Via NBC Sports PR, here’s how the two NHL Live analysts made their picks, in preparation for Friday evening’s All-Star Fantasy Draft (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).
So…not sure how Patrice Bergeron gets picked third to last. Maybe Roenick and Jones figured the reigning Selke Trophy winner isn’t the kind of player who would shine in a defense-discouraged All-Star Game? That’s possible I guess. Doubt he’ll go that low in the actual draft though.
Anyway, assuming the draft rules haven’t changed from 2011, remember that “each team’s three goalies must be picked by the end of Round 10 and each team’s six defensemen must be picked by the conclusion of Round 15,” so the player picked last has to be a forward.
The two top picks
Roenick on Malkin: “There’s no question that in an All-Star Game, he’s the perfect guy to pick number one. Even though he’s from Pittsburgh, and I was a Philly guy, I’ve got to make him my first choice.”
Jones on Voracek: “He’s heading back to Columbus where he started his career – he’ll be pretty pumped up about that. He’s leading the NHL in points, and when he plays with All-Star talent, he’ll pick up big-time points.”