The draft is an important factor in having a successful season. Teams which begin with a strong draft will most likely find themselves in good shape for the remainder of the season. There are four draft options available for fantasy hockey Autopick, Live Online Draft, Auction and Offline Draft. If you are drafting in a Standard League, each team drafts 22 players so a total of 220 players will be drafted (though Free Standard leagues now offer 8 and 12 team options also). In Custom leagues, your final player total will be dependent on your roster settings.
Team owners have the option of four different draft methods (click on a draft type below to see specific rules):
LIVE AND MOCK DRAFT LOBBY LEAGUES
THE LIVE DRAFT LOBBY
The Live Draft Lobby is where it all starts once you are ready to join a Free Standard or Prize-Eligible league. Once you're there, click on a room name. If you are ready, click here to go to the Live Draft Lobby.
NOTE: The listed Standard League names are for quick identity purposes only, and will change to generic league names, which you can customize by league vote after the draft is complete. After entering the lobby you will see the "Join This League" button. Another method is to locate a Free Standard or Prize-Eligible league via the League Directory.
WAITING FOR THE DRAFT TO START
After you successfully join a lobby league, your team name and info will appear on the page in bold. The league's draft start time is displayed in the middle of the page and on the countdown clock below it.
NOTE: In order for a Free Standard or Prize-Eligible league draft to move into drafting mode, all Open Slots must be filled before the listed draft start time. If open slots remain, try recruiting members to join via the message board or simply wait hoping the room will fill itself in time (the page automatically reloads itself every 30 seconds). Any live draft Lobby league (ESPN created league) that is not full before the draft start will have their draft time continually pushed back in five minute intervals until the league is filled.
NOTE: Once your draft has filled, it will convert once the scheduled time arrives.
STARTING THE DRAFT
If your league is full at the listed start time the lobby room page will automatically reload itself with a link to Launch Draft.
THE MOCK DRAFT LOBBY
The Mock Draft Lobby is a great way to practice drafting. It works in the same way as the Live Draft Lobby. The only difference is the Mock Draft does not count! The Mock Draft Lobby can be used for draft practice or for testing purposes. We encourage you to try it out. Good luck with your season!
If you are interested, click here to go to the Mock Draft Lobby.