If this is your first time drafting a team, and you are drafting for an open public league, these pointers will help you get started:
- To avoid fatigue and injury issues, make sure you draft enough players that have a decent amount of games played. Players with a low number of games played will not make it through the whole season as a starter on your team without running into fatigue issues and potential injuries.
- Avoid spending too much money on super stars. Remember you have nine lines and seven pairs to fill. Try to keep your team balanced. One or two great players cannot carry a team.
- Make sure you are prepared for injuries. Hockey is a rough game and most likely some of your starters will suffer an injury at some point.
- Goalies are important! Having great defense is important, but you still need good goaltending. Don't be too cheap with your money when it comes to your starting goalie!
- Defense is also important! In addition to your goaltender, you need good defense. Even the best goalies won't be able to stop everything -- especially if the defense is allowing quality shots to be taken. So when drafting your defensive pairs, pay attention to the DEF (defensive) stat of each player!
- Save some money for the waiver wire or trading. During the season, you can release and claim players from the waiver wire. However, there is a 10% transaction fee (of the player's salary in which you are claiming) for using the wire. The more money you save, the more you can use the waiver wire during your season. Click here for more information on the waiver wire. You can also trade players, money, or both with other owners. Click here for more information on trading.
- Keep your prospects in mind! You will have one minor league player for each position that you can call up at any time during the season before the roster deadline. These guys will also help fill in for injured or tired players. Click here for more information on your prospects.
- Avoid drafting too many goons unless you plan on drafting a great penalty killing unit. Goons generally commit a lot of penalties. Being shorthanded is obviously a disadvantage you want to try to keep to a minimum. Players that commit a lot of penalties also have a higher risk of being suspended for a few games.