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?