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Fantasy Hockey 2014-15: Auction Draft Analysis

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Continuing on with our Fantasy Hockey Draft Kit, Troy Langefeld analyses a recent auction draft before the upcoming NHL season.

Was Vanek a must get player late in the draft or was he overpaid? - Photo Credit
Was Vanek a must get player late in the draft or was he overpaid? - Photo Credit
Bruce Bennett

I'm a bit late publishing this article this morning, so my apologies. I was tired last night and couldn't finish it before hitting the sack. Not that there was a steadfast deadline for earlier this morning, but I like to be consistent and have my articles publish at the same time every submission. So I'm sorry that didn't happen this time. Moving on...

We have covered a lot of ground in our 2014 fantasy hockey draft kit and we now find our self in October, just one week away from the start of the season. How exciting is that? Week one served as an introduction to the year, outlined our draft kit schedule, league setup details, and a list of important offseason changes. We kicked it up a notch in weeks two and three and provided rankings for each position - center, left wing, right wing, defense, and goalkeeper - as well as a consolidated rankings list for the upcoming season. And the fourth week looked at the breakout, sleeper, and bust candidates to watch out for this year. If you missed anything, you can find it all here:

Fake Teams 2014 Fantasy Hockey Draft Kit

We've reviewed the rankings and what to watch for coming into the season and week five is where we will concentrate on the draft itself. We covered a piece on draft strategy so that you can feel prepared for your upcoming season. We also analysed the results of an actual snake draft. And today we'll review a standard auction draft, my favourite type of league setup. Hopefully they are able to help prepare you for your upcoming drafts.

Important Disclosure:

The following team managers are Fake Teams readers and fantasy hockey enthusiasts alike who have joined my league and allowed me to write about them in the context of our draft. There will be periodic updates throughout the year as we progress and I hope that you find our experiment helpful. Please keep in mind that everyone here willingly joined these leagues and are readers on this site. Everyone has different opinions and rankings, so please do not belittle anyone in the comments or otherwise. Mistakes happen. This is an experiment and a fun league and is meant to serve as a learning experience for not just the participants, but for everyone reading and otherwise involved. Please play nice.

With that said, lets look at the draft results:

Round One:

Pick Nominating Team Player Cost Owning Team
1 Boomin Grannies Sidney Crosby (Pit - C) $      58 Boomin Grannies
2 Trevor Philips Ind. Steven Stamkos (TB - C) $      56 Crease Monkeys
3 Daryl's Team Corey Perry (Anh - RW) $      54 Daryl's Team
4 four&half Kris Letang (Pit - D) $      21 Trevor Philips Ind.
5 Homer Knows Hockey Pavel Datsyuk (Det - C,LW) $      26 Night Slugs
6 Pride HC Alex Ovechkin (Was - RW) $      60 Pride HC
7 I'm Malkin Money Claude Giroux (Phi - C,RW) $      50 Trevor Philips Ind.
8 Slackshot James Neal (Nsh - LW,RW) $      29 Griffin's Team
9 Jomo & the Smoothies Marc-Andre Fleury (Pit - G) $      33 Daryl's Team
10 Griffin's Team Evgeni Malkin (Pit - C,RW) $      53 I'm Malkin Money
11 Crease Monkeys Eric Staal (Car - C) $      28 Griffin's Team
12 Night Slugs Tuukka Rask (Bos - G) $      52 Daryl's Team

There seemed to be three types of strategies used in the first round of nominations. The first strategy was the nominate and pay utilized by Boomin Grannies, Daryl's Team, and Price HC. They all got the high profile player they nominated. Another strategy was the nominate a top player and let some else spend lots of money and then the third strategy was throw out a name from way down the draft board that you don't want and let someone overpay for them. This last strategy was used by myself, Homer Knows Hockey, and Crease Monkeys and is a strategy that you'll see me use frequently. Letang, if nominated where his ADP suggests, would have sold for $5-10 in all likelihood but by putting him up right away, I was able to get $21 off the board early. In terms of paying for players in this round, I typically like to have a top tier - 100 point potential - forward, and  atop tier goaltender, but I rarely go after the first ones nominated. As there were still some left after the first round of nominations, I didn't bother to grab either at this point.

Round Two:

13 Boomin Grannies Ryan Getzlaf (Anh - C) $      51 Crease Monkeys
14 Trevor Philips Ind. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR - G) $      47 Boomin Grannies
15 Daryl's Team John Tavares (NYI - C) $      50 four&half
16 four&half Jeff Skinner (Car - LW,RW) $      30 Night Slugs
17 Homer Knows Hockey Erik Karlsson (Ott - D) $      40 Jomo & the Smoothies
18 Pride HC James van Riemsdyk (Tor - LW) $      34 Pride HC
19 I'm Malkin Money P.K. Subban (Mon - D) $      37 Daryl's Team
20 Slackshot Martin St. Louis (NYR - RW) $      18 Griffin's Team
21 Jomo & the Smoothies Shea Weber (Nsh - D) $      27 Griffin's Team
22 Griffin's Team Patrick Kane (Chi - C,RW) $      43 Night Slugs
23 Crease Monkeys Jakub Voracek (Phi - RW) $      19 Night Slugs
24 Night Slugs Phil Kessel (Tor - RW) $      41 Night Slugs

More of the same as I nominated Skinner here, but he didn't sell as high as I was hoping he would. I grabbed one of my highest ranked players in Tavares as he was the last remaining 100 point potential player left on the board. I would've liked to have bid higher on Kane as well, but with Rask and Lundqvist gone, I wanted to save some funds for Quick. Night Slugs, Griffin's Team, and Daryl's team are obviously following a stars and scrubs strategy as they have all spent frequently early on and Homer Knows Hockey and Slackshot are following a strong balanced attack strategy as they haven't picked up a single player yet. Kane and Kessel could be solid picks at that dollar value this year and Night Slugs is probably happy with that despite likely overpaying for Voracek.

Round Three:

25 Boomin Grannies Jonathan Toews (Chi - C) $      33 Homer Knows Hockey
26 Trevor Philips Ind. Jonathan Quick (LA - G) $      44 four&half
27 Daryl's Team Jamie Benn (Dal - LW) $      44 Crease Monkeys
28 four&half Derek Stepan (NYR - C) $      12 Griffin's Team
29 Homer Knows Hockey Patrick Marleau (SJ - C,LW) $      24 Griffin's Team
30 Pride HC Kevin Shattenkirk (StL - D) $      17 Pride HC
31 I'm Malkin Money Semyon Varlamov (Col - G) $      30 Crease Monkeys
32 Slackshot Zdeno Chara (Bos - D) $      18 Griffin's Team
33 Jomo & the Smoothies Anze Kopitar (LA - C) $      35 Boomin Grannies
34 Griffin's Team Tyler Seguin (Dal - C,RW) $      40 I'm Malkin Money
35 Crease Monkeys Drew Doughty (LA - D) $      20 Griffin's Team
36 Night Slugs Sergei Bobrovsky (Cls - G) $      28 Night Slugs

It didn't take long for me to pick up Quick in this round and I now feel good about having two top end players. I'll try to fill in some depth as I go to round out my team, but for now I've got a solid start. Homer Knows Hockey got on the board with a nice value pick of Toews. Kopitar, Seguin, and Benn could also be good picks at that dollar value. Griffin's team looks to be snatching up anything that moves and paid for the recently injured Stepan. He's already filled half his roster after three rounds.

Round Four:

37 Boomin Grannies Carey Price (Mon - G) $      32 Slackshot
38 Trevor Philips Ind. Matt Duchene (Col - C,LW) $      26 Slackshot
39 Daryl's Team Taylor Hall (Edm - C,LW) $      44 I'm Malkin Money
40 four&half Rick Nash (NYR - LW,RW) $      17 Trevor Philips Ind.
41 Homer Knows Hockey Mike Smith (Ari - G) $      17 Pride HC
42 Pride HC Brian Elliott (StL - G) $      18 Trevor Philips Ind.
43 I'm Malkin Money Dustin Byfuglien (Wpg - RW,D) $      21 Trevor Philips Ind.
44 Slackshot Antti Niemi (SJ - G) $      25 Boomin Grannies
45 Jomo & the Smoothies Henrik Zetterberg (Det - C,LW) $      17 Homer Knows Hockey
46 Griffin's Team Ben Bishop (TB - G) $      19 Boomin Grannies
47 Crease Monkeys Jeff Carter (LA - C,RW) $      17 Pride HC
48 Night Slugs Nathan MacKinnon (Col - C,RW) $      29 four&half

I put up Nash hoping for the overpay again, but it seems that everyone is low on him this year. At $17 he could actually return a profit, so that didn't work out as well as I had hoped. Slackshot finally picked up some players getting good value for Price and Duchene. Malkin Money went out of his way to make sure he got Hall this year and may have overpaid a little, but it's always nice to have those high talent players on your team. I was disappointed that Elliot and Byfuglien were nominated so early as I wanted to grab them both late for far less money than that. Homer Knows Hockey got another nice value pick with Zetterberg, but I'm worried about him, Slackshot, and Jomo & the Smoothies now as they all have substantially more money than everyone and can either bully the group and get whatever they want or potentially leave money one the table at the end if they keep taking value picks only. I got MacKinnon late in the round and am now solidly on board hoping for a super breakout year from the young kid. He has point a game potential this year, but is a risky play.

Round Five:

49 Boomin Grannies Corey Crawford (Chi - G) $      26 Slackshot
50 Trevor Philips Ind. Zach Parise (Min - LW) $      21 Jomo & the Smoothies
51 Daryl's Team Chris Kunitz (Pit - LW) $      20 four&half
52 four&half Brandon Dubinsky (Cls - C,LW) $      13 Daryl's Team
53 Homer Knows Hockey Alexander Semin (Car - LW,RW) $      10 Griffin's Team
54 Pride HC Evgeny Kuznetsov (Was - C,LW) $      17 Pride HC
55 I'm Malkin Money Patrice Bergeron (Bos - C) $      11 I'm Malkin Money
56 Slackshot Pekka Rinne (Nsh - G) $      10 Jomo & the Smoothies
57 Jomo & the Smoothies Joe Thornton (SJ - C) $      12 Slackshot
58 Griffin's Team Kari Lehtonen (Dal - G) $      20 Slackshot
59 Crease Monkeys Ryan Kesler (Anh - C,RW) $      15 Homer Knows Hockey
60 Night Slugs Logan Couture (SJ - C,LW) $      20 Slackshot

As I expected, Slackshot, Jomo, and Homer start going on a bit of a spending spree here picking up solid affordable picks. They'll have good teams, but they won't have that superstar capable of carrying their team to victory. It's a tough balance to get right as you want to have both. I felt lucky sneaking Kunitz in there at $20 and think that's great value, but there were plenty of value picks here as Parise and Couture could also prove to be steals.

Round Six:

61 Boomin Grannies Ryan Miller (Van - G) $      10 Homer Knows Hockey
62 Trevor Philips Ind. Patrick Sharp (Chi - C,LW) $      22 Trevor Philips Ind.
63 Daryl's Team Joe Pavelski (SJ - C,LW) $      19 Trevor Philips Ind.
64 four&half Cory Schneider (NJ - G) $      27 four&half
65 Homer Knows Hockey Duncan Keith (Chi - D) $        9 Jomo & the Smoothies
66 Pride HC Cam Fowler (Anh - D) $        9 Pride HC
67 I'm Malkin Money Nicklas Backstrom (Was - C) $      28 Homer Knows Hockey
68 Slackshot Roberto Luongo (Fla - G) $      16 Jomo & the Smoothies
69 Jomo & the Smoothies Jimmy Howard (Det - G) $        8 Homer Knows Hockey
70 Griffin's Team Alex Pietrangelo (StL - D) $        9 Jomo & the Smoothies
71 Crease Monkeys Jarome Iginla (Col - RW) $        5 Griffin's Team
72 Night Slugs Victor Hedman (TB - D) $        8 four&half

Seeing my money starting to run out and knowing that Schneider was going to cost me in the $20's regardless of where I nominated him, I decided to bite the bullet and finally nominate a player that I wanted. I got him, but paid more than I wanted to. My goalies and offense seem to be pretty deep and I'll be looking for some defense with what funds I have left. I was disappointed to see Backstrom come up so early as I wanted him cheaper than that, but at least some significant funds came off the board for him. He could still be a great pick for under $30 though. Sharp and Pavelski were steals around $20 each and I picked up a solid defenseman late with Hedman. I may have paid a touch too much for Hedman given the price for other defensemen.

Round Seven:

73 Boomin Grannies Max Pacioretty (Mon - LW) $      14 I'm Malkin Money
74 Trevor Philips Ind. Steve Mason (Phi - G) $        5 Trevor Philips Ind.
75 Daryl's Team Jason Spezza (Dal - C) $      12 Jomo & the Smoothies
76 four&half David Backes (StL - C,RW) $      16 Jomo & the Smoothies
77 Homer Knows Hockey Henrik Sedin (Van - C) $        5 Slackshot
78 Pride HC Keith Yandle (Ari - D) $        8 four&half
79 I'm Malkin Money Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edm - C) $        5 Homer Knows Hockey
80 Slackshot Gabriel Landeskog (Col - LW) $        6 Jomo & the Smoothies
81 Jomo & the Smoothies Ryan McDonagh (NYR - D) $        4 Crease Monkeys
82 Griffin's Team Braden Holtby (Was - G) $      10 Homer Knows Hockey
83 Crease Monkeys Mike Green (Was - D) $        6 Pride HC
84 Night Slugs Wayne Simmonds (Phi - RW) $        7 Jomo & the Smoothies

Without much money, I went back to nominating high value players off the board hoping to get people to spend. This will be my strategy until closer to the end when I have comparable funds to everyone else. I ddi pick up Yandle though and add to my defense. I now have virtually no money left for big names, but I have a solid stable of talent at each position and feel pretty comfortable with my position so far. Landeskog was a bargain for Jomo in this round.

Round Eight:

85 Boomin Grannies Niklas Kronwall (Det - D) $        5 Homer Knows Hockey
86 Trevor Philips Ind. Daniel Sedin (Van - LW) $      11 Homer Knows Hockey
87 Daryl's Team Jordan Eberle (Edm - RW) $      12 Homer Knows Hockey
88 four&half Marian Hossa (Chi - RW) $        6 Jomo & the Smoothies
89 Homer Knows Hockey Ryan Johansen (Cls - C,RW) $        8 Slackshot
90 Pride HC Joffrey Lupul (Tor - LW,RW) $        5 Pride HC
91 I'm Malkin Money Dion Phaneuf (Tor - D) $        6 Trevor Philips Ind.
92 Slackshot Bobby Ryan (Ott - LW,RW) $        9 Pride HC
93 Jomo & the Smoothies Evander Kane (Wpg - LW) $      15 Trevor Philips Ind.
94 Griffin's Team Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Ari - D) $        6 Boomin Grannies
95 Crease Monkeys Loui Eriksson (Bos - LW,RW) $        5 Homer Knows Hockey
96 Night Slugs Milan Lucic (Bos - LW) $        5 Jomo & the Smoothies

The bullies in the room continue spending, but they are still not spending as much as they should to get down to the point of spending all their funds. This is hampering everyone else's ability to spend on players and bringing the draft values down for everyone. There were some great deals here as Hossa, Johansen, and Ekman-Larsson were all great picks at low prices.

Round Nine:

97 Boomin Grannies Torey Krug (Bos - D) $        4 I'm Malkin Money
98 Trevor Philips Ind. Blake Wheeler (Wpg - RW) $        7 Slackshot
99 Daryl's Team Thomas Vanek (Min - LW,RW) $      33 Homer Knows Hockey
100 four&half T.J. Oshie (StL - C,RW) $        4 four&half
101 Homer Knows Hockey Jaroslav Halak (NYI - G) $        7 Jomo & the Smoothies
102 Pride HC Jonathan Bernier (Tor - G) $      12 I'm Malkin Money
103 I'm Malkin Money Kyle Okposo (NYI - RW) $        7 I'm Malkin Money
104 Slackshot Brandon Saad (Chi - LW,RW) $        3 Griffin's Team
105 Jomo & the Smoothies Brent Burns (SJ - RW,D) $        5 Jomo & the Smoothies
106 Griffin's Team Anton Khudobin (Car - G) $        3 Crease Monkeys
107 Crease Monkeys Kyle Turris (Ott - C) $        2 Griffin's Team
108 Night Slugs Ryan Suter (Min - D) $        3 Night Slugs

Homer Knows Hockey must have realized that he wasn't going to use all of his funds because he went wild to get Vanek in the bidding war of the draft. He must have determined that Vanek was by far and away the best player left and that he had to get him. If you have significant funds and getting down to the depth of the draft, it's ok to do this to acquire a top talent player. Ideally you won't be in that situation though as you'll have spent earlier on top talent. I'm not convinced Vanek was worth it, but time will tell. I was happy and disappointed to get Oshie at $4. I was just trying to get people to spend money, but will gladly take him. Unfortunately those funds used did not allow me to get Saad or Brad Richards who I had keyed in on later as I was outbid on both by $1.

Round Ten:

109 Boomin Grannies Matt Niskanen (Was - D) $        3 Slackshot
110 Trevor Philips Ind. Brian Campbell (Fla - D) $        1 Trevor Philips Ind.
111 Daryl's Team Alexander Steen (StL - C,LW) $        3 Slackshot
112 four&half Marian Gaborik (LA - RW) $      17 Jomo & the Smoothies
113 Homer Knows Hockey Ryan O'Reilly (Col - C,LW) $        4 Slackshot
114 Pride HC Ben Scrivens (Edm - G) $        1 Pride HC
115 I'm Malkin Money David Krejci (Bos - C) $        3 Jomo & the Smoothies
116 Slackshot James Wisniewski (Cls - D) $        5 Slackshot
117 Griffin's Team Mark Giordano (Cgy - D) $        2 Crease Monkeys
118 Crease Monkeys Patric Hornqvist (Pit - RW) $        2 Slackshot
119 Night Slugs Christian Ehrhoff (Pit - D) $        4 Slackshot
120 Boomin Grannies Brad Richards (Chi - C,LW) $        3 I'm Malkin Money
121 Trevor Philips Ind. Alex Goligoski (Dal - D) $        2 Homer Knows Hockey
122 Daryl's Team Scott Hartnell (Cls - LW) $        3 Homer Knows Hockey
123 four&half Tyson Barrie (Col - D) $        2 Crease Monkeys
124 Homer Knows Hockey Justin Schultz (Edm - D) $        1 Homer Knows Hockey
125 Pride HC John Carlson (Was - D) $        3 Pride HC
126 I'm Malkin Money Frederik Andersen (Anh - G) $        3 I'm Malkin Money
127 Slackshot Radko Gudas (TB - D) $        3 Slackshot
128 Griffin's Team Dan Boyle (NYR - D) $        2 Pride HC
129 Crease Monkeys Gustav Nyquist (Det - C,RW) $        2 four&half
130 Night Slugs Jacob Trouba (Wpg - D) $        1 Night Slugs

Round ten is a bit of a misnomer as I will start to combine rounds into natural breaking points. Round ten saw the last of the big money spent and the first teams with complete rosters. Jomo & the Smoothies, Homer Knows Hockey, and Slackshot all finished their teams but left funds on the table like I thought they might. That's always a disappointing feeling at the end of the draft, but they all have solid all around teams. The reason I don't like their strategy is that I find it easy to pick up cheap sleepers late in the draft and would like the game changing ability that some of the top expensive players have. It also makes it easier to make mid season acquisitions when you're dropping a cheap player who didn't hit on his potential rather than a semi-expensive player that you're having a hard time giving up on. Gaborik was the same idea as Vanek last round and Jomo just had to get him. There were, and will continue to be for the rest of the draft, numerous good value picks for barely anything. As I have already alluded to, I was upset with Richards being just too expensive for me to get. The same happened with Andersen and Gudas who I really wanted as well. I'm starting to get worried about my defense as I still have two starting roster spots unfilled and we are getting down to the deep defense picks which I usually try to avoid. I almost missed my opportunity to pick up Nyquist as I wasn't paying attention, but just beat the buzzer with my bid and got a great deal on him. Defense will just have to wait I guess.

Round Eleven:

131 Boomin Grannies Dougie Hamilton (Bos - D) $        2 Night Slugs
132 Trevor Philips Ind. Brent Seabrook (Chi - D) $        2 I'm Malkin Money
133 Daryl's Team Andrew Ladd (Wpg - LW) $        1 Daryl's Team
134 four&half Justin Faulk (Car - D) $        1 four&half
135 Pride HC Bryan Little (Wpg - C,RW) $        1 Pride HC
136 I'm Malkin Money Paul Stastny (StL - C) $        1 I'm Malkin Money
137 Griffin's Team Ondrej Pavelec (Wpg - G) $        1 Griffin's Team
138 Crease Monkeys Tomas Hertl (SJ - LW) $        1 Crease Monkeys
139 Night Slugs Alex Stalock (SJ - G) $        1 Night Slugs
140 Boomin Grannies Jason Pominville (Min - RW) $        1 Boomin Grannies
141 Trevor Philips Ind. Radim Vrbata (Van - RW) $        1 Trevor Philips Ind.
142 Daryl's Team Johan Franzen (Det - LW,RW) $        1 Daryl's Team
143 four&half David Perron (Edm - LW,RW) $        1 four&half
144 Pride HC Jonas Hiller (Cgy - G) $        1 Pride HC
145 I'm Malkin Money John Gibson (Anh - G) $        1 I'm Malkin Money
146 Griffin's Team Josh Harding (Min - G) $        1 Griffin's Team
147 Crease Monkeys Mark Streit (Phi - D) $        2 I'm Malkin Money
148 Night Slugs Jake Allen (StL - G) $        2 four&half
149 Boomin Grannies Jonathan Drouin (TB - LW) $        1 Boomin Grannies
150 Trevor Philips Ind. Andrei Markov (Mon - D) $        1 Trevor Philips Ind.
151 Daryl's Team Nazem Kadri (Tor - C) $        1 Daryl's Team
152 four&half Roman Josi (Nsh - D) $        2 I'm Malkin Money

Round eleven is the last of the multi-dollar bids. Without a third goalie, I paid extra to get the services of Jake Allen. I wanted someone who's numbers I could trust as I already had two very good goalies and playing volume wasn't as important to me. Being outbid on Josi annoyed me as he is a late round target in many of my leagues and I'm expecting big things this year from him. Drouin could be a steal this late int he draft depending on how long he's injured for and I really like that pick. It's too bad that I had just used my last multi-dollar bid or I would've used it there.

Round Twelve:

153 Pride HC Jaromir Jagr (NJ - RW) $        1 Pride HC
154 I'm Malkin Money Jake Muzzin (LA - D) $        1 I'm Malkin Money
155 Griffin's Team Alexander Edler (Van - D) $        1 Griffin's Team
156 Crease Monkeys Erik Johnson (Col - D) $        1 Crease Monkeys
157 Night Slugs Vladimir Tarasenko (StL - RW) $        1 Night Slugs
158 Boomin Grannies Brad Marchand (Bos - LW) $        1 Boomin Grannies
159 Trevor Philips Ind. Ondrej Palat (TB - LW) $        1 Trevor Philips Ind.
160 Daryl's Team Jonathan Huberdeau (Fla - C,LW) $        1 Daryl's Team
161 four&half Jay Bouwmeester (StL - D) $        1 four&half
162 Griffin's Team Niklas Backstrom (Min - G) $        1 Griffin's Team
163 Crease Monkeys Craig Anderson (Ott - G) $        1 Crease Monkeys
164 Night Slugs Chris Kreider (NYR - LW) $        1 Night Slugs
165 Boomin Grannies Dustin Brown (LA - LW,RW) $        1 Boomin Grannies
166 Trevor Philips Ind. Darcy Kuemper (Min - G) $        1 Trevor Philips Ind.
167 Daryl's Team Jack Johnson (Cls - D) $        1 Daryl's Team
168 four&half Jaden Schwartz (StL - LW) $        1 four&half
169 Crease Monkeys Valtteri Filppula (TB - C,LW) $        1 Crease Monkeys
170 Night Slugs Tyler Johnson (TB - C) $        1 Night Slugs
171 Boomin Grannies Alex Galchenyuk (Mon - C,LW) $        1 Boomin Grannies
172 Trevor Philips Ind. Valeri Nichushkin (Dal - RW) $        1 Trevor Philips Ind.
173 Daryl's Team Jason Garrison (TB - D) $        1 Daryl's Team
174 four&half Alex Tanguay (Col - LW,RW) $        1 four&half
175 Crease Monkeys Craig Smith (Nsh - C,RW) $        1 Crease Monkeys
176 Night Slugs Antoine Roussel (Dal - LW) $        1 Night Slugs
177 Boomin Grannies Slava Voynov (LA - D) $        1 Boomin Grannies
178 Daryl's Team Jason Demers (SJ - D) $        1 Daryl's Team
179 four&half Tyler Toffoli (LA - RW) $        1 four&half
180 Crease Monkeys Jiri Hudler (Cgy - LW,RW) $        1 Crease Monkeys
181 Night Slugs Martin Jones (LA - G) $        1 Night Slugs
182 Boomin Grannies Seth Jones (Nsh - D) $        1 Boomin Grannies
183 Daryl's Team Matt Moulson (Buf - LW) $        1 Daryl's Team
184 Crease Monkeys Andrej Sekera (Car - D) $        1 Crease Monkeys
185 Night Slugs Marek Zidlicky (NJ - D) $        1 Night Slugs
186 Boomin Grannies Hampus Lindholm (Anh - D) $        1 Boomin Grannies
187 Daryl's Team Nail Yakupov (Edm - RW) $        1 Daryl's Team
188 Crease Monkeys Joel Ward (Was - RW) $        1 Crease Monkeys
189 Boomin Grannies Ryan Callahan (TB - RW) $        1 Boomin Grannies
190 Daryl's Team Robin Lehner (Ott - G) $        1 Daryl's Team
191 Boomin Grannies Mikko Koivu (Min - C) $        1 Boomin Grannies
192 Daryl's Team Martin Hanzal (Ari - C) $        1 Daryl's Team

Round twelve signifies the $1 bids. Everyone else finished out their teams here and as usual there were some good steals here. I think I managed to get a solid team here despite having to pick six dollar players on my roster. Defense will be my weakness and I'll need some of my forward sleeper picks to succeed, but my goalies and a couple elite forwards should keep me in the hunt for a championship. The one thing I've realized is that I will never come out of an auction draft super happy with my roster as it's too easy to see all of the missed opportunities, but rarely is it as bad as it seems and usually I wind up with better teams than my snake drafts. I'll finish with a lot of flexibility as I have four eligible centers, four left wings, six right wings (may need to trade or drop some here), four defensemen, and three goalies.

The full rosters are below. Take a look through and let me know where the stronger teams are and why you like them. I hope I'm among them, but I'm finding it very difficult to draft this year when everyone else knows my rankings and strategy. Hopefully I can manage my team to a win this year despite this. Tell me your thoughts below.

Final Rosters (use the scroll bar at the bottom for the teams on the right):

Boomin Grannies 1 Sidney Crosby (Pit - C) $    58 Trevor Philips Ind. 4 Kris Letang (Pit - D) $    21
14 Henrik Lundqvist (NYR - G) $    47 7 Claude Giroux (Phi - C,RW) $    50
33 Anze Kopitar (LA - C) $    35 40 Rick Nash (NYR - LW,RW) $    17
44 Antti Niemi (SJ - G) $    25 42 Brian Elliott (StL - G) $    18
46 Ben Bishop (TB - G) $    19 43 Dustin Byfuglien (Wpg - RW,D) $    21
94 Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Ari - D) $      6 62 Patrick Sharp (Chi - C,LW) $    22
140 Jason Pominville (Min - RW) $      1 63 Joe Pavelski (SJ - C,LW) $    19
149 Jonathan Drouin (TB - LW) $      1 74 Steve Mason (Phi - G) $      5
158 Brad Marchand (Bos - LW) $      1 91 Dion Phaneuf (Tor - D) $      6
165 Dustin Brown (LA - LW,RW) $      1 93 Evander Kane (Wpg - LW) $    15
171 Alex Galchenyuk (Mon - C,LW) $      1 110 Brian Campbell (Fla - D) $      1
177 Slava Voynov (LA - D) $      1 141 Radim Vrbata (Van - RW) $      1
182 Seth Jones (Nsh - D) $      1 150 Andrei Markov (Mon - D) $      1
186 Hampus Lindholm (Anh - D) $      1 159 Ondrej Palat (TB - LW) $      1
189 Ryan Callahan (TB - RW) $      1 166 Darcy Kuemper (Min - G) $      1
191 Mikko Koivu (Min - C) $      1 172 Valeri Nichushkin (Dal - RW) $      1
Unused Funds $     - Unused Funds $     -
Daryl's Team 3 Corey Perry (Anh - RW) $    54 four&half 15 John Tavares (NYI - C) $    50
9 Marc-Andre Fleury (Pit - G) $    33 26 Jonathan Quick (LA - G) $    44
12 Tuukka Rask (Bos - G) $    52 48 Nathan MacKinnon (Col - C,RW) $    29
19 P.K. Subban (Mon - D) $    37 51 Chris Kunitz (Pit - LW) $    20
52 Brandon Dubinsky (Cls - C,LW) $    13 64 Cory Schneider (NJ - G) $    27
133 Andrew Ladd (Wpg - LW) $      1 72 Victor Hedman (TB - D) $      8
142 Johan Franzen (Det - LW,RW) $      1 78 Keith Yandle (Ari - D) $      8
151 Nazem Kadri (Tor - C) $      1 100 T.J. Oshie (StL - C,RW) $      4
160 Jonathan Huberdeau (Fla - C,LW) $      1 129 Gustav Nyquist (Det - C,RW) $      2
167 Jack Johnson (Cls - D) $      1 134 Justin Faulk (Car - D) $      1
173 Jason Garrison (TB - D) $      1 143 David Perron (Edm - LW,RW) $      1
178 Jason Demers (SJ - D) $      1 148 Jake Allen (StL - G) $      2
183 Matt Moulson (Buf - LW) $      1 161 Jay Bouwmeester (StL - D) $      1
187 Nail Yakupov (Edm - RW) $      1 168 Jaden Schwartz (StL - LW) $      1
190 Robin Lehner (Ott - G) $      1 174 Alex Tanguay (Col - LW,RW) $      1
192 Martin Hanzal (Ari - C) $      1 179 Tyler Toffoli (LA - RW) $      1
Unused Funds $     - Unused Funds $     -
Homer Knows Hockey 25 Jonathan Toews (Chi - C) $    33 Pride HC 6 Alex Ovechkin (Was - RW) $    60
45 Henrik Zetterberg (Det - C,LW) $    17 18 James van Riemsdyk (Tor - LW) $    34
59 Ryan Kesler (Anh - C,RW) $    15 30 Kevin Shattenkirk (StL - D) $    17
61 Ryan Miller (Van - G) $    10 41 Mike Smith (Ari - G) $    17
67 Nicklas Backstrom (Was - C) $    28 47 Jeff Carter (LA - C,RW) $    17
69 Jimmy Howard (Det - G) $      8 54 Evgeny Kuznetsov (Was - C,LW) $    17
79 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edm - C) $      5 66 Cam Fowler (Anh - D) $      9
82 Braden Holtby (Was - G) $    10 83 Mike Green (Was - D) $      6
85 Niklas Kronwall (Det - D) $      5 90 Joffrey Lupul (Tor - LW,RW) $      5
86 Daniel Sedin (Van - LW) $    11 92 Bobby Ryan (Ott - LW,RW) $      9
87 Jordan Eberle (Edm - RW) $    12 114 Ben Scrivens (Edm - G) $      1
95 Loui Eriksson (Bos - LW,RW) $      5 125 John Carlson (Was - D) $      3
99 Thomas Vanek (Min - LW,RW) $    33 128 Dan Boyle (NYR - D) $      2
121 Alex Goligoski (Dal - D) $      2 135 Bryan Little (Wpg - C,RW) $      1
122 Scott Hartnell (Cls - LW) $      3 144 Jonas Hiller (Cgy - G) $      1
124 Justin Schultz (Edm - D) $      1 153 Jaromir Jagr (NJ - RW) $      1
Unused Funds $      2 Unused Funds $     -
I'm Malkin Money 10 Evgeni Malkin (Pit - C,RW) $    53 Slackshot 37 Carey Price (Mon - G) $    32
34 Tyler Seguin (Dal - C,RW) $    40 38 Matt Duchene (Col - C,LW) $    26
39 Taylor Hall (Edm - C,LW) $    44 49 Corey Crawford (Chi - G) $    26
55 Patrice Bergeron (Bos - C) $    11 57 Joe Thornton (SJ - C) $    12
73 Max Pacioretty (Mon - LW) $    14 58 Kari Lehtonen (Dal - G) $    20
97 Torey Krug (Bos - D) $      4 60 Logan Couture (SJ - C,LW) $    20
102 Jonathan Bernier (Tor - G) $    12 77 Henrik Sedin (Van - C) $      5
103 Kyle Okposo (NYI - RW) $      7 89 Ryan Johansen (Cls - C,RW) $      8
120 Brad Richards (Chi - C,LW) $      3 98 Blake Wheeler (Wpg - RW) $      7
126 Frederik Andersen (Anh - G) $      3 109 Matt Niskanen (Was - D) $      3
132 Brent Seabrook (Chi - D) $      2 111 Alexander Steen (StL - C,LW) $      3
136 Paul Stastny (StL - C) $      1 113 Ryan O'Reilly (Col - C,LW) $      4
145 John Gibson (Anh - G) $      1 116 James Wisniewski (Cls - D) $      5
147 Mark Streit (Phi - D) $      2 118 Patric Hornqvist (Pit - RW) $      2
152 Roman Josi (Nsh - D) $      2 119 Christian Ehrhoff (Pit - D) $      4
154 Jake Muzzin (LA - D) $      1 127 Radko Gudas (TB - D) $      3
Unused Funds $     - Unused Funds $    20
Jomo & the Smoothies 17 Erik Karlsson (Ott - D) $    40 Griffin's Team 8 James Neal (Nsh - LW,RW) $    29
50 Zach Parise (Min - LW) $    21 11 Eric Staal (Car - C) $    28
56 Pekka Rinne (Nsh - G) $    10 20 Martin St. Louis (NYR - RW) $    18
65 Duncan Keith (Chi - D) $      9 21 Shea Weber (Nsh - D) $    27
68 Roberto Luongo (Fla - G) $    16 28 Derek Stepan (NYR - C) $    12
70 Alex Pietrangelo (StL - D) $      9 29 Patrick Marleau (SJ - C,LW) $    24
75 Jason Spezza (Dal - C) $    12 32 Zdeno Chara (Bos - D) $    18
76 David Backes (StL - C,RW) $    16 35 Drew Doughty (LA - D) $    20
80 Gabriel Landeskog (Col - LW) $      6 53 Alexander Semin (Car - LW,RW) $    10
84 Wayne Simmonds (Phi - RW) $      7 71 Jarome Iginla (Col - RW) $      5
88 Marian Hossa (Chi - RW) $      6 104 Brandon Saad (Chi - LW,RW) $      3
96 Milan Lucic (Bos - LW) $      5 107 Kyle Turris (Ott - C) $      2
101 Jaroslav Halak (NYI - G) $      7 137 Ondrej Pavelec (Wpg - G) $      1
105 Brent Burns (SJ - RW,D) $      5 146 Josh Harding (Min - G) $      1
112 Marian Gaborik (LA - RW) $    17 155 Alexander Edler (Van - D) $      1
115 David Krejci (Bos - C) $      3 162 Niklas Backstrom (Min - G) $      1
Unused Funds $    11 Unused Funds $     -
Crease Monkeys 2 Steven Stamkos (TB - C) $    56 Night Slugs 5 Pavel Datsyuk (Det - C,LW) $    26
13 Ryan Getzlaf (Anh - C) $    51 16 Jeff Skinner (Car - LW,RW) $    30
27 Jamie Benn (Dal - LW) $    44 22 Patrick Kane (Chi - C,RW) $    43
31 Semyon Varlamov (Col - G) $    30 23 Jakub Voracek (Phi - RW) $    19
81 Ryan McDonagh (NYR - D) $      4 24 Phil Kessel (Tor - RW) $    41
106 Anton Khudobin (Car - G) $      3 36 Sergei Bobrovsky (Cls - G) $    28
117 Mark Giordano (Cgy - D) $      2 108 Ryan Suter (Min - D) $      3
123 Tyson Barrie (Col - D) $      2 130 Jacob Trouba (Wpg - D) $      1
138 Tomas Hertl (SJ - LW) $      1 131 Dougie Hamilton (Bos - D) $      2
156 Erik Johnson (Col - D) $      1 139 Alex Stalock (SJ - G) $      1
163 Craig Anderson (Ott - G) $      1 157 Vladimir Tarasenko (StL - RW) $      1
169 Valtteri Filppula (TB - C,LW) $      1 164 Chris Kreider (NYR - LW) $      1
175 Craig Smith (Nsh - C,RW) $      1 170 Tyler Johnson (TB - C) $      1
180 Jiri Hudler (Cgy - LW,RW) $      1 176 Antoine Roussel (Dal - LW) $      1
184 Andrej Sekera (Car - D) $      1 181 Martin Jones (LA - G) $      1
188 Joel Ward (Was - RW) $      1 185 Marek Zidlicky (NJ - D) $      1
Unused Funds $     - Unused Funds $     -

To all of the draft day participants, thank you for joining the league with me. I'm really looking forward to playing the season through and seeing what happens. Feel free to comment below and defend some of your picks or weigh in on the draft day results.

Good luck drafting your own teams this year, I wish you all success!

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