Hockey season is upon us and that also means fantasy hockey drafts will be held all over the world over the next two weeks. I think now would be the perfect time to introduce a new series of articles at the Union and Blue. Throughout the season I will provide a weekly Union and Blue Fantasy Fix post that will provide an overview on some of the fantasy hockey news, how CBJ players a factoring into the fantasy season, as well as updates on the Fansided NHL network’s fantasy hockey league. For this first edition of the Fantasy Fix, I would like to talk Draft Guides.
Just like any college exam or speech at work, proper preparation is the key to succeeding in a fantasy hockey draft. During the off season it is difficult to follow every trade, injury, and prospect, but having a grasp on the latest news can make a huge difference in how you draft. You do not want to be the person who draws laughs for drafting Ilya Kovalchuk this year!
Fortunately, you can get caught up on all of the latest news quickly and easily with the assistance of a fantasy hockey draft guide. There are several guides available, including offerings from TSN, THN, and the NHL, but my personal favorite is the guide from Dobberhockey.com.
While the print guides you can find on your local magazine rack are great sources of information, they are often put together well before training camps and pre-season. They do not account for injuries, late player movements, or actual camp / preseason performance.Β The guide from Dobberhockey is purchased ($9.99) as a downloadable (and printable) PDF file that is continuously updated well into October. Once purchased, the updates are free to download. Β Also included is a draft ranking list in spreadsheet format that is also updated. Going into your draft you can be confident you have the latest information and stat projections at your fingertips.
I have used the Dobberhockey fantasy guide for all of my hockey drafts for the last three seasons and I have won my league once and made the championship the other two. While the moves you make during the season are important, the draft can make or break your fantasy season.