Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WTHL Team Review: Greatness

Welcome back to the WTHL team review as we examine Greatness, one of the more active GM's who enjoys working the trade lines. Stacked with talent, Greatness was the closest team to challenging for the championship last year. Here's who he kept:

1. Sidney Crosby
2. Alex Ovechkin
3. Roberto Luongo
4. Jonathan Toews
5. Rick Nash
6. Martin Brodeur
7. Patrick Marleau
8. Alexander Semin

Yikes. This is a 16 team league, isn't it? The only issues Greatness has going on here is his contract status, all these players are free agents at the end of this season. No defensemen kept, but plenty of help available in this years draft for that position. Crosby's status is still murky, but no one in their right mind would put Sid back in the draft pool.

Keeper Grade: A

Greatness went into the draft needing defensemen and complimentary fantasy scoring which should've been a snap, even with some big gaps between picks after heavy trading. Let's have a look:

4. PK Subban
15. Jose Theodore
63. Derick Brassard
75. Rene Bourque
111. Sergei Gonchar
127. Simon Gagne
143. Troy Brouwer
158. Matt Carle
191. Nik Antropov
197. Kris Versteeg
207. JS Giguere
213. Kurtis Foster
223. Tomas Holmstrom
229. Ed Jovonovski
239. Sam Gagner

It looks as if we have some insurance picks at centre and in goal taking precedence over a real fleshing out of the roster. Greatness did manage to put off some sleeper defensemen such as Carle and a hopefully-returning-to-form Gonchar until mid-rounds, but this teams flank could be exposed as the season progresses.

Draft Grade: C

Greatness, like Ploughmans Posse, leaned heavily on the future to make a push for the big win in 2010/2011. Greatness has been one of the more consistent teams in the WTHL and will work the phones again I'm certain. If his plans fall into place he'll be back fighting for top spot. If not, there's work to be done here.

Team Grade: B

Here's the depth chart after a whopping five trades and a waiver pick up. No flies on Jimmy! Did he cash in this year for next year already? Time shall tell.

Hall - Crosby - Gionta
Burrows - Ribeiro - Bourque
Gagne - Brassard - Brouwer
Holmstrom - Antropov - Langenbrunner

Subban - Gonchar
Carle - Hedman


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