Originally Posted by AR_Six
Washington is such a lose lose lose draft draft draft win team though, and I hate that model. Pit did it, won a cup, Chicago did it, won a cup. The Oilers are the next ones to pull that crap. It's why you have to respect the red wings.
Thing about Van is the regular season is almost a fait accompli - I don't see anyone else challenging for the NW division so they'll probably be top 2-3 in the west. It's the playoffs that remain the question, and who KNOWS what the team looks like by then with injuries, trade deadline, and players falling back to the Moose. Luongo has had 2 years in a row where he has absolutely crushed our first round opponents and then played mediocre in the 2nd round. At least the D should be better - again, depending on injuries.
Here's my fantasy team - 18 entrants, and I drafted 17th. Pretty horrendous. Had to go with a risk - reward model. All my picks still beat their TSN projections except my first one and I didn't want to take a flyer on Gaborik not getting hurt.
1. Alexander Semin (17th overall - TSN Projects 19th)
2. Corey Perry (19th overall - TSN Projects 15th)
3. Daniel Alfredsson (53rd overall - TSN Projects 41st)
4. Tim Connolly (55th overall - TSN Projects 53rd)
5. Dustin Penner (89th overall - TSN Projects 77th)
6. Brian Gionta (91st overall - TSN Projects 89th)
7. Tyler Bozak (146th overall - TSN Projects 111th)
8. Jamie Benn (148th overall - TSN Projects 115th)
9. Blake Wheeler (182nd overall - TSN Projects 167th)
10. Josh Bailey (184th overall - TSN Projects 173rd)
A lot of those guys are "wait and see if they pan out" picks, especially the last 4 who could have big years or could stop at 40 pts apiece. Also, unbeknownst to me when I picked Bailey, Burrows went undrafted the whole poll. Savard got picked like 200th. Would've been great risk picks.
I didn't say the Caps weren't a guilty pleasure. And yea, I have a whole lot of respect for the Red Wings. But I'm big Patrick Roy fan, so I can't exactly cheer for them
I am also interested to see how well Washington holds together with a cup - I don't know if they'd have the cap problems Chicago had.