On Friday night, we were able to conclude the Waiver Draft's two rounds, where everyone had the shot to move out a player and fill that spot with the same positional player for the first time this season. Out of 54 possible selections, 50 were made, as there were only four passes in this draft, which is pretty impressive.
Let's see how this Waiver Draft finished up.
We left the string of posts with Brenda & Seward passing to finish up Thursday night, So, the morning kicked off with Brian dropping a defenseman and picking up John Moore of the New Jersey Devils, who has started to find his stride again with his new team.
It was back-to-back defensemen, as John S. went rogue with an injury-related pick, taking Kyle Quincey of the Detroit Red Wings, who is currently on the shelf with an ankle injury, which was originally diagnosed to be a 9-to-12 week issue, back in the beginning of November. John dropped an active defenseman to pick up an injured defenseman, so there is no sort of compensatory pick available for that line of thinking.
Troy went to improve his forwards a bit, as he chases down the money, unearthing a potential diamond in the rough in New Jersey's Patrik Elias. Elias started the season on the Injured Reserve, but returned in the last couple weeks to a hero's welcome. This could be a huge pick for him moving forward.
A downgraded injury problem forced Dale B.'s hand, as he moved to improve his forward group a bit, taking Antoine Roussel of the Stars, adding both a little bit of scoring and a few more PIM to his lineup. Dale sits 4th in the PIM pool thus far and as much as he is in the big money race, who knows what the next nine weeks will uncover and he may need to make a move for the goon squads.
Neil decided to take a flyer on the dropped Marian Gaborik, despite the Kings winger not having quite the offensive output that some may have expected. Still, he found it to be an upgrade over one of his wingers, who has been in and out of their respective team's lineup of late.
Then Jeremy felt the need to upgrade his goaltending, as he wasn't confident enough in what he had, as he scraped the bottom of the barrel, taking Panthers back-up keeper, Al Montoya, citing a better chance for wins than what he had already been getting. The starts may not be there, but he wasn't getting many anyways, so it's a chance he was willing to take.
The end of the week leader, John P., felt that his 1st round swap was all that he needed and felt comfortable in his team going forward.
So, that concluded the end of the regular portion of the Waiver Draft, which leads us to the compensatory pick that was given to Scott for his loss of his 1st round pick, due to long-term injury. Since the Waiver Draft is all about becoming competitive again, it didn't seem too fair, albeit this contest is a lot about luck, that he lost one of his picks, before he even started playing. So, after it was all said and done, he was able to make another move and he reverted back to taking Zemgus Girgensons, who he had dropped in the 2nd round, opting to keep him around.
For those in need of a 3rd round pick, now that everyone has had their shot at two picks, you could submit an injured player for another pick, seeing as though the pickins are awfully slim, to improve your chances, but you can only submit an injured player for replacement. After the moral outrage of Wes' drop of Jeff Carter in the 2nd round, the competition committee (me!) has decided against any mini-game pumping moves, dropping healthy players for goons or rookies. That sort of move, since there is nothing about it in the rules, can still happen in the first two rounds.
Send me your injured and I'll give you a 3rd-liner in return.