Tonight`s draft has been skewered in the media of late as being one of the weakest in NHL history.
That is something that remains to be seen. However, one this we do know is that the 2008 NHL draft could go down in history as one of the best. The 2008 draft and that is what I am here to discuss today.
In fantasy hockey circles many people subscribe to the fourth season as being the time when players breakout in regards to productivity. People could argue that 2003`s draft with Marc-Andrew Fleury, Eric Staal, Nathan Horton, Thomas Vanek, Ryan Suter, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Dion Phaneuf as the best draft ever. Some point to 2004 with Ovechkin, Malkin, Corey Schneider and Mike Green. Others could point to 2005 with Crosby, Ryan, Price, Kopitar and Rask. Even in 2006 Claude Girouz was drafted in the 20s.
However, looking back at the 2008 draft you will see more success more quickly than perhaps any draft in history. In this spirit. I thought, I`d take a look at the best of the 2008 draft.
1 Tampa Bay Steven Stamkos C (Scoring champ, NHL poster boy)
2 Los Angeles Drew Doughty D (Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold)
15 Ottawa Erik Karlsson D (Norris Winning Defensemen)
22 Edmonton Jordan Eberle C (Stands out above all the Oilers stars so far.
4 St. Louis Alex Pietrangelo D (A step away from NHL Superstardom)
12 Buffalo Tyler Myers D (A blueline beast coming off a disappointing season, but ready to bounce back.)
26 Buffalo Tyler Ennis C (Emerging as the Sabres preeminent centre)
27 Washington John Carlson D (Capitals best all-round defensemen)
51 NY Rangers Derek Stepan C (In the Rangers top 5 for scoring)
3 Atlanta Zach Bogosian D (Stuck behind other defensemen, should eventually get his chance to step up)
7 Nashville Colin Wilson C (A talented player who could be ready to make the leap to the NHL)
8 Phoenix Mikkel Boedker L
9 NY Islanders Joshua Bailey C
10 Vancouver Cody Hodgson C (Finally will get a chance to crack the everyday roster in Buffalo)
16 Boston Joe Colborne C (Hard to get a read on him because he plays in the media hyperbole of Toronto)
17 Anaheim Jake Gardiner D (Numbers to back-up a title of “star to be” but see above fore environment.
32 Los Angeles Vyacheslav Voynov D (If you watched really closely this year you saw a guy with the poetneital to be an Erik Karlsson-lite)
43 Anaheim Justin Schultz D (So much hype, but could be something to watch)
5 Toronto Luke Schenn D (If used properly, could be so much more).
20 NY Rangers Michael Del Zotto D (Uber-talented, but blocked by other great young defenders in New York so we may never see his full potential.
44 Buffalo Luke Adam C (Has been useful in Buffalo, but size may restrict his overall ceiling.)
45 Carolina Zac Dalpe C (A disappointing camp led to a weak year, could be poised to break-out next year.)
53 NY Islanders Travis Hamonic D (Solid game, to game defensemen.)
13 Los Angeles Colten Teubert D
14 Carolina Zach Boychuk C
24 New Jersey Mattias Tedenby R
31 Florida Jacob Markstrom G
49 Phoenix Jared Staal R
6 Columbus Nikita Filatov L
11 Chicago Kyle Beach L
There is a lot of talent there. It will be fun to watch it evolve. When it comes to fantasy sports though we only care about one thing. Total points. Here is the staggering output of points per game so far.
Coach Matthew Perry
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