Friday, November 21, 2008

Mock Waiver Draft

It's almost Waiver time and it's getting to be a nailbiting time, deciding on whether or not to drop some of your least productive players. Going over all 17 teams in the pool, there are some pretty tough decisions out there to be debated upon, but I thought I would have my hand at what the results may be come the end of next week. The picks are not perfect and they may not be what these teams actually do or think... but meh... it's my blog and I can mock if I like.

For the first round, I thought I would use the Standings, as of Friday afternoon, to make up the drafting order... see below.

GrantRyan Malone, TAMDevin Setoguchi, SAN
DerekClaude Giroux, PHIDerrick Brassard, CBJ
BensonRick DiPietro, NYITy Conklin, DET
ChrisNikita Filatov, CBJJoe Pavelski, SAN
DennisJason Blake, TORRyan Clowe, SAN
JeremyAlexander Radulov, NASKris Versteeg, CHI
Dale B.Marian Gaborik, MINSlava Kozlov, ATL
WesAndy McDonald, STLBrian Little, ATL
RyanMikael Tellqvist, PHOBrian Boucher, SAN
DonJoffrey Lupul, PHIMikael Samuelsson, DET
MarcusCurtis Glencross, CALMatt Stajan, TOR
PeterMartin Brodeur, NJDJoey MacDonald, NYI
LarryTim Connolly, BUFDoug Weight, NYI
ClaytonBrad Stuart, DETMarc-Eduoard Vlasic, SAN
Dale C.Randy Jones, PHIKeith Ballard, FLA

Of course, the prized possession of this Waiver Draft will be Devin Setoguchi of the San Jose Sharks and if Grant wants to climb out of the basement, Setoguchi would be his meal ticket out. Setoguchi is currently tied for the team lead in points with 22 and leads the team in goals with 11. He has been found on a line with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau this season, so it would almost be silly (to the point of madness) to pass over him. Setoguchi is the Sharks' 2009 version of Jonathan Cheechoo, who is suffering mightily with only 7 points in 16 games.

There are some pretty easy decisions to make... like Jeremy dropping Alexander Radulov, Chris dropping Nikita Filatov and Derek dropping Claude Giroux, but who they pick up becomes the difficult decision... unless they like someone in particular who is available. There are some difficult decisions to make as well, namely... does Dale B. drop Marian Gaborik? Does Peter wait the last 12-14 weeks on Martin Brodeur?

As you can see by the first round of mock drafting, you might have also noticed that there isn't much for goaltending available on the list. You could possibly take Joey MacDonald right about now, but when Rick DiPietro gets back, doesn't that mean that MacDonald will be back to riding the pine? Of course it does! Fortunately for MacDonald, his guess is as good as mine as to when DiPietro will be 100% again. There your gamble there.

Let's see how the second round plays out...

GrantRyan Whitney, PITAlex Goligoski, PIT
DerekChris Mason, STLErik Ersberg, LOS
BensonDrew Stafford, BUFBrandon Dubinsky, NYR
ChrisRadim Vrbata, TAMMike Modano, DAL
DennisDustin Penner, EDMJason Chimera, CBJ
JeremySergei Gonchar, PITKevin Bieksa, VAN
Dale B.Patrice Brisebois, MTLMike Commodore, CBJ
WesMike Smith, TAMDwayne Roloson, EDM
RyanMatthew Lombardi, CALMichal Grabovski, TOR
MarcusRuslan Salei, COLMark Giordano, CAL
LarryJere Lehtinen, DALTrent Hunter, NYI
ClaytonKari Lehtonen, ATLMichael Leighton, CAR
Dale C.Brett Clark, COLKeith Yandle, PHO

The wildcard goaltender available in the Waiver Draft has to be Dwayne Roloson. He may not even last to the second round, but he does make for an interesting scenario. Currently sitting in the three-man goaltending rotation in Edmonton, Roloson is a prime candidate to fill in on a team that needs a short-term solution for starting goaltending. Will he or won't he? That'll be the question you'll have to bat around if you're thinking about picking him up, because the three-man rotation does have it's limits when it comes to minutes played.

Defensemen and depth forwards are also on the docket for the second round, as people only needed to fill one major spot on their roster, if necessary. The appearance of Mike Modano is quite curious, he may not last through the first round either, but people have forgotten about him to a certain degree.

It's time to fill some gaps in the Waiver Draft... good luck!

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