It was a very, very interesting draft to say the least. With fourteen teams, players were going fast and it was tough to find any sort of value in the later rounds. Here's who I ended up with at #8 overall in a snake draft:
C: Evgeni Malkin (Round 1)
C: Brad Richards (Round 5)
LW: Brian Rolston (Round 6)
LW: Ryan Smyth (Round 11)
RW: Martin St. Louis (Round 2)
RW: Milan Hejduk (Round 8)
Bench/C: Jochen Hecht (Round 15)
Bench/RW: J.P. Dumont (Round 13)
Bench/RW: Ales Kotalik (Round 14)
Bench/LW: Chris Higgins (Round 16)
I tried building up a solid base in four of the first six rounds. Malkin is an elite player who I'm lucky fell to me at #8. I'mhoping that Ryan Smyth will stay healthy and have a big bounce back year. I'm not crazy about Brian Rolston, but I think he and Chris Higgins give me some decent depth there.
D: Brian Rafalski (Round 3)
D: Dustin Byfuglien (Round 9)
D: Dennis Wideman (Round 10)
D: Mark Streit (Round 12)
Absolutely no depth at this position so I'm holding my breath. At the time when I took Rafalski, he was the last of the real "top-tier" guys out there. Dustin Byfuglien is a guy I had targeted before the draft and I'm happy that I got him. He's also LW eligible so that will help if Smyth sees some injury troubles come his way. Mark Streit, a guy who had a huge season in 2008 will hopefully continue to have an impact on his new team.
G: Ilya Bryzgalov (Round 4)
G: Peter Budaj (Round 7)
My goal was to get two goalies from the West who were playing behind possible playoff contenders. I got both in Budaj and Bryzgalov. I was actually aiming for Cam Ward before I picked Budaj, but he was selected in the sixth round. When it came time to pick Budaj, it was either Budaj or Garon. I think I made the right choice.
That's my team. I may look at dropping one of my forward bench players and pick up a defenseman (Ruslan Salei is still out there) but we'll see where this season takes me!