Hey guys! This is a two part podcast looking at some general draft strategy plus a draft recap. First, I’m joined by Reid who is completely frustrated by his draft in my RCL. All of the f-bombs! We do a thorough breakdown of each of our picks, looking at each pick, why we took them, whether it was a mistake or not, and then general draft strategy. Spoiler: we forgot to take defensemen. To follow along, here is our draft recap link . ChicagoCanuck is my hero for putting Reid on epic tilt! After that, Matt makes his first appearance on the podcast to talk about his goaltending rankings. We look at his tiers, goalies he’s high and low on and then a general strategy overview when it comes to how he drafts goalies. All of that and more in today’s podcast:

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Hey guys. I’ll be recording with Reid later today and I already have talked to Matt as well so look for a podcast to drop Wednesday morning. For now, I’m going to walk through, pick by pick, my thought process during my first RCL. I was “lucky” enough to pick 1st, which will makes things easier for this exercise since I can talk about two picks at once. To make it easier to follow along, the draft recap can be found here. Also, there’s still over one week under the season starts so please create or join a league here. Let’s get to it!

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Here are all my rankings in one big list with some updates. I still haven’t moved around any of the players who are still without a contract (we’re looking at 5-10 guys) but if at the end of the week they’re still unsigned, then I’ll have to drop them accordingly. We are nine days away from the season starting so now is the time to sign up for an RCL. You can do so here. So you don’t have to scroll all the way to the bottom, ECR is the expert consensus rank for the player, vs. ECR is how the difference between my rank and the consensus. I may have to move some guys around later once I take a closer look at who I’m high on and who I’m not. Please leave any questions or comments that you have in the comment section below. Without further adieu, here is my list:

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It’s the final countdown! We’ve finally made it to the end of the top 250. We are to the point where you are taking guys with your last few picks so I’m going to limit the details here. Target categories that you need some reassurance in but be prepared to cut these guys if necessary. If you want to handcuff your goalie, this is also the time to do it. Let’s finish this bad boy up!

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We are less than two weeks away from the season starting! Today, Viz and Reid take a look at the Pacific Division. How does the coaching change affect the Ducks? How thin is the Kings roster? Can the Sharks superstars play at that level again? Is this the year for some breakouts in Arizona or are we still a year away? Can the Flames bounce back from last year’s disappointment? How good is McJesus going to be in Year 2? Is it worth spending more than 1 minute on the Canucks? All of that in more in our last division preview:

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We’ve finally made it to team 30. The Anaheim Ducks are the last team to preview for the upcoming season following a Pacific Division title. They ended up losing in game 7 to Nashville in the first round leading them to make a pair of horrible coaching decisions. Firing Bruce Boudreau and hiring Randy Carlyle is an absolute disaster for this team going from one of the best to one of the worst. I suspect that the change alone costs this team at least 10 points. Anyways, there’s still plenty of talent here at different age points that are worth looking at so let’s get to it!

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We’re onto the Western Conference in the latest addition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast. Today, Reid and I take a look at the strongest division in hockey, the Central Division. Who do we like on the Stars outside of the obvious guys? The same question is asked around the Blues. Can Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin repeat their success from last season? Am I crazy for liking guys on the Predators as much as I do? Will Bruce Boudreau have a big effect on the Wild’s performance? Can Colorado improve with a new coach? Spoiler: yes. And last, Reid and I gush about the potential of the Jets’ players to get the team back into the playoffs. All of that and more on today’s edition of the podcast.

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Man, the Kings could be in trouble very soon. Yes, they still have their superstar players but the roster gets thin very quickly. They were absolutely destroyed by their rival San Jose in the first round last season and it shouldn’t come as much surprise. The Sharks neutralized their top 6 and killed the Kings with their depth. While the actual team has question marks because Dean Lombardi can’t fill out a roster (just his team USA decisions), there are still plenty of fantasy studs on this team along with a couple interesting players. Let’s take a look at what they’re working with:

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So I’m in this one league that drafts way too early each year. On top of that, it’s an email draft that typically takes up to 3 weeks to complete. And it’s deep. Very deep. Twenty teams, with 20-man rosters. So why do I torture myself year after year, with this slow-as-molasses-and-way-too-soon draft? Because it preps me for all the others I will take part in leading up to the season. They’re still playing World Cup games, for crying out loud. How is anyone supposed to be ready for this?

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We are through 149 players in my rankings; I can’t believe there’s still 101 players to go! Thanks to a commenter, I realized that I had Tyler Toffoli ranked twice. I’m only human! Anyways, things are already getting thin at this point in drafts. There will be some guys who are here for their safety but I’m deferring to players with upside at this point in the draft. Locking in 45-50 points is fine and dandy but I’d rather shoot the moon and work the waiver wire during the season. Let’s take a look at the best players who make up the second half of standard drafts:

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