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Draft Guide

Auction Draft

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The Rotoworld staff participated in another Mock Draft, but this time it was an auction format.  Each team had a $200 budget to select two centers, two left wingers, two right wingers, four defensemen, two goalies and four bench players.  

 
Corey Abbott 
 
(14) David Pastrnak (BOS - RW) $36 
(25) Patrice Bergeron (BOS - C) $19 
(37) Mitch Marner (TOR - RW) $25 
(49) Mark Scheifele (WPG - C) $29 
(50) Filip Forsberg (NSH - LW) $10  
(55) Vladimir Tarasenko (STL - RW)  $20
(61) Evander Kane (SJS - LW) $8
(68) Jonathan Quick (LAK - G) $10
(72) Tuukka Rask (BOS - G)  $12
(81) P.K. Subban (NSH - D) $12
(87) Drew Doughty (LAK - D) $2
(99) Morgan Rielly (TOR - D) $4
(101) Brayden Schenn (STL - C) $1
(108) Kyle Connor (WPG - LW) $1
(115) Alex Pietrangelo (STL - D) $1
(122) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM - C,LW) $3
 
Unused: $7 
 
I didn’t start spending until the 14th player was nominated and I was happy to land Pastrnak.  I have hurt myself in the past by chasing expensive players early in auction drafts and I wanted to be a bit more patient this time around.  I used my next pick on Bergeron for a Boston top-line stack.  Marner appears to be poised for a big year alongside John Tavares, so I was glad to snag him.  I really like Scheifele this year and got him for a reasonable price.  Landing Filip Forsberg, Tarasenko and Evander Kane for a combined $38 was a major coup for me to solidify my winger group.  I prioritized goaltenders and defensemen next and believe I did very well in that regard without having to break the bank in the process.  I was able to get netminders Quick and Rask for a total of $22 and defenders Subban, Doughty and Rielly for $18.  I finished with the draft with picks on Connor and Nugent-Hopkins because of their high fantasy ceilings this year on the top lines of Winnipeg and Edmonton, respectively.  
 
Michael Finewax 
 
(18) Andrei Vasilevskiy (TBL - G) $41
(28) Erik Karlsson (SJS - D) $45
(36) Brent Burns (SJS - D) $38
(41) Aleksander Barkov (FLA - C) $18
(46) Artemi Panarin (CBJ - LW) $20
(74) Roman Josi (NSH - D) $11
(82) Logan Couture (SJS - C,LW) $4
(84) Ivan Provorov (PHI - D) $6
(89) Matthew Tkachuk (CGY - LW) $3
(97) Devan Dubnyk (MIN - G) $3
(102) Brock Boeser (VAN - RW) $4
(106) Corey Crawford (CHI - G) $2
(111) Viktor Arvidsson (NSH - RW) $1
(114) Gabriel Landeskog (COL - LW) $2
(118) Ryan Ellis (NSH - D) $1
(125) Elias Pettersson (VAN - C) $1
 
Unused: $0
 
Michael snatched Vasilevskiy, who was the 18th player up for nomination, with his first pick.  The hefty spending continued with his next two selections, as he outbid the opposition for Sharks defensemen Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson.  They are both high-scoring blueliners and it will be interesting to see how they co-exist and share production from the back end this year.  After those three selections, he had spent $124 of his cap.  Michael was able to get Barkov afterward for only $18 and Panarin was obtained for $20.  He added to his impressive stable of rearguards with Roman Josi for $11.  Picks on Provorov for $6, Boeser for $4 and Arvidsson for $1 have the potential to be great value plays. 
 
 
Gus Katsaros 
 
(2) Sidney Crosby (PIT - C) $51
(4) Rasmus Dahlin (BUF - D) $16
(16) John Tavares (TOR - C)  $37
(20) Victor Hedman (TBL - D) $40
(38) Martin Jones (SJS - G) $15
(43) Frederik Andersen (TOR - G) $15
(96) John Carlson (WSH - D) $3
(98) Mike Hoffman (FLA - LW,RW) $1
(105) Jeff Skinner (BUF - LW) $1
(110) Zach Werenski (CBJ - D) $2
(112) Teuvo Teravainen (CAR - LW,RW) $1
(119) James van Riemsdyk (PHI - LW) $1
(126) Sam Reinhart (BUF - C,RW) $1
(131) Mark Stone (OTT - RW) $1
(132) Jake Gardiner (TOR - D) $2
(135) Jason Zucker (MIN - LW,RW) $1
 
Unused: $12 
 
Gus opened up the piggy bank for Crosby and committed a large chunk of his budget to Tavares and Hedman.  He did that within the top 20 players who were nominated, but still managed to find some value with cheaper additions.  First, he shored up his crease with Jones and Andersen for a total of $30.  Afterward, he invested his bids on wingers with Hoffman, Skinner, Teravainen, van Riemsdyk, Reinhart and Stone for a combined $6.  They all have the potential to bring value to the table as top-six forwards on their respective teams.  Going after Dahlin with the fourth nomination was a bit surprising, but it could prove to be a smart move because of his upside.  Most of us decided to wait on other defenders rather than trying to go all-in on the Sabres rookie.     
 
Brian Rosenbaum 
 
(3) Nikita Kucherov (TBL - RW) $51
(5) Alex Ovechkin (WSH - LW) $49
(23) Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH - C) $27
(27) Steven Stamkos (TBL - C) $42
(39) Cam Talbot (EDM - G) $6
(48) Tyson Barrie (COL - D) $11
(67) Oscar Klefbom (EDM - D) $2
(92) Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA - LW) $2
(104) Mikael Granlund (MIN - C,RW) $2
(113) Keith Yandle (FLA - D) $1
(120) Mikhail Sergachev (TBL - D) $1
(127) Jake Allen (STL - G) $2
(136) Eric Staal (MIN - C) $1
(139) Kevin Shattenkirk (NYR - D) $1
(142) Carter Hutton (BUF - G) $1
(144) Alex DeBrincat (CHI - LW,RW) $1
 
Unused: $0
 
Brian outbid the rest of the pack for Kucherov and then added another highly sought-after winger in Ovechkin with his first two selections.  That cost him half of his allotted team budget, but it didn’t stop from him from adding Kuznetsov and Stamkos with his next two picks to stack them with his talented wingers.  After that, Brian’s most pricey addition was Barrie for $11, which could prove to be a good investment.  I especially like the late additions of Eric Staal and DeBrincat, but I worry about the stability of his goaltenders with Talbot, Allen and Hutton.  
 
 
Daniel Dobish 
 
(26) Jamie Benn (DAL - C,LW) $41
(29) Blake Wheeler (WPG - C,RW) $40
(30) Pekka Rinne (NSH - G) $25
(40) Braden Holtby (WSH - G) $19
(44) Johnny Gaudreau (CGY - LW) $17
(51) Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG - LW,RW) $13
(56) Phil Kessel (PIT - RW) $20
(58) Jonathan Marchessault (VGK - C,LW) $11
(70) Kyle Palmieri (NJD - RW) $4
(100) Casey Mittelstadt (BUF - C) $1
(121) Jake Muzzin (LAK - D) $1
(128) Justin Faulk (CAR - D) $1
(133) Adam Larsson (EDM - D) $1
(134) Sean Couturier (PHI - C) $2
(137) Jake Guentzel (PIT - LW) $1
(140) Ryan Pulock (NYI - D) $1
 
Unused: $2  
 
Dan didn’t make his first pick until the 26th player nominated and it was worth the wait, as he scooped up Benn.  He cashed in with Wheeler a few players later, while spending $81 in the process.  His crease situation was address next when Rinne and Holtby were chosen for a combined $44.  Dan added some offensive depth on the wings with Gaudreau, Ehlers, Kessel and Marchessault.  He also landed Couturier late for $2 and Guentzel for $1.  They could both be superb value pickups.  One criticism I have is that Dan’s team is a little thin on the back end with Muzzin, Faulk, Larsson and Pulock.     
 
James O'Brien 
 
(1) Connor McDavid (EDM - C) $61
(11) Auston Matthews (TOR - C) $38
(33) Leon Draisaitl (EDM - C,RW) $10
(60) Dougie Hamilton (CAR - D) $8
(62) Mathew Barzal (NYI - C) $8
(65) Sebastian Aho (CAR - C,LW) $6
(69) Joe Pavelski (SJS - C,RW) $8
(78) Clayton Keller (ARI - LW,RW) $3
(80) Ryan Getzlaf (ANA - C) $3
(83) John Gibson (ANA - G) $7
(85) Kris Letang (PIT - D) $8
(86) Matt Murray (PIT - G) $6
(91) Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF - D) $3
(93) Torey Krug (BOS - D) $3
(94) Jakub Voracek (PHI - RW) $7
(95) Ilya Kovalchuk (LAK - LW,RW) $3
 
Unused: $18
 
McDavid was the first player off the board and James paid a premium for him.  He selected another high-profile center next with the addition of Matthews.  Getting Draisaitl, who was the 33rd player nominated, for only $10 was a very good play.  Pavelski for $8 could be a steal, as he stands a good chance of getting back over the 70-point plateau this campaign, and I liked the selection of Kovalchuk for $3 with his final pick.  James also assembled a strong defense group of Hamilton, Letang, Ristolainen and Krug for only $22.  His goaltending duo of Gibson and Murray is superb as well.   
 
Jeffrey Alfieri
 
(10) Patrick Kane (CHI - RW) $35
(17) Tyler Seguin (DAL - C) $36
(24) Tomas Hertl (SJS - C,LW,RW) $12
(35) Claude Giroux (PHI - C,LW) $23
(45) Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ - G) $20
(47) Brayden Point (TBL - C) $10
(52) Jack Eichel (BUF - C) $14
(53) Dustin Byfuglien (WPG - D) $24
(77) John Klingberg (DAL - D) $10
(90) Vincent Trocheck (FLA - C) $4
(103) Matt Dumba (MIN - D) $3
(107) Nikita Zadorov (COL - D) $2
(109) William Nylander (TOR - C,RW) $1
(116) Max Pacioretty (VGK - LW) $1
(123) Mark Giordano (CGY - D) $3
(129) Antti Raanta (ARI - G) $2
 
Unused: $0
 
Jeffrey invested in Patrick Kane and Seguin for $35 and $36, respectively, with his first two picks.  Eichel, who he landed for $14, could be in store for a big season if he can stay healthy.  He also didn’t have to overspend for Byfuglien, who has plenty of value as a multi-category threat, and he snagged John Klingberg for just $10.  Jeff took a chance on Zadorov as a depth option after the Avalanche rearguard led the league in hits (278) last year.  He got a pair of great wingers in William Nylander, who is the midst of a contract holdout, and Pacioretty late in the draft for $1 apiece, which has the potential for plenty of value.  
 
Domenico D'Amato 
 
(6) Connor Hellebuyck (WPG - G) $37
(7) Brad Marchand (BOS - LW) $40
(8) Patrik Laine (WPG - RW) $43
(9) Evgeni Malkin (PIT - C) $37
(13) Andrei Svechnikov (CAR - RW) $2
(15) Mike Smith (CGY - G) $6
(21) Ben Bishop (DAL - G) $18
(57) Jaden Schwartz (STL - LW) $7
(76) Ryan Suter (MIN - D) $2
(88) Sean Monahan (CGY - C) $2
(117) Aaron Ekblad (FLA - D) $1
(124) Martin Marincin (TOR - D) $1
(130) Charlie McAvoy (BOS - D) $1
(138) Wayne Simmonds (PHI - RW) $1
(141) Jeff Carter (LAK - C) $1
(143) Reilly Smith (VGK - LW,RW) $1
 
Unused: $0
 
Domenico was busy early in the draft with four selections in the first nine nominations.  He landed a top goalie in Hellebuyck, a pair of excellent wingers in Marchand and Laine as well as a great in Malkin.  However, it soaked up $157 of his total budget and made him pick his spots the rest of the way to fill out his roster.  Bishop was his priciest addition afterward at $18.  Monahan and Jeff Carter were good additions later in the draft, but a defense corps of Suter, Ekblad, Marincin and McAvoy lacks the flair that other squads possess.    
 
Ryan Dadoun 
 
(12) Nathan MacKinnon (COL - C) $34
(19) Taylor Hall (NJD - LW) $35
(22) Oliver Ekman-Larsson (ARI - D) $10
(31) Esa Lindell (DAL - D) $3
(32) Anze Kopitar (LAK - C) $25
(34) Carey Price (MTL - G) $11
(42) Rickard Rakell (ANA - LW,RW) $9
(54) Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK - G) $6
(59) Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI - D) $14
(63) Alexander Radulov (DAL - RW) $7
(64) Mikko Rantanen (COL - RW) $12
(66) Duncan Keith (CHI - D) $4
(71) Nicklas Backstrom (WSH - C) $7
(73) Seth Jones (CBJ - D) $10
(75) Nick Leddy (NYI - D) $4
(79) William Karlsson (VGK - C,LW) $9
 
Unused: $0
 

Ryan made his first selection at No. 12 when MacKinnon was nominated.  He made his priciest addition afterward when Taylor Hall, who was nominated 19th overall, was taken off the board for $35.  Ryan completed his hat trick of 2018 Hart Trophy nominees when Kopitar was taken for $25.  He took a chance on Price as his backup goalie to Fleury, which is risky behind Montreal’s defense.  Gostisbehere and Seth Jones should be strong additions to his blue line, while Radulov, Rantanen and Backstrom were great pickups.  Ryan was the first to finish his squad and William Karlsson was the last player he selected.  Karlsson has drawn plenty of attention as a potential regression candidate, but he could surprise again and repeat as a productive player for the Golden Knights.      

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.