The Draft will operate like a stock market. That is, you can buy and sell players according to their worth. There is no restriction on who you can pick - every NHL player is eligible (except goalies). Also, anybody can have any player on his or her team. (It would be too difficult to coordinate via e-mail if no NHL player could appear on more than one team.)
Each contestant will start off with 1000 points to buy a team as he/she sees fit. Each player will have a value associated with him. The initial value will be last year's point total projected over 82 games. It is supposed to represent the potential number of points the player will get this year. Thus, when picking a team, a contestant may choose ten 100-point players or twenty-two 45-point players. The only restriction is a minimum player purchase price of 45.0 points.
The player's net value will fluctuate throughout the year. The value will be the point total of the player projected over 82 games *of his team*. Therefore, an injury or suspension will cause a player's value to drop. The idea is to buy players when their value is low and sell when their value is high.
The distinction between how a player's initial purchase price and his mid- season value is computed is important. The pre-season price is based on points per player game because it should (theoretically) represent what the player would get were he to play a full 82 games this year. The mid- season price is a prediction of what the player will actually get by the end of the year. Injuries or suspensions will reduce the point total, so that is why the number of team games and not player games is used when computing the 82 game projection.
For example, Jaromir Jagr had 77 points in 75 games last year, for a pre-season purchase price of 84.2 points. Suppose he gets 45 points after 19 regular season Capitals games. His value at that point would be 194.2 points. If you had bought him before the season began, you would be ahead 110.0 points. If you don't think he will keep the same pace, you could sell him. You would make a profit, but sales are subject to a 10% "commission". You could sell him for 174.8 points, for a profit of 90.6 points. You would then be able to buy other players you feel are under-valued at the moment.
Since it will undoubtedly be difficult to spend exactly 1000 points when buying your team, you will have some points left over. These are "cash points", which you keep. You will need them for later, when you buy and sell players of unequal value. They will count towards your total point value when the standings are computed, but only to a maximum of 450 points during the season and 45 points in the final standings. This is to discourage people from hoarding cash points excessively. If you have at least 45 cash points, you can always buy a player.
© 2003 Gilles Carmel