Thursday, September 29, 2011

WTHL Team Review: KapitänMachtElch3.0

Let's have a look at whatever name this team is called today. Here's the keepers:

1. Daniel Sedin
2. Henrik Sedin
3. Henrik Lundqvist
4. Marian Gaborik
5. Kari Lehtonen
6. Ryan Callahan
7. Patrick Hornqvist
8. Ryan Suter

Looks good, but things start to thin out near the bottom. Callahan is a great role player, Hornqvist is a natural goal scorer and Suter's key in Nashville, but really? Yes really. Joe has some gaps in his draft order, so these slots are all well-occupied.

Keeper Grade: A-

Looks like Joe took a look at the pool of available players and made a plan. He'll be after defensemen first.

11. Brent Seabrook
44. Travis Hamonic
48. Jamie McBain
50. Anton Babchuk
60. Zenon Konopka
114. Brian Boyle
146. Peter Mueller
162. Brandon Sutter
164. Carlo Colaiacovo
166. Andrew Cogliano
175. Bryan Bickell
182. Michal Handzus
198. Andrew Raycroft
214. Martin Biron
230. Nate Thompson

...and went after defensemen he did, with his first four picks. I'm not sure how sound that plan was, he still doesn't have what I'd call an elite d-man on his squad. Afterwards he filled out his roster with role-players rather than proven scorers. Mueller could be the steal of the draft, there was no news regarding his recovery, then a week post-draft the newswire was full of positivity for the Colorado forward.

Draft Grade: C+

Looking at the line-up on CaptainChristmasPowerRangerMoose, there's a huge drop off from the top line to the second. This team would be a bitch to play against in the NHL, but will it pop the twine enough to rattle foes in the WTHL?

Team Grade: B-

Depth Chart time! No changes since draft day.

Sedin - Sedin - Gaborik
Mueller - Boyle - Hornqvist
Bickell - Handzus - Callahan
Cogliano - Konopka - Sutter

Thompson

Seabrook - Suter
Hamonic - McBain
Babchuk - Colaiacovo

Lundqvist
Lehtonen
Biron
Raycroft

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