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Shots on Goal: Maingot's Draft Manifesto

Peter Maingot

Peter has been covering fantasy sports for Rotowire for over 10 years. He's covered hockey, football and basketball over the past decade but now focuses strictly on the frozen game. From the Great White North, Peter is a strong proponent of physical, up tempo hockey.

NHL Fantasy Draft Strategy 2011

This is for rotisserie players in 12-team leagues with the traditional 10 statistical categories. It's a checklist of 10 important tips to follow on draft day, based on patterns that I have noticed doing numerous mock drafts online. As a two-time winner of the Yahoo! Friends & Family league over the past five years, some of these tips have served me well previously, especially tip #8.

1. Draft one of Henrik Lundqvist, Roberto Luongo, Tomas Vokoun, Pekka Rinne, Tim Thomas, Marc-Andre Fleury, or Ilya Bryzgalov in rounds 1-2.

2. Draft a LW in the first 3 rounds (Alexander Ovechkin, Bobby Ryan, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Zach Parise, Patrick Marleau, Ilya Kovalchuk).

3. Draft a RW in the first 5-6 rounds (Corey Perry, Martin St. Louis, Jarome Iginla, Claude Giroux, Daniel Briere, Marian Gaborik, Dany Heatley, David Backes, Martin Havlat).

4. Draft a 50-point D-man by the end of round 6 -7 and another by round 9-10. Pass on Big 5 in early rounds and go for Kris Letang, Dan Boyle, Brent Burns, Mark Streit, Andrei MarkovChris Pronger, Alex Goligoski, Alex Pietrangelo, James Wisniewski, or Alexander Edler.

5. Draft a second goalie by round 8 (Cam Ward, Jaroslav Halak, Dwayne Roloson, Kari Lehtonen, Ondrej Pavelec).

6. Draft a C by round 8 (Jason Spezza, Peter Stastny, Logan Couture, Derek Roy, Mikko Koivu, Tomas Plekanec, David Krejci).

7. Draft Scott Hartnell, Steve Ott, or Steve Downie for PIMs.

8. Draft a backup goalie on a top team by round 11 or 12 (Cory Schneider, Tuukka Rask, Jonathan Bernier, or Mathieu Garon).

9. Target D-men in late rounds: Joe Corvo, Marek Zidlicky, Anton Babchuk, Ian White, Michael Del Zotto, Andy Greene.

10. Target Andy McDonald, Patrik Elias and Simon Gagne late in drafts.