Thursday, September 29, 2011

WTHL Team Review: King Flameheads

We wrap up the team reviews with a look at the comissioners entry, the Flameheads. Here's who he kept:

1. Drew Doughty
2. Anze Kopitar
3. Mike Richards
4. Jon Quick
5. Dan Boyle
6. Lubomir Visnovsky
7. Dustin Brown
8. Jonathan Bernier

California knows how to party. I s'pose, anyway. Featuring the best of the LA Kings, which isn't as bad an idea as it might have been in years previous. Watch out if LA goes on a cold streak, as the Flameheads will as well. He may want to diversify his team via the draft to ensure their fortunes aren't too closely tied together... but great start, especially on defense.

Keeper Grade: B+

Harris was in need of help on the wing, but really just needed to nab pieces of the puzzle to build a champion. Here's his draft:

10. Alexandre Burrows
24. Patrik Elias
27. Teddy Purcell
43. Matt Moulson
72. Drew Stafford
99. Olli Jokinen
115. Darren Helm
121. Johnny Boychuk
127. Blake Comeau
131. Dan Hamhuis
133. Scott Gomez
137. Linus Omark
143. Toni Lydman
153. Lauri Kopikoski
194. Brian Boucher

Complimentary wingers and role players achieved. I like this draft a lot, a good spattering of youth and dependability. No big steals, no huge issues leap out, and selections were made at forecasted rounds.

Draft Grade: B-

So we have a solid, dependable roster with growth possibilities for the future. There's not a lot of pop to make one think the Flameheads will make leaps and bounds up the standings, but the assets are there if things don't go as Flameheads hope with this squad.

Team Grade: B-

Six trades, four free agents and one waiver claim later, here's the depth chart. Is there more pop here now as to before those moves were made?

Ovechkin - Kopitar - Heatley
Brown - Richards - Stafford
Comeau - Jokinen - Purcell
Saad - Little - Brouwer


Doughty - Visnovsky
Boyle - Lydman
Giordano - Hamhuis



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