Cullen: Playoff Pool Picks Talent Blog
4/13/2009 3:38:54 PM
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It's been a busy couple of days, getting ready for the playoffs, with new NHL Power Rankings and NHL Player Rankings, Monday's Fantasy Hockey Chat as well as a couple of Fantasy Hockey Reports to get you primed for the postseason.

Consider this a quick-and-dirty version of a playoff fantasy preview -- a virtual cheet sheat for your fantasy hockey playoff drafts!  More comprehensive information can be found in the Playoff Payoff.

First off, my winners:

Round One: Boston, Washington, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Detroit, Vancouver, Chicago

Best-equipped to pull off an upset (among 6, 7, 8 seeds): Carolina, Anaheim, N.Y. Rangers

Final Four: Boston, New Jersey, San Jose, Detroit

Cup Final: Boston, San Jose

Cup Winner: Boston

My Top 120 Skaters for the 2008-2009 Playoffs (assuming goals and assists are worth one point):
1. Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit
2. Marc Savard, C, Boston
3. Henrik Zetterberg, C, Detroit
4. Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington
5. Joe Thornton, C, San Jose
6. Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh
7. Phil Kessel, C, Boston
8. Johan Franzen, LW, Detroit
9. Marian Hossa, LW, Detroit
10. Patrick Marleau, LW, San Jose
11. Zach Parise, LW, New Jersey
12. David Krejci, C, Boston
13. Nicklas Lidstrom, D, Detroit
14. Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh
15. Patrik Elias, LW, New Jersey
16. Alexander Semin, RW, Washington
17. Brian Rafalski, D, Detroit
18. Mark Recchi, RW, Boston
19. Dennis Wideman, D, Boston
20. Niklas Kronwall, D, Detroit
21. Mike Green, D, Washington
22. Milan Michalek, LW, San Jose
23. Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose
24. Michael Ryder, RW, Boston
25. Ryane Clowe, RW, San Jose
26. Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston
27 Dan Boyle, D, San Jose
28. Devin Setoguchi, RW, San Jose
29. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington
30. Zdeno Chara, D, Boston
31. Rob Blake, D, San Jose
32. Sergei Gonchar, D, Pittsburgh
33. Martin Havlat, RW, Chicago
34. Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver
35. Daniel Sedin, C, Vancouver
36. Tomas Holmstrom, RW, Detroit
37. Jamie Langenbrunner, RW, New Jersey
38. Chris Kunitz, LW, Pittsburgh
39. Eric Staal, C, Carolina
40. Christian Ehrhoff, D, San Jose
41. Jiri Hudler, RW, Detroit
42. Pavol Demitra, LW, Vancouver
43. Ryan Kesler, RW, Vancouver
44. Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago
45. Mats Sundin, C, Vancouver
46. Milan Lucic, LW, Boston
47. Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago
48. Brooks Laich, LW, Washington
49. Alex Burrows, LW, Vancouver
50. Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary
51. Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim
52. Mike Richards, C, Philadelphia
53. Mike Cammalleri, LW, Calgary
54. Travis Zajac, C, New Jersey
55. Brian Gionta, RW, New Jersey
56. Blake Wheeler, LW, Boston 
57. Matt Hunwick, D, Boston
58. Mikael Samuelsson, RW, Detroit
59. Sergei Fedorov, C, Washington
60. Valtteri Filppula, C, Detroit
61. Chuck Kobasew, RW, Boston
62. Daniel Cleary, LW, Detroit
63. Paul Martin, D, New Jersey
64. Cam Barker, D, Chicago
65. Kevin Bieksa, D, Vancouver
66. Ray Whitney, LW, Carolina
67. Brian Rolston, LW, New Jersey
68. Ruslan Fedotenko, LW, Pittsburgh
69. Jordan Staal, C, Pittsburgh
70. Petr Sykora, RW, Pittsburgh
71. David Bolland, C, Chicago
72. Bill Guerin, RW, Pittsburgh
73. Kristopher Letang, D, Pittsburgh
74. Patrick Sharp, RW, Chicago
75. Dainius Zubrus, C, New Jersey
76. Kris Versteeg, RW, Chicago
77. Brian Campbell, D, Chicago
78. Rod Brind'Amour, C, Carolina
79. Alexander Edler, D, Vancouver
80. Duncan Keith, D, Chicago
81. Tuomo Ruutu, LW, Carolina
82. Rick Nash, RW, Columbus
83. Alex Kovalev, RW, Montreal
84. Jeff Carter, C, Philadelphia
85. Andrew Ladd, LW, Chicago
86. Sergei Samsonov, LW, Carolina
87. Brad Boyes, RW, St. Louis
88. Daniel Briere, C, Philadelphia
89. Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim
90. Bobby Ryan, LW, Anaheim
91. Andy McDonald, C, St. Louis
92. Saku Koivu, C, Montreal
93. Teemu Selanne, RW, Anaheim
94. Jonathan Cheechoo, RW, San Jose
95. Erik Cole, RW, Carolina
96. Tomas Fleischmann, LW, Washington
97. Brendan Shanahan, RW, New Jersey
98. Viktor Kozlov, RW, Washington
99. Alex Tanguay, LW, Montreal
100. Sami Salo, D, Vancouver
101. Simon Gagne, LW, Philadelphia
102. Anton Babchuk, D, Carolina
103. Scott Gomez, C, N.Y. Rangers 
104. Olli Jokinen, C, Calgary 
105. T.J. Oshie, RW, St. Louis 
106. Kristian Huselius, LW, Columbus 
107. Claude Giroux, RW, Philadelphia 
108. Chris Drury, C, N.Y. Rangers 
109. Kyle Wellwood, C, Vancouver
110. Mattias Ohlund, D, Vancouver 
111. Johnny Oduya, D, New Jersey 
112. Scott Niedermayer, D, Anaheim 
113. Scott Hartnell, RW, Philadelphia
114. David Backes, RW, St. Louis
115. Joe Corvo, D, Carolina
116. Joffrey Lupul, RW, Philadelphia
117. Sean Avery, LW, N.Y. Rangers
118. Chris Pronger, D, Anaheim
119. Nikolai Zherdev, RW, N.Y. Rangers
120. R.J. Umberger, LW, Columbus
Top 12 goaltenders:
Tim Thomas, Boston
Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh
Chris Osgood, Detroit
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver
Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago
Jose Theodore, Washington
Cam Ward, Carolina
Chris Mason, St. Louis
Henrik Lundqvist, N.Y. Rangers
Ty Conklin, Detroit

Good luck in your playoff pools!

Scott Cullen can be reached at

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