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A Very #ConferenceIII Fantasy Roster

Today I drafted the following team, and it’s pretty Central Division heavy:

Center

  • Jonathan Toews (CHI)
  • Jeff Carter (LA)
  • Damien Brunner (NJ)

Left Wing

  • Pascal Dupuis (PIT)
  • Dustin Brown (LA)
  • Brandon Saad (CHI)

Right Wing

  • Michael Ryder (NJ)
  • Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)
  • Alexandre Burrows (VAN)

Defense

  • Shea Weber (NSH)
  • Ryan Suter (MIN)
  • François Beauchemin (ANA)
  • Michal Roszival (CHI)
  • Dennis Seidenberg (BOS)

Goaltender

  • Nicklas Backstrom (MIN)
  • Ondrej Pavelec (WPG)

Bench

Of course, I tried to avoid a Central Division bias in this year’s Official Friction Tape Fantasy Team™ roster (last year’s roster here), which I drafted yesterday:

Forward

  • P.A. Parenteau (COL)
  • Johan Franzen (DET)
  • Valeri Nichushkin (DAL)
  • Brendan Gallagher (MTL)
  • Michael Ryder (NJ)
  • Ryan Kesler (VAN) — keeper from last year

Defense

  • Cody Franson (TOR)
  • Dan Boyle (SJ)
  • François Beauchemin (ANA)
  • John Carlson (WSH)

Goaltender

  • Cory Schneider (NJ) — keeper from last year
  • Evgeni Nabakov (NYI)

Utility

  • Daniel Alfredsson (DET) — keeper from last year
  • Logan Couture (SJ) — keeper from last year

Bench

  • Jaromir Jagr (NJ) — keeper from last year
  • Jeff Carter (LA) — keeper from last year
  • Mike Ribeiro (PHO) — keeper from last year
  • Luke Schenn (PHI)

I’ve got a little more confidence in the Official Friction Tape Fantasy Team™ roster this year than I had in it last year, and I have certainly more in it than I have in the team I drafted today for a separate league. Regarding today’s draft: Damien Brunner is gifted but unproven; Colin Wilson should lead Nashville in scoring, but consistency and injury are his two biggest bugs; Brandon Saad and Vladimir Taransenko may have slumping sophomore seasons. Otherwise, I think the team is pretty well-rounded.

Regarding OFTFT™, Valeri Nichushkin should be an exciting rookie to watch in Dallas; Ryan Kesler should look to rebound after missing most of last season with injury, and should be a dynamic player for Team USA in the Sochi Olympics; the obvious weakness here is in goal, as Cory Schneider may not wrest a starting job away from Martin Brodeur (making him useless as a fantasy option), and the Islanders may not play well enough in front of an aging Nabokov to help him in the wins column.

Sadly, I don’t have enough confidence in the Predators this year to have loaded up either roster with a bunch of homer picks. I wanted to draft Pekka Rinne today, despite questions about his health, and I drafted former Predators Ryan Suter and Cody Franson. Hell, I even considered drafting former Predator Martin Erat late in today’s draft, or current Predator Rich Clune, whose 113 PIMs were good for 5th in the NHL last season.

*sigh* Maybe next year.

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The collision physics and enforcer engine in NHL ‘14 (EA Sports) look pretty awesome — too bad the rest of the game has become unplayable in recent years for me to want to buy this.

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i-still-believe-in-detroit:

stackiii:

i-still-believe-in-detroit:

stackiii:

I will never get tired of watching the Nashville Predators end the Detroit Red Wings in the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals. What a great moment for the franchise!

Yeah, I guess when you’ve never won the division, presidents trophy, the conference, or a Stanley Cup you have to hold on to the little things

Tell us, Hockeytown, how did all those division titles, Stanley Cups, and President’s Trophies help you last year? (Or this year?)

Hint: once the season is over, it’s over!

And how did this series win help you last year? (Hint, Nashville’s cup total is still 0)

I didn’t say this series helped us win last year. I just said I’ll never get tired of watching this series come to a close, and that it was a great moment for the franchise … because it was. And then you got butthurt and trolled my post, so I called you out.

Of course I realize where the Preds are in the standings today. We’ve been horrible this year. But the season doesn’t end today, so I’m not sure why you bring up a hypothetical to make a point about the actual world. I also didn’t say this video (or anything else) has any bearing on this season, or that it should. Detroit’s former hardware doesn’t have any bearing on this season either. Frankly, I wish we could all forget about this half season. But it is what it is.

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i-still-believe-in-detroit:

stackiii:

I will never get tired of watching the Nashville Predators end the Detroit Red Wings in the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals. What a great moment for the franchise!

Yeah, I guess when you’ve never won the division, presidents trophy, the conference, or a Stanley Cup you have to hold on to the little things

Tell us, Hockeytown, how did all those division titles, Stanley Cups, and President’s Trophies help you last year? (Or this year?)

Hint: once the season is over, it’s over!

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ericshuff:

davidiseccentric:


I feel you Rinne. I feel you.


Did this at my rec league game tonight too. I feel ya, Pekka.

I love when my editor at On the Forecheck calls games like last night’s “dumpster fires.” Of course, I don’t like games that are dumpster fires, and I’m sure dumpster fires themselves are actually pretty dangerous.Anyhow, this happened last night after Anaheim scored its fourth on Nashville. My Preds would dumpster burn all the way to a 5-1 pasting.

ericshuff:

davidiseccentric:

I feel you Rinne. I feel you.

Did this at my rec league game tonight too. I feel ya, Pekka.

I love when my editor at On the Forecheck calls games like last night’s “dumpster fires.” Of course, I don’t like games that are dumpster fires, and I’m sure dumpster fires themselves are actually pretty dangerous.

Anyhow, this happened last night after Anaheim scored its fourth on Nashville. My Preds would dumpster burn all the way to a 5-1 pasting.

(Source: daveedgamboa)

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Congratulations to the Colorado Avalanche’s Milan Hejduk on 1,000 games in the NHL. The gifted winger’s career, one could argue, has been overshadowed by the careers of teammates like Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Paul Kariya, and Adam Foote — but he’s no less a star in my mind.

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