Hey everyone!  Today, Reid and I are back to take a deeper look at the Metro Division.  You have five playoff teams from a season ago, two improved teams in Carolina and New Jersey and the mess that is Columbus.  What do you do with Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang with their injury history?  Can the Caps repeat their success from last regular season?  Who should you target on the Rangers?  Is John Tavares a first round pick?  Will the first line and power play unit in Philly repeat its success from the second half of 2015-16?  What is Taylor Hall‘s fantasy value after the trade?  What the f*** is Carolina doing in net and who is worth taking in Columbus?  All of that in more in this podcast:

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  1. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    i’ll get this in the newest post. ignore it earlier (or here depending)

    14 team dynasty with 10 man farms (players have to be activated this season if they’ve accrued 25 or more games, this only needs to be done at start of year, unless you activate a guy, then he goes over, at which point you can’t put him back down). so we are VERY deep in prospect guys already owned. standard goalie stats, PPP, SHP, hits, blocks, shooting %, GWG added. active roster keep up to 25. rattie (26 games has to be activated, but i apparently also own m.reilly MIN D as minor guy)
    C (start 2) -carter, kadri, horvat, r.o’reilly, zibanejad
    LW (start 2) sharp, jenner, t.ennis, skinner, baertschi
    RW (start 2) senko, eberle, oshie,soshnikov (could be minored), j.hansen, smith-pelly, rattie
    W (start 2)
    F (1)
    D (start 5) – karlsson, gudas, martinez, ellis, orpik, r.murray, dekeyser
    G (start 2) – lehner/quick/rinne
    BN (9).
    5 IR’s
    5 IR +
    minor guys:
    marner, sprong, pulock, matheson, guhle, skjei, n.paul, m.reilly (MIN), montembault, hudon
    so i gotta drop at least 4 of the active guys and/or some minor guys to make any draft picks at all. i’m trying to see if i can view last year’s draft (i joined this in january). the draft is message board and can be any player not owned. i got 7th (was in 13th when i joined it) but don’t know if it’s snake or not yet either. average kept in active slots predraft last year was 22.85 per team. we only draft at most 5 rounds and i have picks at 2.3 (17th overall), 2.8, 3.8, 4.8, 5.8.

    here’s a list of guys that aren’t owned that either are or would be (probably) on your top prospect lists (per team) and may be ahead of at least some of my guys: h.fasching RW, nylander LW, asplund C BUF, sergachev D MTL, matthews, korskov RW, leipsic LW TOR, l.brown C, dahlen C, burgess RW OTT, mcavoy, frederic BOS, ouellet D, nastasiuk, cholowski DET, gusev , howden TB, borgstrom, hawryluk FLA, dubois, zaar,j.anderson CLB, mcleod, bastian, boucher NJ (but he doesn’t slot into minors), aho,bean,gauthier CAR, rubtsov PHI, bellows NYI, shestyorkin, vesey, jensen NYR, sundqvist/jarry/bjorkqvist PIT, johansen, vanecek WAS, laine, dano (no minors) WIN, bigras, grimaldi (no minors either) COL, kunin, michalek MIN, trenin NAS, schmaltz, pokka, mcneill, hartman, motte, debrincat CHI, dunn, j.schmaltz, t.thompson STL, ritchie (no minors), tufte, ully, desrosiers, dickinson DAL, all 5 EDM guys, juolevi, cassels, gaunce VAN, for the last teams you haven’t touched on yet it’d probably be tkachuk (gillies owned) and some others (dube, andersson, kylington), for ANA max jones, steel, larsson (others owned), for LA mersch, zykov (kempe owned), for SJ gambrell (meier/goldobin owned) and roy maybe, mueller.
    using THN’s top 50 you’ve left out walman D STL, and out of this year’s class i would’ve thought fabbro, chychrun and some others might’ve made it.

    ok, whew, that took a while, ok, so that leaves (without knowing much about LA/ANA/CGY/OTT)
    11 number #1’s (assuming tkachuk/brown/matthews)
    6 number 2’s
    12 number 3’s
    and a bunch of 4’s and worse

    1. how many guys should i drop, i’m guessing j.hansen, dekeyser, baerschi, n.paul, doing that i’d be able to draft 2 guys (at picks 17th and 22nd overall). agree with those first? of course i don’t know how high paul is at OTT or guhle at BUF.
    2. any more out of the rattie, smith-pelly, r.murray or a minor guy to draft at any of these spots (36th, 50th, 64th)?

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: oops again, one thing i didn’t notice is during season it’s optimal to have 7 or so D guys (start 5, of course some of pulock/matheson/skjei/guhle could be those guys), and another thing i won’t know (keepers due tonight, minors guys can be cut before the draft though, which will start very soon as it’s message board draft up to 5 rounds) is what players WEREN’T kept till after i choose. could be better guys out there.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Well I can tell you that Guhle will only make the Sabres if he has a big training camp but I fully expect him to be on the team in 2017-18, probably in the top 4 right away. I’m a big believer long term so I definitely wouldn’t drop him. I’m definitely dropping DeKeyser, Paul and Hansen now that he’s not with the Sedins. Baertschi is close but I’m probably dumping him since he sucks at the extra categories. The only other close guy on your roster is Rattie but I guess I’d defer to holding him. Smith-Pelly will still be in the top 6 in New Jersey so I’d hold. If possible, I’d try to trade Murray. Honestly, his only asset is blocking shots but he has a big name so perhaps you can get something for him. As far as minors go, I’d dump Mike Reilly as well. He just doesn’t do anything well from a fantasy perspective and there’s no chance he breaks into the top 4; at best he’s the 6th defenseman on the team with little role. That’ll open up another draft pick for you and there’s a lot of minor guys that are worth owning, especially over Reilly.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Viz: other than his 21 assists the blocks could easily be made up elsewhere, just streaming (7 moves per week) D guys (murray). LOTS of unowned guys out there, other than the assists, 21 quite high for guys not owned (so far, but i don’t know the dropped non kept players yet). i have to decide in less than 6 hours so i’ll probably just drop murray and reilly, giving me 4 picks.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: 21 point D men harder to find than blockers (and blockers better than murray are easy to find)

          • Viz

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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Gotcha, then I agree with what you said in the comment above.

  2. Ben says:
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    Did you guys discuss the Flyers goaltending?!

    I listened like 10 times and I can’t find it.

    • Viz

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      @Ben: I thought we did very quickly but basically I’m not excited about either goalie, I would draft either or as a #3 but I wouldn’t expect anything more because I don’t know how the playing time will be divided.

    • Reid

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      @Ben: Hey Ben,

      Viz and I “briefly” discussed them (30 seconds at most) and I’m not overly thrilled at taking either.

      I’ll pull the trigger on Mason if I have a strong #1 and #2 goalie already in my lineup. This team should score a ton and give up a ton of goals, hence my lack of enthusiasm when it comes to drafting a Philly goalie.

  3. Teuvo says:
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    Thanks boys.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Teuvo: No problem! Both West divisions should be out next week.

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