Mock Draft Analysis – Part 2

08/28/2010 1:20 AM -  Steven Ives

This article will be divided into six parts. In each part, I will provide my analysis of two teams that participated in the 12-team Mock Draft that was completed recently. For full mock draft rankings, be sure to purchase a copy of the 2010-11 Draft Guide.

For Part 2, I will critique teams picked by SB Nation blogger Jack Weiland and Weekly Slapshot Podcast contributor Matt Juba.(round selected in parentheses)

Jack’s team

C: Marc Savard (7)
C: Mikko Koivu (8)
LW: Ilya Kovalchuk (2)
LW: Simon Gagne (10)
RW: Patrick Kane (1)
RW: Marian Hossa (4)
D: Shea Weber (5)
D: Erik Johnson (9)
D: Jay Bouwmeester (11)
D: Alex Goligoski (13)
G: Ilya Bryzgalov (3)
G: Tomas Vokoun (6)
BN: Olli Jokinen (12)
BN: Martin Havlat (14)
BN: Kurtis Foster (15)
BN: J.S. Giguere (16)

With Kane and Hossa, no team in the league can match Jack’s scoring at RW. He also did a phenomenal job at LW when Kovy’s 45 goals at a thin position fell to him in the 2nd round, and then he made one of the best sleeper grabs in the draft with Gagne in the 10th. If Gagne is healthy, Jack might have the top quartet of wingers in the league. Jack also made, in my estimation, four excellent value picks for his bluline with Weber (5th), Johnson (9th and it broke my heart to not get him myself), Jay-Bo (11th) and Goligoski (13th). I think Jack’s team will, without a doubt, contend in this league.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Not much — Savard is his top center and has concussion problems which are scary, and Jack neglected to draft anyone capable of helping him in the category of PiM. (Editor’s note: Kovalchuk is still unsigned at this point, and his fantasy stock will be worthless if he signs in the KHL this season.)

Matt’s team

C: Brad Richards (3)
C: Paul Stastny (4)
LW: Alexander Semin (1)
LW: Kris Versteeg (11)
RW: Marian Gaborik (2)
RW: Jason Pominville (8)
D: Kevin Bieksa (9)
D: Dion Phaneuf (7)
D: Zach Bogosian (12)
D: Victor Hedman (14)
D: Craig Anderson (5)
D: Jonas Hiller (6)
BN: Kyle Okposo (10)
BN: Dustin Byfuglien (13)
BN: Pascal Leclaire (15)
BN: Bryan Little (16)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Craig Anderson is one of the most undervalued goalies in fantasy hockey. A 70+ game guy with a young, emerging team in front of him, Matt stole him in the 5th round, well after goaltenders who are on or at his level (Henrik Lundqvist -2, Tuukka Rask and Ilya Bryzgalov -3, Marc-Andre Fleury, Miikka Kiprusoff and Niklas Backstrom – 4, Pekka Rinne – 5). Hedman in the 14th was a nice sleeper pick — a kid with that much talent on a team with that kind of skill up front could really explode, especially in the softest defensive division in the NHL. 45 to 50 points from Hedman would not amaze me, and I expect him to be a + guy this season.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Matt went with two huge injury risks with his top two picks: Semin in the first and Gaborik in the second. In the same position, I would have went with Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk or Martin St. Louis and slept much better that night. Stastny is another injury risk, and I expect him to be outscored by emerging star Matt Duchene (one of the steals of this draft) this year. Like a few other owners, Matt punted the penalty minute category entirely. Also, Matt — you’re our one Buffalo fan. How’d you end up with just Pominville on your squad? One can only hope you trade for Tyler Myers.

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