This should be easy for those who enjoy playing the Hockey Challenge during the regular season. The rules are very similar to the Hockey Challenge and are consistent with most of your basic salary-cap games.
You pick a team of six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders under a fantasy budget of $100 million. That team scores you goals, assists, wins and shutout bonuses to carry you to glory. Goals are worth a point, assists are worth a point, wins are worth two points, and goaltenders and defensemen get a bonus point for a shutout.
Selecting a team of stars should be relatively easy as the game begins with most forwards drawing a salary just under $9 million, the top defensemen just under $8 million and the goaltenders peaking at $11 million. Do the math and you will notice you are just shy of being able to ice a roster of all the top players in the league. While that may be true, it's not always the top players in the league who excel in the playoffs.
You get to swap out your team after the first round of the playoffs and again after the conference semifinals, but you don't get to trade out the team after the conference finals. In other words, there is no harm in selecting players from teams that get eliminated in the first or second rounds. But when the playoffs are pared down to the four teams vying for a trip to the Stanley Cup finals, that is your final roster lock. There are no limits to the swapping as long as you stay under $100 million. In theory, you could have 36 different players on your roster during the entirety of the Playoff Hockey Challenge.
Remember that all NHL players will be available to all other owners you are competing against, whether in a public, private or fan-based group. Your picks need to be shrewd, calculated and, most of all, pretty lucky.
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You won at your game, it could have been cricket or dodgeball and you would have won just the same. The sport is irrelevant.
I'm curious what you define as "my game." My strategy in this league was much different than other sports, and changed drastically throughout the first couple weeks of the season.
That Sharp/Ovechkin trade ended up being historically bad luck, so that has nothing to do with "my game."
It was a rotisserie, the first I've ever played for fantasy hockey...and I've played since I was a kid.
The reason I said what I said was because you made it seem like you beat a bunch of Canadians at there own game or whatever.
You beat them because you didn't know any of the players; you had no emotional attachment to them. You made moves purely based on numbers. Which player will increase my average time on ice? Who takes the most shots ( regardless of scoring)? Do I have to play my goalie to get the wins , if I'm going to do better not starting him to preserve the GAA and Save%....??? ---I picked most of my players based on whether I liked the way they played the game, totally stupid.
I'm not sour, at all. Congratulations. You beat all the Canadians. I just don't like and wouldn't play the rotisserie style of pool for hockey again. There are just not enough statistical categories to make it fun. Like who cares about half (or more) of the categories in this pool. I much prefer the head to head or more basic offensive points style of pools.
But again, not mad...you won. It wasn't even remotely close. Congratulations. Canada sucks.