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Draft Center Primer

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Drafts in FantasyHockeySim leagues take place in a manner that we've historically called pseudo-live.  Each team's selection is made in realtime but the player picked is taken from the top of a list that can be updated by the team's general manager right up until the point that the selection happens.  As such, GMs can choose to build out a list in advance and skip the draft entirely, to only add players to their list when it is their turn to pick, or something in between.

Our official recommendation is to build out a list in advance, just in case something goes wrong in the middle of the draft.  No one wants to be the person who lost their internet connection just as they were adding their selection to the site.  To that end, here are other thoughts on the best way to build a draft list:

In most cases, to cover every possibility, your draft list only needs to be long enough to reach your last selection in the draft.  This means that if your only pick is at fourth overall, you only need four names on your list.  If you close out your draft at 48th overall, your list should have 48 names.  Anything less and you would be taking a chance on running out of options before your final draft pick comes up.

To be clear, it is perfectly acceptable to take that chance, just understand that you're doing so.

There are two exceptions to the above "rule."

First is in the case of an Entry Draft with an age limit in place.  If you pick 48th overall and your list has 48 names, with five underage players on that list, it would be possible for the other 43 players on your list to have been selected by other teams by the time your pick at 48th overall came up.  With only underage players remaining, there would be no one eligible on your list and your pick would go unused.  As such, your Entry Draft list should include 48 eligible players.

The second is in the case of an Expansion Draft with limits on how many players each team can lose.  If your last pick is 20th overall, you would normally need a 20-person draft list.  However, in this scenario it would be possible for your 20th-rated player to come from a team that has already lost its allotment of players.  As such, that player would be removed from your list and no longer there to be selected at 20th overall.  The remedy for this is to build a longer list but, depending on the specifics of your Expansion Draft, that could be hard to do.  As such, we recommend building as long of a list as you feel comfortable building, then clicking the "Quick List" button to add the rest of the available players to your list.  You should then take care to remove any players who you have a deal not to select, if applicable.  This will give you the longest list possible while still prioritizing your selections as much as possible.

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