Fantasy leagues are fun, but fantasy dynasties are even better.
What if the draft also had prospect section? Are you interested in thoughts and insights leading up to your draft?
Over the next few weeks, we all will be weighing the thoughts of every expert and considering what we saw during the past season and offseason. We want to learn about potential breakout stars and players waiting in the wings ready to help their teams. We all want an edge.
The following draft covers all the bases and gives fantasy players a great idea to build out their own fantasy roster. The league is composed of several insightful writers who have knowledge so deep that an eight round prospect draft had to happen and will prior to each future season of this dynasty league.
Veteran Roster Draft
- 1. Rich Gershuny, Alexander Ovechkin, WAS, Forward
- 2. Anthony Curatolo, Sydney Crosby, PIT, Forward
- 3. Brad Kurtzberg, Evgeni Malkin, PIT, Forward
- 4. Alex Linsky, Steve Stamkos, TAM, Forward
- 5. Darryl Houston Smith, Nicklas Backstrom, WAS, Forward
- 6. Ben Shyman, Mike Green, WAS, Defense
- 7. Kevin Greenstein, Drew Doughty, LAK, Defense
- 8. John Woolard, Duncan Keith, CHI, Defense
- 9. Tim Rosenthal, Zach Parise, NJD, Forward
- 10. Chris Wassel, Martin Brodeur, NJD, Goalie
- 11. Chris Wassel, Ryan Miller, BUF, Goalie
- 12. Tim Rosenthal, Henrik Sedin, VAN, Forward
- 13. John Woolard, Henrik Lundqvist, NYR, Goalie
- 14. Kevin Greenstein, Tuukka Rask, BOS, Goalie
- 15. Ben Shyman, Roberto Luongo, VAN, Goalie
- 16. Darryl Houston Smith, Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT, Goalie
- 17. Alex Linsky, Ilya Bryzgalov, PHO, Goalie
- 18. Brad Kurtzberg, Jimmy Howard, DET, Goalie
- 19. Anthony Curatolo, Jaroslav Halak, STL, Goalie
- 20. Rich Gershuny, Tyler Myers, BUF, Defense
- 21. Rich Gershuny, Dan Boyle, SJS, Defense
- 22. Anthony Curatolo, Shea Weber, NSH, Defense
- 23. Brad Kurtzberg, Daniel Sedin, VAN, Forward
- 24. Alex Linsky, Eric Johnson, STL, Defense
- 25. Darryl Houston Smith, Patrick Kane, CHI, Forward
- 26. Ben Shyman, Ilya Kovalchuk, NJD, Forward
- 27. Kevin Greenstein, Anze Kopitar, LAK, Forward
- 28. John Woolard, Dany Heatley, SJS, Forward
- 29. Tim Rosenthal, Nicklas Lidstrom, DET, Defense
- 30. Chris Wassel, Brent Seabrook, CHI, Defense
- 31. Chris Wassel, Jason Spezza, OTT, Forward
- 32. Tim Rosenthal, Miikka Kiprusoff, CGY, Goalie
- 33. John Woolard, Ryan Getzlaf, ANA, Forward
- 34. Kevin Greenstein, Marian Gaborik, NYR, Forward
- 35. Ben Shyman, Marian Hossa, CHI, Forward
- 36. Darryl Houston Smith, Alexander Semin, WASH, Forward
- 37. Alex Linsky, Jonathan Toews, CHI, Forward
- 38. Brad Kurtzberg, Joe Thornton, SJ Forward
- 39. Anthony Curatolo, Mike Richards, PHI, Forward
- 40. Rich Gershuny, Tomas Vokoun, FLA, Goalie
The old adage is that fantasy leagues are not won, but lost, at the top of the draft is true and many of the top picks here fell in an order familiar to their alpha dog status in the fantasy world.
A couple position runs skewed where players would typically fall. The second round barrage of goaltenders saw some owners reach to grab the best available at this finite position. Only 30 will start a majority of the games each season so risks were taken.
Best picks: Darryl Houston Smith drafted Kane in the third round and a pair of young Capitals forwards, Backstrom and Semin, and for good measure obtained a young Stanley Cup winning netminder in Fleury. He got four dynasty pieces that will do much of the heavy lifting for seasons to come.
(Note: In order to keep things interesting, this league assigns contract lengths that vary from one to four years and are done this way for each four round segment. For instance, Darryl will have to commit four, three, two, and one year claims on these picks. I guess the question that needs to be asked is who gets the one-year nod? Decisions, decisions.)
Slow Start: Drafting Ovechkin was clearly a no brainer for Rich Gershuny with the first overall pick, but picks of Myers and Boyle could leave him playing catch up at the forward spot and forced him to draft Vokoun in net. While Vokoun’s value is helped by the league’s stressed importance on save percentage and goals against average it won’t help since the Panthers are anemic at best on the blueline.
- 41. Rich Gershuny, Patrick Marleau, SJS, Forward
- 42. Anthony Curatolo, Semyon Varlamov, WAS, Goalie
- 43. Brad Kurtzberg, Craig Anderson, COL, Goalie
- 44. Alex Linsky, Jonas Hiller, ANA, Goalie
- 45. Darryl Houston Smith, Zdeno Chara, BOS, Defense
- 46. Ben Shyman, Christian Ehrhoff, VAN, Defense
- 47. Kevin Greenstein, Dion Phaneuf, TOR, Defense
- 48. John Woolard, Eric Staal, CAR, Forward
- 49. Tim Rosenthal, Martin St. Louis, TAM, Forward
- 50. Chris Wassel, Bobby Ryan, ANA, Forward
- 51. Chris Wassel, Chris Pronger, PHI, Defense
- 52. Tim Rosenthal, Pekka Rinne, NAS, Goalie
- 53. John Woolard, Erik Karlsson, OTT, Defense
- 54. Kevin Greenstein, Carey Price, MON, Goalie
- 55. Ben Shyman, Henrik Zetterberg, DET, Forward
- 56. Darryl Houston Smith, Antti Niemi, CHI, Goalie
- 57. Alex Linsky, Keith Yandle, PHO, Defense
- 58. Brad Kurtzberg, Sergei Gonchar, OTT, Defense
- 59. Anthony Curatolo, Corey Perry, ANA, Forward
- 60. Rich Gershuny, Niklas Backstrom, MIN, Goalie
- 61. Rich Gershuny, Lubomir Visnovsky, ANA, Defense
- 62. Anthony Curatolo, Marty Turco, CHI, Goalie
- 63. Brad Kurtzberg, John Tavares, NYI, Forward
- 64. Alex Linsky, Rich Nash, CLB, Forward
- 65. Darryl Houston Smith, Pavel Datsyuk, DET, Forward
- 66. Ben Shyman, Andrei Markov, MTL, Defense
- 67. Kevin Greenstein, Vincent Lecavalier, TBL, Forward
- 68. John Woolard, Mark Streit, NYI, Defense
- 69. Tim Rosenthal, Brian Campbell, CHI, Defense
- 70. Chris Wassel, Travis Zajac, NJD, Forward
- 71. Chris Wassel, Tobias Enstrom, ATL, Defense
- 72. Tim Rosenthal, Jeff Carter, PHI, Forward
- 73. John Woolard, Tomas Kaberle, TOR, Defense
- 74. Kevin Greenstein, Phil Kessel, TOR, Forward
- 75. Ben Shyman, Joni Pitkanen, CAR, Defense
- 76. Darryl Houston Smith, Jarome Iginla, CGY, Forward
- 77. Alex Linsky, Marc Savard, BOS, Forward
- 78. Brad Kurtzberg, Alexandre Burrows, VAN, Forward
- 79. Anthony Curatolo, Joe Pavelski, SAN, Forward
- 80. Rich Gershuny, Alexander Edler, VAN, Defense
Typically the first quarter of a draft has the flash of marquee names and the building of solid framework that will allow owners to grab high risk, high reward potential or talents on the cusp of making the next step (John Woolard drafting Karlsson). There also chances taken on stars that had a hint of decline in their fantasy value (Kevin Greenstein drafting Lecavalier).
Best picks: How about Phaneuf, Price, Kessel, and Lecavalier in a four round swing for Greenstein? This augmented his average opening to the draft although emerging from the first eight rounds with a goalie duo of Rask and Price aren’t exactly the most established. His defense is solid and the forward position could be a spot of strength with a little bit of luck.
Iffy run: Ehrhoff instead of Phaneuf, Markov instead of Lecavalier, Pitkanen instead of Iginla were all questionable moves by Ben Shyman. These picks could be justified by looking at his first four picks (Green, Luongo, Kovalchuk, Hossa), but not taking the best available talent at part of the draft could his championship ambitions this season.
- 81. Rich Gershuny, Michael Del Zotto, NYR, Defense
- 82. Anthony Curatolo, Brian Rafalksi, DET, Defense
- 83. Brad Kurtzberg, Alex Goligoski, PIT, Defense
- 84. Alex Linsky, Victor Hedman, TAM, Defense
- 85. Darryl Houston Smith, Tom Gilbert, EDM, Defense
- 86. Ben Shyman, Paul Stastny, COL, Forward
- 87. Kevin Greenstein, Kris Letang, PIT, Defense
- 88. John Woolard, Ales Hemsky, EDM, Forward
- 89. Tim Rosenthal, Mark Giordano, CGY, Defenseman
- 90. Chris Wassel, Alex Kovalev, OTT, Forward
- 91. Chris Wassel, Pavel Kubina, TB, Defense
- 92. Tim Rosenthal, Thomas Vankek, BUF, Forward
- 93. John Woolard, Brad Richards, DAL, Forward
- 94. Kevin Greenstein, Alex Pieterangelo, STL, Defense
- 95. Ben Shyman, Ryan Kesler, VAN, Forward
- 96. Darryl Houston Smith, Paul Martin, PIT, Defense
- 97. Alex Linsky, Cam Ward, CAR, Goalie
- 98. Brad Kurtzberg, Mikko Koivu, MIN, Forward
- 99. Anthony Curatolo, Michael Cammalleri, MON, Forward
- 100. Rich Gershuny, Derek Roy, BUF, Forward
- 101. Rich Gershuny, Matt Duchene, COL, Forward
- 102. Anthony Curatolo, Daniel Briere, PHI, Forward
- 103. Brad Kurtzberg, Louie Eriksson, DAL, Forward
- 104. Alex Linsky, Nathan Horton, BOS, Forward
- 105. Darryl Houston Smith, Andy Greene, NJ, Defense
- 106. Ben Shyman, Chris Mason, ATL, Goalie
- 107. Kevin Greenstein, Ryan Whitney, EDM, Defense
- 108. John Woolard, David Krejci, BOS, Forward
- 109. Tim Rosenthal, Patrice Bergeron, BOS, Forward
- 110. Chris Wassel, David Clarkson, NJD, Forward
- 111. Chris Wassel, Devin Setoguchi, SJS, Forward
- 112. Tim Rosenthal, Dustin Penner, EDM, Forward
- 113. John Woolard, Daniel Alfredsson, OTT, Forward
- 114. Kevin Greenstein, Dustin Brown, LAK, Forward
- 115. Ben Shyman, Niklas Kronwall, DET, Defense
- 116. Darryl Houston Smith, Antero Niittymaki, SJS, Goalie
- 117. Alex Linsky, Kimmo Timonen, PHI, Defense
- 118. Brad Kurtzberg, Wojtek Wolski, PHO, Forward
- 119. Anthony Curatolo, Jordan Staal, PIT, Forward
- 120. Rich Gershuny, Brian McCabe, FLA, Defense
Best picks: Rafalski, Cammalleri, Briere, and Staal were a very successful run for Anthony Curatolo. This set of four rounds finished with Anthony having several top forwards (Crosby, Richards, Perry, Pavelski, Cammalleri and Briere). While he doesn’t have a dominant blueline, Rafalski and Webber make a nice pair to start out with and the next dozen picks could solidfy a serviceable unit.
(Note: Since this draft was followed with a prospect draft, many teams choose to bulk up at certain positions with NHL experienced talent while waiting to grab soon to be rookies who could have an immediate fantasy impact [i.e. forward Taylor Hall]. Prospects not ready to make an impact this season will remain on the prospect list for up to five years. Once they are activated they can’t be demoted if they played enough to qualify for the Calder.)
- 121. Rich Gershuny, Claude Giroux, PHI, Forward
- 122. Anthony Curatolo, Matt Carle, PHI, Defense
- 123. Brad Kurtzberg, Tomas Plekanec, MTL, Forward
- 124. Alex Linsky, Zach Bogosian, ATL, Defense
- 125. Darryl Houston Smith, Ian White, CGY, Defense
- 126. Ben Shyman, Brooks Laich, WAS, Forward
- 127. Kevin Greenstein, Jonas Gustavsson, TOR, Goalie
- 128. John Woolard, Michael Leighton, PHI, Goalie
- 129. Tim Rosenthal, Ed Jovanovski, PHO, Defense
- 130. Chris Wassel, Anton Volchenkov, NJD, Defense
- 131. Chris Wassel, Mike Modano, DET, Forward
- 132. Tim Rosenthal, Kyle Quincey, COL, Defense
- 133. John Woolard, Jack Johnson, LAK, Defense
- 134. Kevin Greenstein, Alexander Frolov, NYR, Forward
- 135. Ben Shyman, Chris Stewart, COL, Forward
- 136. Darryl Houston Smith, Kurtis Foster, EDM, Defense
- 137. Alex Linsky, David Booth, FLA, Forward
- 138. Brad Kurtzberg, Nik Antropov, ATL, Forward
- 139. Anthony Curatolo, Stephane Robidas, DAL, Defense
- 140. Rich Gershuny, Patrick Elias, NJ, Forward
- 141. Rich Gershuny, Sheldon Souray, EDM, Defense
- 142. Anthony Curatolo, Patric Hornqvist, Nashville, Forward
- 143. Brad Kurtzberg, Ryan Suter, NAS, Defense
- 144. Alex Linsky, Marc Staal, NYR, Defense
- 145. Darryl Houston Smith, Sam Gagner, EDM, Forward
- 146. Ben Shyman, Patrick Sharp, CHI, Forward
- 147. Kevin Greenstein, Jakub Voracek, CBJ, Forward
- 148. John Woolard, Simon Gagne, TBL, Forward
- 149. Tim Rosenthal, James van Riemsdyk, PHI, Forward
- 150. Chris Wassel, Jason Arnott, NJD, Forward
- 151. Chris Wassel, Matt Moulson, NYI, Forward
- 152. Tim Rosenthal, Stephen Weiss, FLA, Forward
- 153. John Woolard, Johan Franzen, DET, Forward
- 154. Kevin Greenstein, Kyle Okposo, NYI, Forward
- 155. Ben Shyman, Antoine Vermette, CLB, Forward
- 156. Darryl Houston Smith, Alexander Steen, STL, Forward
- 157. Alex Linsky, Mike Knuble, WAS, Forward
- 158. Brad Kurtzberg, Jason Pominville, BUF, Forward
- 159. Anthony Curatolo, Matthew Lombardi, NAS, Forward
- 160. Rich Gershuny, Mike Ribeiro, DAL, Forward
When we draft we begin to size up our competition like a couple boxers at a weigh-in. Questions like “Did I stack up at a position enough to have an edge,” “Do I need to draft position specific to not get bowled over by stronger teams,” “Is my goaltending good enough,” “Do I stand a chance?”
What if there was midway power poll? It couldn’t hurt and we would all sign up for it. Of course this is after the fact, but this should become a part of drafts going forward. It should.
Midway Power Ranking Preview:
1. Darryl Houston Smith: Forward position has plenty of scoring and the blueline has potential top be in the top half point production wise. Goal will be solid with Fleury and both of the Sharks goaltenders.
2. John Woolard: Fantastic depth upfront and on defense. Lundqvist is top notch, but Leighton could be just another Flyer goaltender who pitters out after a short run of success.
3. Ben Shyman: Plenty of scoring from the forwards and Mike Green makes any defensive grouping elite. Luongo will be Luongo, but Chris Mason maybe more of a question make given Atlanta is still a team in transition. Mason’s fantasy value could fluctuate with the Thrashers’ ups and downs.
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. Tim Rosenthal: The frontline has the ability to put up good amounts of goals and assists. The Blueline can also put up points and features several top defensemen for teams. In goal, Rosenthal has Kippy and Rinne, both of whom should benefit from the modified scoring of this dynasty league, but their teams struggles could hurt their value.
6. Kevin Greenstein: Frontline could be good, but several top fantasy players have been inconsistent or injury prone. Doughty and Phaneuf are a great top two combo along the blueline to go along with Letang, Whitney and Pieterangelo. Rask and Price have the potential to be solid but are far from locks to be top fantasy goaltenders. Gustavsson could revive his career and become a wild card in net.
7. Alex Linsky: Solid upfront with several outstanding value picks, including Nash being drafted in the seventh round. There is some potential along the backline, but the ceiling for their fantasy value is somewhat limited. In net, Bryzgalov and Hiller could be solid, but could also be mediocre given the inconsistencies of their teams.
8. Brad Kurtzberg: Maybe the best collection of talent among the frontline, but not enough on the defensive line. The goaltenders are both ready to make the next step to become elite goaltenders.
9. Chris Wassel: Outside of Ryan, who is going to score goals on a consistent bassis, this is a deficiency that will be hard to address in the last part of since there are few snipers left and it may be hard to obtain an elite scorer. This is a backline of full of solid defensemen, but not a lot of goals or assists from the position. In net, he has two of the best in Brodeur and Miller.
10. Rich Gershuny: Ovechkin is going to have to carry the forward group, but is totally capable of it. The defensive group is solid, but not spectacular. The goaltending is average. A strong second half of the draft is mandatory to be a contender over the next few seasons.
Check out the rest in Part 2.