Points league draft outcome - comments welcome
One-year Yahoo points league - 10 teams
G = 1, A = 1, W = 2, SO = 2
9F 4D 3BN 2G (Max 50 GP per slot) 2IR
Trades, adds/drops allowed
I had about 4 hours notice for this draft - I received the text during the Falcons-Seahawks game. I liked the idea though because I've never done a league draft in January. I still hate Bettman and Fehr though. This draft should have taken place in October. At least my car wouldn't be covered in snow when I left Boston Pizza.
I picked 1st overall, and the draft was snake format so I picked 10th in round 2.
1 (1) - Evgeny Malkin
2 (20) - Mike Smith
3 (21) - Erik Karlsson
4 (40) - Phil Kessel
5 (41) - Joe Thornton
6 (60) - Dustin Byfuglien
7 (61) - Loui Eriksson
8 (80) - Miikka Kiprusoff
9 (81) - Jakub Voracek
10 (100) - Keith Yandle
11 (101) - Carey Price
12 (120) - Teddy Purcell
13 (121) - Mike Ribeiro
14 (140) - Matt Carle
15 (141) - Tomas Fleischmann
16 (160) - David Desharnais
17 (161) - Andy McDonald
18 (180) - Dmitry Kulikov
My final team:
F: Malkin, Kessel, Thornton, Eriksson, Voracek, Purcell, Ribeiro, Fleischmann, Desharnais
D: Karlsson, Byfuglien, Yandle, Carle
G: Smith, Kiprusoff
BN: Price, McDonald, Kulikov
Any thoughts or comments are welcome. I had fun and did this primarily as an escape from serious life but I think there are things to be learned in everything.
I am a bit surprised Karlsson didn't go until pick 21.
There's a ton of low-risk ~40 point defensemen to draft later on... no sense wasting an early pick gambling on the next Karlsson/Doughty/Visnovsky when there's a ton of elite forwards who are a lock for 80+.
I don't love drafting at #1 personally, but I think you've made the best of it here.
I think some of your guys had career years last year and are due for a correction (Smith, Kessel, namely), but you've also got some great value picks in Yandle in round 10 and Price in 11.
I think Karlsson will make or break you... as mentioned above I personally wouldn't have gone for a defenseman that high in your format when you could've locked in an 80 point forward.
Overall your team is pretty solid - good balance and you did well with your later round picks.
A couple other notes:
-Smith was the last top tier goalie available. I picked 1st and there was a bit of a goalie run at the end of the 1st and early in the 2nd. Had to grab a goalie there.
-The smaller sample of games made projections difficult. When I would make my pick there were always a half dozen players projected within a point or two of the guy I ended up picking.
-My 3 bench spots are risk/reward players because they are not my primary options anyway. In particular Andy McDonald is awesome for pts/game but could be knocked out for the season in a heartbeat. I took the gamble and will hit the wire if need be.
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