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The 2023-24 FlamesNation Fantasy League: The Draft

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Shane Stevenson
6 months ago
It is that time of year. Pumpkin Spice has invaded everything in your fridge and/or pantry, the Minnesota Vikings are giving you a new version of the same emotional rollercoaster they always give you, the Blue Jays have recently left you wishing there was always just a little bit more, and you’re in search of something else that you can look forward to on a weekly basis.
Yes folks, it’s fantasy hockey draft season and this year FlamesNation put together a crew – with a few weeds from the neighbouring OilersNation up north – to get together and establish a public league that you can follow along with all season. The draft went by in a flash as all the GMs came ready to try and take the inaugural crown.
It is a 10 team weekly head-to-head league on Yahoo Fantasy with the ability to make roster changes daily – with a max up to 4 additions per week. There are 7 forward slots, 3 defenceman slots, 2 goalie slots, 3 bench slots, 1 short term IR+ slot, and 2 regular IR positions. Scoring sees goals worth 2, assists worth 2, powerplay points worth and additional 1 point, shorthanded points worth an additional 1 point, game winning goals worth an additional 1 point, goalie wins worth 3, goalie losses worth -1, and a shutout nets you a bonus 5 more points.
Now that all the technical mumbo jumbo for the die hard fantasy fans is done lets get to the fun part – the managers and their teams! The players’ handles on X – formerly known as Twitter – will be shared so you can follow along too.

Paige Siewert (@ThatHockeyGirly) – 1st overall – Current Name: Hungry Like the Wolf

Paige mainly covers the Flames AHL affiliate the Calgary Wranglers for the website. She was blessed with the 1st overall pick over our 3 participating OilersNation folks.
1.01 – Connor McDavid EDM (F)
2.20 – Sidney Crosby PIT (F)
3.21 – Alexander Ovechkin WSH (F)
4.40 – Johnny Gaudreau CG- CBJ (F)
5.41 – Roman Josi NSH (D)
6.60 – Elias Lindholm CGY (F)
7.61 – Rasmus Andersson CGY (D)
8.80 – Claude Giroux OTT (F)
9.81 – Mikhail Sergachev TBL (D)
10.100 – Frederik Andersen CAR (G)
11.101 – Alex Tuch BUF (F)
12.120 – Sergei Bobrovsky FLA (G)
13.121 – Jeff Skinner BUF (F)
14.140 – Cam Fowler ANA (D)
15.141 – Pavel Zacha BOS (F)
ON Brett after Paige took McDavid “That one hurt”

Ryan Pike (@RyanNPike) – 2nd overall – Current Name: The Mighty Pikes

Pike is the fearless leader of the writing crew here at FlamesNation, his love of the game knows no bounds. I swear I didn’t give him the 2nd pick just so I can be invited to sit with the cool kids at the back of the bus. 
1.02 – Leon Draisaitl EDM (F)
2.19 – Jake Oettinger DAL (G)
3.22 – Adam Fox NYR (D)
4.39 – Connor Bedard CHI (F)
5.42 – Linus Ullmark BOS (G)
6.59 – Carter Verhaeghe FLA (F)
7.62 – Charlie McAvoy BOS (D)
8.79 – Nico Hischier NJD (F)
9.82 – Bo Horvat NYI (F)
10.99 – Adrian Kempe LAK (F)
11.102 – MacKenzie Weegar CGY (D)
12.119 – Jared McCann SEA (F)
13.122 – Pierre-Luc Dubois LAK (F)
14.139 – Hampus Lindholm BOS (D)
15.142 – Joel Eriksson Ek MIN (F)
Pike had the whole chat talking – Bedard, the first goalie, and a Flames reporter getting an Oilers favourite. 

Ryan Pinder (@PinderReport) – 3rd overall – Current Name: Drunk Broadcaster

Ryan Pinder is here and ready to shake things up. One of the primary co-hosts of the FlamesNation hit podcast Barn Burner, Pinder brings all the razzle with a shade of dazzle to everything he touches. 
1.03 – Nathan MacKinnon COL (F)
2.18 – Erik Karlsson PIT (D)
2.23 – Quinn Hughes VAN (D)
4.38 – Aleksander Barkov FLA (F)
5.43 – Miro Heiskanen DAL (D)
6.58 – Jacob Markstrom CGY (G)
7.63 – Pavel Buchnevich STL (F)
8.78 – Adin Hill VGK (G)
9.83 – Dylan Cozens BUF (F)
10.98 – Stuart Skinner EDM (G)
11.103 – Robert Thomas STL (F)
12.118 – Andrei Svechnikov CAR (F)
13.123 – Matthew Barzal NYI (F)
14.138 – Brandon Montour FLA (D)
15.143 – Patrick Laine CBJ (F)
Pinder’s late round forwards are all sneaky good picks. I can already here him yelling SVECHNIKOOOOVVVVV everytime he lights the lamp. 

PJ Parmar (@N/A – escaping the void that is now X) – 4th overall – Current Name: PJs Phenomenal Team

PJ is a staff writer for FlamesNation that helps write prospect reviews and other content. He is also currently at school in the Eastern time zone so he’s very excited the draft went quickly (started at 9:30PM EST). 
1.04 – Matthew Tkachuk FLA (F)
2.17 – Mitch Marner TOR (F)
3.24 – Mika Zibanejad (AKA DJ Z-Bad) NYR (F)
4.37 – Roope Hintz DAL (F)
5.44 – Kyle Connor WPG (F)
6.57 – Dylan Larkin DET (F)
7.64 – Matt Boldy MIN (F)
8.77 – Timo Meier NJD (F)
9.84 – Vince Dunn SEA (D)
10.97 – Filip Gustavsson MIN (G)
11.104 – Drew Doughty LAK (D)
12.117 – Seth Jones CHI (D)
13.124 – Darcy Kuemper WSH (G)
14.137 – Owen Power BUF (D)
15.144 – Evgeny Kuznetsov WSH (F)
Personally I respect the hell out of an 8 forward run to start the draft. #TeamOffence

Cami Kepke (@CamiKepkeGlobal) – 5th overall – Current Name: Cami is trying her best

The incredibly talented Cami Kepke from Global News Calgary was gracious to join us for this draft. She has guest hosted FlamesNation podcast “Just A Game With Rob Kerr” for us and as Pike said mid-draft – we’re all just looking forward to Cami trouncing us.
1.05 – David Pastrnak BOS (F)
2.16 – Tage Thompson BUF (F)
3.25 – Alexander Georgiev COL (G)
4.36 – Rasmus Dahlin BUF (D)
5.45 – J.T. Miller VAN (F)
6.56 – Brent Burns CAR (D)
7.65 – Tyler Toffoli NJD (F)
8.76 – Ilya Samsonov TOR (G)
9.85 – Martin Necas CAR (F)
10.96 – Rasmus Sandin WSH (D)
11.105 – Matty Beniers SEA (F)
12.116  – Chris Kreider NYR (F)
13.125 – Shea Thedore VGK (D)
14.136 – Anze Kopitar LAK (F)
15.145 – Andrew Mangiapane CGY (F)
An absolute quality 1-2 punch on defence with Dahlin and Burns backed up with 2 goaltenders on winning (regular season at least) hockey teams.

Brett Holden (@therealholden40) – 6th overall – Current Name: Dude where’s Makar?

Brett came from OilersNation so feel free to boo him if you want. He’s also affiliated with @TheJaysNation as well so we may have at least one thing to bond about. shared misery brings fellow fans closer together… I think. 
1.06 – Auston Matthews TOR (F)
2.15 – Cale Makar COL (D)
3.26 – Ilya Sorokin NYI (G)
4.35 – Brad Marchand BOS (F)
5.46 – Connor Hellebuyck WPG (G)
6.55 – Zach Hyman EDM (F)
7.66 – John Carlson WSH (D)
8.75 – Andrei Vasilevskiy TBL (G)
9.86 – Mark Scheifele WPG (F)
10.95 – Luke Hughes NJD (D)
11.106 – Trevor Zegras ANA (F)
12.115 – Nazem Kadri CGY (F)
13.126 – Brandon Hagel TBL (F)
14.135 – Matt Coronato CGY (F)
15.146 – Bowen Byram COL (D)
Brett took 3 goaltenders and is going to IR Vasilevskiy right away – got to love he’s playing the long game already. Will Brett be involved in the league’s first trade?

Robert Munnich (@RingOfFireCGY) – 7th overall – Current Name: Robert’s Quality Team

If you are a Flames fan with a Twitter account and you do not follow Robert you are crazy. He clips all the highlights from every game he can AND writes insightful articles for the site. Plus a whole bunch more with our social media team – Robert is a superstar. 
1.07 – Jack Hughes NJD (F)
2.14 – Igor Shesterkin NYR (G)
3.27 – Elias Pettersson VAN (F)
4.34 – Dougie Hamilton NJD (D)
5.47 – Clayton Keller ARI (F)
6.54 – Josh Morrissey WPG (D)
7.67 – Kevin Fiala LAK (F)
8.74 – Thatcher Demko VAN (G)
9.87 – Jesper Bratt NJD (F)
10.94 – Jordan Kyrou STL (F)
11.107 – Morgan Rielly TOR (D)
12.114 – Nick Suzuki MTL (F)
13.127 – Cole Caufield MTL (F)
14.134 – Troy Terry ANA (F)
15.147 – Tyler Bertuzzi TOR (F)
Robert could change his team name to Captain Canada for real: 2 Canucks, 2 Maple Leafs, 2 Canadiens, and 1 Jet. Only 1 person had more, but his were a bit more team specific. 

Zach Laing (@Zjlaing) – 8th overall – Current Name: $18M over the cap

Zach is the news director at the Nation Network, he dips in everywhere he is needed. When the draft was only at 8 people he brought in a couple more reinforcements to try and make sure the Flames folks did not have it too easy. 
1.08 – Nikita Kucherov TBL (F)
2.13 – Mikko Rantanen COL (F)
3.28 – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM (F)
4.33 – Steven Stamkos TBL (F)
5.48 – Evan Bouchard EDM (D)
6.53 – Victor Hedman TBL (D)
7.68 – Joe Pavelski DAL (F)
8.73 – Tristan Jarry PIT (G)
9.88 – Noah Dobson NYI (D)
10.93 – Brock Nelson NYI (F)
11.108 – Sam Reinhart FLA (F)
12.113 – Evgeni Malkin PIT (F)
13.128 – Philipp Grubauer SEA (G)
14.133 – Devon Toews COL (D)
15.148 – Akira Schmid NJD (G)
We let the Oilers guy get 2/5ths of the Oilers top PP unit. A letdown on our part for sure. I just hope I play Zach on a week when the Oilers and Lightning have minimal games, those’ll be rough for Zach. 

Shane Stevenson (@Flash_33) – 9th overall – Current Name: Do Juuse the Point in Warmups?

Hello everyone – My name’s Shane and I write all of the “Beyond the Boxscore” posts for FlamesNation. I’ve been obsessed with statistics since I was 7 years old and I like to party. 
1.09 – Jason Robertson DAL (F)
2.12 – Kirill Kaprizov MIN (F)
3.29 – Artemi Panarin NYR (F)
4.32 – Brayden Point TBL (F)
5.49 – Jonathan Huberdeau CGY (F)
6.52 – Jack Eichel VGK (F)
7.69 – Alex Pietrangelo VGK (D)
8.72 – Juuse Saros NSH (G)
9.89 – Andrei Kuzmenko VAN (F)
10.92 – Alex Debrincat DET (F)
11.109 – Vitek Vanecek NJD (G)
12.112 – Tyson Barrie NSH (D)
13.129 – Nikolaj Ehlers WPG (F)
14.132 – Sean Durzi ARI (D)
15.149 – Jake Sanderson OTT (D)
Holy crap my defence sucks – oh well I went for a stacked forward group and was blown away I got Saros in the 8th round as the 7th goaltender taken. 

Gavin Turinek (@GavinTurinek47) – 10th overall – Current Name: Gavin T’s Groovy Team

Gavin is a producer for OilersNation, DailyFaceoff, and the Senators focused podcast “Coming In Hot.” Judging from his X feed he’s also a Cowboys fan so he’s having a rough week already. 
1.10 – Brady Tkachuk OTT (F)
2.11 – Tim Stuetzle OTT (F)
3.30 – William Nylander (F)
4.31 – Sebastian Aho CAR (F)
5.50 – John Tavares TOR (F)
6.51 – Jake Guentzel PIT (F)
7.70 – Mark Stone VGK (F)
8.71 – Moritz Seider DET (D)
9.90 – Devon Levi BUF (G)
10.91 – Joonas Korpisalo OTT (G)
11.110 – Kris Letang PIT (D)
12.111 – Thomas Chabot OTT (D)
13.130 – Jeremy Swayman BOS (G)
14.131 – Jakob Chychrun OTT (D)
15.150 – Vladimir Tarasenko OTT (F)
I think Gavin likes the Senators as he took 6 of them – yes 6! He’s going to struggle when the Sens only play 2 games a week but HE’S ALL IN ON THE SENS WAGON BABY. Former Senator Mark Stone too – respect the commitment. 

First Week Matchups

Due to drafting late our head-to-head weeks start Monday October 16th. Week one will see the following fights:
  • Do Juuse a Point in Warmups? (Shane) vs. Robert’s Quality Team
  • PJ’s Phenomenal Team Vs. The Mighty Pikes
  • Gavin T’s Groovy Team Vs. Hungry Like the Wolf (Paige)
  • $18M over the cap (Zach) vs. Drunk Broadcaster (Pinder)
  • Cami is trying her best vs. Dude where’s Makar? (Brett)

Yahoo’s Top Rated Free Agents

Forwards:
  1. Mats Zuccarello MIN (F)
  2. Logan Cooley ARI (F)
  3. Ryan Johansen COL (F)
  4. Lucas Raymond DET (F)
  5. Logan Couture SJS (F)
  6. Tomas Hertl SJS (F)
  7. Adam Fantilli CBJ (F)
  8. David Perron DET (F)
  9. Patrick Kane N/A (F)
  10. Chandler Stephenson VGK (F)
Defence:
  1. Justin Faulk STL (D)
  2. Zach Weresnki CBJ (D)
  3. Juuso Valimaki ARI (D)
  4. Filip Hronek VAN (D)
  5. Jamie Drysdale ANA (D)
  6. Darnell Nurse EDM (D)
  7. K’Andre Miller NYR (D)
  8. John Klingberg TOR (D)
  9. Gustav Forsling FLA (D)
  10. Brady Skjei CAR (D)
Goaltenders:
  1. Ville Husson DET (G)
  2. Marc-Andre Fleury MIN (G)
  3. Jordan Binnington STL (G)
  4. Carter Hart PHI (G)
  5. Cam Talbot LAK (G)
Comment who you think had the best draft. Any (appropriate) name suggestions for the ones with the standard Yahoo names? Is there a sleeper someone should have taken? Let us know your thoughts!
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