INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, site after site has begun posting their Mock Drafts, their respective best guesses as to how the draft will unfold. It is always interesting to read the predictions then see how close the writers get. As I was sitting at my computer, reading yet another Mock Draft by yet another site, I thought it would be different to get in on the Mock Draft fun, but with a different twist. So I hit up my buddies Adam Twenter and Ryan Gibson, and the three of us decided that we would join forces to the craft our own Mock Draft, the Ultimate Missouri/Kansas City Mavericks Mock Draft.
Here’s how it works: each person selects a total of 18 players consisting of nine forwards, six defensemen, two goalies, and one flex player (can be either a forward or defenseman). I got the first pick in the draft, Gibby the second, and Twenter the third. The format was a snake draft for those familiar with the setup from a typical fantasy draft (Joe – 1, Gibby – 2, Twenter – 3, Twenter – 4, Gibby – 5, Joe – 6, Joe – 7, etc.).
So, without further ado, here is our all-time Mavericks Mock Draft:
A pretty solid lineup for Twenter, but don’t worry, we’re saving the best for last.
Gibby’s team is ripe with nostalgia. You’ll see what I mean:
|Sebastien Thinel||Forward||One of the all-time greats, not just for the Mavs but across all levels of minor pro hockey.|
|Ryan Jardine||Forward||A guy that most people tend to forget about, but one of the more talented forwards this team has ever had.|
|John-Scott Dickson||Forward||The ultimate grinder. Won battles, blocked shots, and gave everything he had every time his skates hit the ice.|
|Jeff Christian||Forward||The original Maverick. Helped put the team on the map.|
|Trevor Kell||Forward||One of the more underrated centers. Great in the faceoff dot, and had a mean wrister.|
|Evan Vossen||Forward||Glue guy that was good on both ends of the ice.|
|Dave Pszenyczny||Defenseman||The King of Chirp, but also one of the all-time greats.|
|Matt Stephenson||Defenseman||Arguably the most dependable, and best all-around defenseman this team has ever had.|
|Mike Wakita||Defenseman||Physicality, presense, fists of fury. Every team needs a Wakita.|
|Derek Pallardy||Flex||The original utility man. Dependable no matter what position he played, and that was many.|
|Rob Nolan||Goalie||Most people don’t put Nolan up there in the conversation of best in team history, but his numbers say otherwise.|
Another solid lineup, and some of the all-time greats sprinkled into Gibby’s selections. A very formidable roster, but still, not the best.
Drum roll please…………
|Andrew Courtney||Forward||The greatest of all-time. Enough said.|
|Eric Castonguay||Forward||One of the best pure scorers to pull on a Mavs sweater.|
|Colt King||Forward||Could do it all. Physical, intimidating, but was also a 20+ goal scorer.|
|Jesse Root||Forward||A devastating injury brought a halt to what could have been one of the greatest seasons we’ve seen.|
|Kenton Miller||Forward||Once held the franchise record for goals in a season, until some guy named Courtney came along.|
|Colin Markison||Forward||Speed for days. So much speed.|
|Kane Lafranchise||Defenseman||The modern-day Matt Stephenson. As steady and reliable as they come.|
|David Simoes||Defenseman||Listed at 5-10 (generous). Played like he was 6-7.|
|Henrik Odegaard||Defenseman||The Olympian.|
|Blake Forsyth||Defenseman||Very underrated during his tenure. A solid stay-at-home defenseman who never got the credit he deserved.|
|Jesse Perrin||Defenseman||Quite possibly the best hitter this team has ever had. His checks would boom throughout the arena, and he became a very solid defenseman with experience.|
|Charlie Effinger||Goalie||Set the bar for goalie play that wasn’t even neared until Josh Robinson came along. Effinger carried his teams that had far less talented blue lines than Robinson.|
So there you have it, our Ultimate Mavericks Mock Draft. This has been a lot of fun, and we’d love to keep the debate going. Hit us up on Twitter with your thoughts:
Twenter – @SinBinMavsKC
Gibby – @RGibby6
Rozycki – @SinBinMavs
Who picked the best team in the Mavericks Mock Draft?
- Rozycki (41%, 28 Votes)
- Twenter (29%, 20 Votes)
- Gibby (29%, 20 Votes)
Total Voters: 68