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Calgary, AB • Canada • 24 Years Old • Male
In an old school, no goalies and straight points only format, ten people participate in a pool. You're second to pick, just barely missing out on that first overall pick, and drafting Sidney Crosby.

You're up, the second pick overall, whose name do you select to your team?

San Jose's Joe Thornton, Tampa's Vincent Lecavalier, one of Ottawa's Dany Heatley or Jason Spezza, Alexander the Great of the Caps or is there someone else you feel is going to have a good year...

In the last 4 seasons, Joe Thornton has gotten more than 100 points in two seasons, while playing at least 77 games. Cheechoo and Michalek are back and one can only assume that they shouldn't negatively affect Thornton's production this year.

Vincent Lecavalier has played 80+ games over the last four years, but before his breakout 108 point season in '06-'07, his previous total was 78 points. Was last year a sign of things to come or did it just increase expectations and add pressure for this upcoming season?

The Ottawa duo: Spezza and Heatley. Both Spezza and Heatley are coming into free agency at the end of the season, and many believe that players looking for contracts often have banner years to increase interest. In his last two full seasons in the NHL, Jason Spezza has not played more than 68 games, however his points per game average in those two seasons is 1.3. So if he played a full season, a 100 point total wouldn't be out of the question. Dany Heatley has been phenomenal in his two years as a Senator, amassing 50 goals and over 100 points in both seasons. With his contract ending it would be surprising if he didn't match, and even exceed those numbers.

Alexander Ovechkin is a one of a kind player. His desire to play hard and score goals has been welcomed into the NHL by fans of many teams. In his two NHL seasons he has played over 80 games while scoring over 90 points both times. There is often a "sophomore slump" used to explain a players point drop from their first to second year, but if 92 points is a sophomore slump, lookout! With the offensive additions this year, Ovechkin passing his rookie total of 106 points is not out of the question.

The others: Is Daniel Briere going to find chemistry with Simon Gagne for the Flyers? Will Marian Hossa have a great year in the last year of his current contract? Will Martin St Louis feed off of Vincent Lecavalier and continue his fantastic play of last year? Maybe Jarome Iginla can stay healthy for 80 games and continue where he left off last year, or is there someone else looking to break into the elite group of players?

Your call.
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September 11, 2007 3:48 PM ET | Delete
Joe Thornton is definitely my pick. He is extremely reliable and he can produce when paired with just about anyone. He was 1st two years ago and 2nd last year in scoring and he didn't have Cheech with him the whole time (which they will probably do next year). Big Joe is the way to go.
September 11, 2007 3:49 PM ET | Delete
I should clarify that I meant he didn't always have Cheechoo with him...not that Cheechoo was absent from Joe's line the entire time.
September 11, 2007 4:22 PM ET | Delete
I found myself in this exact position recently and went with Vinnie. My league does award extra points for hat tricks and playmakers however. Heatley was a close second but with Martin St. Louis playing with Lecavalier my league makes Lecavalier my choice because when tampa scores 5 goals vinnie has a good chance of being in on 3 of em.
September 11, 2007 5:06 PM ET | Delete
Dany Heatley is my first pick. This drunken maniac can get the points pretty easy with the stellar team he is on.
September 11, 2007 8:07 PM ET | Delete
Ironically I had the second overall pick in my draft tonight. I was either going to take Heatley or Thornton. I chose Thornton, I believe with the players around him will contribute to his point totals and will probably hit 100 assists this year.
September 11, 2007 8:29 PM ET | Delete
what about Luongo? Great goalie in a defensive system. He'll be hard to top.
September 11, 2007 9:38 PM ET | Delete
Big Joe
September 12, 2007 1:33 AM ET | Delete
I love Big Joe, but Alex O will eclipse his rookie season totals. I would be taking Alex O because he now has a supporting cast to help him. Nylander will feed him the puck like none of his teamates from the his first 2 years could. This is just my thoughts of the situation. Also I agree with CPTJEFF Luongo is a great choice to he will have another amazing season. Marty B. will not put up the numbers he has in the past so Luongo will be the top fantasy goalie this year.
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