Sunday, September 09, 2007

Ultimate HLOG Fantasy Draft

The Ultimate HLOG Fantasy draft was today. I think almost every team was present at the live draft (not sure if Elly made it) and even Leanne had Dave step in to prevent Yahoo! from crapping on her team. With 12 teams and 16 rounds the draft surprisingly took under an hour to complete. I bet it would have been shorter if Steph hadn’t taken 1:59 to complete each pick. Her internal debates and last second picking strategy finally bit her in the ass when she ran out of time in the 15th round and Yahoo! gave her the good ol’ F-You by selecting Shane O’Brien.

Bethany was the lucky lady with the first pick and, of course, she selected Crosby. Some may loathe him but I think it was the smart pick. How can you pass up Crosby? However, she did shock a few when she selected the indecisive Scotty Niedermayer in the 6th round! She received her fair share of ridicule but apparently she’s convinced he’s coming back.

Speaking of another Duck who may retire, Teemu Selanne was actually selected by Teka, although this time it was done in the 13th round. Teka made her Pens fascination known by selecting Colby Armstrong, M-A Fleury, and Maxime Talbot. Hmmm, Maxime….yum!

Jordi was definitely the most vocal during the draft. Although, I guess you can’t really blame her since her internet crapped out on her and Yahoo! selected Luongo for her. Wait, Jordi’s complaining about getting a top goalie in the first round?? Hmm…not quite sure what she was complaining about. She also let it be known that the whole draft was unfair only to her and that everyone was stealing all of her players! Jordi ended up with a good team, although she did pick Souray in the 4th round. I kept waiting for her to select Pennersquee but she absolutely refused to do it.

CapsChick got her Ovie and reluctantly picked up Kolzig, who probably wasn’t that bad of a selection considering she had already selected Turco to carry her team. She also picked up the other Alex (Semin) so she has her fair share of Caps representation.

Sherry has a strong set of Senators on her squad with Alfredsson, Spezza, and Meszaros. IPB will be happy to know that she has Zach Parise.

Steph apparently has a thing for Henriks (Zetterberg, Lundqvist, and Sedin) and also picked up Darcy Fucker and Corey Perryshit (nicknames courtesy of Jordi).

My first 5 picks were from the Pacific Division (J Thornton, JS Giguere, Cheechoo, Frolov, and Visnovsky). I have a huge thing for Frolov and Lubi and I couldn’t let them get away from me so I had to act quickly. I’m still upset that I have a Ducks player on my team but at least I don’t have Perryshit. I almost picked Patrick Kane but the ladies quickly talked me out of it (“Dude, doesn’t he still have to make the team?”). I still can’t believe I got Elias in the 13th round!

Kirsten surprised all of us (except for Leanne/Dave) with Josh Harding. (Apparently he’s good! Isn’t she sneaky!) I thought Steph was going to reach through the interwebs and strangle Kirsten when she picked Ales Hemsky. She might also have the best Squee team with Nicklas Lidstron, Rick Nash, Chris Drury, and Vesa Toskala.

Leanne should bake Dave a huge cake because he drafted her a great team with players such as Iginla, Kiprusoff, Pronger, Nylander and Getzlaf.

Kristin certainly surprised me with some intriguing draft selections. The Philly fan picked Ryan Miller in the first round! Woah, Miller over Biron? (I guess it was a smart move, kind of like me picking Giguere over Cloutier or LaBarbera.) She also picked Kopitar in the second round, Avery in the 10th round (somebody actually picked him!) and Gomer in the 13th round. I was half expecting her to slide in JR in the last round but she has her limits.

Tracy got a lot of laughs when she selected Marc-Andre Bergeron, although honestly, I don’t know why since I don’t know much about him. Maybe someone can explain that part in the comments.

The Draft went really well and I think the teams are evenly balanced, even if some of us selected players because we couldn’t live without them (me and Frolov, Jordi and Souray, Teka and Armstrong). We still need to figure out what the winner(s) will receive from the losers, but we have until April to figure that out.

23 comments:

Kirsten said...

I'm pretty pleased with my team overall. I could have done much worse. I also thought that Steph was going to strangle me over the internet. I'm glad I'm in OR and not MN right now, since that puts me 2000 miles farther out of reach. Harding is awesome, he's my brother's favorite player. I have to play Sherry first, so I'm kind of scared since she has half of the team that made the Stanley Cup finals...
I have to say, the best part of the whole thing was the chatting. HILARIOUS.

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CapsChick said...

I think Bethany was absent from the draft, actually, which explains her selection of Nieds ;)

All I have to say is my Caps are gonna surprise everyone despite the fact that only two other people took any of my boys...you'll all see.

Jordi said...

Fuck shit fuck fuck shit fuck. I forgot Komisarek.

Though I'm not too sussed, it'll work out. Even if I told myself I had to draft the bloody stupid Johnsons for kicks.

Britannia said...

Yeah, I was actually kicking ass at a roller derby bout, so Yahoo autodrafted for me... :-) All three of my Yahoo fantasy teams start with Briere and Vinny...

Two of the three also have Teemu, so I'm putting it on good faith that he'll come back. Of course, now that I've said that, he'll say he's coming back and then hemorrhage out his spleen or something, screwing me mightily.

Sherry said...

I had every intention to show up for the draft tonight but dinner sort of took a bit longer than I had thought.

So sorry! But it looks like I didn't come out too badly.

KMS2 said...

Sherry, what luck you had to get two top Ottawa guys! And Teka miraculously got all those Penguins. It's like Yahoo! knew exactly who you wanted.

Kirsten said...

Oh and we were laughing about MA Bergeron because he wasn't the Oilers best player ever, and he broke Dwayne Roloson during the '06 Cup run.

kristin said...

I did feel bad taking Kopitar before you could get him, but I just looooove him and expect him to have a better year.

I also didn't realize Avery would be such a radical choice...sure he is a douche but he has decent stats.

The only pick I wish I had gotten was Pronger, but Leanne/Dave stole him right before I could get him. Oh well, Gonch was my next choice for D so I was happy anyhow.

And I agree that the teams do look pretty well balanced...should be interesting!

Tracy said...

That would also be how I ended up with Bergeron... I was working during this fabulous draft (and yes, I forgot) and got this text, "Did you see who you drafted? You got my Marty." It took me a few minutes to figure out what the hell Bitchany was talking about and then I was like oh holy hell... who the hell else did Yahoo choose for me?! Color me tickled when I looked and saw that I had Jovo!! Haha. How do I make a trade on this fantasy nonsense. I want to get rid of a few of my players, they're dragging me down. :D

Jordi said...

I laughed because I blame everything on MAB. My internet, my computer, my crappy test scores.

And lay off my Sammy, my intense love for him doesn't seem to be shown enough. I need to get a big banner and paste it on top of the HLOG "Warning: World's only Samsonov fan"

Jordi said...

AND STEPH GIMME MY HENRIK SEDIN.

KMS2 said...

Tracy, I was wondering why you "picked" Jovo! Good to know you didn't actually pick him.

Elly said...

Just reading that post made me cry. I was in the barn during the draft. :( And now my randomly selected team has the Whiny Wonder Twins from Atlanta and smattering of Senators. :( I don't think I can put enough sad smiley faces here to adequately convey my absolute dismay at my team. I have no Penguins...NONE. *weep*

I actually didn't even realize that Teka took Talbot until I read this. No wonder I couldn't find him in the open players list...

Bethany, I hope that you are ready to listen to me constantly harass you and your choice of Crosby until April. ;)

Steph said...

Jordi, get me Hemsky and I'll give you Sedin (otherwise no can do, I need my assists from SOMEWHERE).

Kirsten...you are decidedly lucky you are so very many miles out of reach. You know what? Just for this I'm hating Justin Morneau even more! SEE WHAT YOU DID!?

Shane O'Brien...sigh. At least Finny would be proud.

leanne said...

Yeah...um, sorry I wasn't around. I was flying back from Vancouver where I spent the weekend for a wedding...

Actually, Dave gets brownies and roasts and all sorts of food whenever I'm in the same city as him...

...which isn't now, unfortunately.

I did send him pictures of a cute kitten last night though.

Britannia said...

*hides her horde of Pens behind her*

Kirsten said...

Steph, there are always trades...

Steph said...

I have the feeling my emotions would get the better of my intelligence where this so called "trade" is concerned...you did it on purpose, didn't you!?! :P

Kirsten said...

No, I didn't, I promise! I just picked him up cause I like the Oilers, and he's good. Really, though, I will trade him if you REALLY want.

Steph said...

Awww, maybe I can still have some love for Morneau after all. Well let me know if I have anyone you'd actually want for him, no sense in a mindless trade just so I stop whining, right? :P Otherwise you'd best take care of him, got that? I don't want any overused, abused, ragged looking Hemsky coming back to me at the end of the season!

Heather B. said...

I almost picked Patrick Kane but the ladies quickly talked me out of it (“Dude, doesn’t he still have to make the team?”)

Should've done it! Who exactly is Kane's competition for making the team?

KMS2 said...

Who exactly is Kane's competition for making the team?

No clue. But I was also worried about how many goals and assists he could put up with that group.