Sidney Crosby’s dominance during September’s World Cup of Hockey made him an easy first pick for my “Team Hound” entry in ESPN’s Fantasy Hockey draft. Here’s the full squad:
After Crosby, I chose a goalie – Pekke Rinne – but then went back to the World Cup well to select Brad Marchand next. Not only did Marchand have a fantastic tournament, but he also just signed a lucrative long-term deal with Boston and is likely to get first-line minutes all season.
Other Team Hound guys I’m pleased to have:
- Jack Eichel – another strong World Cup performance, and a starring role with an increasingly talented Sabres team.
- Sean Monahan – when Johnny Gaudreau scores, Monahan assists.
- James van Riemsdyk – if he stays healthy he could end up scoring lots of points in Toronto, perhaps seeing some ice time with Auston Matthews and on the power play.
- Jonathan Drouin – appears to have put the bad feelings in Tampa away and should be ready for a comeback season.
- Robby Fabbri – exciting young winger who had a great playoff with the Blues.
This incarnation of Team Hound is entered in ESPN’s 12-team H2H points 46211 fantasy league; I’ll have a chance to draft different lineups for the two other leagues I’m entered in – but will likely go with a similar look for each one.
Puck drops October 12.