The Winnipeg Jets begin their season tonight, and so do we. Well, technically, we began it yesterday. So, it’s my job to introduce you to the Jets White Out fantasy team.
The Winnipeg Jets players were all up for grabs, which is good news for the other players in this league. Let’s be honest, they have some of the highest upside out of any players in the league.
But the editors and contributors from the other Central Division websites joined up with us and we have a nice little fantasy league we’ll be chronicling throughout the season.
It’s a seven team league. And unfortunately, Nashville is not being represented. The Wild and Hawks have two teams apiece. But, obviously with seven teams, it’s a rotisserie league.
And, as you might expect, these rosters are a bit stronger than a classic NHL fantasy league. So they all look like studs. But I should introduce you to our boys.
We had the sixth pick, and after watching Connor McDavid go 1-1, we saw Alex Ovechkin, Nikita Kucherov, John Tavares and Nathan MacKinnon go 2 through 5. Which, oddly enough, let Sidney Crosby fall right into our laps.
I turned around, two picks later, and snagged Brent Burns. I wanted Erik Karlsson, but he went a pick before. Claude Giroux was the third pick, and while it pains me to do that, he was too good a value there to pass up.
But! I was able to snag Patrik Laine in the fourth round. Our first, but not last, Jet. Then, I went with Phil Kessel, Connor Hellebucyk, Seth Jones and Mark Scheifele. Scheifele in the eighth round? Scheifele in the eighth round. I’m happy.
John Carlson, Leon Draisaitl, Nikolaj Ehlers and Matt Murray followed. Murray is a tough pick, as we’re starting two goalies, and he’s obviously a high-end talent. If he plays like he did last year, though, it’ll be tough.
Then I made some tough decisions. Ryan Getzlaf, Eric Staal, Ben Bishop and Ilya Kovalchuk were the next four picks. Morgan Reilly, Shea Weber, Jonathan Huberdeau and Kyle Connor were down there, too. Was glad I was able to get Connor. Just excited for him, really.
In the twentieth round! I know it’s a seven teamer, but still. The last two picks? J.T. Miller and Ryan O’Reilly. So there you have it. Got a goal, four assists and four powerplay points in day one. John Carlson provided the goal. Tonight’s gonna be a big one.
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I’ll keep you updated with the standings and stats (and transactions) throughout the season! Good luck to all the other FanSided staff as well, it’s going to be a fun challenge.