Fantasy Hockey: Drafting 101

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It is that time of year again! Leaves are falling from the trees, Tim Hortons is adding pumpkin spice to everything, and your favourite hockey-based websites have regained their position on the “most viewed sites” tab of your web browser; that’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to prepare yourself for your NHL fantasy draft. Drafting the right team is a skillful art form which varies from league to league, however many tips can be used universally across all leagues. Whether you’re a veteran drafter, or completely new to the fantasy GM world, this article aims to provide you with some basic (but often over-looked) skills needed to ensure you draft the best team available. Enjoy!

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Fantasy Hockey: Cook Rating Explanation

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After playing in three different hockey pools last season, I found it useful to determine the value of a trade by determining how valuable a player is to me. My measure of value in a player is how often the player would do things in a game that would contribute to my head-to-head match up statistics in my hockey pools. After downloading the latest player stats spreadsheet, I made a formula using the programming abilities in Excel. The people that I have shown this formula to have said it’s useful and that I should share it somehow. So with the assistance of my programming friend Shawn Hind, we created this tool for everyone to use for free. Click here to start using the Cook Rating, or continue reading for an explanation of the Cook Rating.

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