Some staff at NHL.com decided to do a mock Fantasy draft for each of the NHL's 30 teams and posted the outcome recently which can be found on the site's main page.
I found it quite interesting to see Ovechkin in a Panther sweater, but even more interesting than that would be the spot Stamkos was drafted. Apparently his value has dropped, in the NHL.com's Drafters eyes atleast, which was quite a shock. Overall our team looks to be stacked with offensive talent which is quite intimidating to be honest. The defense is a bit mediocre but at least we have a talented young goaltender in Bernier, some of you may not know who he is because he's been in the shadows of Jonathan Quick the past few seasons, but he is in fact the real deal. Overall I'd say they did us proud!
For anyone interested but who may not have the time to go check the full list of rosters etc. on the site, the draft format was that of an actual NHL Draft. The order of selections were based off of how teams finished in the regular season. Sure this is all for fun but I thought it was a neat way to kill some time over this long hockeyless month. EA Sports will be editing teams in the new NHL '12 to fit these rosters, and then simulating a full season to see who does best. Then over the next week or two they will be posting the outcome of the playoff series and ultimately the Stanley Cup Final outcome as well!
Full Drafted Roster and Line Combinations
Alex Ovechkin - David Krejci - Marian Hossa
Logan Couture - Joe Pavelski - Tyler Ennis
Blake Comeau - Marc Savard - Patric Hornqvist
Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Johansen - Joe Colborne
Scratches: Drayson Bowman - Quinton Howden
Brad Stuart - Anton Volchenkov
Josh Gorges - Chris Butler
Kevin Klein - Mike Weaver
Scratches: David Rundblad
Review: It's tough to find a better crop of forwards. The second line of Couture, Pavelski and Ennis rival many of these new teams' top lines. Unfortunately, the blue line is a weakness. Gorges is coming off a major knee injury, and Butler was shipped out of Buffalo after last season. With Bernier and Khabibulin, the Panthers will be trying to win a lot of games 6-5 this season.