Half the teams take day off; others doubly busy

A brief wrap-up tonight. Eleven teams had two picks today, Paris had one and the other 12 teams could only watch. Some might have also caught some of that secondary draft that was going on in Pittsburgh. The draft is to the point where most teams have their top two forward lines and top two…

What’s going on in Berlin?

By Volker Vollpfosten After being named the GM of Berlin, Winfling set the strategy to draft young and hungry players with attractive contracts. But the owner of the Berlin Smurfs, a guy who looks like Papa Smurf or Santa Claus and has the characteristics of Al Davis and Jerry Jones thought otherwise and blindsided Winfling…

From Russia with love

By Sergei P When Sergei Pevtzov heard for the first time about a crazy idea to create an European league he thought it will never happened. Seriously who could imagine NHL super-stars playing over-seas? Luongo in Copenhagen? Weber is Oslo? Stamkos in Madrid? Give me a break! The next time he was contacted it was…

Czeching out Prague, Bratislava

Bratislava and Minsk each picked up three players today thanks to previous trades. If Bratislava’s draft strategy seems like an incoherent mixed bag … well it is. GM Chuck Massaro said his plan never really got off the ground. It was too heavy. “I tried to do too much. I wanted to keep my salaries…

GMs looking far into the future

Prospects were very popular today. Eight of 31 picks made today were players who have promising careers but, according to Websim rules, not a game of experience yet.  Paris and Bern each picked two prospects in the 15thround, Paris claiming Ryan Ellis and Jaden Schwartz, and Bern securing Evgeni Kuznetsov and Mika Zibanejad.  If Kuznetsov…

Minsk: Where no one is over the hill

Today’s draft picks were the usual: really astute picking by a really good group of GMs. No real trends, no run on one position or type of player, just really good picking. It’s likely that every time a player’s name was announced, a half-dozen or more GMs went “Oh, I looked at him. He was…

On the Russian front

  Today’s big trade (see most recent post, “Trade sends Ovechkin home”) changes the complexion of the Moscow Dynamo team pretty quickly. The athletic Ovechkin will surely find himself skating with creative center Anze Kopitar, but it will be interesting to see who GM Ezec puts on the right side with them. Right now, his…