IH Inaugural Dynasty League Draft, Part 2

There were some real gems in this last half and again showed their depth of knowledge. It also featured chances and some shots in the dark at a haymaker level. It also is the portion where sniped owners will lick their wounds move on to their backup strategies.

Speaking of sniped owners let’s hear some thoughts from those who had players snatched up before their pick:

Greenstein: “John did it three times (Henrik Lundqvist, Jack Johnson, and Peter Mueller), all with the pick right before mine.” Ouch indeed. King Henrik is a tough loss, but drafting Rask over Luongo could hurt a bit more.

Linsky: “I think Kevin sniped me pretty big on Pieterangelo. I was coaching and texted him that I wanted Pieterangelo with my second pick of the prospect draft only to be told he was ineligible. Kevin grabbed him in the veteran draft before I could haha.” Greenstein did a good job knowing Pieterangelo would be available, but he also felt that he may have reached a bit to grab him at pick 94. This meant missing out on known fantasy commodities like Ryan Kesler (#95) or Nathan Horton (#104).

Others planned on getting sniped.

Rosenthal: “I was in a position where I had the ninth pick in one round and the second pick in the next round, so I came prepared with a plan A, a plan B and even a plan C sometimes. Kevin, however, kept telling me that I kept taking his players in the veteran draft, so I guess you can say I sniped him a lot during the veteran draft.”

Round 17

1. Rich Gershuny, TJ Oshie, STL, Forward

2. Anthony Curatolo, Nikolai Zherdev, PHI, Forward

3. Brad Kurtzberg, Shane Doan, PHO, Forward

4. Alex Linsky, Evander Kane, ATL, Forward

5. Darryl Houston Smith, Scott Hartnell, PHI, Forward

6. Ben Shyman, Tim Connolly, BUF, Forward

7. Kevin Greenstein, Michael Frolik, FLA, Forward

8. John Woolard, Jiri Hudler, DET, Forward

9. Tim Rosenthal, Milan Lucic, BOS, Forward

10. Chris Wassel, Andy MacDonald, STL, Forward

Round 18

  1. 11. Chris Wassel, Steve Downie, TAM, Forward
  2. 12. Tim Rosenthal, Trevor Daley, DAL, Defense
  3. 13. John Woolard, Peter Mueller, COL, Forward
  4. 14. Kevin Greenstein, Steve Mason, CLB, Goalie
  5. 15. Ben Shyman, Jussi Jokinen, CAR, Forward
  6. 16. Darryl Houston Smith, David Backes, STL, Forward
  7. 17. Alex Linsky, James Neal, DAL, Forward
  8. 18. Brad Kurtzberg, Scott Gomez, MTL, Forward
  9. 19. Anthony Curatolo, Wayne Simmonds, LAK, Forward
  10. 20. Rich Gershuny, Dmitry Kulikov, FLA, Defense

Round 19

  1. 21. Rich Gershuny, Brandon Sutter, CAR, Forward
  2. 22. Anthony Curatolo, David Perron, STL, Forward
  3. 23. Brad Kurtzberg, Jay Bouwmeester, CGY, Defense
  4. 24. Alex Linsky, Marc-Edouard “Pickles” Vlasic, SAN, Defense
  5. 25. Darryl Houston Smith, Jonathan Quick, LAK, Goalie
  6. 26. Ben Shyman, Kristian Huselius, CLB, Forward
  7. 27. Kevin Greenstein, Cam Barker, MIN, Defense
  8. 28. John Woolard, Brad Boyes, STL, Forward
  9. 29. Tim Rosenthal, Tomas Holmstrom, DET, Forward
  10. 30. Chris Wassel, Dan Sexton, ANA, Forward

Round 20

  1. 31. Chris Wassel, Jason Demers, SJS, Defense
  2. 32. Tim Rosenthal, Brian Elliot, OTT, Goalie
  3. 33. John Woolard, Kari Lehtonen, DAL, Goalie
  4. 34. Kevin Greenstein, Nikita Filatov, CBJ, Forward
  5. 35. Ben Shyman, Tim Thomas, BOS, Goalie
  6. 36. Darryl Houston Smith, Ryane Clowe, SJS, Forward
  7. 37. Alex Linsky, Mike Fisher, OTT, Forward
  8. 38. Brad Kurtzberg, Fedor Tyutin CBJ, Defense
  9. 39. Anthony Curatolo, Kris Russell, CBJ, Defense
  10. 40. Rich Gershuny, Olli Jokinen, CGY, Forward

Round 21

  1. 41. Rich Gershuny, Gilbert Brule, EDM, Forward
  2. 42. Anthony Curatolo, Niclas Bergfors, ATL, Forward
  3. 43. Brad Kurtzberg, Marek Zidlicky, MIN, Defense
  4. 44. Alex Linsky, Artem Anisimov, NYR, Forward
  5. 45. Darryl Houston Smith, Steve Ott, DAL, Forward
  6. 46. Ben Shyman, John-Michael Liles, COL, Defense
  7. 47. Kevin Greenstein, Martin Havlat, MIN, Forward
  8. 48. John Woolard, Derick Brassard, CLB, Forward
  9. 49. Tim Rosenthal, Brian Gionta, MTL, Forward
  10. 50. Chris Wassel, Brian Rolston, NJD, Forward

Round 22

  1. 51. Chris Wassel, Mike Smith, TBL, Goalie
  2. 52. Tim Rosenthal, Dan Hamhuis, VAN, Defense
  3. 53. John Woolard, Valtteri Filppula, DET, Forward
  4. 54. Kevin Greenstein, Mason Raymond, VAN, Forward
  5. 55. Ben Shyman, Tyler Bozak, TOR, Forward
  6. 56. Darryl Houston Smith, Kris Versteeg, TOR, Forward
  7. 57. Alex Linsky, Cody Franson, NSH, Defense
  8. 58. Brad Kurtzberg, Ryan Callahan, NYR, Forward
  9. 59. Anthony Curatolo, Saku Koivu, ANA, Forward
  10. 60. Rich Gershuny, Joe Corvo, CAR, Defense

Round 23

  1. 61. Rich Gershuny, Josh Harding, MIN, Goalie
  2. 62. Anthony Curatolo, Tomas Fleischmann, WAS, Forward
  3. 63. Brad Kurtzberg, Dan Girardi, NYR, Defense
  4. 64. Alex Linsky, Rene Bourque, CGY, Forward
  5. 65. Darryl Houston Smith, Johnny Boychuk, BOS, Defense
  6. 66. Ben Shyman, Dennis Seidenberg, BOS, Defense
  7. 67. Kevin Greenstein, Milan Michalek, OTT, Forward
  8. 68. John Woolard, Ryan Smyth, LAK, Forward
  9. 69. Tim Rosenthal, T.J. Galiardi, COL, Forward
  10. 70. Chris Wassel, David Jones, COL, Forward

Round 24

  1. 71. Chris Wassel, Zenon Konopka, NYI, Forward
  2. 72. Tim Rosenthal, Teemu Selanne, ANA, Forward
  3. 73. John Woolard, Jamie Benn, DAL, Forward
  4. 74. Kevin Greenstein, Dennis Wideman, FLA, Defense
  5. 75. Ben Shyman, Martin Erat, NSH, Forward
  6. 76. Darryl Houston Smith, Troy Brouwer, CHI, Forward
  7. 77. Alex Linsky, Milan Hejduk, COL, Forward
  8. 78. Brad Kurtzberg, R.J. Umberger, CLB, Forward
  9. 79. Anthony Curatolo, Anton Babchuk, CAR, Defense
  10. 80. Rich Gershuny, Brendan Morrow, DAL, Forward

Best Picks: With Downie coming off a solid fantasy performance last year, Alex Linsky has to feel good about his third quarter of this draft. From Evander Kane (possibly the best name in sports and fitting to what his potential will be) to Anisimov to Hejduk, you got to like what he did.

Darryl Houston Smith also continued to build on his successful first half by adding another starting goaltender, Quick, and potential fantasy breakout forwards in Versteeg and Brouwer.

Kind of Solid…: Chris Wassel was able to pickup Downie, but may have reached a few times after that and also gambled on both Smith and Rolston. I could be wrong, but one picks looks like an underachiever and the other looks like a pure rental. Not a bad move, but the future hinges on lots of offseason activity and the slippery slope of overpaying players during the offseason.

Round 25

  1. 81. Rich Gershuny, Tuomu Ruutu, CAR, Forward
  2. 82. Anthony Curatolo, Scottie Upshall, PHO, Forward
  3. 83. Brad Kurtzberg, Dustin Byfuglien, ATL, Forward
  4. 84. Alex Linsky, Eric Fehr, WAS, Forward
  5. 85. Darryl Houston Smith, Mikael Samuelsson, VAN, Forward
  6. 86. Ben Shyman, Anton Stralman, CLB, Defense
  7. 87. Kevin Greenstein, Brent Burns, MIN, Defense
  8. 88. John Woolard, Kevin Bieksa, VAN, Defense
  9. 89. Tim Rosenthal, Jordan Leopold, BUF, Defense
  10. 90. Chris Wassel, Darren Helm, DET, Forward

Round 26

  1. 91. Chris Wassel, Andrew Brunette, MIN, Forward
  2. 92. Tim Rosenthal, Chris Phillips, OTT, Defense
  3. 93. John Woolard, James Wisniewski, NYI, Defense
  4. 94. Kevin Greenstein, Dave Bolland, CHI, Forward
  5. 95. Ben Shyman, Jamie Langenbrunner, NJD, Forward
  6. 96. Darryl Houston Smith, Carlo Colaiacovo, STL, Defense
  7. 97. Alex Linsky, Filip Kuba, OTT, Defense
  8. 98. Brad Kurtzberg, Tom Poti, WAS, Defense
  9. 99. Anthony Curatolo, Josh Bailey, NYI, Forward
  10. 100. Rich Gershuny, Marc-Andre Gragnani, BUF, Defense

Round 27

  1. 101. Rich Gershuny, Ivan Vishnevskiy, CHI, Defense
  2. 102. Anthony Curatolo, Villie Leino, PHI, Forward
  3. 103. Brad Kurtzberg, Derek Morris, PHO, Defense
  4. 104. Alex Linsky, Kyle Turris, PHO, Forward
  5. 105. Darryl Houston Smith, Sean Avery, NYR, Forward
  6. 106. Ben Shyman, Henrik Karlsson, CGY, Goalie
  7. 107. Kevin Greenstein, Matt Niskanen, DAL, Defense
  8. 108. John Woolard, Bryan Little, ATL, Forward
  9. 109. Tim Rosenthal, Brandon Dubinsky, NYR, Forward
  10. 110. Chris Wassel, Justin Abdelkader, DET, Forward

Round 28

  1. 111. Chris Wassel, Liam Reddox, EDM, Forward
  2. 112. Tim Rosenthal, Rich Peverley, ATL, Forward
  3. 113. John Woolard, Dan Ellis, TAM, Goalie
  4. 114. Kevin Greenstein, Marcus Johansson, WAS, Forward
  5. 115. Ben Shyman, Carl Gunnarsson, TOR, Defense
  6. 116. Darryl Houston Smith, Peter Regin, OTT, Forward
  7. 117. Alex Linsky, Blake Wheeler, BOS, Forward
  8. 118. Brad Kurtzberg, Matt Stajan, CGY, Forward
  9. 119. Anthony Curatolo, Guillaume Latendresse, MIN, Forward
  10. 120. Rich Gershuny, Vaclav Prospal, NYR, Forward

Round 29

  1. 121. Rich Gershuny, Rick DiPietro, NYI, Goalie
  2. 122. Anthony Curatolo, Keith Ballard, VAN, Defense
  3. 123. Brad Kurtzberg, Dwayne Roloson, NYI, Goalie
  4. 124. Alex Linsky, Ondrej Pavelec, ATL, Goalie
  5. 125. Darryl Houston Smith, Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, NYR, Forward
  6. 126. Ben Shyman, Colin Wilson, NSH, Forward
  7. 127. Kevin Greenstein, Andrej Meszaros, PHI, Defense
  8. 128. John Woolard, Braydon Coburn, PHI, Defense
  9. 129. Tim Rosenthal, Douglas Murray, SJS, Defense
  10. 130. Chris Wassel, Ruslan Salei, COL, Defense

Round 30

  1. 131. Chris Wassel, Viktor Tikhonov, PHX, Forward
  2. 132. Tim Rosenthal, Ray Whitney, PHX, Forward
  3. 133. John Woolard, Alex Tanguay, CGY, Forward
  4. 134. Kevin Greenstein, Jeff Schultz, WAS, Defense
  5. 135. Ben Shyman, Alexei Ponikarovsky, LAK, Forward
  6. 136. Darryl Houston Smith, Zach Boychuk, CAR, Forward
  7. 137. Alex Linsky, Patrick Berglund, STL, Forward
  8. 138. Brad Kurtzberg, Jack Hillen, NYI Defense
  9. 139. Anthony Curatolo, Teddy Purcell, TAM, Forward
  10. 140. Rich Gershuny, Peter Forsberg, UFA, Forward

Round 31

  1. 141. Rich Gershuny, Fabian Brunnström, DAL, Forward
  2. 142. Anthony Curatolo, Matt Carkner, OTT, Defense
  3. 143. Brad Kurtzberg, J.P. Dumont, NSH, Forward
  4. 144. Alex Linsky, Matt Hunwick, BOS, Defense
  5. 145. Darryl Houston Smith, Nathan Gerbe, BUF, Forward
  6. 146. Ben Shyman, Adrian Aucoin, PHO, Defense
  7. 147. Kevin Greenstein, Alexander Radulov, KHL, Forward
  8. 148. John Woolard, Philip Larsen, DAL, Defense
  9. 149. Tim Rosenthal, Blake Comeau, NYI, Forward
  10. 150. Chris Wassel, Jaromir Jagr, KHL, Forward

Round 32

  1. 151. Chris Wassel, Robert Esche, KHL, Goalie
  2. 152. Tim Rosenthal, Luke Schenn, TOR, Defense
  3. 153. John Woolard, Nickolai Kulemin, TOR, Forward
  4. 154. Kevin Greenstein, Andrei Kostitsyn, MON, Forward
  5. 155. Ben Shyman, Tyler Eckford, NJD, Defense
  6. 156. Darryl Houston Smith, Chris Butler, BUF, Defense
  7. 157. Alex Linsky, Mikael Boedker, PHO, Forward
  8. 158. Brad Kurtzberg, Chris Drury, NYR, Forward
  9. 159. Anthony Curatolo, Brandon Yip, COL, Forward
  10. 160. Rich Gershuny, Paul Kariya, UFA, Forward

The end of a draft that goes 32 rounds was bound to become a pu pu platter of haymakers and shots in the dark. However, three KHLers, including the immortal Robert Esche, may be too much of a reach when considering how important every pick counts is in this ultracompetitive league.

Why would Rich Gershuny draft two washed up and broken free agent stragglers like Kariya and Forsberg? Drury’s carcass was actually drafted? I kid, I kid.

There were several finds at the end of the draft and some could be sleepers who step up to become fantasy gold. Coburn could be valuable as long as he can stay on the ice, and Langenbrunner can be the beneficiary of Kovalchuk and Parise’s sniping prowess.

Comeau could partner up with Tavares and become a 30-40-70 guy with a solid plus/minus. Given the lack of talent on Long Island, someone will gain fantasy value by hanging around Tavares.

Radulov is an interesting pick up and according to Kevin Greenstein Radulov could come back to the NHL this or next year and finally reach his potential as well. For that reason, Greenstein locked him up for four years. Interesting.

With the veteran portion of the draft complete, the inaugural prospect draft could be something dissected within this league for seasons to come. Philosophies take shape. Potential is not only a buzzword, it’s the greatest quantifiable value and near sole determinant of this eight round draft. Player situations were also considered by

Prospect Draft Picks

Round 1

1. Chris Wassel, Jonathan Bernier, LAK, Goalie
2. Tim Rosenthal, John Carlson, WAS, Defense
3. John Woolard, P.K. Subban, MON, Defense
4. Kevin Greenstein, Taylor Hall, EDM, Forward
5. Ben Shyman, Tyler Seguin, BOS, Forward
6. Darryl Houston Smith, Jordan Eberle, EDM, Forward
7. Alex Linsky, Brayden Schenn, LAK, Forward
8. Brad Kurtzberg, Brett Connolly, TAM, Forward
9. Anthony Curatolo, Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, EDM, Forward
10. Rich Gershuny, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, PHO, Defense

Round 2

11. Rich Gershuny, Jacob Markström, FLA, Goalie

12. Anthony Curatolo, Michal Neuvirth, WAS, Goalie

13. Brad Kurtzberg, Nazem Kadri, TOR, Forward

14. Alex Linsky, Cody Hodgson, VAN, Forward

15. Darryl Houston Smith, Chris Kreider, NYR, Foward

16. Ben Shyman, Jon Blum, NSH, Defense

17. Kevin Greenstein, Cam Fowler, ANA, Defense

18. John Woolard, Tyler Ennis, BUF, Forward

19. Tim Rosenthal, Joe Colborne, BOS, Forward

20. Chris Wassel, Jacob Josefson, NJD, Forward

Round 3

21. Chris Wassel, Derek Stepan, NYR, Forward

22. Tim Rosenthal, Jack Campbell, DAL, Goalie

23. John Woolard, Jamie McBain, CAR, Defense

24. Kevin Greenstein, Nino Niederreiter, NYI, Forward

25. Ben Shyman, Vladimir Tarasenko, STL, Forward

26. Darryl Houston Smith, Gustav Nyquist DET, Forward

27. Alex Linsky, John Moore, CLB, Defense

28. Brad Kurtzberg, Kevin Shattenkirk, COL, Defense

29. Anthony Curatolo, Michael Grabner, FLA, Forward

30. Rich Gershuny, Brendan Smith, DET, Defense

Round 4

31. Rich Gershuny, Calvin DeHaan, NYI, Defense

32. Anthony Curatolo, Erik Gudbranson, FLA, Defense

33. Brad Kurtzberg, Ryan Ellis, NSH, Defense

34. Alex Linsky, Chet Pickard, NSH, Goalie

35. Darryl Houston Smith, Thomas Tatar, DET, Forward

36. Ben Shyman, Mikael Backlund, CGY, Forward

37. Kevin Greenstein, Logan Couture, SAN, Forward

38. John Woolard, Jordan Schroeder, VAN, Forward

39. Tim Rosenthal, Ryan Johansen, CLB, Forward

40. Chris Wassel, Blake Geoffrion, NSH, Forward

Round 5

41. Chris Wassel, Emerson Etem, ANA, Forward

42. Tim Rosenthal, Thomas Hickey, LAK, Defense

43. John Woolard, Robin Lehner, OTT, Goalie

44. Kevin Greenstein, Cory Schneider, VAN, Goalie

45. Ben Shyman, Jhonas Enroth, BUF, Goalie

46. Darryl Houston Smith, Alex Stalock, SAN, Goalie

47. Alex Linsky, Jeff Skinner, CAR, Forward

48. Brad Kurtzberg, Mikael Granlund, MIN, Forward

49. Anthony Curatolo, Sergei Bobrovsky, PHI, Goalie

50. Rich Gershuny, Evgeni Grachev, NYR, Forward

Round 6

51. Rich Gershuny, Danny Kristo, MON, Forward

52. Anthony Curatolo, Lars Eller, MON, Forward

53. Brad Kurtzberg, Jeremy Morin, ATL, Forward

54. Alex Linsky, Brandon Gormley, PHO, Defense

55. Darryl Houston Smith, Jake Allen, STL, Goalie

56. Ben Shyman, Kirill Kabanov, NYI, Forward

57. Kevin Greenstein, Kyle Beach, CHI, Forward

58. John Woolard, Brett MacLean, PHX, Forward

59. Tim Rosenthal, Louis Leblanc, MON, Forward

60. Chris Wassel, Mattias Tedenby, NJD, Forward

Round 7

61. Chris Wassel, Adam Henrique, NJD, Forward

62. Tim Rosenthal, Carter Ashton, TAM, Forward

63. John Woolard, Evgeny Kuznetsov, WAS, Forward

64. Kevin Greenstein, Aleksandr Burmistrov, ATL, Forward

65. Ben Shyman, Eric Tangradi, PIT, Forward

66. Darryl Houston Smith, Dustin Tokarski, TAM, Goalie

67. Alex Linsky, Austin Watson, NSH, Forward

68. Brad Kurtzberg, Jaden Schwartz, STL, Forward

69. Anthony Curatolo, Anton Gustafsson, WAS, Forward

70. Rich Gershuny, Mikko Koskinen, NYI, Goalie

Round 8

71. Rich Gershuny, Travis Hamonic, NYI, Defense

72. Anthony Curatolo, Kirill Petrov, NYI, Forward

73. Brad Kurtzberg, Thomas McCollum DET, Goalie

74. Alex Linsky, Jared Cowen, OTT, Defense

75. Darryl Houston Smith, Scott Glennie, DAL, Forward

76. Ben Shyman, Thomas Greiss, SAN, Goalie

77. Kevin Greenstein, Patrick Wiercioch, OTT, Defense

78. John Woolard, Drayson Bowman, CAR, Forward

79. Tim Rosenthal, Ian Cole, STL, Defense

80. Chris Wassel, Jon Merrill, NJD, Defense

Lets take a look at the power rankings following this deep dynasty draft (midway ranking in parenthesis):

1. (1) Darryl Houston Smith: Phenomenal veteran draft and a prospect draft with an understanding of how to stack the goalie position. A-pluses all around. This team has to be the alpha dog for seasons to come.

2. (3) Ben Shyman: Nice start accentuated by solid finish to the veteran portion and a nice prospect draft with plenty of talent ready to contribute as soon as this season.

3. (2) John Woolard: Fantastic depth upfront and on defense. Lundqvist is good, but the rest of the netminders are iffy. The defense group is very good. With a prospect draft including P.K. Subban and goalie Robin Lehner, Woolard added solid depth and good talent.

4. (4) Anthony Curatolo: One of top groups of forwards that feature plenty of scoring and a solid group of defensemen that should be a serviceable fantasy blueline. In goal, there are three top goaltenders that will be good and should be among the top groups in the league.

5. (7) Alex Linsky: Solid beginning with a savvy second half and thoughtful prospect draft. There are some holes but there is some upside blended with some surefire fantasy performers. A good prospect draft with value on the horizon could push him to the top of the league quickly.

6. (5) Tim Rosenthal: Good talent. Bergfors could be a steal if he finds some chemistry with Evander Kane. Any Washington forward is a line change away from being an Ovechkin leech. Just another team that is a couple years away.

7. (6) Kevin Greenstein: Solid start gave way to a less uncertain second half of the veteran draft. This team will benefit greatly from the prospects on the cusp of providing value.

8. (8) Brad Kurtzberg: Decent prospect draft. Nice group of veteran forwards. Questions on the blueline, but the goaltending could be strong.

9. (10) Rich Gershuny: Alex Ovechkin is fantasy platinum, but outside of that only Matt Duchene has a chance to be “fantasy special.” One of the few cases of too many veterans and not enough top-level youth plagues this team. Maybe the Islander prospects will be valuable soon and they could provide an infusion of value.

10. (9) Chris Wassel: A passable second half of the draft until he went back-to-back KHL. A head scratcher of a prospect draft that depends on the success of the Devils farm system is hard to defend. Goalie will be a spot of strength and there is some fantasy value at forward and defense. Unfortunately, it would be hard to imagine this team winning a championship any earlier than 2013.

During the season, the IHDL will be followed and be sure to check out power rankings, smack talk, reflections, trades, and waiver claims. In a league this deep there is sure to be pointers for all fantasy players.

Good luck and let the draft madness begin!

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