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Devils Win Lottery

Posted in New Jersey Devils, NHL Draft with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2011 by davepoleck

For the first time since 2007, a team other than the last place team has won the Draft Lottery. In doing so, New Jersey and their 3.6% chance of winning move from 8th and 4th and will likely be looking at Sean Couturier as their new number one centre of the future.

It’s funny how things work out. New Jersey, a team that has been one of the most successful franchises over the past two decades, had the #1 pick all but locked up until a midseason resurgence that saw them push their way out of the basement and in contention for a playoff spot. With the pick of a ball they erase half of that late season push and have an excellent shot at an elite player. On the flip side, the Sens are a team that has been in turmoil for the past three seasons. Their addition of Craig Anderson at the deadline vaulted them out of the league’s basement. Now that late run has cost Ottawa their 5th overall pick in the draft.

The new top 8 of the Draft looks like this:

  1. Edmonton Oilers
  2. Colorado Avalanche
  3. Florida Panthers
  4. New Jersey Devils
  5. New York Islanders
  6. Ottawa Senators
  7. Atlanta Thrashers
  8. Columbus Blue Jackets
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Brian Burke = Fail

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2010 by davepoleck

Make that a major fail. The season isn’t even a quarter over, but it is pretty hard to make a case that the Leafs are going to make a push in the Playoffs right now. As a Leafs’ fan, why would you even want them to?

Where is the truculence? Nonexistent.

Where is the accountability? Ron Wilson blasting someone in the media does not make them accountable for their actions because there is absolutely no consequence! Who is going to replace the current lack of talent on the Leafs right now? They’ve already stated on multiple occasions that Kadri is not ready for NHL duty. Way to groom and build confidence in your best prospect who has 13 points in 13 games for the Marlies.

Where is any sign of promise in their younger players? Sure, they could compete for a Playoff spot in a few years with this core. But again, who wants that? These are all second or third line players being thrown in positions they are not ready for, and are not skilled enough to be in.

Brian Burke was supposed to come in and build a team that would compete for a Stanley Cup. He has almost been here for two years now, and all he has been able to do is completely turn over a roster and make it even worse than it was when he got here. Regardless of what he says, he wanted his own finger prints all over this team. That is why there are only five players left from the starting lineup the Leafs iced during Burke’s first game; Grabovski, Kaberle, Kulemin, Mitchell and Schenn.

For me, it all starts with one word when describing Burke; arrogance. Continue reading

Keeper Draft Day

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by davepoleck

The draft for my keeper league that is going into its’ second season is tomorrow night. I can’t wait to get this thing rolling. We keep 15 players, so the draft is only going to be seven rounds which should only take about half an hour. You can guarantee that Hall and Seguin will go 1 & 2. After that, everything is up in the air.

In the wake of me potentially stealing my new favorite fan’s 1st round choice, I thought of this awesome video from teh 2009 NHL Draft where Burke tells Brian Murray he is taking Kadri in round 1:

Great THN Articles

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by davepoleck

The Hockey News

The Hockey News has two great articles up right now on the recent NHL Entry Draft that any hockey fan should check out.

The first is an edition of “The Hot List” by Ryan Kennedy, where he looks at the top draft day steals. He dives deep into this past weekend’as action to see which teams got the best bang for their buck.

In another great edition of “Fantasy Pool Look”, Darryl Dobbs predicts the top 20 fantasy producers that will come out of the 2010 Draft. While the list is mainly a mash of the top 30 players picked (except for the Wings’ Jarnkrok: 51st overall), it definitely shows Dobber’s ability to forecast players upside and also takes into consideration their potential on the team that drafted them.

Mock Draft Results

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by davepoleck

So in the end I did just ok in the Mock Draft from late last week. Out of the 30 first round picks, I only got five:

1. Taylor Hall (Edm)
2. Tyler Seguin (Bos)
3. Erik Gudbranson (Fla)
9. Mikael Granlund (Min)
26. Evgeny Kuznetsov (Wash)

Of the 30 picks, another five of mine weren’t even picked in the first round:

31. Tyler Pitlick (I had 23rd)
33. John McFarland (I had 29th)
36. Alexander Petrovic (30th)
38. Jon Merrill (25th)
49. Calvin Pickard (28th…ouch)

There is a contest on DobberHockey to guess where the free agents land starting Canada Day, so I will post those picks too.

Wings Will Pick Most Talented

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by davepoleck

The Red Wings longtime draft philosophy has been to draft the best player available, regardless of their position. That philosophy will be in place later tonight when the Wings have the 21st pick in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. It is their highest pick since the 2005 Lottery Draft, when they selected Jakub Kindl 19th overall.

Normally I can give a guess as to who they might pick, or at least what position; but after about the 7th overall pick, the prospects could go in any order. The field is that wide open.

This Week in the NHL

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by davepoleck

The NHL is wasting no time in closing the books on last season and getting things started for the 2010-11 season. Suffice it say that there will be no problem finding enough things to write about over the next few weeks:

Tuesday June 22: 2010-11 season schedule is released

Tuesday June 22: 2010 Hall of Fame inductees are announced

Wednesday June 23: NHL Awards

Friday June 25: NHL Draft

Friday July 1: Free Agency Begins

Can’t wait.