Monday, November 17, 2014

Mock Draft of the Week Nine Waiver Draft

I know some of the basement dwelling teams have been actively lobbying for the Waiver Draft to come sooner and sooner each year, but I have remained firm with the format of the pool and the drafts come at the segment breaks.  It doesn't really help those teams that have had some exceptionally bad luck, but it is designed to punish teams that picked especially poor at the draft.

There is still two-thirds of the season to come after the Waiver Draft, but for some teams, they may need more than two players.  Sadly, that won't happen.

As of the standings on Monday, here is what I've come up with for what I think the Waiver Draft may look like.  Of course, there have been plenty of surprises through the years, as teams went ahead and picked up some dropped players, but that tends to be something that happens more in the second Waiver Draft, when there isn't a great deal to pick from and dropped players can be just as good.

Pool Team Drop NHL Pos Pick NHL
Benson Teemu Pulkkinen DET F Filip Forsberg NAS
Stacey C. Dany Heatley ANA F Nick Foligno CBJ
Brenda & Seward Ales Hemsky DAL F Brock Nelson NYI
Ryan John Gibson ANA G Devan Dubnyk ARI
Wilton Jhonas Enroth BUF G James Reimer TOR
Wyllie Mikael Backlund CAL F Nikita Kucherov TAM
Brian Anders Lindback DAL G Robin Lehner OTT
Leo Olli Jokinen NAS F Lance Bouma CAL
Scott Alex Stalock SAN G Dustin Tokarski MTL
Mike Mathieu Perreault WPG F Justin Abdelkader DET
Dale B. Brandon Dubinsky CBJ F Christopher Higgins VAN
Allan Vincent Lecavalier PHI F Andre Burakovsky WAS
Stuart Alexander Barkov FLA F Tanner Pearson LOS
Wes Colin Wilson NAS F Kris Versteeg CHI
Troy Sam Reinhart BUF F Martin Hanzal ARI
Cam Carter Hutton NAS G Niklas Svedberg BOS
Tony Anders Lee NYI F Riley Nash CAR
Grant K. Evander Kane WPG F Leo Komarov TOR
Stacey M. Mika Zibanejad OTT F Michael Ryder NJD
Clayton Teuvo Teravainen CHI F Derek Stepan NYR
Dale C. Alex Killorn TAM F Boone Jenner CBJ
Kristy & Don Sam Gagner ARI F Brad Boyes FLA
Grant S. Matt Carle TAM D Anton Stralman TAM

The prize for being in last place in the standings is Nashville's Filip Forsberg, who has been on a tear in the last month, jumping up to the top of the available scoring race.  It would be an immediate score for any team to pick him up, but for how far out of the running Benson is for the money, he would be just trying to float up and out of the Basement Dwelling position and try not to sweep the bobblehead race, which aren't the top trophy.

Islanders forward Brock Nelson has cooled off from a very hot start and has dropped down to the 3rd overall pick.  Brenda & Seward would be happy to get him, I'm sure, as they have not seen any real production from Ales Hemsky in Dallas.

The goaltending situation in the Waiver Draft isn't very good, so if your team is in need of some help in the crease, it would be wise to make that move in the opening round, since there won't be much after the fact.  Ryan is projected to make the first goalie move, picking up Devan Dubnyk in the desert, who is seeing a little more action for the Coyotes.

Pool Team Drop NHL Pos Pick NHL
Benson Evgeny Kuznetsov WAS F Mark Stone OTT
Stacey C. John-Michael Liles CAR D Damon Severson NJD
Brenda & Seward Radko Gudas TAM D Justin Braun SAN
Ryan Devante Smith-Pelly ANA F Blake Comeau PIT
Wilton Chris Stewart STL F Antoine Roussel DAL
Wyllie Jason Chimera WAS F Zemgus Girgensons BUF
Brian Niklas Backstrom MIN G Thomas Greiss PIT
Leo Matt Stajan CAL F Lee Stempniak PIT
Scott Valeri Nichushkin DAL F Alex Burrows VAN
Mike Tyler Myers BUF D Zach Bogosian WPG
Dale B. Andrew MacDonald PHI D Alexsey Emelin MTL
Allan Andrew Ference EDM D David Savard CBJ
Stuart Mark Scheifele WPG F Nikolai Kulemin NYI
Wes Adam Henrique NJD F Markus Granlund CAL
Troy R.J. Umberger PHI F Ryan Carter MIN
Cam Brian Gionta BUF F Linden Vey VAN
Tony Tom Gilbert MTL D Marco Scandella MIN
Grant K. PASS
Stacey M. PASS
Clayton Thomas Hickey NYI D Cody Ceci OTT
Dale C. Patrick Wiercioch OTT D Sergei Gonchar MTL
Kristy & Don PASS
Grant S. Nick Holden COL D Lubomir Visnovsky NYI

The second round was good for the defense, which was also a pretty shallow pool to pick from, but a couple of veterans made it down to the bottom of the draft.  I'm sure with this posting, their stock may rise a little bit, but I think we'll see more blueliners taken here.

Let's also not forget the teams passing, as these teams may have a player that they could drop, they are likely better off opting to keep what they have, since there isn't a great deal of improvement in the available players list.

The Waiver Draft will begin on December 1st, so there isn't a lot of time left before we start making these changes.
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