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State your case: The CLS/Sports and the City Fake Leafs

October 13, 2009


In the event that you made an understandable hockey hibernation during the summer, we’ve been Re-Drafting the NHL for the last few months. Since rosters are (thankfully) just about to be finalized, it’s time to start studying these bad boys like the Zapruder film.


Even though I’m a bad role model, I thought I’d start things off (well actually Joe started it off) by talking about my own team.

[Quick Note: this team was originally represented by EyeBLeaf from Sports and the City, but my dorkiness turned into a black hole and engulfed the team. So most of the blunders are my fault. His main picks were the first two: Marc Savard and Alex Semin.]

The CLS/Sports and the City Pseudo-Leafs:
Forward Lines
Alex Semin – Marc Savard – Bill Guerin
Jere Lehtinen – Patrice Bergeron – Teemu Selanne
John Madden – Manny Malhotra – Mike Grier
Sergei Kostitsyn – Kyle Turris – Chris Neil

Defensive pairings
Mike Komisarek – Sergei Gonchar
Matt Niskanen – Willie Mitchell
Kurtis Foster – Nicklas Grossman

Goalies
J-S Giguere
Alex Auld

Reserves:
Mark Fistric, Eric Godard, Ryan Carter

Reasons Why the Pseudo-Leafs are awesome
1. Greed is Good

One of my team building philosophies (and general sports views) is to lean heavily toward players who have an obvious carrot dangling in front of them (instead of a guy who’s fat and happy with a huge new 12-year contract).

Instead of listing all the guys in contract years, here’s the only players who aren’t playing for a new deal this season: Giguere, Komisarek, Bergeron, Fistric, Godard, Turris, Neil, Carter.
In other words, fourteen starters are in a contract year.
2. Elites aplenty

Naturally, these things are subjective but my team has:
  • An elite passer (Savard)
  • An elite sniper (Semin … and maybe Selanne)
  • A playoff proven goalie (Giguere)
  • One of the league’s best offensive D (Gonchar)
  • One of the league’s best shutdown D (Mitchell)
  • A great defensive forward and one of the best guys in the FO circle (Malhotra)
  • One of the league’s most frequent hitting forwards (Neil) and D (Komisarek)
3. Strong special teams

Fake Toronto is designed to be good in 5-on-5 situations but great in special teams.

Along with high-scoring guys like Semin and Savard, the team also has one of the best PP goal scorers in Selanne. Gonchar is so proficient as a point man that he is often on the ice for 90 percent of the Penguins’ PP time! Niskanen and Foster provide nice second and third options for PP point men.
PP units
Selanne – Savard – Guerin (for screens)
Semin (rover) – Gonchar

Kostitsyn – Bergeron – Lehtinen
Foster – Niskanen
I also focused heavily on having strong PK units.
Malhotra, Madden, Lehtinen, Bergeron and Grier are all excellent PK forwards while Mitchell, Grossman, Komisarek and Niskanen can provide solid support on D.
PK units
Malhotra-Grier
Komisarek-Mitchell

Madden-Lehtinen/Bergeron
Niskanen-Grossman
4. Big, mean defense

With a lot of finesse forwards on the top two lines and a steady but more offensively inclined top D in Gonchar, I decided to focus on big and hard hitting D guys.
Komisarek and Grossman were among the league leaders in hits in the 08-09 season. The smallest D guy on the roster is Niskanen – who’s still 6 feet tall.
Hell, our backup goalie Alex Auld is 6’5″ himself.
5. Good in reality, fantasy and video games
I think the team covers all the bases reasonably well.
Regrets?

  • Assuming Matt Cooke would be around just a little bit longer. Same with Taylor Pyatt, Ian Laperriere and Travis Moen. (The hope is that Mike Grier and Chris Neil will hurt people sufficiently)
  • Could have used a little more grit with the team’s best scorers.
  • While I’m on record in saying that I think Giguere still “has it,” it would have been nice to get an obvious starter.
  • If I would have known that Rob Niedermayer and Rob Lang would be in the NHL, I would have taken at least one of them. Especially since Kostitsyn and Turris were booted down.
Conclusions
It’s a bummer that both Sergei K and K Turris were sent down to the minors, but Ryan Carter and Eric Godard are playing NHL minutes so they can pick up some of the slack.
Overall, I think my team is strong defensively, has above average goaltending and a mixture of high scoring forwards and gritty PK guys. There might be teams that can score more or be a little more gritty, but few if any can boast as much versatility.
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CLS Re-Draft: Round 16

September 20, 2009

SIXTEENTH ROUND

16-1 (451) – Florida Panthers – Toni Lydman
16-2 (452) – Colorado Avalanche – Dan Ellis
16-3 (453) – Chicago Blackhawks – Justin Abdelkader (Acquired from Montreal)
16-4 (454) – Anaheim Ducks – John Mitchell
16-5 (455) – Buffalo Sabres – Brent Johnson
16-6 (456) – Boston Bruins – Petteri Nokelainen
16-7 (457) – Ottawa Senators – Brian Boucher
16-8 (458) – San Jose Sharks – Jimmy Howard
16-9 (459) – Toronto Maple Leafs – John Madden
16-10 (460) – New Jersey Devils – Richard Park
16-11 (461) – Colorado Avalanche (Acquired from New York Rangers): Cody McLeod
16-12 (462) – Carolina Hurricanes – Derek Boogaard
16-13 (463) – Minnesota North Stars – Erik Ersberg
16-14 (464) – Boston Bruins (Acquired from Los Angeles, via Edmonton) – Stephane Yelle
16-15 (465) – Toronto Maple Leafs (Acquired from Detroit, via Edmonton): Sergei Kostitsyn

Symbolic of Radek Bonk being gobbled up by the KHL???

16-16 (466) – Philadelphia Flyers (Acquired from Columbus): Cory Murphy
16-17 (467) – Washington Capitals: Fredrik Modin
16-18 (468) – Pittsburgh Penguins: Jarkko Ruutu
16-19 (469) – Phoenix Coyotes: Radek Bonk
16-20 (470) – St. Louis Blues: Tom Kostopoulos
16-21 (471) – Atlanta Thrashers: Mike Comrie
16-22 (472) – Nashville Predators: Cal O’Reilly
16-23 (473) – New York Rangers (Acquired from Colorado Avalanche, via Edmonton): Karlis Skrastins
16-24 (474) – St. Louis Blues (Acquired from Philadelphia): Anssi Salmela
16-25 (475) – New York Islanders: Mathieu Schneider
16-26 (476) – Chicago Blackhawks: Matt Bradley
16-27 (477) – Dallas Stars: Bryce Salvador
16-28 (478) – Tampa Bay Lightning: Brad Lukowich
16-29 (479) – Vancouver Canucks: Travis Moen
16-30 (480) – Calgary Flames: Bruno Gervais

CLS Re-Draft: The 15th Round

September 12, 2009

Fernandez waits patiently for a job ...

15-1 (421) – Calgary Flames – Patrick Eaves
15-2 (422) – Vancouver Canucks – Ladislav Smid
15-3 (423) – Tampa Bay Lightning – Blake Comeau
15-4 (424) – Dallas Stars – Andrew Ference
15-5 (425) – Chicago Blackhawks – Chris Butler
15-6 (426) – New York Islanders – Nick Boynton
15-7 (427) – St. Louis Blues – Sean Bergenheim (Acquired from Philadelphia)
15-8 (428) – Dallas Stars – Jason Chimera (Acquired from Edmonton)
15-9 (429) – Nashville Predators – Josh Bailey
15-10 (430) – Atlanta Thrashers – Daniel Carcillo
15-11 (431) – St. Louis Blues – Eric Belanger
15-12 (432) – Phoenix Coyotes – Manny Fernandez
15-13 (433) – Pittsburgh Penguins – Michael Leighton
15-14 (434) – Washington Capitals – Jeff Schultz
15-15 (435) – Columbus Blue Jackets – B. J. Crombeen

15-16 (436) – Dallas Stars – Jason LaBarbera (Acquired from Detroit, via Edmonton)
15-17 (437) – Los Angeles Kings – David Legwand
15-18 (438) – Toronto Maple Leafs – Nicklas Grossman (Acquired from Minnesota)
15-19 (439) – Carolina Hurricanes – Rafi Torres
15-20 (440) – New York Rangers – Artem Anisimov
15-21 (441) – New Jersey Devils – Steve Downie
15-22 (442) – Toronto Maple Leafs – Alex Auld
15-23 (443) – San Jose Sharks – Paul Gaustad
15-24 (444) – Ottawa Senators – Ryan Shannon
15-25 (445) – Boston Bruins – Boris Valabik
15-26 (446) – Philadelphia Flyers – Scott Gomez (Acquired from Buffalo)
15-27 (447) – Anaheim Ducks – Steve Staios
15-28 (448) – Chicago Blackhawks – Mathieu Garon (Acquired from Montreal)
15-29 (449) – Colorado Avalanche – Kurt Sauer
15-30 (450) – Florida Panthers – Mike Rupp

CLS Re-Draft:Round 14

September 9, 2009

Zherdev corners the market on the adjectives “enigmatic” and “mercurial
FOURTEENTH ROUND

14-1 (391) – Florida Panthers – Nik Zherdev
14-2 (392) – Detroit Red Wings – Kent Huskins (Acquired from Colorado)
14-3 (393) – Montreal Canadiens – Christopher Higgins
14-4 (394) – Anaheim Ducks – Kris Draper
14-5 (395) – Philadelphia Flyers – Ryan Parent (Acquired from Buffalo)
14-6 (396) – Boston Bruins – Eric Fehr
14-7 (397) – Ottawa Senators – Kris Russell
14-8 (398) – San Jose Sharks – Pierre Marc Bouchard
14-9 (399) – Minnesota North Stars (Acquired from Toronto) – Josh Gorges
14-10 (400) – New Jersey Devils – Stephane Veilleux
14-11 (401) – New York Rangers – Freddie Sjostrom
14-12 (402) – Carolina Hurricanes – Andrew Alberts
14-13 (403) – Minnesota North Stars – Joel Ward
14-14 (404) – Los Angeles Kings – Wayne Simmonds

Jordin Tootoo’s lady? Not fair.

14-15 (405) – Detroit Red Wings – Colin White
14-16 (406) – Columbus Blue Jackets – Daniel Paille
14-17 (407) – Montreal Canadiens (Acquired from Washington): Pascal LeClaire
14-18 (408) – Pittsburgh Penguins: Milan Jurcina
14-19 (409) – Phoenix Coyotes: Marty Reasoner
14-20 (410) – St. Louis Blues: Tomas Plekanec
14-21 (411) – Atlanta Thrashers: Jordin Tootoo
14-22 (412) – Nashville Predators: Petr Sykora
14-23 (413) – Toronto Maple Leafs (Acquired from Edmonton): Mike Grier
14-24 (414) – St. Louis Blues (Acquired from Philadelphia): Roman Hamrlik
14-25 (415) – New York Islanders: Brendan Shanahan
14-26 (416) – Montreal Canadiens (Acquired from Chicago): Rostislav Klesla
14-27 (417) – Dallas Stars: Jeff Halpern
14-28 (418) – Tampa Bay Lightning: Andrej Meszaros
14-29 (419) – Vancouver Canucks: Evgeny Artyukhin
14-30 (420) – Calgary Flames: Dustin Boyd

CLS Re-Draft: Round 12

September 3, 2009

Round 12


12-1 (331) – Edmonton Oilers – Shawn Horcoff (Acquired from Florida)
12-2 (332) – Colorado Avalanche – Antti Miettinen
12-3 (333) – Washington Capitals – Chris Campoli (Acquired from Montreal)
12-4 (334) – Anaheim Ducks – Nikita Filatov
12-5 (335) – Buffalo Sabres – Gregory Campbell
12-6 (336) – Edmonton Oilers – Ethan Moreau (Acquired from Boston)
12-7 (337) – Ottawa Senators – Nick Foligno
12-8 (338) – San Jose Sharks – Jamie McGinn
12-9 (339) – Edmonton Oilers – Craig Rivet (Acquired from Toronto)
12-10 (340) – New Jersey Devils – David Clarkson
12-11 (341) – New York Rangers – Mikael Samuelsson
12-12 (342) – Carolina Hurricanes – Matt Cullen
12-13 (343) – Toronto Maple Leafs – Manny Malhotra (Acquired from Minnesota)
12-14 (344) – Florida Panthers – Ty Conklin (Acquired from Los Angeles, via Edmonton)
12-15 (345) – Tampa Bay Lightning – Antero Niittymaki (Acquired from Detroit)

12-16 (346) – Columbus Blue Jackets – Steve Montador
12-17 (347) – Washington Capitals – Brian Pothier
12-18 (348) – Pittsburgh Penguins – Mike Peca
12-19 (349) – Phoenix Coyotes – Filip Kuba
12-20 (350) – Buffalo Sabres – Mason Raymond (Acquired from St. Louis, via Philadelphia)
12-21 (351) – Atlanta Thrashers – Dan Girardi
12-22 (352) – Nashville Predators – Lubomir Visnovsky
12-23 (353) – Detroit Red Wings – Steve Bernier (Acquired from Edmonton)
12-24 (354) – Detroit Red Wings – Todd Marchant (Acquired from Philadelphia)
12-25 (355) – New York Islanders – Carlo Colaiacovo
12-26 (356) – Chicago Blackhawks – Jeff Tambellini
12-27 (357) – Dallas Stars – Trent Hunter
12-28 (358) – Edmonton Oilers (Acquired from Tampa Bay, via Detroit) – Dwayne Roloson
12-29 (359) – Vancouver Canucks – Kyle Wellwood
12-30 (360) – Calgary Flames – Colby Armstrong

CLS Re-Draft: The 11th Round

September 1, 2009

Note: Too lazy to put in their cap hits right now. To redeem myself, expect honest to goodness writing almost every day starting tonight!

ELEVENTH ROUND

11-1 (301) – Calgary Flames – Cory Sarich
11-2 (302) – Vancouver Canucks – Matt Gilroy
11-3 (303) – Edmonton Oilers – Ray Emery
11-4 (304) – Dallas Stars – Tomas Kopecky
11-5 (305) – Montreal Canadiens – James van Reimsdyk
11-6 (306) – New York Islanders – Brandon Dubinsky
11-7 (307) – Philadelphia Flyers – Matt Lombardi
11-8 (308) – Tampa Bay Lightning – Dustin Penner
11-9 (309) – Colorado Avalanche – Fernando Pisani
11-10 (310) – Atlanta Thrashers – Cody Hodgson
11-11 (311) – Philadelphia Flyers – Josh Harding
11-12 (312) – Phoenix Coyotes – Mikkel Boedker
11-13 (313) – Pittsburgh Penguins – Mats Sundin
11-14 (314) – Washington Capitals – Brett Lebda
11-15 (315) – Columbus Blue Jackets – Ian White
11-16 (316) – Detroit Red Wings – Jaroslav Halak
11-17 (317) – Edmonton Oilers – Rod Brind’Amour

I think it’s mean that people call Rod B. “Joe Camel” yet I use the image … *shrug*

11-18 (318) – Minnesota North Stars – Chad LaRose
11-19 (319) – Carolina Hurricanes – Doug Weight
11-20 (320) – New York Rangers – Sean Avery
11-21 (321) – New Jersey Devils – Jay McClement
11-22 (322) – Detroit Red Wings – Aaron Ward
11-23 (323) – San Jose Sharks – Jonathan Cheechoo
11-24 (324) – Ottawa Senators – Luca Sbisa
11-25 (325) – Edmonton Oilers – Ales Kotalik
11-26 (326) – Buffalo Sabres – Jordan Leopold
11-27 (327) – Anaheim Ducks – Garnett Exelby
11-28 (328) – Montreal Canadiens – Cal Clutterbuck
11-29 (329) – Colorado Avalanche – Dominic Moore
11-30 (330) – Detroit Red Wings – Torrey Mitchell

Re-Draft Self-Analysis: Matt Niskanen is Kris Letang’s evil twin

August 31, 2009


Every now and then, I’ll provide some self-analysis (particularly when it doesn’t give away SUPER TOP SECRET INFORMATION). Now, naturally, I’m talking about my own team so there will be some natural bias. One person’s steal is another person’s ridiculous bust. So feel free to point out how mediocre Niskanen is/how incorrect this comparison might be in the comments.


When the Pho-icanes picked Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, it made me a sad panda. No doubt about it, the young offensive defenseman wasn’t perfect last season but he handled big minutes about as well as you could expect from a 22-year old D.
In the framework of this draft, Letang brings a lot of nice things to the table. He’s a right handed defenseman who can be a capable top-pairing powerplay guy. At this point in his career, he’s already hit the 30-point mark and could flirt with 40-plus as he matures on the PP alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. And better yet, he’s in a contract year with a cap hit under $1 million.
You don’t get much better than that.
But, apparently, you can find a guy who’s almost exactly the same. He’s Matt Niskanen. Just look at the way the two guys compare according to stats taken from DobberHockey.com:

The similarites are almost unreal.
Again, they both shoot right-handed. They’re both 22 years old, in a contract year and constitute less than a $1 million cap hit. Niskanen scored 35 points (or .44 points per game) while Letang scored 33 points (.45 points per game).
But even the seemingly random stats are surpisingly close. They both had 5 multi-point games and about the same amount of “zero point” games. The one area in which there’s a significant difference is PP time but that may be explained by the fact that the Penguins dispersed PP time in an extremely lopsided fashion.
On the other hand

There haven’t been terribly glowing reviews of Niskanen, particularly when looking at the 2008-09 season.

The tones of both Defending Big D and Mike Heika‘s profiles on Niskanen seemed more than negative, experessing hope that he’ll bounce back from last year. No doubt about it, seeing all of these accounts are a bit discouraging (even for a second pairing D).
Ultimately, the choice came down to Niskanen and Stephane Robidas, a guy known for making the All-Star team after a few injuries and also for getting his nose broken approximately 5 million times.
While Niksanen might have a higher offensive ceiling, Robidas can play the PK and PP at a reasonably high level. He’s more experienced and logged some huge minutes last year.
Nonetheless, Niskanen was a nice find.
Here’s how the three defensemen were drafted. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

6-12 (162) – Carolina Hurricanes – Kris Letang

8-24 (234) – Toronto Maple Leafs – Matt Niskanen


9-30 (270) – Florida Panthers – Stephane Robidas

Picks Update: Glengarry Glencross

August 26, 2009

[Sorry, Jumbo Joe. Stanley Cup Coffee is for closers.]

9-23 (263) – San Jose Sharks – Curtis Glencross

Cap Hit: $1,200,000

9-24 (264) – Ottawa Senators – Jakub Voracek

Cap Hit: $1,270,833

9-25 (265) – Boston Bruins – Byron “Ritz” Bitz

Cap Hit: $687,500

9-26 (266) – Buffalo Sabres – John Michael Liles

Cap Hit: $4,200,000

9-27 (267) – Anaheim Ducks – Valtteri Filppula

Cap Hit: $3,000,000

9-28 (268) – Montreal Canadiens – Andrew Cogliano

Cap Hit: $1,133,333

9-29 (269) – Detroit Red Wings – Antoine Vermette

Cap Hit: $2,762,500

9-30 (270) – Florida Panthers – Stephane Robidas

Cap Hit: $1,500,000

TENTH ROUND

10-1 (271) – Florida Panthers – Scottie Upshall

Cap Hit: $1,500,000

10-2 (272) – Edmonton Oilers – Jay McKee

Cap Hit: $800,000

10-3 (273) – Montreal Canadiens – Paul Ranger

Cap Hit: $933,333

10-4 (274) – Anaheim Ducks – Jason Williams

Cap Hit: $1,500,000

10-5 (275) – Buffalo Sabres – Eric Brewer

Cap Hit: $4,250,000

10-6 (276) – Boston Bruins – Cory Stillman

Cap Hit: $3,533,333

10-7 (277) – Ottawa Senators – Tim Gleason

Cap Hit: $2,750,000

10-8 (278) – San Jose Sharks – Matt “Hot Carle”

Cap Hit: $3,437,500

10-9 (279) – Toronto Maple Leafs – Bill Guerin

Cap Hit: $2,000,000

Re-Draft Steals and Regrets: J.S. Giguere

August 23, 2009

Since the ninth round of the draft devolved into a dispiriting mess, it seems like a good time to roll out some Re-Draft self-analysis. Other GMs are encouraged to share their perspective on their draft choices, too, on their blogs or in this space.

Note: most of these posts won’t be as ruthlessly verbose as this one.

Why J.S. Giguere was a steal

His contract is huge at $6 million. With Jonas Hiller stealing his #1 job (at least during the playoffs and to an extent toward the end of last season), it’s not a certainty that Giguere will receive the lion share of Anaheim’s starts.

No doubt about it, there are some drawbacks to picking up Giguere. That being said, let’s look at some of the reasons why we think that he was a big steal.

1. Giguere is awesome in video games

No denying it, Giguere’s digi-prowess was a strong consideration. He was rated 89 last year, which puts him in the class of the Ryan Millers of the world. Even though he’ll probably see his polygonal stock drop a bit, he should still be a nicely rated goalie.

Hiller stole Giguere’s job, but it’s unclear if he’ll be superior over the long haul.

2. The pickup game question

Ultimately, you have to ask yourself: if I want to win a game and could choose ONE goalie to make it happen, who would it be? Giguere might not come out on top of that list, but he’s up there.

You’d probably get responses of Luongo and Brodeur first, but it’s reasonable to say that Giguere makes the second tier. He’s won a Stanley Cup and carried a drastically understaffed Ducks team to game 7 of the SCF, earning him a rare Conn Smythe in defeat.

How many goalies can say that?

3. Elite Numbers

Watching a bunch of young and/or cheap goalies drop like flies, the original strategy was to simply snatch up quality players and hope for the best when it came to a goalie. Yet, in the third round, people picked apple of my eye types such as Bobby Ryan and Ales Hemsky. As these guys kept going, it occurred to me that Giguere was just sitting there like a Hollywood starlet who only made one bad movie.

Mia Sara: the Giguere of actresses?

It didn’t hurt that some of the great hockey analytical minds were placing him high on objective, elite goalie lists.

Giguere ranked #6 in Copper and Blue’s best goalies since the Lockout post.

#5 (and #3 among active goalies) in Brodeur is a Fraud’s best goalies of the 00’s

#6 (and #3 among NHL/active goalies) in Brodeur is a Fraud’s Even-Strength Save Percentage Leaders since 1998-99.

To balance that out, though, he didn’t even appear in BiaF’s Penalty Kill Save Percentage study. Could that be a matter of poor lateral movement or what?

Either way, though, to see Giguere topping many of those lists made me think that he’s possibly a top-10 goalie even though 24 goalies went before him.

4. Value

Take a look at when and where the goalies have been taken so far:

1-3 (3) – Tampa Bay Lightning – Henrik Lundquist
1-11 (11) – St. Louis Blues – Roberto Luongo
1-19 (19) – Carolina Hurricanes – Martin Brodeur
1-20 (20) – New York Rangers – Miika Kiprusoff
1-21 (21) – New Jersey Devils – Niklas Backstrom (G)
2-3 (33) – Anaheim Ducks – Tim Thomas
2-4 (34) – Florida Panthers – Steve Mason
2-6 (36) – Boston Bruins – Evgeni Nabokov
2-7 (37) – Ottawa Senators – Cam Ward
2-13 (43) – Minnesota North Stars – Ryan Miller
2-14 (44) – Los Angeles Kings – Marc Andre Fleury
2-19 (49) – Phoenix Coyotes – Chris Mason
2-23 (53) – Detroit Red Wings – Pekka Rinne
2-25 (55) – New York Islanders – Tomas Vokoun
2-26 (56) – Chicago Blackhawks – Jonas Hiller
2-29 (59) – Vancouver Canucks – Jonathan Quick
3-1 (61) – Calgary Flames – Martin Biron
3-4 (64) – Dallas Stars – Scott Clemmensen
3-9 (69) – Nashville Predators – Simeon Varlamov
3-10 (70) – Atlanta Thrashers – Marty Turco
3-13 (73) – Pittsburgh Penguins – Craig Anderson
3-14 (74) – Washington Capitals – Cristobal Huet
3-15 (75) – Columbus Blue Jackets – Nikolai Khabibulin
3-29 (89) – Colorado Avalanche – Carey Price
4-9 (99) – Toronto Maple Leafs – Jean-Sebastian Giguere
6-5 (155) – Buffalo Sabres – Chris Osgood
6-8 (158) – San Jose Sharks – Kari Lehtonen
7-7 (187) – Philadelphia Flyers – Ilya Bryzgalov

Closing Thoughts

Even if Hiller is considered the 1A, the Ducks have every reason to give Giguere starts. He has plenty of trade value and could conceivably start for most of the league’s teams.

He might not be the best goalie in the league, but he’s certainly comparable (or even better) than early goalie picks like Backstrom, Kipper and Miller and far more seasoned than Price, Anderson, Clemmensen, Quick or Varlamov.

But what are your thoughts? Was Giguere a nice steal or a crazy, expensive gamble?

Picks Update

August 22, 2009
Muuuueller? Muuuueller?

9-12 (252) – Phoenix Coyotes – Peter Mueller
Cap Hit: $1,700,000

9-13 (253) – Pittsburgh Penguins – Georges Laraque
Cap Hit: $1,500,000

9-14 (254) – Washington Capitals – Tomas Fleischmann
Cap Hit: $725,000

9-15 (255) – Columbus Blue Jackets – Sergei Samsonov
Cap Hit: $2,533,333

9-16 (256) – Detroit Red Wings – Darren Helm
Cap Hit: $599,444

9-17 (257) – Los Angeles Kings – Mike Modano
Cap Hit: $3,450,000

9-18 (258) – Minnesota North Stars – Matt Greene
Cap Hit: $2,950,000

9-19 (259) – Carolina Hurricanes – Rob Scuderi
Cap Hit: $3,400,000

9-20 (260) – New York Rangers – Ville Leino
Cap Hit: $800,000

9-21 (261) – New Jersey Devils – Andrei Kostitsyn
Cap Hit: $3,250,000

9-22 (262) – Philadelphia Flyers – Joni Pitkanen
Cap Hit: $4,000,000