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Draft Guide

Dynasty Draft

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The Rotoworld team had its second Mock Draft of the 2015-16 campaign on September 21 and below you can find the complete results of it along with commentary. We stuck to the Yahoo standard rules and it was your typical live, snake draft. We are allowed to keep six players from the draft into next season.


Round 1


1.1 Alex Ovechkin (Was - LW,RW) – Brian Rosenbaum

1.2 Sidney Crosby (Pit - C) – Corey Abbott

1.3 Steve Stamkos (TB – C) - Joey Alfieri

1.4 John Tavares (NYI - C) – Bram Linetsky

1.5 Carey Price (Mon - G) – Ryan Dadoun

1.6 Tyler Seguin (Dal – C, RW) – James O’Brien

1.7 Jamie Benn (Dal - LW) – Art Aronson

1.8 Claude Giroux (Phi - C,RW) – Matt Riegler

1.9 Vladimir Tarasenko (StL - RW) – Michael Finewax

1.10 Connor McDavid (Edm – C) – Mitch Goldenberg


The first round was surprising in only that Connor McDavid lasted so long. I was going to take him with the ninth pick but thought he would sneak by Mitch. He didn’t, much to my chargrin. I think that Seguin should have gone earlier due to his age and James got a steal at number six.


Round 2


2.11 Erik Karlsson (Ott - D) – Mitch Goldenberg

2.12 P.K. Subban (Mon - D) – Michael Finewax

2.13 Evgeni Malkin (Pit - C,RW) – Matt Riegler

2.14 Corey Perry (Ana - RW) – Art Aronson

2.15 Jakub Voracek (Phi - RW) – James O’Brien

2.16 Braden Holtby (Was - G) – Ryan Dadoun

2.17 Phil Kessel (Pit - RW) – Bram Linetsky

2.18 Patrick Kane (Chi - C,RW) – Joey Alfieri

2.19 Pekka Rinne (Nsh - G) Corey Abbott

2.20 Henrik Lundqvist (NYR - G) – Brian Rosenbaum


Ryan went with his second goalie as both Holtby and Price were the first two off the board. Patrick Kane lasted longer than he should have but that is due to the legal problems he has at this time. Kessel should star in Pittsburgh, especially this season as he likely has plenty to prove.



Round 3


3.21 Jonathan Toews (Chi - C)

3.22 Rick Nash (NYR - LW,RW)

3.23 Jonathan Quick (LA - G)

3.24 Marc-Andre Fleury (Pit - G)

3.25 Ryan Johansen (Cls - C,RW)

3.26 Tuukka Rask (Bos - G)

3.27 Tyler Johnson (TB - C)

3.28 Ryan Getzlaf (Ana - C)

3.29 Nathan MacKinnon (Col - C,RW)

3.30 Anze Kopitar (LA - C)


 I thought that Marc-Andre Fleury was taken rather high, especially with Tuukka Rask still on board. I took Nathan MacKinnon. He is going to have an outstanding career and a mediocre sophomore season did not dissuade me.


Round 4


4.31 Dustin Byfuglien (Wpg - RW,D)

4.32 Kevin Shattenkirk (StL - D)

4.33 Corey Crawford (Chi - G)

4.34 Gabriel Landeskog (Col - LW)

4.35 Max Pacioretty (Mon - LW)

4.36 Jordan Eberle (Edm - RW)

4.37 Ben Bishop (TB - G)

4.38 Victor Hedman (TB - D)

4.39 Logan Couture (SJ - C,LW)

4.40 Joe Pavelski (SJ - C,LW)


I love the picks of Ben Bishop and Victor Hedman back-to-back. Landeskog was also a nice pick in the fourth round. Shattenkirk gives me a second strong defenseman to go with Subban in the years to come.


Round 5


5.41 Zach Parise (Min - LW)

5.42 Taylor Hall (Edm - C,LW)

5.43 Drew Doughty (LA - D)

5.44 Mark Giordano (Cgy - D)

5.45 Alex Pietrangelo (StL - D)

5.46 Kris Letang (Pit - D)

5.47 Filip Forsberg (Nsh - C,RW)

5.48 Frederik Andersen (Anh - G)

5.49 Matt Duchene (Col - C,LW)

5.50 Cory Schneider (NJ - G)


Taylor Hall went a lot lower than he should have as he is a star. His only problem in his young career has been staying healthy and the likelihood of playing alongside McDavid and Jordan Eberle only enhances his value. Four defensemen in a row went with Doughty being the one with the least upside as he is a much better NHL defenseman than a fantasy one.


Round 6


6.51 Roman Josi (Nsh - D)

6.52 Tyson Barrie (Col - D)

6.53 Shea Weber (Nsh - D)

6.54 Johnny Gaudreau (Cgy - LW)

6.55 Nicklas Backstrom (Was - C)

6.56 Nikita Kucherov (TB - RW)

6.57 Nick Foligno (Cls - C,LW)

6.58 James van Riemsdyk (Tor - LW)

6.59 Sergei Bobrovsky (Cls - G)

6.60 Devan Dubnyk (Min - G)


I was happy to get Tyson Barrie at this time as he is an underrated young defenseman.  Devan Dubnyk is suspect despite his outstanding second half to lead the Wild to the playoffs. I also like the pick of Backstrom.


Round 7


7.61 Henrik Zetterberg (Det - C,LW)

7.62 Brent Burns (SJ - RW,D)

7.63 Blake Wheeler (Wpg - RW)

7.64 Duncan Keith (Chi - D)

7.65 John Carlson (Was - D)

7.66 Semyon Varlamov (Col - G)

7.67 Jack Eichel (Buf - C)

7.68 Tomas Tatar (Det - LW,RW)

7.69 David Backes (StL - C,RW)

7.70 Sean Monahan (Cgy - C)


Now that I have my six keepers (hopefully) I want to fill in with forwards who can do a lot of everything. Backes fills the bill. Jack Eichel is an outstanding pick at this stage as is Sean Monahan.


Round 8


8.71 Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Ari - D)

8.72 Aaron Ekblad (Fla - D)

8.73 Radim Vrbata (Van RW)

8.74 Ryan Suter (Min - D)

8.75 Evander Kane (Buf - LW)

8.76 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edm - C)

8.77 Jaroslav Halak (NYI - G)

8.78 Ryan McDonagh (NYR - D)

8.79 Dougie Hamilton (Cgy - D)

8.80 Keith Yandle (NYR - D)


There are a lot of high quality players in this round. Kane has the most question marks but has a big upside. Nugent-Hopkins has teased for a few years and needs to have a breakout season or the Oilers could deal him and use McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in the middle. Yandle is a solid point producer.


Round 9


9.81 James Neal (Nsh - LW,RW)

9.82 Brandon Saad (Cls - LW,RW)

9.83 Alexander Steen (StL - C,LW)

9.84 Jiri Hudler (Cgy - LW,RW)

9.85 Wayne Simmonds (Phi - LW,RW)

9.86 Kyle Okposo (NYI - RW)

9.87 Patrick Sharp (Dal - C,LW)

9.88 Jacob Trouba (Win – D)

9.89 Jake Allen (StL - G)

9.90 Jaden Schwartz (StL - LW)


It beats me how Brandon Saad lasted this long in a dynasty pool. I need goaltending (usually it’s my first and fourth pick in pools) and I think Allen will take the job in St. Louis.


Round 10


10.91 Ryan O'Reilly (Buf - C,LW,RW)

10.92 Jimmy Howard (Det - G)

10.93 Erik Johnson (Col - D)

10.94 Roberto Luongo (Fla - G)

10.95 Mike Green (Det - D)

10.96 Andrew Ladd (Wpg - LW)

10.97 Daniel Sedin (Van - LW)

10.98 Steve Mason (Phi - G)

10.99 Justin Faulk (Car - D)

10.100 Sami Vatanen (Anh - D)


I took Jimmy Howard to finish my netminding. I like the pick of Sami Vatanen who has a lot of offensive talent and should continue to play well with the Ducks.


Round 11


11.101 Dennis Wideman (Cgy - D)

11.102 Ondrej Palat (TB - LW)

11.103 Eric Staal (Car - C)

11.104 T.J. Oshie (Was - C,RW)

11.105 Torey Krug (Bos - D)

11.106 John Klingberg (Dal - D)

11.107 Ryan Kesler (Anh - C,RW)

11.108 Patric Hornqvist (Pit - RW)

11.109 Milan Lucic (LA - LW)

11.110 Marian Hossa (Chi - RW)


Milan Lucic is another player who manages to do everything well. The switch to the West Coast should do his career wonders. John Klingberg and Hornqvist stand out here.


Round 12


12.111 Brad Marchand (Bos - LW)

12.112 Scott Hartnell (Cls - LW)

12.113 Nick Bjugstad (Fla – C)

12.114 Chris Kunitz (Pit - LW)

12.115 Ryan Miller (Van - G)

12.116 Pavel Datsyuk (Det – C,LW)

12.117 T.J. Brodie (Cgy - D)

12.118 Gustav Nyquist (Det – C. LW, RW)

12.119 Paul Stastny (StL – C)

12.120 Andrei Markov (Mon - D)


Hartnell continues the way I like to draft as he can do a lot of everything. It’s a good strategy for poolies to consider.  Datsyuk fell to this spot as he is an aging veteran. Stastny should rebound after a tough first year in a new contract with the Blues.


Round 13


13.121 Patrice Bergeron (Bos - C)

13.122 Jeff Carter (LA - C,RW)

13.123 Olli Maatta (Pit - D)

13.124 Tyler Toffoli (LA - LW,RW)

13.125 Mark Streit (Phi - D)

13.126 Bobby Ryan (Ott - LW,RW)

13.127 Eddie Lack (Car – G)

13.128 Patrick Marleau (SJ - C,LW)

13.129 Martin Jones (SJ - G)

13.130 Cam Talbot (Edm - G)



Round 14


14.131 Jeff Skinner (Car – LW, RW)

14.132 David Krejci (Bos – C)

14.133 Mats Zuccarello (NYR – LW, RW)

14.134 Brent Seabrook (Chi - D)

14.135 Bryan Little (Wpg - C,RW)

14.136 Chris Kreider (NYR - LW)

14.137 Niklas Kronwall (Det - D)

14.138 Alex Galchenyuk (Mon - C,LW)

14.139 Andrej Sekera (Edm – D)

14.140 Jonas Hiller (Cal – G)




Round 15


15.141 Jarome Iginla (Col - RW)

15. 142 Jason Spezza (Dal - C)

15.143  Robin Lehner (Buf – G)

15.144 Nick Leddy (NYI - D)

15.145 Jonathan Huberdeau (Fla - C,LW)

15.146 Henrik Sedin (Van - C)

15.147 Hampus Lindholm (Anh - D)

15.148 Dion Phaneuf (Tor – D)

15.149 Marian Gaborik (LA - RW)

15.150 Joe Thornton (SJ – C)



Round 16


16.151 Jack Johnson (Cls – D)

16.152 Seth Jones (Nsh – D)

16.153 Evgeny Kuznetsov (Was - C,LW)

16.154 Johnny Boychuk (NYI - D)

16.155 Zdeno Chara (Bos - D)

16.156 Andrei Vasilevskiy (TB – G)

16.157 Kyle Turris (Ott - C)

16.158 Morgan Rielly (Tor – D)

16.159 Tyler Ennis (Buf – C, LW)

16.160 Tomas Vanek (Min – LW, RW)


The last four rounds are just backing up your starters. You should handcuff your goalies although I didn’t as I went for another starter in Martin Jones. I like Galchenyuk in the 14th round, Leddy and Lindholm in the 15th and Kuznetsov and Rielly in the final round.


Other Thoughts:


James O'Brien: Mock drafting a keeper league was especially fun with experts, as I'm already (full disclosure) inexperienced in that area compared to just about every other league type.


After I was very confident that I secured plenty of young/prime-age players to fight for the six keeper spots, I pivoted my attention toward veterans who slip in these formats (since all I want them to do is to improve my team in 2015-16). Most obviously, I picked Henrik Sedin and Zdeno Chara among my final picks.


If I instituted that switch to veterans/functionality gameplan a little sooner, I probably would have invested in even more multi-category players. As it was, I managed to get Bobby Ryan (LW/RW) and Bryan Little (C/RW, contract year guy) a little later than maybe I would have in standard formats.


This draft continued my baffling run of failing to get my favorite near-elite defensemen in Brent Burns and Dustin Byfuglien, yet I always seem to end up with Kris Letang.



Ryan Dadoun : Given that the rule for this league was that we get to keep six players, my desire was to set it up so that those keepers would be my first six picks of this draft to maximize the team's long-term potential.  That being said, I did want to draft players that already had a strong resume in the NHL rather than higher risk, reward options.  I feel like I accomplished that through my first six picks, with the possible exception of Nikita Kucherov.  I continued to draft young for the most part after that point, just in case circumstances warranted that I keep some of those lower level picks, but I was less afraid to take veterans as I went on (for example Pavel Datsyuk in the 12th round and Mark Streit in the 13th).  Given that I felt secure in my goaltending after taking Carey Price/Braden Holtby early, I waited until my last pick to select another goalie and ended up with Andrei Vasilevskiy.  He's hurt, but I can just stick him on the IR when the season starts and take someone else for now.  He's also got a lot of upside, so even though I don't anticipate keeping him, it's still nice to have the option.



Mitch Goldenberg: I was pleased to see future superstar Connor McDavid still on the board at number 10. While he might not return the value of a first round pick in 2015-16, he will come close and more than make up for his learning curve down the road. 

I really like my Sean Monahan, Ryan O'Reilly and Jaden Schwartz picks, but I panicked when taking Jeff Skinner and Cam Talbot picks after my queue was dried up in the picks prior.

It was tough taking Roman Josi over Shea Weber. I loved Josi's performance last season and am confident he is a great young player, but has he unseated Shea yet? I figured why not take the gamble. 

Cory Schneider was the 10th goaltender off the board, and if New Jersey could be just a bit better this season, he'll be a great value pick for where I got him.


Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for NBC Sports Edge. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.