Ramblings: Fantasy Prospects Report, Ian’s Turn for a Mock Seattle Expansion Draft (July 10)

Ian Gooding

2021-07-10

Dobber's 15th Annual Fantasy Prospects Report will be available sometime today! That's Saturday, depending on when you are reading this. Over 500 prospects are covered, which makes it a must-own for even the deepest of keeper leagues. Take my word: it helps me navigate through the prospects that I need to target in my dynasty league. Secure yours today by itself or as part of a Keeper League Pack or an Ultimate Pack over at Dobber Sports.

Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Lightning on back-to-back Stanley Cup wins, and the Montreal Canadiens for their long playoff run. I'll talk about the Stanley Cup Final more tomorrow, particularly a few of the players involved. However, I have another topic that I've been sitting on for a few days that I'd like to share before any possible major deals force any changes here. 

I know Dobber decided to draft his own Seattle Kraken expansion team a short time ago. I couldn't let him have all the fun, so I decided to take a swing at it myself. Feel free to try it over at CapFriendly, although you'll want to give yourself plenty of time. Not only will you need to determine which players to protect, but you'll also need to select one unprotected player from each roster while meeting the positional requirements and the cap floor/ceiling requirements. You can save time in protecting players and select top choices among crowd-sourced popularity, but you may need to add a few more players. It is still a time-consuming process, though.

Expansion rules allow for either 7F/3D/1G or 8FD/1G. So by protecting an fourth defenseman, your team has to expose not one, not two, but three additional forwards. So essentially it is 4F/4D/1G. That's how valuable a quantity defensemen are.

Some general assumptions:

Most 2021 UFAs have not been protected, unless I believe they will re-sign with their team. Examples of this include Alex Ovechkin and Gabriel Landeskog. Many UFAs were top default choices among crowd-sourced popularity at CapFriendly anyway, so I made some changes there.

No one with a no-movement clause (NMC) agrees to waive it. I've mentioned an example of where this might happen later, though.  

No trades are made to protect certain players, and no other trades between different teams are made beforehand. The Kraken may make trades afterward – this is just the roster they draft. As you'll see, I drafted a solid defense but my forward attack is thin, so maybe I'll trade a defenseman or two for some more scoring help. What team isn't trying to improve its defense anyway?

I didn't spend to the cap – only just over $60 million. There are still nine RFAs to be signed, which should push the cap hit up to roughly $70 million. That's still under