Saturday, September 24, 2011

WTHL Team Review: FIGJAM

Let's take a look at a team that made a push for top spot last year with FIGJAM. Here's who was kept:

1. Semyon Varlamov
2. Logan Couture
3. Claude Giroux
4. Kris Letang
5. John Carlson
6. David Backes
7. Jeff Carter
8. Scott Hartnell

Contract status is looking great for now and next year, and even coverage on stat categories. A heavy emphasis on youth, with only the injury prone Varlamov and Carter's acclimation to Columbus being mild concerns.

Keeper Grade: A-
Heading into the draft FIGJAM only needed to maintain some complimentary scoring and to shore up the goaltending. Here's what he managed:

14. Mark Giordano
69. Al Montoya
77. Erik Cole
78. Sergei Bobrovsky
85. Tim Connolly
94. Jakub Voracek
110. Dmitry Kulikov
126. Derek Stepan
142. Jonas Gustavsson
158. Marcus Johansson
174. Jacob Josefson
190. Anthony Stewart
206. Tyler Kennedy
222. Ron Hainsey
238. Greg Zanon

The emphasis on youth and prospects continued into Figgy's draft. Expectations are heavy for big payoffs with such a heavy investment in the future, and one has to wonder if FIGJAM is leaning too heavy on the crystal ball, so to speak. The lack of dependable players with proven production and depth on defense are the things to look out for here.

Draft Grade: B
FIGJAM has just about all stat categories well covered and is built to contend for some time to come. There is some weakness at defense and left wing that could drag down the team as this season goes on. With minor tweaking or if some of these youngsters have a break out year, FIGJAM will be in the thick of the battle for the championship.

Team Grade: B

Here's the depth chart after two trades and a waiver pick-up.

Smyth - Giroux - Backes
Hartnell - Couture - Voracek
Kennedy - Connolly - Cole
Korpikoski - Nielsen - Stewart

Stepan
Johansson
Josefson

Letang - Carlson
Hainsey - Ekman-Larsson

Varlamov
Bobrovsky
Montoya
Gustavsson

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