Who You Should Be Taking In Your Pool

Crosby OvechkinAh yes, the new NHL season is just around the corner. It is so close, it’s got a stronger aroma to it then those honey-garlic chicken wings that have been cooking in your mind since the playoffs ended in June.

With the arrival of the new NHL season comes all the perks for the fans, including those chicken wings – mine are especially delicious – and those hockey pool draft days.

The day has come for the average hockey fan to put on their thinking cap, pop open a cold one and become a make-belief General Manager at least for 24 hours. Well maybe three or four days if you’re obsessed.

When you put it into perspective, most average hockey fans and G.M.’s aren’t that far off when it comes to making the decisions on how they want to shape a team or pool. Most fantasy pool players will make unwise choices, like the Ottawa Senators when they drafted Alexandre Daigle first overall in 1993 or when Patrick Stefan got taken first overall in 1999 by the Atlanta Thrashers. Yes, even the experts in the big, comfy chairs that control pro hockey teams can throw a top draft pick right down the drain. It proves we’re all human.

Here is an advice, however, to help the average hockey fan not make those same, throbbing mistakes.

First: If you have the number one pick overall in your draft, please take Sidney Crosby. It’s not like the others (Joe Thornton, Alexander Ovechkin, Dany Heatley, etc) aren’t as good as Sid the Kid, but this young phenom has lived up to the hype of being the best player to play hockey since Wayne Gretzky. If you do not have the first pick in your pool, then feel free to choose such superstars as the others mentioned above.

Second: Go with a younger pool. The new NHL has illustrated that the faster, more skilled players are a must in hockey now and within the past three years, the big league’s have seen a huge increase in young players with a collective skill set that we have not seen since the mid 90’s. Some players that fit into this bill are Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Evgeni Malkin, just to name a few.

Third: This is the most important piece of advice you will ever need to know. Pick players from a team, which you know will score a lot of goals. The more goals a team scores, then chances are that most of the top point producers will be in a majority of those points. If you feel Anaheim will fill the net a ton, then take a lot of Ducks. Chances are, points will be spread out through the line up and will help your fantasy pool totals.

Oh yeah, one more thing. Don’t take injured players. No matter how much beer and chicken wings are consumed on draft day, do not make this mistake as a loss of respect amongst your peers will immediately follow.

Well, now that you have heard the advice of how to run a hockey pool draft from a true expert – well maybe not an expert – it’s time to go out there and have fun acting as an NHL General Manager, as this day only comes by once … every year.


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