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Let The Games Begin
By Sean Allen
Special to ESPN.com
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Investing in teammates like Eric Staal and Alexander Semin may earn you double points if one assists the other, but it may limit your point output if you bet too heavily on one team.
Is there a worse feeling than missing out on your favorite sleeper for the season during a draft because you waited one round too long? It could certainly be made worse if the leaguemate who snatched up your player is notorious for not trading. Knowing that you want a player and not being able to get them no matter what you do is a terrible feeling in fantasy. The regret, the disappointment and the resentment can be tough to manage.
Well, that's why you play in an auction league, you say. No one can stop you from acquiring the players you want so long as you are willing to put down the dollars. You can't miss out on a player if you are allowed to spend what you want for them. Still, what if you don't think much of a player at the draft, only to become enamored with them once the season begins? It's a scenario that happens all the time and there is just as much a possibility that said player is on a leaguemate's team that refuses to deal him.
The point we are trying to make here is that, to an extent, standard drafting fantasy games do have a cap on your imagination and put a limit on your ability to truly put your hockey knowledge to the test. You can only build your team in a way that the other owners in your league will let you.
The Hockey Challenge allows you to break free of the wills of your opponents, take your own destiny in your hand and show the world who is boss. You get $100 million fantasy dollars to build a roster of six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders. The only limits on your squad are those imposed by the fairly flexible (at least initially) fantasy salaries of the NHLers. In the Hockey Challenge, top forwards will start around $9 million, defensemen near $7 million and goaltenders closer to $12 million. So, doing the math at $9 million times six ($54 million), $7 million times four ($28 million) and $12 million times two ($24 million) for a total of $106 million, you can see that you almost get to pick whoever you want to start the game.
The scoring is simple: You want goals, assists, wins and shutouts. Goals and assists are each worth a single point for forwards and defensemen. Wins are worth two points for goaltenders and shutouts provide a bonus point for goaltenders and their defensemen. That's it. Simple, right?
Hold on. It wouldn't be much of a game if you didn't have to do something and it stayed that easy... MORE
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