Thursday, September 29, 2011

WTHL Team Review: No Homers!

Let's turn to a unique case in the WTHL this year, No Homers! Here's who he kept:

1. Ryan Kesler
2. Phil Kessel
3. Ilya Kovalchuk
4. Jamie Benn
5. Dustin Byfuglien
6. Keith Yandle
7. Pekka Rinne
8. Jonas Hiller

Solid but not mind blowing for the following reasons: Kesler's injury, Kessel's fading from relevance, Kovalchuk needs to rebound, Whether or not Benn has plateaued, Byfugliens conditioning, whether or not Yandle will be coming back down to earth. Still, these are all players anyone would be holding onto, and team contract status is grand.

Keeper Grade: B

Going into the draft, No Homers needed centres badly, since Kesler was the only centre kept and great all-around player he is, he's not on the top line on Vancouver. Check this out:

3. Paul Stastny
6. Tobias Enstrom
12. Mike Ribeiro
16. James Wisniewski
22. Teemu Selanne
30. Steve Ott
31. Cal Clutterbuck
47. Antoine Vermette
58. Patrik Berglund
62. Kimmo Timonen
64. Anders Lindback
86. Brian Gionta
87. Dan Girardi
95. Brent Johnson
96. Jussi Jokinen

Yep, all picks were in the top 100 of 240 eligible picks. Scary stuff. I'm not even going to bother to break this down, it's so depressing.

Draft Grade: A+

Post draft, No Homers! features blanket coverage of all stats and is spoiled for choice for keepers entering later seasons. There could be some chinks in the armour as the season wears on insofar as dependability and durability are concerned, but the depth here is unreal.

Team Grade: A

The depth chart, after two trades:

Kovalchuk - Kesler - Selanne
Marleau - Stastny - Semin
Benn - Berglund - Kessel
Jokinen - Vermette - Clutterbuck

Ott

Yandle - Enstrom
Wisniewski - Byfuglien
Timonen - Girardi

Rinne
Hiller
Johnson
Lindback

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