The Eighth Man

Canada Fantasy Mock Draft

One of the biggest fantasy tournaments of the season drafts tonight with eighth general managers from both sides of the border taking part in Canada Fantasy. For those who can’t wait to see how the pieces will fall, The Eighth Man has you covered with a mock draft of the first four rounds, with explanations of picks where they seem necessary.

1. Colin Wallace – Carleton University – Beater

Due to the dearth of male beaters in the draft, the selection of who receives the first pick has quickly devolved into the Colin Wallace lottery. Credit: Vivan Chueng

Due to the dearth of male beaters in the draft, the selection of who receives the first pick has quickly devolved into the Colin Wallace lottery. Credit: Vivan Chueng

When Michael Sanders dropped out of the tournament, it left an even more glaring hole at male beater than there was to begin with. Wallace is literally the only upper tier option that remains, giving him incredible value in this draft. When the names are pulled from the hat to determine pick order, it will very much be the “Colin Wallace Lottery.” Any general manager that tells you differently, with the exception of Samy Mousa and Mathew McVeigh – both male beaters themselves – is either lying to you or incompetent.

2. Adam Robillard – Ottawa Gee Gees – Chaser/Seeker

3. Devin Sandon – University of Rochester – Chaser

4. Shane Hurlbert – Rochester Institute of Technology – Chaser

5. Jonathan Parent – Ottawa Gee Gees – Chaser

6. Matt Bourassa – Carleton University – Chaser

7. Wesley Burbridge – Guelph Quidditch – Chaser

8. Brian Wong – Ottawa Maple Rush – Chaser/Seeker

The rest of my first round is a run on the best male quaffle players on the board. The logic is really simple: there are no more elite male beaters on the board, female chasers are not worth first round picks, and there are a ton of female beaters of similar values in this draft. As for the chasers selected, it’s basically a mashup of Team Canada quaffle players and those that would be clear Team Northeast quaffle players if such a team existed. Adam Robillard gets bumped up to the top due to his abilities as a seeker, while Brian Wong sneaks into the first round for the same reason. Burbridge may be the least known name on this list, but he is a good enough point defender to justify a first round pick.

9. Max Wallerstadt – University of Kansas – Chaser

The chaser run continues, and while Wallerstadt’s bio portrays an underwhelming player, the soon-to-be Jayhawks captain is earning a lot of hype in his home region. The misleading description might have been an attempt to get Mousa a value pick in the later rounds, but if the other general managers are on their game, he’d be lucky to get him with a second rounder.

10. Max Miceli – University of North Carolina – Chaser

11. Devin Dutt – Carleton University – Chaser

12. Donald Lynch III – NYDC Capitalists – Keeper

I have these three guys a step below the top tier because, while they can all ball handle and run an offense, most of the above quaffle players can too, and these three have shown less in terms of physicality on the defensive end than the rest. That’s enough to drop them down to the second round.

13. Hannah DeBaets – Tufts University – Chaser

With every top-tier offense runner off the board, it’s an alright time to begin to add role players, and no one fills that better in this draft than Team USA’s Hannah DeBaets. She isn’t going to ball handle, but she’s a great kick out near the hoops for a driving teammate, where she’ll almost always finish, and she can take almost anyone, male or female, out of the game off-ball on the defensive end. As we move more towards niche players, DeBaets fits the bill better than anyone.

14. Rithy Min – University of Montreal – Chaser

15. Tom Skudlarek – Rochester Institute of Technology – Chaser

16. Paulina Pascual – Emerson College – Beater

Experience in games like the World Cup semifinal, along with a healthy dose of athleticism, make Paulina Pascual the obvious first female beater to come off the baord. Credit: Monica Wheeler.

Experience in games like the World Cup semifinal, along with a healthy dose of athleticism, make Paulina Pascual the obvious first female beater to come off the board. Credit: Monica Wheeler.

Someone was going to have to bite on a female beater eventually, even though it was hard to find players that really stood out from the pack at the position, and I think the end of the second round/beginning of the third round is just about the right time for that. You’ll see that I favor experience in my female beaters, and it’s hard to argue against a player that’s been playing for three years on a squad that made a Final Four run this season. Paulina Pascual is quick and smart, and is definitely going to be the most impact you can get at the position.

17. Matt Stone – Carleton University – Keeper

18. Adam Palmer – York University – Keeper

I moved the two keepers that people might consider in that top tier down to the third round because, in a keeper, you obviously aren’t getting someone that can contribute in the point defense game. Add to that that I’m not completely sold either can run a fully fluent offense, and you end up here.

19. Kara Levis – Q.C. Boston Massacre – Beater

Once again, favoring experience at female beater.

20. Justin Keiber-King – University of Rochester – Seeker/Keeper

This is kind of a gut call from me, as Justin Keiber-King has been out for nearly an entire year due to concussion symptoms. But when he was healthy last summer, his SWIM rate was off the charts for such a little-known seeker, and those are the kind of seeker numbers you can rarely find in the second round, never mind the third. It’s definitely a high-risk, high-reward pick, but the fact that he can also play as a keeper well enough makes it worth the risk to me.

21. Patrick Qi Wang – McGill University – Keeper

22. Jenn Magel – Carleton University — Chaser

23. Patrick Callanan – University of Rochester – Chaser

24. Erin McCrady – Ottawa Gee Gees – Beater

25. Alexander Tessier – McGill University – Seeker

An experienced, McGill seeker has no business falling any further than this, so let’s take him off the board right here.

26. Emily Hickmott – Tufts University – Chaser

27. Daniel Shapiro – University of Missouri – Chaser

Missouri's Daniel Shapiro might be the last real bruiser to come off the board in this draft, making him an excellent value pick. Credit: Monica Wheeler

Missouri’s Daniel Shapiro might be the last real bruiser to come off the board in this draft, making him an excellent value pick. Credit: Monica Wheeler

The last male quaffle player left in the draft whose physicality really impresses me. By getting him this late, you should be able to pair him up with a top-notch ball-handler, and I think he’ll be able to go to work with them. Definitely a value pick here.

28. Luke Espina – Macaulay Honors College – Beater

29. Josh Kramer – Rochester Institute of Technology – Beater

I don’t feel particularly strongly about either of these male beater options, hence them being thrown on the list next to each other. All I know is that the five teams that don’t have Colin Wallace and don’t have a male beater general manager are going to need to bite on male beaters eventually, these are the best two available, and this seems about the right time, with every really exciting male quaffle player option taken, to go for them.

30. Matt Zeltzer – New York Badassilisks – Seeker

31. Lisle Coleman – University of Rochester – Chaser/Beater

With the female player talent pool rapidly tailing off, I like Lisle Coleman here because of her flexibility in terms of position. Whereas many players have one primary position and just list multiple others during fantasy season, injuries have forced Coleman into playing both positions with a good deal of regularity throughout her career. And she has the athleticism to play both well enough to get a look here in the fourth round.

32. Jeffrey Sherman – Rochester Institute of Technology – Keeper

His leadership and experience pushes him above some other male quaffle-playing options and sneaks him into the bottom of the fourth round.

One Comment

  1. ralph palnieri

    May 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I would pick Jeff higher but thats me

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