LGHL S29 Redraft The LGHL Draft is often filled with some star players, but were they chosen in the right order? We're taking a look back at the S29 Draft and pulling a mulligan. What would a redo of the first round look like? The main factors considered to rank players were: LGHL Success (wins, points, etc. because essentially that's what you're drafting for) Awards (nominations, finalists, wins) Longevity (performance over multiple seasons is better than single seasons) Peak performance Talent/skill (very subjective, so it's very low on the list of factors) Other notes: Highest bid price is NHL bid unless otherwise noted (N/A means no bidding history). Draft Position is simply that player's specific movement, so being drafted 21st originally and being drafted 1st in the re-draft would give that player a +20. Players were graded on the position they were drafted for, i.e. if you were drafted as a FWD, then you were graded on your seasons at FWD. Moving up or down in the draft doesn't mean you are "better" or "worse" than another player per the listed factors (notice talent/skill is the least important factor). Plan on going backwards S29 -> S28 -> S27... and so on with possibly revisiting S30 at the end of the season. Let me know how I did. Did you like the format? Did I miss someone? Was someone too high or too low? Leave a rating or comment so I can get some feedback. Thank you all for reading. The Top 15: 1. @Arctic Blur (C) Draft Position: +20 Highest Bid Price: N/A @Arctic Blur didn't end up getting taken until the 21st pick in the original draft. He jumps all the way to 1st overall. His first season after being drafted, he finished with the 2nd most points and 2nd most assists in the AHL as well as being apart of the AHLs best regular season team. He had similar success with his first season in the NHL winning the Calder as the league's best rookie. His team has won their division all three of his seasons in upper leagues. Undoubtedly, the Oilers would be pleased grabbing a proven winner who has the vision and ability to make an extra pass when most people wouldn't. 2. @iTz x Luigi x (LD) Draft Position: 0 Highest Bid Price: N/A The Edmonton Oilers select with the 2nd overall pick... @iTz x Luigi x . Deja vu I suppose, but @iTz x Luigi x has proved that he's the best defenseman in this draft. He immediately made the jump to the NHL and rattled off two 20+ win seasons as well as winning the Calder in S29 and being a Norris finalist in S30. Very rarely does a defenseman make the transition seamlessly and end up at the top of the depth chart which makes this an extremely easy choice for the Oilers once again. He can do a bit of everything in addition to excelling at making those seam passes in the neutral zone and offensive zone that make him extra dangerous when the puck is on his stick. 3. @Capitalize x94 (C) Draft Position: +1 Highest Bid Price: 6,250,000 Centers are arguably the most important position in LG. Originally drafted by the Panthers at #4, @Capitalize x94 quickly stepped in and proved how crucial he was to the team's success. He ended up being the best Center on a Florida team that made the playoffs despite being predicted to be on the outside looking in and was in consideration for the Calder that season. He can play defense and win faceoffs like centers are expected to, but he also has a knack for creativity and surprising opposing teams with plays they didn't necessarily expect which can create a potent offense when he's with the right players. 4. @Wesley Snip3zzz (RW) Draft Position: +52 Highest Bid Price: 1,250,000 Initially a late 2nd round pick, @Wesley Snip3zzz comes in at 4th overall in the redraft. May seem a little high, but @Wesley Snip3zzz has won on all the teams he's been on since being drafted. 15 wins in his first season in the AHL with the Hershey Bears (who just barely missed the playoffs), and he was a few points shy of the team lead in points. Then, he racks up 20 wins and leads his Rockford team with 71 points that season. Last season, he was able to reach 20 wins again while playing a major role on the eventual Presidents' Trophy winning Arizona Coyotes. He's shown an ability to score and plays a two-hundred foot game making him a prime candidate for the S29 Panthers early on in the draft. 5. @FiBERSTiCK (LD) Draft Position: +33 Highest Bid Price: 1,500,000 @FiBERSTiCK was drafted in S29, but didn't have his first full season until S30. He earned 17 wins with the Ducks and 20 wins with the Canadiens playing largely with both teams' second lines. That consistency has played a part in making his teams successful as both teams won their respective divisions. A common theme in this draft, he isn't necessarily a flashy defenseman, but he's reliable on both sides of the puck and often makes simple, smart plays. Also, he was much more proactive playing defense on Montreal. His 155 hits in S31 compared to just 4 in S30 is evidence of that which is increasingly more important in the NHL series. 6. @ZuKe Zuchegno (RD) Draft Position: -3 Highest Bid Price: 2,500,000 The Flyers couldn't pass up getting an elite center with their 3rd overall pick. However, they still get their man at 6th overall. @ZuKe Zuchegno found a place immediately with the @Dr Yargage Flyers and performed well with a 16-7-2 record. Unfortunately, a trade in the offseason put him in a less than favorable situation. He had a bit of a return to form last season with the Avs winning 15 games. We can expect an even better performance this season if he can get some consistent linemates (something he hasn't had much of thus far). I'd say this is still a smart move for the Flyers as they pick up a defenseman who has shown he's reliable at both ends of the rink and avoids risky plays that can end up costing the team. 7. @JTavares l91l (LW) Draft Position: +1 Highest Bid Price: 750,000 The Blue Jackets select the player they ended up trading for in the next season 7th overall in the redraft. @JTavares l91l started out playing in the AHL, but was traded to the Edmonton Oilers under @POOPIE SNOOPY where he went 9-8-1 with 37 points. His next season was a tumultuous one as he played parts of the season for 3 separate teams ending up with @V 4 T T Y and the Blue Jackets. Despite not having a consistent line or team, he scored 28 goals to go along with 22 assists in S30. S31 definitely looked like possibly a good chance for him to have a breakout season, but the Senators had some of their own troubles that season including the owner stepping down due to personal issues and a player quitting midseason. However, he's back on the Senators, and it's looking like this is as good a chance as ever to turn it on. The one thing that he's proven through all of this is that he shows up for every game and has a level of consistency which is extremely hard to come by. 8. @Ca Na Da 4L (LD) Draft Position: +58 Highest Bid Price: N/A Moving up 58 spots in the redraft is @Ca Na Da 4L . His first season in the NHL was S30 after finishing his CHL management gig from S29. He played for the Ducks S30 and S31 which likely meant that much was expected from him. The fact that he didn't get traded should be testament enough that he did a good job. Playing mostly on lower lines for his two season, he excelled at pushing the tempo when needed. I think @Ca Na Da 4L and the Ducks ended up facing tougher competition last season which ended up resulting in a battle-hardened @Ca Na Da 4L and linemates having a great run in the playoffs going 6-2-1 with an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. I'd say that is more of what we could expect this coming season as @Ca Na Da 4L gets a bigger role on a new team (as in I would say that except he's back in the CHL this season). 9. @KosmicEA (RW) Draft Position: +46 Highest Bid Price: 500,000 The Hurricanes stay a little true to their original draft and pick an offensive-minded winger at 9th overall. @KosmicEA has traveled a wild path on his way to his current spot on the Ducks, and, without going through all of that, he's shown he has a proclivity for offense. He had 87 points in 41 games for the Iowa Wild over parts of three seasons. His first real role really came with the Ducks this season where he's had a breakout season scoring 31 goals and 59 total points for the Ducks. He's often able to set his sights on a specific play and will it to happen, though sometimes he can get in trouble by narrowing his vision too much. Regardless, he is off the board at number 9 as one of the better offensive talents in this draft. 10. @I shaun l (RW) Draft Position: +8 Highest Bid Price: 4,000,000 People went crazy that @I shaun l formerly "Nervous Thumbs" dropped to 18. Well, he only dropped about half as far in the redraft. He ended up playing for two bottom feeders in his time in the league before being banned which he later appealed after a season off. Overall he went 20-17-7 with 62 points over that span. He's able to make a pretty play given enough space which makes him dangerous against defenders who aren't as aggressive, though his main asset is his ability to squeeze the puck through tight passing lanes. We haven't really seen @I shaun l at his best, but there's a good chance that we will this season. The Panthers that in S29 would have been more than happy to add another solid forward to the mix even if they initially passed on @I shaun l at the time. 11. @Jaw Ache (LD) Draft Position: +111 Highest Bid Price: 1,500,000 One of the last picks in the S29 Draft ends up being a crucial piece to the S30 Buffalo Sabres run to the Stanley Cup Finals. The former 122nd pick had a monster season going 17-8-4 with 31 points on one of the infamous "West Coast lines" on the Sabres. He went on to go 7-1-1 not losing a single game until the Finals vs Minnesota. He bounced around a bit next season until landing on the Kings where he went 9-1-1 to finish out the season. If anyone remembers those seasons, @Jaw Ache made some memorable comments in the chatbox that make me feel like the Flyers under @Dr Yargage or @DeeSa Ali would emphatically welcome @Jaw Ache to the organization. 12. @JiggleJuiice (C) Draft Position: +107 Highest Bid Price: 3,250,000 The Canadiens should be able to spot one of those players that just finds a way to win no matter what. @JiggleJuiice has three consecutive championships starting with a Memorial Cup the season before he was drafted and followed by two Calder cups in S30 and S31. He has an incredible 16-1-0 record in the playoffs. He was drafted by the Canadiens in S29 at 119th, but he goes to them much higher in the redraft. There just isn't much else to say besides he's a winner. 13. @Leroy Alexander (LD) Draft Position: +94 Highest Bid Price: 750,000 First season after being drafted he goes 20-4-0 on the Charlotte Checkers owned by @jyeti15s . He makes the jump with his owner to the NHL where he performs admirably with a 15-11-2 record on a team that is knocked out off the playoff picture on the last night of the season. Bidding take him to the Colorado Avalanche where he puts up maybe his best season yet going 19-0-3 and +31. His best quality is that he plays simple. He doesn't get too caught up in making two-line passes or making an impressive read in the neutral zone which leaves him able to focus well on all the little things. Calgary originally went with an offensive defenseman, but they didn't really have room for that kind of player in S29. Here, they go with someone who can excel in a lower role. 14. @PartyDrew (RW) Draft Position: +31 Highest Bid Price: N/A Former Owen Sound player (whose first goal in LG was assisted by none other than @goonderk ) gets picked up in the 1st round at pick 14. He's mainly played in the AHL putting up 20+ goals the last 3 seasons as well as 50+ points. His short stint in the NHL saw him provide plenty of offense for the S29 Panthers with a 6-1-1 record with 8 goals and 11 assists. He plays a unique style as he always seems to be around the puck and is always ready for it to come to him so he can whip it on net. He isn't necessarily a great defensive winger, but he always seems to be hounding the other team through the neutral zone which adds some value to his game. The Rangers wanted a defenseman at this spot, but getting a good winger who isn't afraid to throw rubber on net and help his team through the neutral zone seems to be more valuable at this point than a defenseman. 15. @JerseyDevils 27 (LD) Draft Position: 0 Highest Bid Price: 1,000,000 Weirdly enough, @JerseyDevils 27 gets picked in the exact spot he was in the original draft. He immediately showed a penchant for offense in the AHL as a member of the San Diego Gulls. He continued that the next season finishing in the top 10 for points among defensemen with 5 goals and 25 assists in S30. His first season in the NHL came with the New Jersey Devils who had their owner quit after a couple weeks. @JerseyDevils 27 continued to attempt to provide offensively during the past season. While he did finish 1st in goals and 8th in points among defensemen, he didn't have quite the season he'd hoped. The Flyers traded @JerseyDevils 27 away a little too quickly last time they had him, but they could use a player like @JerseyDevils 27 who can spark the offense from the back-end provided he doesn't try to replace one of the wingers on the ice. The Bottom Half: 16. @TheFunkyH (C) Draft Position: +52 Highest Bid Price: 500,000 He was very good in several games with the Pittsburgh Penguins the past season, and he has 3 winning seasons in the AHL including 3 20+ goal seasons. If the Hurricanes plan on using him, he might be one to watch if he is put on a solid line. If they plan to send him down, that's a great step up for the Charlotte Checkers. 17. @Potty l92l (C) Draft Position: -16 Highest Bid Price: N/A He was supposed to be the savior of the Edmonton Oilers in S29, but he just never had enough talent around him to really succeed. No one can be expected to carry a line in NHL 19, but he would definitely succeed in the finer points of the game when he makes a come back to the league. 18. @Pohloe (RD) Draft Position: -1 Highest Bid Price: 2,000,000 @Pohloe has been on a number of team with arguably his best performances coming on the Philadelphia Flyers in S30. It's hard to say whether he can find that same success on Vancouver, but he's proved he is one of the better defensemen from this draft. 19. @ABankzy (C) Draft Position: +51 Highest Bid Price: N/A He played an extra season in the CHL during S29 with the Mississauga Steelheads. His first two seasons in the AHL showed what a talent he was having similar stats with 19 wins and 70+ points both seasons. Looks like he plans on another season with the Gulls which I'd expect will see him break some of their franchise records. 20. @mikehogie (LD) Draft Position: +88 Highest Bid Price: 750,000 Two monster seasons in the AHL earned him a bid from last season's Presidents' Trophy winners, the Arizona Coyotes. He's one of those defenseman that patrols the blue line and can chip in offensively when asked to. He jumps 88 spots in the redraft. 21. @TheGreech (G) Draft Position: +13 Highest Bid Price: 1,500,000 Finally the first goalie picked in the S29 Redraft. He hung around an ~80 sv% in his two AHL seasons. His first NHL season didn't give him as much of an opportunity as he would have liked spending almost all of it on a bottom-tier team in the Washington Capitals. Likely relegated to a back-up role due to availability this season, maybe @TheGreech is going to sit back in his recliner this season. 22. @xSHAKExnxxBAKEx (RD) Draft Position: +25 Highest Bid Price: 750,000 @xSHAKExnxxBAKEx was a model two-way defenseman in his AHL career which got him a spot on the Detroit Red Wings in S31. The Wings didn't end up making the playoffs, but @xSHAKExnxxBAKEx had some moderate success transitioning to the NHL and playing on a lower line. 23. @Lamar1226 (LD) Draft Position: +39 Highest Bid Price: 2,750,000 @Lamar1226 had a crazy 24-3-0 season on the Tucson Roadrunners in S29 which saw him scoring 29 points and accumulating a +32. His next season was around average, though he continued to produce offensively. S32 will be his first season on NHL 19. 24. @Dr Tre 2001 (C) Draft Position: +4 Highest Bid Price: 2,750,000 A creative center that attempts to push the offense forward and to the net. An area of his game he could improve on that would maybe push him higher: faceoffs. 25. @l Hobbs l (C) Draft Position: +14 Highest Bid Price: 2,250,000 The Flyers love taking controversial players, and they also like taking talented ones. @l Hobbs l fits the bill here as he's clearly talented with one of the better sets of thumbs in the draft. He's also not one to shy away from controversy as he was caught doing some unsportsmanlike things in HUT and EASHL. If that's not a Carch player, I don't know what is. 26. @kjm007 (RD) Draft Position: +33 Highest Bid Price (AHL): 1,250,000 A strong, defensively-minded defenseman that isn't afraid to play conservative rather than risking making a mistake. His AHL success is telling of what kind of defenseman he is. His NHL experience was mostly playing on a third line, not really a great position to be in on NHL 18. 27. @T9 GaLaRnEaUx19 (C) Draft Position: -22 Highest Bid Price: 1,500,000 He was highly touted when he dropped to number 5 in the original draft as a gifted player. The hype wasn't necessarily wrong, but he hasn't had that success in LG that he's had elsewhere. He's still a first round player, and the Blue Jackets would be thrilled to select a solid center prospect again. He's a great playmaker and is one of the best at transitioning from defense to offense in this draft, but it's very tough to do it all by yourself in this era of NHL. He's in a situation to excel right now in Arizona, so maybe this is his season. 28. @Denisov x 42 (G) Draft Position: +20 Highest Bid Price: 500,00 The second goalie taken in the redraft. He had a bit of a flair for the dramatic with the Springfield Thunderbirds; he'd occasionally be a little off his angle only to swoop in and flash the leather. He might be getting a shot on the Flyers this season which should give him one of the better defense corps he's ever had in front of him. 29. @ZacKrell (LW) Draft Position: -22 Highest Bid Price: 750,000 @ZacKrell has had two amazing seasons, one in the CHL and one in the AHL. He's been unable to carry that success from season to season, though. He has all the tools, so it's only a matter of time before he carves out a role for himself. 30. @monsterman74 (RD) Draft Position: +48 Highest Bid Price: 500,000 This is a good example of one of those guys that do well and fly under the radar. He may be taking a season off, but his play speaks for itself over his last several AHL campaigns. 31. @Farfadet92 (LD) Draft Position: -8 Highest Bid Price: 500,000 He hasn't had the success of his some of his counterparts, but I have to think he's a perfect fit on a couple of NHL teams with his playstyle. Very responsible with the pucks and in his own zone. He's shown he that next level with the Hershey Bears going 17-5-4 with 23 points and a -1 TA-GA. Just Missed: @Milah and Ted (G) Original Draft Position: 31 One of the best goalies from the draft, but his hiatus from LG knocked him down to just outside the first round in the redraft. @MrBinxx (LW) Original Draft Position: 26 He's been unable or unwilling to make the jump to the NHL which kept him from getting ahead of some of the other guys on the list. His ability to dictate play did have him in the conversation. @mochez18 (G) Original Draft Position: 84 His AHL performances have been stellar, but goalies that do this well usually gravitate upwards. For whatever reason, he didn't feel like making the jump or wasn't picked up. Still, he was projected to be more than 50 spots higher in the redraft.