People definitely started jumping on the hitters/shot blockers early this year. I had my laundry list I was hoping to take in rounds 17-20 but most were already gone at that point. Shame on me for not realizing it.
Honestly sometimes **** just happens that there's no way to predict (like Elias not actually going on IR, but on the non-hockey injured list )
For one example I drafted Girardi last year for hits/blocks in the 17th round, this year he went in the 15th. Brooks Orpik went in the 15th this year, last year he was a 23rd round pick.
I really should have accounted for the early goalie run and expected to draft one early though, I figured someone decent would slip into the middle rounds but it wasn't heading that way. Maybe I should have tried harder to get Elliott later on to at least link the Blues up but I'd rather not carry three goalies anyway with the 23-man roster and 18 starting skaters, plus deciding between Blues and Wild would give me headaches every game.
I think the Mock drafts screwed me up a bit, in most of the mocks I was able to get Pax in the 3rd, Forsberg in 3rd or 4th, Carlson in the 5th, Saad and or Kane in the 7th or 8th, and I got none of them.
The only thing that came out of the mocks was Eichel, normally went 7th or 8th which made me think he might slip through to me in the 5th...