For the first round, I thought I would use the Standings, as of Friday afternoon, to make up the drafting order... see below.
|Grant||Ryan Malone, TAM||Devin Setoguchi, SAN|
|Derek||Claude Giroux, PHI||Derrick Brassard, CBJ|
|Benson||Rick DiPietro, NYI||Ty Conklin, DET|
|Chris||Nikita Filatov, CBJ||Joe Pavelski, SAN|
|Dennis||Jason Blake, TOR||Ryan Clowe, SAN|
|Jeremy||Alexander Radulov, NAS||Kris Versteeg, CHI|
|Dale B.||Marian Gaborik, MIN||Slava Kozlov, ATL|
|Wes||Andy McDonald, STL||Brian Little, ATL|
|Ryan||Mikael Tellqvist, PHO||Brian Boucher, SAN|
|Don||Joffrey Lupul, PHI||Mikael Samuelsson, DET|
|Marcus||Curtis Glencross, CAL||Matt Stajan, TOR|
|Peter||Martin Brodeur, NJD||Joey MacDonald, NYI|
|Larry||Tim Connolly, BUF||Doug Weight, NYI|
|Clayton||Brad Stuart, DET||Marc-Eduoard Vlasic, SAN|
|Dale C.||Randy Jones, PHI||Keith 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...
|Grant||Ryan Whitney, PIT||Alex Goligoski, PIT|
|Derek||Chris Mason, STL||Erik Ersberg, LOS|
|Benson||Drew Stafford, BUF||Brandon Dubinsky, NYR|
|Chris||Radim Vrbata, TAM||Mike Modano, DAL|
|Dennis||Dustin Penner, EDM||Jason Chimera, CBJ|
|Jeremy||Sergei Gonchar, PIT||Kevin Bieksa, VAN|
|Dale B.||Patrice Brisebois, MTL||Mike Commodore, CBJ|
|Wes||Mike Smith, TAM||Dwayne Roloson, EDM|
|Ryan||Matthew Lombardi, CAL||Michal Grabovski, TOR|
|Marcus||Ruslan Salei, COL||Mark Giordano, CAL|
|Larry||Jere Lehtinen, DAL||Trent Hunter, NYI|
|Clayton||Kari Lehtonen, ATL||Michael Leighton, CAR|
|Dale C.||Brett Clark, COL||Keith 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!