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My keeper pool draft results

So we had our points only keeper pool draft the other night.

Matt Boulton photo, via Wikimedia Commons

One second after this shot was taken, Ryan Kesler fell to the ice looking for a penalty.

As defending champion, I had traded away a lot of my draft picks to secure the title. In a 74-player draft, I had only three picks, and my first one wasn’t until #41. But I think I have a good chance to repeat.

That said, I did make a few trades, and ended up with a few extra picks, which was much needed.

This was my team going into the draft:

Forwards: Malkin, Stamkos, Getzlaf, Hall, Kunitz, St. Louis, Spezza, Gaborik, Brown, Weiss

Defence: Letang, Enstrom, Schultz, Markov, Keith, Carle

Goalies: Price, Niemi

Our top eight forwards, five defencemen and two goalies count. I was fine with my defence, and wanted a goalie and the rest in forwards.

Anyways, here are my picks and the reasoning behind each one.

Round 3, Pick #30 overall

I had to make a trade to get the next two picks. Anyways, I went with Ryan Kesler. He had back-to-back 70-point seasons before having a bad year and then an injury year. However, he was still on pace for 63 points last season. He’s not a Band-Aid boy (take away last season, and he’s only missed seven games in the previous five years). I think he’ll do well with the new coach.

Round 3, Pick #35

Again, I wanted offence, so I went with Ray Whitney. I love this pick. Whitney had 72 points two years ago. On a bad Dallas team last season, he had 29 in 32 games, a 74-point pace. Like Kesler, he’s not usually injury prone. And he has a lot more help in Dallas this year and a lot more youth around him.

Round 4, pick #41

I originally took Derick Brassard in the 10th round of the inaugural draft in 2009. He was then part of my first ever deal. Since then, he’s pretty much done nothing in the NHL nor in fantasy hockey. But I think this year will be different. He had 11 points in 13 games with the Rangers last year after the trade. Let’s hope he continues that.

Round 5, #57

I normally don’t like to take St. Louis Blues players, but David Backes was still there. The Blues spread around their scoring a lot, so I try to shy away from teams that do that. But it was such a late pick, I had to take the chance on the #1 line guy.

Round 6, #70

I don’t expect him to finish in my top eight, but Michael Ryder will still be a top-six player and get top PP minutes. Someone needs to score in New Jersey, so I expect the team to lean heavily on the Newfoundland native. He’s hit 60 points a couple of times (and was on pace for that last year), so I’d be happy if he got that again.

Round 6, #72

As I said at the beginning, I wanted a goalie. But Nabokov, Halak and Thomas were gone before my first pick. The only guys left were in tandems (Reimer was just taken, Bishop in the fourth round, Mason and Emery weren’t selected). But Kari Ramo was still there, so I took him. Now, I know he’s not going to do better than Price and Niemi this season. But Ramo is the clear-cut #1 goalie. And if he plays well enough, he could be worth keeping at the end of the year. Worst case: he sucks and I wasted a 72nd pick on him. Low risk, high reward.

Overall, I’m pleased with my draft. I have a chance at a couple of home runs. The forwards round out my team nicely. I picked up a #1 goalie really late.

Now it’s time to try and repeat.

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Trading for Kunitz, Niemi in a keeper pool

So I’ve been having a pretty good season in my keeper pool this year.

Michael Miller photo, via Wikimedia Commons

Chris Kunitz is jumping for joy about joining my keeper pool team.

Thanks to some moves and okay drafting, I managed to be in first place for most of the season. I had a 25-point lead at one point last week, but I was a little worried.

So I made a trade, and I think it worked out well.

I traded Matt Duchene, Bobby Ryan, Ryan Miller and my first round pick this year for Chris Kunitz and Antti Niemi.

Overpayment? It may seem like it, but it actually makes a lot of sense for four main reasons:

1) Before the deal, my forward keepers (we’re allowed to keep eight) were Malkin, Stamkos, Getzlaf, Hall, Zetterberg, Duchene, Purcell and Evander Kane. Which meant I was going to lose Ryan for nothing. So I figured I could use him as part of a deal that either improves my keepers or gets me points. I now replace Kunitz with Duchene, and there’s my top eight.

2) The deal gave me about 15 points. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a lot, but it brought me from around a 27-point lead to around a 42-point lead. In a points-only pool, that’s huge. Kunitz was the key part of this, as he got me about nine points with this deal. And I figure he’s in a good position to keep having success, playing with Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh.

3) The deal was actually with the guy who is in second. He’s still in second (around a couple of points of third, depending on the night). So it pushed him further back, which was a bonus.

4) And this is the crucial part: Kunitz wasn’t the key piece in this deal for me. It was Niemi. My two goalies are Carey Price and Martin Brodeur. I was doing great with Brodeur, and then he got injured. Fine, I thought. It’s only supposed to be a week. I can ride it out. But now it’s been more than two weeks, and this was a report I saw from Rotoworld one day last week:

Martin Brodeur won’t suit up Thursday and although coach Pete DeBoer said the veteran goalie is “feeling better,” he isn’t believed to be close to returning.

“He’s feeling better but I wouldn’t classify it as day to day,” DeBoer said. “When I say day to day I mean he’s not going to play on Thursday. I don’t mean it’s going to be a month. Sometime in between Thursday and a month. I don’t have a timetable yet but it’s heading in the right direction.” Brodeur is still dealing with a back issue so Johan Hedberg, who hasn’t looked good at all in his place, will continue to start for the Devils.

So that’s not good. Miller isn’t having the greatest season, so I’ve been trying to upgrade my goaltending. Most of the other GMs with goalies with more points than Brodeur weren’t trading them. So I had to up the ante a little bit, and managed to get Niemi.

I will admit that it hurt to trade Duchene. I love the guy, and wanted to keep him on my team. But I really needed to make a move to get a goalie.

So in the end, I traded a goalie having a bad year, a player I couldn’t keep, a draft pick and a great player for an upgrade in nets, more points, and a guy having a great year playing with Crosby (and since then, has eight points in three games, including a five-point night last night).

I think the deal worked out quite well for me.

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Overall keeper pool draft results

As I mentioned yesterday, my keeper pool draft was held on the weekend.

Sergei Brobovsky won a GM an award in my draft.

In my last post, I mostly talked about my keeper pool team. But I thought it would be fun to look at everyone’s picks and hand out some fun and totally made up awards.

So here’s the first ever Tom Collins Keeper Pool draft awards! Winners get to send me a first round pick in exchange for a second rounder.

So let’s get started:

The huh? award

Sergei Brobovsky. Nathan already has Lehtonen and Kiprusoff. Brobovsky will probably be a drop at the end of the year. I can’t see him being better than the other two. I just don’t get this pick at all. And I’m someone who thinks Columbus will do better than most people believe.

The who the hell is that? award

Beau Bennett. Now, I don’t claim to know every single player in the NHL. But I do try to keep abreast of all the top prospects. And I had never heard of this guy. Apparently, he’s a college player who is with the Penguins system, and is a great offensive prospect. So good on Nathan for finding the potential diamond in the rough. Looks like it could be a great pick, even though he’s a ways away.

The patience is a virtue award

This goes to the GM who had to wait the longest between picks. While Nordiques GM Matt had to wait until #26 to make his first pick, that wasn’t the longest. Sabres GM Dave picked at #3, and then waited an astonishing 35 picks before he made his next choice.

The best late pickup

Gustov Nyuvist. I love Nyquist. I’ve actually had him on my list for the last three years. But he never makes the team because Detroit always brings their guys along slowly. Nick, the Chicago Blackhawks GM, picked him up at 63rd. That’s an awesome late rounder.

The It seemed like a good idea at the time award

Kris Versteeg. Buffalo Sabres GM Dave picked up Versteeg with his last pick of the draft, at 72nd overall. His goal was to take a player that would make for potential trade bait during the season.

The drop it like it’s hot award

This award if given to the player for dropped the most. Joffrey Lupul, now of the Edmonton Oilers, is the winner. Lupul had the most points of any free agent last year, with 67 points in 66 games. Somehow, he slipped all the way to the third round and the 27th overall pick.

The most obvious choice award

This goes to Matt of the Quebec Nordiques. When his first pick came at the 26th pick, he hemmed and hawed for a few minutes. But anyone who was talking to him during the dispersal draft knew he was going to take Jeff Carter. In fact, sources say that one GM guaranteed that Carter would still be there by his first choice.

The reach for the top award

This award is designed for teams that reached for a player at least a round too early. This year’s award goes to Oilers GM Paul and his pick of Sven Bärtschi. The Edmonton GM took him at 16th. (Note: This was the best I could come up with: It was a real good draft the first few rounds).

The how was this guy not chosen award?

Erik Cole. Seven different prognestactors had him finishing with at least 52 points before the lockout. He’s a top line player in Montreal. I thought someone would pick him up for sure.

The will this guy ever be chosen in our pool award?

Ryane Clowe. The poor Newfie sits on the outside looking in once again, despite posting three straight 50-point seasons, including a 62-pointer a few years back.

In case you were wondering, you can see the full draft list here.

Here is how each GM drafted:

Glenn (New York): Yakupov, Grigerenko, Schwartz, Leddy, Garrison, Atkinson, Mueller

Russ (Nashville): Schultz, Scheifele, Gardiner, Henrique, Kreider, Trouba, Coyle, Marchand, Orlov, Zucker, Hackett, Krueger, Holland, Cervenka

Dave (Buffalo): Galchenyuk, Kuzenstov, Reilly. Dumba, Murray, Thomas, Versteeg

Paul (Edmonton): Holtby, Baertschi, McDonough, Okposo, Lupul, Kunitz, Spurgeon, Michalek

Nick (Chicago): Moulson, Silvferberg, Hamilton, Josi, Vrbata, Whitney, Dubnyk, Nyquist

Andrew (Vancouver): Lindback, Perron, O’Reilly, Desharhains, Conacher

Ryan (Los Angeles): Smith, Hamhuis,Parenteau, Read

Kevin (Toronto): Faulk, McGinn, Forsberg, Steen, Nikitin

Nathan (Ottawa): M. Foligno, Volynov, Bourque, Bobrovsky, Bennett

Matt (Quebec): Carter, Niskanen, Callahan

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My keeper pool draft picks

So on Saturday night, we had our annual keeper pool draft.

Teddy Purcell was an easy first pick at my keeper pool draft.

I had a pretty good team going in, and I think I can contend this season. Of course, I say that every year. But just looking at my team, and I think I’m pretty good. Here was my team going into the draft:

Forwards: Malkin, Stamkos, Getzlaf, Hall, Duchene, E. Kane, Ryan, Zetterberg, Granlund, Pavelski, Kadri

Defence: Letang, Fowler, J. Johnson, Markov, Giordano, Keith

Goalies: Miller, Price

Pretty good, right? So with the draft, I just wanted players who could complement what I have. I don’t have room for rookies, as I would just drop them at the end of the season anyways (we keep eight forwards, five defence, two goalies and one rookie). So I got guys that could have good enough years to count in my top eight. And if I’m lucky enough, enough guys having career years to push me over the top.

Here were my picks and what I was thinking (Note, I plan to have a more in-depth detail on the overall draft later this week):

8th pick overall: Teddy Purcell. I wanted Purcell going in. In pretty much every way I could picture the draft going, I wound up with Purcell. He was my top choice for the spot. But when the pick came, I had a tough decision. Mike Smith was still available. I never thought he would make it down that far. I thought he would be snagged by Paul (fifth pick) or Andrew (seventh pick). Instead, they took Holtby and Lindback. So Smith was available.

So I thought about it for a couple of minutes. I wanted to get a third goalie, and I thought Smith was the best option. I had him ranked ahead of guys like Holtby and Lindback. In the end, I decided that I had a plan, and it was better to stick to it. Part of my plan was to get a goalie with a later pick (more on that later). So I took Purcell.

23rd pick overall: Scott Hartnell. I was a little surprised Hartnell fell down this far. There are a few of us who look to be trying to win it all this year, and since Hartnell plays with Giroux, I thought he would be a hot commodity. Although I did take a minute to decide (Lupul, Carter, Okposo and Perron were still available). In the end, I decided to go with Hartnell because he’s in a better situation.

WE HAVE A TRADE!

Ryan didn’t want the 35th pick. He asked if anyone wanted it. So I made a deal with him where he got my third rounder next year (which odds are will be better than the 35th pick) for the pick and the 65th pick. So it worked out for both of us.

35th pick overall: Damien Brunner. I know he’s too old to qualify as a rookie, but it’s a high-risk, high-reward pick. He’s slated to be a top-six player, and played extremely will during the lockout overseas with Henrik Zetterberg. If he sticks, he should be a decent enough player. If he sucks and drops down in the lineup, then he’ll be dropped from my team in the summer.

46th overall: Martin Brodeur. This is why I didn’t take Mike Smith 8th overall. For months, I had planned to take Brodeur with this pick. He was my target, and it was a quick and easy choice. I needed a third goalie as insurance. And I figured he would still be available. And it’s a good thing I took him, because Matt said he planned to take him three picks later.

Back to my decision to take Purcell, it came down to this: Would I rather have Purcell and Brodeur, or Mike Smith and David Desharnais? I would have to drop Smith and Desharnais, but Purcell gives me a chance at another keeper. I think the upgrade of Purcell over who would be available is a lot larger than the upgrade of Smith over Brodeur.

56th overall: Stephen Weiss. A pretty consistent player, he’s in a good situation this year. The forward corps on Florida is the best its been in years. He’s still the first-line centre. Pretty much though, at this point, I want forward depth. With my next few picks, I just want a guy who could potentially land in my top eight if everything goes right.

62nd overall: Pierre-Marc Bouchard. I think he’s due for a good year for a few reasons. He’s finally healthy. I think the half-a-season will help him in terms of staying healthy. Minnesota’s new signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will help. There’s a lot of good young talent starting to come up through the system, such as Mikael Granlund. If he sticks on the top two lines, he should benefit.

65th overall: Andy McDonald. Same situation as Bouchard. A lot of good talent in St. Louis means only good things for him. He could be on a line with Tarasenko with the Blues. If he can stay healthy, he could have a great year. His biggest problem is staying healthy.

And there you have it. Like I said at the beginning, I just want players that are good for depth in case a couple of my main players get injured or have off years. If one or two of the guys can have career years, I should be set.

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My latest keeper pool deals

Despite an NHL lockout, I’m still keeping busy with my keeper pool by making a few trades.

I think with the team I have now, I am in a good shot to go for it this season (or whenever a season starts).

My team before the deals looked like this:

Forwards: Malkin, Stamkos, Getzlaf, Hall, Duchene, E. Kane, Ryan, Zetterberg, Granlund, Kadri

Defence: Letang, Fowler, J. Johnson, Murphy, Markov

Goalies: Miller, Price

Ultimately, I was looking to add one more good defenceman and one more solid forward to my team. Plus another goalie would be good, but I may have to wait until the draft for that one.

I was in talks with multiple owners to trade Granlund, but in the end, the deals weren’t worth it. I’m pretty high on Granlund, so I figured if I’m going to trade him, I should wait until I get a deal I can’t say no to.

Anyway, on to the deals:

Deal #1

I sent a second round pick and a third round pick 2013 (both in 2013) for Mark Giordano and a fourth round pick in this year’s draft (46th overall).

I accomplished two goals with this deal. I picked up a good defenceman, and I got another pick in this year’s draft. All without giving up anyone on my current roster or any of this year’s picks.

I only had four picks  for this year’s draft. I wanted to get that up to five for two reasons: 1) in case I make another trade that loses me a pick, and 2) to give me depth in the draft.

Now, the fourth round isn’t that high a pick, but I’m confident enough in my drafting abilities to get a good player there. Last year, I had the 46th pick in our draft, and used it to select Ryan Murphy. So there can be some good late-round gems if you know what you want and/or need.

As for Giordano, he gives me the depth I need on defence. He had only 27 points last year, but was injured for part of the season. He was actually on pace for 36 points. The year before that, he had a 43-point season. And the year before, 30 points. So I’m pretty confident he can get at least 30 points in a full NHL season. It may not sound like a lot, but for a defenceman, that’s pretty good in our pool.

As you can see above, I have two potential problems with my defence: Whether Andrei Markov can play a full year, and if Ryan Murphy doesn’t make the Carolina Hurricanes. Giordano is good insurance in case either one (or even both) of those things happen. Instead of being down to three dmen, I would have four.

So I accomplished two goals with that deal. But I still wanted another good forward. That led me to:

Deal #2

I sent my second round pick (20th overall) for Joe Pavelski.

I love this deal for me. Pavelski is pretty much a 60-point player (last four seasons: 59, 51, 66, 61. That 51-point season was low because he was injured. He was on a 62-point pace).

I looked at my list of players, and who I thought would be available at 20th overall. None of them are 60-point guys really. They might have the potential to reach 60 points, but Pavelski is a safer bet than all of them.

Now drafts are a funny thing. It’s quite possible that someone I have ranked seventh drops down to #20. But I think there’s only five players that have a shot at 60 points, and only three of them are what I think are guarantees. I plan on taking one in the first round (unless another player drops to me at pick #8, but I don’t think he will). So the odds of one of the other two making it to pick #20 are slim.

And even if they did drop there, they are not an improvement over Pavelski. They’re all the same type of player.

This deal really hedges my bets. I get a 60-point player regardless, but I don’t need to worry about one dropping to me in the draft.

Pavelski is a good add-on when you look at my team overall. If Duchene or Hall or Zetterberg or whoever has an off-year, then Pavelski picks up the slack.

So in the end, I improved my team, didn’t lose out on any roster players and no first round picks.

Now, if only the lockout could end so I could have a shot at winning this season, and everything is set.

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Looking back at my original keeper pool draft

I have now been through three seasons of the Greatest Hockey  Pool Ever.

Originally started as a nine-person keeper pool in the fall of 2009, this summer it will be become a 12-GM pool.

One of my buddies is joining this year as an expansion team. We were talking how GMs overvalued players they originally drafted (many leagues do this, especially in the beginning). A first round pick, no matter how bad they are doing, is not worth a sixth round picked player, no matter how good they are playing. I thought it would be interesting now, three years later, to look back at that draft and see who is left from each owner’s original roster.

You expect a lot of roster change. Many of the players have since retired, or moved on to other leagues (Scott Niedermayer, Brian McCabe, Rob Blake). Many others became irrelevant in fantasy hockey (Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta, Ray Emery).

But the majority of them have been traded away. Looking back on it, it’s amazing the quality of players that have been shipped. Steven Stamkos has been dealt twice, both times during the inaugural season. Alexander Ovechkin, Kris Letang, Claude Giroux, Erik Karlsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Zdeno Chara, Zach Parise, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Getzlaf, Nick Backstrom, Daniel Sedin, Drew Doughty, Ryan Suter and more have all been dealt, most of them numerous times.

Carey Price has been traded four times already! That has to be a record in our league among superstar players, and I think is actually the record for any player in our league.

So I thought it would be fun to look at our original draft, and see who is left on each team’s roster from that draft. the biggest surprise for me was the team with the third most amount of players. The GM of the Edmonton Oilers, Paul, makes a lot of moves. I was shocked he still had seven original players.

Note #1: I didn’t include players that were traded, and then traded back. For the purpose of this exercise, I used only players that were with their teams for the full three seasons.

Note #2: I did include players that were dropped from a team, and then either re-drafted or taken through an auction by the same owner. Those players never played for another GM, so I think that would qualify.

Note #3: I didn’t include our first expansion team (sorry Glenn) for a couple of reasons. One: He was picking from the the guys we dropped, so the turnover is harder to judge as those guys weren’t top quality players. Two: During the original draft, every owner should have been drafting to try and win that first season. Since he had to start from the bottom, Glenn hasn’t had the same needs that many of us has had as he knew he had no chance the last two seasons.

Anyways, ranked from the most players to the least, here is the list (I’m the Montreal Canadiens, for people not in our pool).

Boston Bruins (10): Jeff Carter, John Tavares, Marian Hossa, Victor Hedman, Daniel Briere, Tim Thomas, Nathan Horton, Kyle Okposo, Jordan Staal, Patrick Sharp

Vancouver Canucks (9): Roberto Luongo, Jonathan Toews, Pekka Rinne, Patrick Marleau, Nicklas Kronwall, Devon Setoguchi, Patrik Berglund, Christian Erhoff, Jordan Eberle

Edmonton Oilers (7): Mike Richards, Erik Johnson, Alex Goligoski, TJ Oshie, Michael Frolik, James Van Riemsdyk, Jakob Markstrom

Chicago Black hawks (5): Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Zach Bogosian, Alex Hemsky, Magnus Pajaarvi

Los Louis Blue Kings (5): Pavel Datsyuk, Marc-Andre Fleury, Brent Burns, Marek Zidlicky, Alex Pietrangelo

Quebec Nordiques (2): Henrik Sedin, Lubimir Visnovsky

Ottawa Senators (2): Tobias Enstrom, Ryan Kesler

Toronto Maple Leafs (2): Corey Perry, Keith Yandle

Montreal Canadiens (2): Evgeni Malkin, Evander Kane

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Lots of keeper pool deals

Despite me not being close to the top of the standings (I’m ranked sixth out of 10), I continue to be a pretty active general manager in the Greatest Hockey Pool Ever, my keeper fantasy league.

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Jack Johnson is now a member of my fantasy team.

As such, I’ve made quite a few deals over the last month, and I thought it would be good to show you my reasoning behind them.

Deal #1

Feb 2, 2012: I deal Mark Streit and a third round pick in 2013 for Jack Johnson and a fourth round pick in 2013.

I like Mark Streit, but he’s getting up there in age. He’s also got one year left on his contract, and I don’t think the Islanders will re-sign him. So by moving him, I get Jack Johnson. Johnson has a lot of upside. Yes, I’ve heard the trade rumours that the Kings are shipping him around. And if he gets traded to Columbus, his value takes a hit.

To which I say, bull. I don’t worry about Johnson’s value if he goes to Columbus. James Wisniewski is doing pretty good there (22 points in 33 games, but has been injured a bit). If Johnson goes there and does well, his value won’t suffer. Plus, if Johnson is on the market, maybe he’ll end up a team like Detroit or Boston instead. You never know where a guy will be dealt to, or what type of coaching system he’ll play best in, or what type of chemistry he’ll have with teammates in his new city.

I figure if you get a chance to get a potential stud like Johnson in a keeper pool, then you do it.

Originally, Matt, the guy I made the deal with, wanted a pick. I’m not looking to trade a pick though. So he suggested upgrading one. Since I owned his third rounder in 2013, we made the swap, and he moves one round up in the draft.

Deal #2

Feb. 14, 2012: I deal Zach Parise for Ryan Getzlaf and Cam Fowler.

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Hey Getzlaf, you better not suck on my team.

I don’t know if I ever debated a potential deal in my head more than this one. I still go back and forth on it. A lot of people are high on Getzlaf. I’m a little worried about his injury-proneness. Parise has been the model of consistency when it comes to healthiness. He did get injured last year, but before that, he played almost every game each season he’s been in the NHL. And he’s done the same this year.

I also don’t like the way Getzlaf starts the season slowly before coming around in the second half. However, that could change soon. This summer, Jason Blake, Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne’s salary come off the books as they become free agents (and in Selanne’s case, possibly retire). That’s a savings of $10.5 million dollars. That means the Ducks can get some better secondary scoring. Yes, Selanne is great, but if you can get three good second-line players that will help with the scoring, that’s better than one Selanne. And having more help on the second line means less pressure and focus on Getzlaf. At least, that’s the thought.

Fowler, like Johnson, is a great young defenceman. He should be able to put up 40 points a season with Anaheim as he matures.

Deal #3

Feb. 13, 2012: I deal Dan Boyle for Kevin Shattenkirk.

Much like the Johnson deal, this is a move more for the future. Boyle’s numbers have gone down the last couple of seasons, and he’s on pace for 49 points this year.

Shattenkirk is a great young defenceman on a good young team. I don’t think he’ll hit his full stride for another couple of years, when the rest of the young Avalanche players mature as hockey players. But at that point, watch out.

Deal #4

Feb. 20, 2012: I deal Kevin Shattenkirk for a second round pick in 2013.

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Kevin Shattenkirk, I hope you enjoyed the week you spent on my keeper pool team.

Sounds strange that I would deal him so quickly, eh? But it makes sense. In our pool, we’re having two new expansion teams this year. As such, things are a little different this summer. We can only keep eight forwards, five defencemen, two goalies and a rookie.

I had six defencemen. Kris Letang, Andrei Markov, Ryan Murphy, Johnson, Fowler and Shattenkirk. I wanted to trade one of them for a pick, or else I would lose them for nothing. I wasn’t moving Letang. Markov and Murphy wouldn’t fetch me anything on the trade market.

So that meant I had to trade one of the new defencemen I acquired in the past month. I put out feelers to a couple of different teams, but got this deal done first. I didn’t want to give up Shattenkirk, but better than losing someone for nothing. And I wouldn’t have been able to get a second round pick for Boyle.

Deal #5

Feb. 21: I trade Martin Brodeur for a fifth rounder.

Much like the last deal, I was looking to deal a player I couldn’t keep for a draft pick. I knew I wouldn’t get much for Brodeur, but any pick is better than nothing.

By dealing away all my extra players now, I get a bit of an advantage this summer. Many people in the pool have too many players, and will end up dropping them and receiving nothing in return. I think it will be a pretty slow summer in terms of trades. If an owner has to drop four forwards, three defencemen and a goalie, then why would they deal a pick for another player? Only if it’s a major upgrade over a current keeper would they do it.

You might see some player for player movement, but again, only if it’s an upgrade. Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense. By dealing all my players now, I don’t have to worry about it in the summer.

Conclusion

I’m pretty happy with my keeper team, but I say that all the time. As it stands now, this is my team (bold are keepers):

Forwards: Malkin, Stamkos, Getzlaf, Hall, Duchene, E. Kane, Ryan, Zetterberg, Granlund (rookie protect), Kadri

Defence: Letang, Fowler, J. Johnson, Murphy, Markov

Goalies: Miller, Price

I like that team a lot. They’re pretty young. They’re good. They’re talented. They just need to win it all for me. That’s all. That’s not too much to ask.

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