Keeper Feedback to Win It All
Just looking for some feedback, constructive criticism and advice on my keeper team (see signature). This is the 7th year of our league and I've done well but not well enough: 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd...
Our keeper picks are due next week and our draft is in 2 weeks and my thought process at this point is: For the players I am not keeping, I am actively shopping them around in packages to try and target a slightly better keeper than one of my guys. The top team in my league is really, really good (3-time repeat champion) and it will take a little luck (possibly an injury) to over take him but I am trying my darndest! I was 22pts behind last year and I had to deal with Stamkos going down and St. Louis huffing and puffing for a trade while the other team had no significant injuries. So I am pulling all the stops this year as Stamkos, Giroux and Malkin aren't getting any younger!
The challenge is that my trade chips/drops are all borderline 45-60pt forwards and 40-50pt defencemen which makes it tough to decide if I should re-consider my last few keeper picks.
So 15 keepers are (ordered from 'most likely to succeed' to the 'potential to suck the most'):
F: Stamkos, Malkin, Giroux, St. Louis, Spezza, Johansen, Little, Hossa
D: Hedman, Streit, J. Carlson, Barrie
G: Bishop, Halak, Miller
Trade Chips/Drops: MacArthur, Boedker, Ennis, Hartnell, M. Johansson, Hanzal, Wisniewski, Voynov, Gelinas, Hansen
P: Vatanen, S. Elliott, Jaskin, Teravainen, Khudobin, Kuemper, Silfverberg*
Drop: Frk, Omark
*Silfverberg has lost his prospect status in our league so the way our rules work is that after we complete our 2 separate drafts, he must either be called up immediately (and one of my picks from the draft must be dropped) or he must be dropped. I am planning to keep him and drop my last pick for him (unless I get a gem).
12 team, 8 year Keeper League, no cap, 15 main roster, 10 bench (keep 12), 12 prospect (keep 8)
Result: 7 year runner up
Positions (at any given time): 9F, 4D, 2G
40 moves allowed/year; Unlimited Trades
1 free agent swap @ Xmas and 1 @ ASG break
Forwards/Defensemen Categories: G = 1, A = 1
Goaltenders: W = 2, S/O = 3
F: Stamkos,Malkin,Giroux,Johansen,Little, Getzlaf,Thornton,Eriksson,Lehtera,Palmieri, Grabovski,Couturier,Holland,Stewart
D: Hedman,Carlson,Barrie,Chara,Gardiner,Goligoski,Vat anen
P: JTMiller,Namestnikov,Teravainen,Tierney,Pastrnak,J askin,Petan,Fiala,Dumba,Markstrom,Hammond,Pickard