Hockey Hypotheticals: What if NHL teams could only use players they drafted?

This is the 2nd post in our 30 part series, looking at what the NHL would look like if players could only play for the teams they were drafted by, In the first post we looked at the Anaheim Ducks.

Since its in alphabetical order, next up…

Boston Bruins:

First Line:
LW: Milan Lucic – GP:452/G:110/A:161/PTS:271/PPG:0.59/Cap:6M
C: Joe Thornton – GP:1174/G:337/A:833/PTS:1170/PPG:0.99/Cap:7M
RW: Phil Kessel – GP:554/G:208/A:219/PTS:427/PPG:0.77/Cap:5.4M
Second Line:
LW: Brad Marchand – GP:266/G:81/A:78/PTS:159/PPG:0.59/ Cap:4.5M
C: Patrice Bergeron – GP:627/G:165/A:298/PTS:463/PPG:0.74/ Cap:5M
RW: David Krejci – GP:472/G:101/A:246/PTS:347/PPG: 0.74/ Cap 5.35M
Third Line:
LW: Nate Thompson – GP:359/G:33/A:45/PTS:78/PPG:0.22/Cap:1.6M
C: Tyler Seguin – GP: 253/G:77/A:92/PTS: 169/PPG:0.67/Cap:5.75
RW: Kris Versteeg – GP:381/G:99/A:130/PTS:229/PPG:0.6/Cap:2.2M
Fourth Line:
LW: Joe Colborne – GP: 66/G:5/A:13/PTS: 18/PPG:0.27/Cap:0.6M
C: Vladimir Sobotka – GP:360/G:33/A:82/PTS:115/PPG:0.32/Cap:1.3M
RW: Jordan Caron – GP: 112/G:12/A:14/PTS:26/PPG:0.23/Cap:0.64M
First  Pair:
LD: Mark Stuart – GP:465/G:21/A:44/PTS:65/ATOI:/Cap:1.7M
RD: Dougie Hamilton – GP: 76/G:9/A:17/PTS:26/ATOI:/Cap: 0.89M
Second Pair:
LD: Torey Krug – GP: 55/G:11/A:20/PTS:31/Cap:0.92M
RD: Matt Hunwick – GP:229/G:16/A:51/PTS:67/Cap:1.6M
Third Pair:
LD: Andrew Alberts – GP:459/G:8/A:47/PTS:55/Cap:0.6M
RD: Hal Gill –  GP:1106/G:36/A:148/PTS:184/Cap: 0.7M
Milan Jurcina – GP:430/G:22A:59/PTS:81/Cap: UFA

Niklas Svedberg: GP: 1/W:1/SV%943/GAA:1.97/Cap:0.86M
Andrew Raycroft: GP:280/W:113/SV%:900/GAA:2.89/Cap:UFA
Malcom Subban: GP: 0/W:0/SV%:0.00/GAA:0.00/Cap:0.89M

Roster Breakdown:
Holy Forwards!!! This team is as deep upfront as it could possibly be. The first line features ‘Jumbo’ Joe Thornton down the middle, with the every day bad ass that is Lucic on the left, and the speed and creativity of Kessel on the right. With Thornton’s size and vision, Lucic’s size and net presence, and Kessel’s finishing ability, I think this would be a very effective line, and one that would be so much fun to watch. Line two would be the two way line, on LW we have Humpty Dumpty (Marchand), Selke Trophy winner and Gold Medalist Bergeron, along with Cup Winner Krejci. This line would be a great checking and scoring line, with fantastic two way capability. The third line features Nate Thompson on the left, he’s small but has put up respectable numbers in Tampa, Tyler Seguin down the middle, and Kris Verbeauty on the right (who knew Boston drafted Versteeg?). I see this as a sheltered scoring line, Seguin and Versteeg could sneak on the PP occasionally and would start in the offensive zone a lot, or otherwise would be put up against the other teams 3rd and 4th lines. Seguin could obviously play on the first or second lines if someone went cold, but that is the beauty of this kind of forward depth.

This rendition of the Boston Bruins are just miserable on defence and in goal. I thought this was really interesting, because if there is one thing that the real life Bruins are known for, its strong defensive play, and good goaltending. The Bruins have traded very well, and done a good job assessing and acquiring defensive talent, because they really haven’t drafted it. This could be a trend that is changing, with players like Dougie Hamilton (D) and Malcolm Subban (G) up and coming. But really, why draft when you can pillage the likes of the Leafs and the Sens for players like Rask and Chara. Kudos should also go to the Bruins for signing Tim Thomas, who was originally drafted by the Nordiques, but is someone who I believe should be a Hall of Famer based on his short body of work in Beantown.

Overall I don’t think this Boston team can survive in the NHL with their defence and goaltending. It just isn’t good enough. They’ll score lots of goals, and they have good two way forwards, but you need goalies who can stop the puck. I think that this team would need Malcolm Subban or Niklas Svedberg to be a rookie sensation to truly compete.

College/International Free Agents:
Niklas Svedberg G – GP: 1/W:1/SV%943/GAA:1.97

Torey Krug D – GP: 55/G:11/A:20/PTS:31

Draft Record:
Round 8, 207th Pick – Hal Gill D – GP:1106/G:36/A:148/PTS:184 
Round 1, 1st Pick – Joe Thornton C – GP:1174/G:337/A:833/PTS:1170
Round 6, 135th Pick – Andrew Raycroft G – GP:280/W:113/SV%:900/GAA:2.89
Round 1, 21st Pick – Nick Boynton D – GP:605/G:34/A:110/PTS:144
Round 1, 9th Pick – Shaone Morrison D – GP:480/G:11/A:64/PTS:75
Round 6,179th Pick – Andrew Alberts D –  GP:459/G:8/A:47/PTS:55
Round 8, 241st Pick – Milan Jurcina D – GP:430/G:22A:59/PTS:81
Round 1, 21st Pick – Mark Stuart D – GP:465/G:21/A:44/PTS:65
Round 2, 45th Pick – Patrice Bergeron C – GP:627/G:165/A:298/PTS:463
Round 6, 183rd Pick- Nate Thompson C – GP:359/G:33/A:45/PTS:78
Round 2, 63rd Pick –  David Krejci C – GP:472/G:101/A:246/PTS:347
Round 5, 134th Pick – Kris Versteeg R – GP:381/G:99/A:130/PTS:229
Round 7, 224th Pick – Matt Hunwick D – GP:229/G:16/A:51/PTS:67
Round 4, 106th Pick – Vladamir Sobotka C –  GP:360/G:33/A:82/PTS:115
Round 1, 5th Pick – Phil Kessel R – GP:554/G:208/A:219/PTS:427
Round 2, 50th Pick – Milan Lucic L – GP:452/G:110/A:161/PTS:271
Round 3, 71st Pick – Brad Marchand C – GP:266/G:81/A:78/PTS:159
Round 1, 16th Pick – Joe Colborne C – GP: 66/G:5/A:13/PTS: 18
Round 1, 25th Pick – Jordan Caron R – GP: 112/G:12/A:14/PTS:26
Round 1, 2nd Pick – Tyler Seguin C – GP: 253/G:77/A:92/PTS: 169
Round 1, 9th Pick – Dougie Hamilton D – GP: 76/G:9/A:17/PTS: 26

Draft Analysis:
Joe Thornton was drafted 1st overall in 1997, he is a career 0.99 points per game and he was traded by the Boston Bruins in the midst of an MVP season. Since then he has won Olympic Gold for Canada in 2010  and was named Captain of the San Jose Sharks, and while he is still waiting on his first Stanley Cup, he did win the Spengler Cup with HC Davos in 2004. Thornton is undoubtedly the best player (currently playing) that the Bruins have ever drafted, he is a franchise player and just keeps going, this year he has 55 points in 53 games and is on pace for 85 points.

The real story for this era of Bruins drafting is the ability to draft high impact forwards, a player like Lucic who was a 2nd rnd. pick in 2006 changed the landscape of the eastern conference starting an arms race for big players who can score. Ian Maclaren of the Hockey Writers wrote a nice piece specifically pertaining the the Buffalo Sabres. Another example of this is the Leafs trading up to draft Tyler Biggs rather than drafting players with perhaps more upside such as Rickard Rakell or Matt Puempel.

This has been another edition of Hockey Hypotheticals,
as always, thanks so much for reading.

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Team Canada’s B Team

While debate rages on whether or not Subban and Kunitz should have made the team, whether or not Crosby should wear the C (He should). We here at Puck Possessed bring you another edition of “Hockey Hypotheticals”. What if countries were allowed to send two teams? Canada’s depth at all positions would allow them to send a competitive B team that we believe would be in medal contention, Who knows, with a hot goalie and some luck, maybe Canada’s B team would defeat Canada’s A team. So without further ado here is Canada’s B team.

Potential Players:

Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall, Martin St. Louis, Claude Giroux, Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner, Jordan Eberle, James Neal, David Perron, Bryan Little, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Kyle Turris, Brent Seabrook, Clarke Macarthur, Milan Lucic, Jason Spezza, Jarome Iginla, Wayne Simmonds, Andrew Ladd, Ryan O’Reilly, Mike Richards, Mayson Raymond, Justin Williams, Shane Doan, Brent Burns, Evander Kane, PA Parenteau, Antoine Vermette, Brad Marchand, Mike Cammalleri, Erik Cole, Matt Niskanen, Mike Green, Jordan Staal, Dion Phaneuf, Jarret Stoll, Travis Zajac, Dan Boyle, Brian Cambell, Mark Giordano, Brayden Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier, Kevin Bieksa, Chris Phillips, Marc Methot, Kris Letang, Dan Girrardi, Marc Staal, Darren Helm, Francois Beauchemin, Andrew Ference, Braydon Coburn, Karl Alzner, Zach Bogosian, Nathan Horton, Andrew Macdonald, Dennis Wideman, Travis Hamonic, Jason Garrison, Josh Gorges,


Couture Thornton Giroux

Skinner Staal St. Louis

Neal M. Richards Iginla

Hall Seguin Eberle

Extra Skaters: O’Reilly, Kane


Giordano Seabrook

Phaneuf Letang

Burns Boyle

Staal Girardi




Canada B-Team Cap Hit: 121,702,398
Actual team Canada Cap Hit: 150,923,332

So there it is; my version of Canada’s B team. The team is captained by Jarome Iginla who would be playing in his 4th Olympics. It would also feature six players from Canada’s 2010 gold medal winning team, Boyle, Seabrook, Iginla, Richards, Staal, and Thornton. Another veteran on this team who would be playing in his first Olympic Games is two time MVP, Captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Martin St. Louis who I have playing on a line with Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal. In making this roster I tried to balance familiarity (players who play together in the NHL) with overall skill, and versatility. Brent Burns is the personification of this philosophy. He is versatile in that he can play defence or wing. He has familiarity with Thornton and Couture on forward as well as Boyle on defence. Burns’ versatility would allow him to move around the line up in the event of an injury. In staying with the theme of versatility, I tried use as many players who play both centre and wing, with players such as Couture, Giroux, Staal, Skinner, Seguin, and O’Reilly. O’Reilly I see in a similar role as Bergeron in the 2010 Olympics, essentially a utility guy who can play up and down the line up. I have Kane as the other extra skater because he’s someone who should be on this team, but I couldn’t figure out where to put him, I’ll let the coach figure it out. On the first D pair we have Giordano who is Captain of the Flames and Seabrook who is a two time cup winner, and won Gold in 2010. The second pairing we have a pair of former Norris Trophy finalists in Dion Phaneuf and Kris Letang. The third pair would feature the most badass beard on the team in Brent Burns, and grizzled vet. returnee Dan Boyle. While the 7th and 8th defencemen at this point in time would be Staal and Girardi . This team could potentially use an all San Jose powerplay which I thought was pretty neat.

Since we here at Puck Possessed are very thorough and scientific we decided to do the only responsible thing and create these teams on NHL 14, which one was the better team?

Game One: I am playing as B-Team. Period One: Nothing happened, sloppy play, turnovers etc. No Scoring.
Period Two: B-Team Penalty to Hall. No Scoring.
Period Three: Seabrook lays out Toews, subsequently knocks out Weber in a fight. Stamkos from Kunitz and Keith – 5:27. Skinner hits the crossbar with 43 seconds left, but Price and Team Canada hold on for the shutout.

Game Two: I am playing as Team Canada. Period One: Couture from Giordano and Giroux – 5:36
Period Two:  Hamhuis from Toews 4:14, Stamkos from Crosby and Kunitz 7:25, Nash (pops the bottle) from Toews – 9:30, Couture from Giroux – 12:03. Score is 3-2 Team Canada.
Period Three: Stamkos from Keith and Kunitz – 4:26, James Neal breakaway, hits the crossbar, Pieterangelo takes an interference penalty just after. B-Team Powerplay. Joe Thornton wraparound pp. goal from Giroux and Burns. Stamkos for the Hat-trick, Unassisted, Perry from Getzlaf and Bouwmeester – 17:09, Crosby from Stamkos- 19:00.
Final Score:
Team Canada – 7
B – Team – 3

So there it is, Steve Yzerman and company must have done a good job picking this team because so far in NHL 14 they are 2-0 against the B-Team. That said I do believe the B-Team has a good enough roster to compete for a medal, and it also must be said that Canada could probably Ice a C-Team that would be competitive still. There were a few omissions to this roster such as Jason Spezza, Cam Ward, and many others. Its a great problem to have and we are very fortunate to live in a country with such depth.

How do you feel about our B-Team? Anything you would do differently? Send an email to, tweet me @Phillivonesh, or leave a comment.

Happy Hockey Day in Canada!

Hockey Hypotheticals: What if NHL teams could only use players they drafted?

What if the NHL did a huge hypothetical shake up, one that made it so that teams could only use players that they drafted? Who would be the dominant teams? Which teams have brought the most talent into the league? This series will explore all thirty NHL teams in alphabetical order.

This Hypothetical is looking at if this shake up was a part of the latest CBA and had taken place for the start of the 2013/2014 season.

Anaheim Ducks:





Cap Hit: $39,435,000

Forwards Break Down:

So looking at the Ducks forwards they have an incredibly potent top six led of course by Getzlaf and Perry. They have very strong scoring wingers in Perry, Lupul, Parenetau, and Ryan. The third line is designed as a sheltered scoring line with three young players with considerable offensive upside. The 4th line is more of a sheltered checking line that would not do very well against the oppositions best, but could be effective with limited minutes. This is a team that is not as strong down the middle as you would like in a championship calibre team, that said there is great strength on the wing, solid scoring depth, and a back end that is very mobile, with considerable offensive upside.










RD: SAMI VATANEN ATOI: 17.58/PPG:0.33/CAP:0.785

7TH D:JORDAN LEOPOLD ATOI: 15:44/PPG:0.15/Cap:2.25

Cap Hit: 13,229,000

Skater Total Cap Hit: 52,664,000

Defence Break Down:

The defence for this Ducks team are very young and mobile. The top pairing features Cam Fowler and Justin Shultz two of the game’s top young puck moving defencemen. I chose Fowler as the top LD because he is averaging 23 minutes a night on a very good ducks team, and Shultz as the top RD because of the 21 minutes he logs plus his exceptional 0.50 PPG, these two would probably both be featured on the top PP unit as well. The second pairing is more balanced with Gardiner being an incredible skating/rushing defenceman and Smid being more of the stay at home variety. The third pair features two more very promising young defencemen in Vatanen and Lindholm who would ideally play sheltered yet effective minutes, and help contribute on the second PP unit. Leopold is the 7th defenceman based on this years stats. This may not be fair to him though as he is in St. Louis stuck behind one of the better back ends in the NHL. That said Lindholm and Vatanen are playing 19 and 17 minutes a night on a very good Anaheim team. So Leopold slots in as the 7th defenceman and a veteran presence on an otherwise very young blue line.

Starting Goalie: Jonas Hiller 32GP/914SV%/ 2.34GAA/ CAP: 4.5M

Back Up Goalie: Frederik Andersen 8GP/939SV%1.70GAA/CAP:0.925M

Back Up Goalie: Ilya Bryzgalov 4GP/939SV%/2.12GAA/CAP:2.226234M

Goalie Cap: 3.151234

Goalie Break Down:

Anaheim’s back up have posted very strong numbers in a limited sample size. Frederik Andersen has taken the league by storm and has a chance to become a bonafide starting goaltender in the NHL. Bryzgalov appears to have moved on from the circus that was his time with the Flyers, he has posted very good numbers for the Oilers in the few games he has played for them. Jonas Hiller, who is Anaheim’s real life starting goalie, would also operate as the starting goalie for this fictional rendition of the team. Hiller is a proven NHL starter who can be a game stealer and comes in at a relative bargain caphit of 4.5. Anaheim’s depth in goal is probably the greatest strength of this team.

Team Cap: 60,315,234

Cap Ceiling: 64,300,000

Cap Space: 8,484,766

Closing Notes:

This Ducks team is poised to make an impact. They have a proven top six, featuring a former MVP in Corey Perry, and a bonafide number one centre in Ryan Getzlaf. They have lots of skill and size upfront with the aforementioned Getzlaf and Perry, but also with players such as Lupul and Ryan who have proven to be able to use their size effectively in a scoring role. The bottom six forwards are mostly young, with scoring upside. There is great balance and depth in the forward group, if anyone in the top six were to be injured for and extended period of time, there is enough skilled depth to withstand such a blow. This scoring depth is particularly vital in the playoffs when all 12 forwards need to contribute. The defence on this team are very young and very mobile. This should mean that they will be able to clear the zone effectively whether through a good first pass or being able to rush the puck. It also means that they will be able to jump up in the rush and try to create more offence, which could in turn lead to more chances against. The goaltending is strong enough to help shelter this young D corps and allow them to take more chances. All in all this team has considerable fire power, and will be able to score with the best of them, this is a team that will push the pace and rely heavily on its strong goaltending to keep them in games.

Draft Analysis:

1999: Rnd 2. 44th Pick – Jordan Leopold 638GP/65G/141A/206PTS

2000: Rnd 2. 44th Pick – Ilya Bryzgalov 429GP/209W/2.55GAA/9.14SV%/31SO

2001: Rnd 9. 264th Pick – P.A. Parenteau 265GP/68G/122A/190PTS

2002: Rnd 1. 7th Pick – Joffery Lupul 553GP/170G/186A/356PTS

Rnd 2. 37th Pick – Tim Brent 207GP/21G/27A/48PTS

2003: Rnd 1. 19th Pick – Ryan Getzlaf 586GP/168G/390A/558PTS

Rnd 1. 28th Pick – Corey Perry 607GP/240G/260A/500PTS

Rnd 6. 186th Pick – Drew Miller 356GP/48G/44A/92PTS

2004: Rnd 1. 9th Pick – Ladislav Smid 487GP/11G,55A/66PTS

2005: Rnd 1. 2nd Pick –  Bobby Ryan 410GP/161G/317PTS

2008: Rnd 1. 17th Pick – Jake Gardiner 117GP/8G/35A/43PTS

Rnd 2. 43rd Pick – Justin Shultz 72GP/11G/27A/38PTS

2009: Rnd 1. 15th Pick – Peter Holland 38GP/7G/3A/10PTS

Rnd 1. 26th Pick – Kyle Palmieri 99GP/19G/18A/37PTS

Rnd 4. 106th Pick – Sami Vatanen 33GP/5G/4A/9PTS

2010: Rnd 1. 12th Pick – Cam Fowler 228GP/19G/80A/99PTS

Rnd 1. 29th Pick – Emerson Etem 64GP/9G/11A/20PTS

Rnd 2. 42nd Pick – Devante Smith-Pelly 72GP/8G/13A/21PTS

2012: Rnd 1. 6th Pick – Hampus Lindholm 31GP/2G/7A/PTS

Rnd 3. 87th Pick – Frederik Andersen 9GP/1.74GAA/.938SV%

Free Agents: Jonas Hiller 308GP/156W/101L/.917SV%/2.49GAA

Draft Analysis:

The 2003 NHL entry draft may go down in history as one of, if not the best draft class in NHL history. Many teams drafted future cornerstones and the Anaheim Ducks were no exception drafting Ryan Getzlaf (19th Pick) and Corey Perry (28th Pick). Getzlaf is a top centre in the NHL having posted at least a point per game in six of the last seven seasons. Getzlaf has won a cup, a gold medal, and is captain of the Ducks and is currently on pace for a career best 97 points. Corey Perry had his breakout campaign a year after Getzlaf scoring 32 goals and 72 points in the 08-09 season. Perry would win the gold medal in Vancouver alongside Getzlaf, and the following year would have the best year either of them have had scoring 50 goals en route to winning the Hart Trophy as the leagues most valuable players.

Its hard to feel sorry for the team that got to draft Bobby Ryan, he is an elite scoring winger with great size that shoot the puck with the best of them. However Bobby Ryan was the 2nd overall pick in 2005, the player taken one pick ahead of him? Some kid named Sidney Crosby. So while Bobby Ryan is a great player in his own right you know that somewhere Brian Burke was punching holes in walls at having missed out on Sid by one pick. Or maybe he was happy, Ryan is probably more truculent.

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