Time to share rounds 4 – 7 of our scouts' all-prospect draft in this Sunday's Ramblings…
Last week I wrote about the DobberProspects Fantasy Hockey League, and shared rounds 1 – 3 of the ultimate prospect draft, with rosters managed by our expert team scouts. There weren't too many shockers in the early rounds, but lots of players slid up and down the draft list based on differences in our writers' valuations. This week, I'm excited to share with you rounds 4 through 7 of this draft, where teams have really started showing their scouting prowress, with lots of unpredictable picks, both with steals and…interesting choices. We love discussing our teams and opinions, so dont hesitate to use the comments box to let us know who you think were the best and worst selections so far!
|73: Nashville – Nikita Zaitsev||85: Vancouver – Alex DeBrincat|
|74: Minnesota – Evgeni Svechnikov||86: Edmonton – Zach Senyshyn|
|75: Carolina – Pavel Buchnevich||87: Pittsburgh – Vladislav Kamenev|
|76: St. Louis – Alex Tuch||88: Dallas – Jake Walman|
|77: Toronto – Slater Koekkoek||89: Tampa Bay – Andrew Mangiapane|
|78: Winnipeg (via COL) – Ville Pokka||90: San Jose – Kieffer Bellows|
|79: Ottawa – Tyler Motte||91: Calgary (via WSH) – Michael McCarron|
|80: Washington (via CGY) – Brayden Point||92: Florida – Mason McDonald|
|81: Columbus – Justin Bailey||93: LA – Ilya Sorokin|
|82: Chicago – Charlie McAvoy||94: Colorado (via WPG) – Connor Brown|
|83: Arizona – Jordan Subban||95: Montreal – Nic Petan|
|84: Buffalo – Ty Rattie||96: New Jersey – Kevin Labanc|
Lots of solid picks still on the board for our scouts in Round 4. Rattie, Motte, Pokka, McCarron, and Point will all be very good deals at their respective positions, with Point having the biggest upside to be a real steal (or, of course, the opposite). My selection of Connor Brown was my first gamble on high scoring upside, as my picks in previous rounds were all picks I felt as safe bets to become strong contributors, but not necessarily the highest risk/reward available.
|97: New Jersey – Brady Skjei||109: Columbus (via BUF) – Riley Tufte|
|98: Montreal – Dante Fabbro||110: Arizona – Henrik Borgstrom|
|99: Winnipeg – Ryan Hartman||111: Chicago – Julien Gauthier|
|100: LA – Kasperi Kapanen||112: Columbus – Nikolai Goldubin|
|101: Florida – Jayce Hawryluk||113: Calgary – Christian Fischer|
|102: Washingston – Jakub Zboril||114: Ottawa – Nikita Tryamkin|
|103: San Jose – Tage Thompson||115: Colorado – Nikita Soshnikov|
|104: Tampa Bay – Alex Nedeljkovic||116: Toronto – Scott Wedgewood|
|105: Dallas – Jason Dickinson||117: St. Louis – Ivan Barbashev|
|106: Pittsburgh – Anthony Beauvillier||118: Carolina – JT Compher|
|107: Edmonton – Luke Kunin||119: Minnesota – Ville Husso|
|108: Vancouver – Jack Roslovic||120: Nashville – German Rubstov|
Round 5 may be remembered as the first round where real steals started appearing, specifically near the end of the round. I dont feel that any picks came off as being too much of a reach, but Barbashev and Compher could look like diamonds in the very near future (both should get NHL looks this year). Given how slowly goalies have been drafted, and that most good prospects in this position were already taken, getting Husso at the end of the round was great pick.
|121: Nashville – Charles Hudon||133: Vancouver – Valentin Zykov|
|122: Minnesota – Eric Comrie||134: Edmonton – Jacob Larsson|
|123: Carolina – Anthony Stolarz||135: Pittsburgh – Steve Santini|
|124: St. Louis – Devin Shore||136: Dallas – Linus Ullmark|
|125: Toronto – Cristoval Nieves||137: Tampa – Brett Howden|
|126: Colorado – Chris Bigras||138: San Jose – Rasmus Andersson|
|127: Ottawa – Tyler Bertuzzi||139: Washington – Denis Gurianov|
|128: Calgary – MacKenzie Blackwood||140: Florida – Samuel Morin|
|129: Buffalo via Columbus – Martin Reway||141: LA – Mike Amadio|
|130: Chicago – Jordan Schmaltz||142: Winnipeg – Anton Rodin|
|131: Arizona – Jeremy Roy||143: Montreal – Samuel Girard|
|132: Buffalo – Nick Paul||144: New Jersey – Brendan Lemieux|
I anticipated a significant talent drop-off somewhere between rounds 6-8, and it seems to have begun here in the sixth. till lots of notable prospects being taken off the baord, but not many with the high upside or imminent impact that will really shake up our fantasy season. Some talented goaltenders still years from an NHL impact were taken in Comrie, Stolarz, Blackwood, and Ullmark – it appears that this was the round where our scouts started realizing that drafting a goalie costs alot less than trying to trade for one once they have developed.
|145: New Jersey – Mark Jankowski||157: Buffalo – Francis Perron|
|146: Montreal – Nicolas Aube-Kubel||158: Arizona – Brendan Leipsic|
|147: Winnipeg – Brendan Perlini||159 Chicago – John Queenville|
|148: LA – Joshua Ho-Sang||160: Columbus – Rasmus Asplund|
|149: Florida – Nick Merkley||161: Washington (via CGY) – Nikita Scherbak|
|150: Washington – Laurent Brossoit||162: Ottawa – Adam Mascherin|
|151: San Jose – Artturi Lehkonen||163 Calgary (via COL) – Philippe Myers|
|152 Tampa: – Ville Saarijarvi||164: Toronto – Josh Anderson|
|153: Dallas – Hudson Fasching||165: St. Louis – Vince Dunn|
|154: Pittsburgh – Xavier Ouellet||166: Carolina – Nicolas Roy|
|155: Edmonton – Ethan Bear||7.167 Minnesota – [Timed out]|
|156: Vancouver – Carter Hart||7.168 Nashville – Andreas Johnson|
Things got fun in Round 7, and I tried desperately to trade back into the round after losing my pick in a previous trade. I did this in an attempt to snag high-upside fallers Perlini, Ho-Sang, or Merkley; once these excellent picks were off the board I stopped harassing my comrades and waited patiently for the next round. Unfortunately for Minnesota – fantasy hockey is a cruel and unforgiving past-time…if you don't want to sacrifice a pick you gotta make it on time!
So, what do you think of our scouts' decisions so far? Discussing draft strategy and results is the reason all of us are working hard here at DobberProspects, and we are always excited to talk on the message boards here or on twitter! The writers have been using the twitter hashtag #DPFHL to track our progress, so feel free to jump into these conversations or just follow along.
As always, thank you for reading and best of luck in your upcoming drafts! Only a few more weeks until the start of the greatest sporting season on Earth!
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