Prospects Rambling: And now, we draft!

Kevin LeBlanc


As the summer doldrums continue in July with nothing too much to talk about from a prospects perspective, I figured I'd let you guys in on what the Dobber Prospects Fantasy Hockey League has been up to (besides, this IS a fantasy hockey site about prospects). We just started our amateur draft, and had completed the first round as I'm writing this. 

The league is made up of 24 DobberProspects writers, and is going into its second season. The league will draft five full prospect rounds, but here's now the first round played out….

1.1 LA – Steven Stamkos  (More on this below)
1.2 MTL – Nico Hischier
1.3 WPG – Nolan Patrick
1.4 SJ – Elias Pettersson
1.5 NYI – Cale Makar
1.6 DET – Miro Heiskanen 
1.7 BOS – Casey Mittelstadt
1.8 MIN – Cody Glass
1.9 WAS – Owen Tippett
1.10 STL – Nick Suzuki
1.11 CBJ – Martin Necas
1.12 TBL – Lias Andersson
1.13 PIT – Gabriel Vilardi
1.14 NJD – Vadim Shipachyov
1.15 CAR – Timothy Liljegren
1.16 CHI – Pierre-Olivier Joseph
1.17 ARI – Klim Kostin
1.18 CGY – Henrik Haapala
1.19 MIN via ANA – Jason Robertson
1.20 OTT – Isaac Ratcliffe
1.21 TOR – Zack Aston-Reese
1.22 COL – Spencer Foo
1.23 VGK – Erik Brannstrom
1.24 DAL – Michael Rasmussen
1.25 DAL* – Eeli Tolvanen
1.26 DAL** – Jake Oettinger

Obviously the first thing you will notice when you look at this is Steven Stamkos going off the board first. Don't ask, it was just a technicality where we had a extenuating circumstance where we needed to include him back into the player pool. 

Interesting Takeaways: 

First and Second Locked In. As expected, Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick go 1-2, which is likely what you will see in most of your amateur drafts. After two, things get interesting. A lot of who goes third through eighth in your drafts will depend on personal preference, and position need as Makar and Heiskanen are both available and are clearly the top tier of defense. You could put Elias Pettersson, Casey Mittelstadt and Cody Glass in a blender and the combination in many leagues may not come out with a consensus ranking. 

Where does Shipachyov fall? Likely the 30-year-old