier (he was on pace for 53) and was given an ample amount of time on the top power-play unit. Then in the offseason, the Knights signed Alex Pietrangelo to a six-year deal at $8.8 million per season, and you know he's going to eat into some of Theodore's minutes. If I felt I had to take a defenseman in that spot (86th overall), I'd be more inclined to go with Thomas Chabot or Neal Pionk, or maybe even a defenseman who will help more in the banger categories.
9. Nikita Kucherov
Kucherov should absolutely be taken in the first round. However, his current rank of first overall is a smidgeon too high. He shouldn't be taken before Connor McDavid or Nathan MacKinnon, and I'd be willing to listen to arguments that Leon Draisaitl,