The Washington Times - October 29, 2009, 11:00AM

Between illness and other issues, we didn’t have our weekly update in the Scribes League. But today’s the day, and we’ll be looking at Tarik El-Bashir’s sturggling roster.



Dave Fay Division

Corey Masisak … 52 points

Mike Petre … 41.5

Stephen Whyno … 38

Ryan O’Halloran … 28

Bob Fachet Division

Lacy Lusk … 50 points

Tarik El-Bashir … 34

Katie Carerra … 29

Lindsay Applebaum … 15.5

Analysis: Clearly, the cream has risen to the top. Tarik is actually a little lucky for this entry … his team “spiked” at 34 points today. He was tied for seventh earlier this week.

Roster Breakdown

We’re going to take a look at Tarik El-Bashir’s roster today. He had the fifth pick in the odd rounds and the fourth pick in the even rounds.

1. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA

2. Marian Gaborik, NYR

3. Alexander Semin, WAS

4. Eric Staal, CAR

5. Dan Boyle, SJ

6. Chris Pronger, PHI

7. Semyon Varalmov, WAS

8. David Backes, STL

9. Henrik Sedin, VAN

10. Jay Bouwmeester, CGY

11. Mark Streit, NYI

12. Ryan Smyth, LA

13. Milan Michalek, OTT

14. Milan Lucic, BOS

15. Chris Mason, STL

16. Nikita Filatov, CLB

17. David Perron, STL

18. Cristobal Huet, CHI

19. Nik Antropov, ATL

20. Alexei Ponikarovsky, TOR

21. Dustin Byfuglien, CHI

22. Jonathan Cheechoo, OTT

Best pick (draft day): Milan Lucic

Worst pick (draft day): Semyon Varlamov

Best pick (present day): Marian Gaborik

Worst pick (present day): Semyon Varlamov (or Eric Staal)

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Analysis: El-Bashir’s goaltending looked like a problem on draft day, and it has been to this point. Varlamov went about 5-6 rounds too high. Spending a pick on a high-risk, high-reward guy is OK, but multiple picks (Semin, Gaborik) probably isn’t a good idea. Slow starts for Getzlaf and Staal aren’t helping, but this team is still middle of the pack offensively. Goaltending is the biggest problem.

Owner’s take: “Aw, dude, what place are we in? [NOTE: That’s a red flag] Well, we’ve gotten off to a slower than expected start, but we have a lot of character guys in our room and a lot of leadership and heart but not a lot of skill. Our goaltending hasn’t been great, but it is a long season and we’re hopeful we will have a good second half.”