Prospect Ramblings: The DobberProspects Writers Draft

Hayden Soboleski




For those of you who follow us regularly, you may have heard of the DPFHL – the fantasy league that many of the team writers here at DobberProspects take part in. Yesterday was our annual summer draft and I want to share the results to give readers a bit of insight into the fantasy priorities of our resident prospect junkies.


But first – the rules:


This is a 14-team league using the NHL salary cap and authentic player AAVs. Rosters comprise of 3RW, 3C, 3LW, 3F, 6D, 1G, 3 reserve, plus a 30-player minors system to store our prospects in until they start producing enough to warrant a call-up. The scoring is weekly head-to-head rotisserie scoring, counting G, A, PPP, SHP, PIM, +/-, SOG, FOW, H, B, W, SV%, GAA, S, and SO.


Because owe follow the authentic salary cap but contain a fewer number of teams that the NHL (we will slowly expand until we match the real thing), several high-priced players are unowned. Names like Drew Doughty and Carey Price are not picked up because honoring their real-life contracts would put any team in too much of a cap crunch to be competitive. This is why you’ll see some big name NHLers spinkled into the draft below (some intentional, some due to technical difficulties and poor operation of the auto-pick system by certain owners).


Without further ado, here are the results:


A few notes to keep in mind for your upcoming drafts:

  • The top names are obvious. Hughes, Kakko, Byram will go early and this isn’t exactly expert-level analysis. 


  • The Bob pick was the first instance of auto-queue gone wrong. So were Price and Fleury. Such is the price you pay when you aren’t online in time! Luckily we are a generous bunch and allowed some after-the-fact corrections. Thanks to this, Shalagin and Afanasyev became replacement picks.


  • Podkolzin was drafted much higher in this league than in the NHL. The multi-category scoring certainly helps his case in leagues like this. Caufield was also drafted earlier in fantasy than he was in real life, but you can blame the NHL for that discrepancy. He’s a goal-scoring machine.


  • Names like Grimaldi, Spezza, Glendening, Lowry and De Leo are surprises at first glance, but are picks made by extremely cap-tight teams in need of depth scoring for pennies. Knowing when to make these picks would have been difficult, and requires careful understanding of your opponents’ financial situations.


  • This is also the reason Huberdeau appears in Round 2. I personally expected him to be gone in the first round, since his contract is fantastic for what he brings to the table, and he only happened to be available thanks to a perfect storm of contract messes. But, because so few teams were in a position to afford him, he slipped to the 2nd. Boston knew this, and was able to draft Dach with his first-rounder as a result and still get his man in the 2nd. Scouting the opposition always pays off!


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