Top 10 Picks from a Dynasty Prospect Draft

Tom Collins

2022-07-25

While many fantasy keeper leagues and dynasties prefer to wait until closer to the start of the NHL season before conducting their prospect drafts, some choose to hold theirs early in the summer. 

It’s not uncommon for some leagues to hold their fantasy draft before the NHL draft, which adds an extra layer of difficulty as a player’s value can change based on where they are drafted. 

I’m in a 24-team league made up of posters from the Dobber forum. We just wrapped up our five-round prospect draft last week. To give you an idea of what some fantasy general managers are thinking, below are the top 10 picks from the leagues and the reasons why each general manager chose that player. 

A bit of background into the league: Each roster has three centres, three left wingers, three right wingers, three forwards, six defensemen and a goalie in an active roster spot. We have six reserve spots and 15 minor league spots. By the time our pro draft is done and the season is underway, 960 players are already chosen. There are also four injured reserve spots, so the waiver wire gets a little barren during the season. 

It’s a head-to-head league, with points assigned in each category. For example, goals and assists are each worth one point, with a power-play point worth an extra 0.5 points. There are also points for plus/minus, blocked shots, shots, hits, PIM and faceoffs, plus goalie categories. You match up against one other team each week, and whoever has the most points at the end of the games on Sunday wins the matchup. The top eight teams make the playoffs based on their win/loss records. 

Below you’ll see the name of the player drafted, the WHL team name and the GMs name on the Dobber forum. Here is how our fantasy prospect draft went down:

1. Juraj Slafkovsky – Windsor Spitfires (Pengwin7)

This is the second year in a row that Windsor had the first overall pick, and the second year in a row he used that selection on a winger. Last year, he drafted William Eklund in the top spot. This year, he went with Slafkovsky. Pengwin’s theory is that if there’s a centre and a winger close in points, NHL GMs will draft the centers as they can be better defensively. “So if a GM is taking a wing over a center, there’s a BIG perceived offensive upside difference,” he told me. Pengwin also points out that wingers drafted in the top three selections in past NHL drafts generally turn out to be dynamic NHL players. In the salary cap era from 2005 to 2018 (any after 2018 is too recent), wingers drafted in the top three are: Bobby Ryan,