Rules Index

ESPN's live online draft is the best way to experience the thrill of a gut-wrenching, real-time, player-by-player live draft process in which owners pit their knowledge and skill against others. Team owners build unique teams of players to manage through the NHL season. Like any prospective NHL team owner, you want to assemble the best possible team of players, so it's smart to prepare before you set out. To help make your live draft go as smoothly as possible, the following information will brief you on the ins and outs of the snake draft works.

Your live draft date, time and details are listed on both your League Settings page, as well as on your League Office page.

We highly recommend that all live drafters customize their draft list before the actual draft. This protects you on the off chance that you are unable to participate in your live draft (on our calendar, nothing is more important than fantasy draft day).

The list can be ordered using our Pre-Rank or Lite Version Tool available on your Team page (Edit Pre-Draft Player Rankings link). Your list will be used as your default rankings if you are disconnected for any reason during the draft. The links to editing your draft lists are available in two places:

  • On your preseason League Office page in the Draft Info box.

  • On your main My Team page.

NOTE: You can edit your draft list as often as you like until one hour before your scheduled live draft time.

New to Fantasy Hockey 2010 is the ability to specify which position the system will draft each round in the case you are either disconnected during a draft or are not able to participate in it. The link for editing your draft strategy can be found on your main Team page before the draft begins by clicking on the "Edit Auto-Pick Strategy" link. Note this page is only available for leagues that use either the Live Snake or Autopick draft type.

On the edit page each round of the draft is presented with a pulldown menu to select which position you want to draft during it. The default setting for all rounds is always "Best Available", which means the system will draft the highest remaining player from any position. If you change this to a particular position - ie "Goalie" - the system will draft the highest available player from that particular position.

On the page you are also presented with the option to set how many players at each position the system will draft for your team. This interface can be seen on the right side of the page in the "Position Limits" table. Simply set the minimum and maximum number of players you want the system to draft for each position. For example, if you only want the system to draft one (2) Goalies for your team, set both the Min. and Max. value here to "2".

NOTE: You can edit your draft strategy as often as you like until one hour before your scheduled draft time.

You can enter your live draft as early as one hour before the scheduled start time. Links to enter the draft are available on your League Office and My Team pages. Please keep in mind that all leagues MUST be full in order for a draft to begin, so League Managers, pay attention and make sure all your league's team owners have joined with their teams at least one hour before your draft! If a league is not full, it will NOT convert into draft mode, and the draft time will be reset.

The draft order is randomly determined before the live draft begins. League Managers in Custom leagues can manually adjust the draft order. The first pick of the draft will be on the clock within three minutes of the scheduled draft time, so all team owners should make sure that they are ready to go before the scheduled start of the draft.

Owners participate in each round of the draft by taking turns selecting players in a snake draft format (i.e., 1-10, 10-1, 1-10, etc). Each team drafts one player per round until all their roster slots are full (including bench).

The live online draft application is designed to give team owners as much player information during the draft so that you can pick the best available player every round.

Your draft list will be displayed on the left-side of the app. If you have customized your list prior to the draft, it will be displayed. Otherwise the ESPN default rankings list will be used.

To draft a player, first click on his name. Doing this will highlight the player's row and add him to the "Selected Player" area above. Simply click on the "Draft Player" button when you are on the clock to draft the player for your team. If you're not on the clock, you will not be allowed to draft until it is your turn. However, you can add players to your player queue.

In Custom Leagues, the LM will be able to draft players for other teams using the "LM Tools" tab in the draft app. In order to draft for another team, the LM must first click on "Pause Draft." Once the draft is paused, the LM can select the draft option under the appropriate team name and will then be able to draft a player. The LM can resume the draft by clicking on "Resume Draft." The LM can also undo a draft pick, which will reset the clock. There is no limit to the number of times the LM can pause a draft. Note that the LM can also undo a draft pick. This will reset the clock.

This is the automatic draft selection system. If a team is on auto pick, the system will automatically select the highest-ranked available player based on that team's draft list.

If you join the draft the initial autopilot setting is turned "Off." You may turn it on anytime by clicking on the Auto Pick checkbox under the draft clock. But it can also turn on automatically if you fail to make your selection within the allotted time period. At this time, your team's auto pick status will be changed to "On." When your auto pick status is set to "On," the live draft system makes your team's picks first drafting any players in your Player Queue, and then using the players on your draft list as its guide, while making sure that you meet the roster position requirements.

All picks for that team are made by the autopilot system until the team owner re-joins the draft or clicks the "Disable Auto Pick" button at which point the owner will again have the allotted time to make selections.

You can highlight a player's name and either drag-and-drop them into the Player Queue area, or right-click the player name and click the"Add to Top of List" link. This will move the player to the Player Queue. There is no limit to the number of players who can be added to this area. In Snake drafts players listed in the Player Queue will automatically drafted if you're on Auto Pick.

After all rounds have been completed, the system will need a few minutes to process it and convert your league into post-draft mode where you can start managing your team for the season.

The Lite Draft application is designed to allow owners unable to use Flash to be able to take part in a live draft. It is just as effective as the Flash draft application, but without all the bells and whistles. The Lite version of the live draft application is linked on both the League Office and Clubhouse pages when the league is in draft mode. To select a player when using the Lite Draft, click on the player you wish to draft and select Draft when you are on the clock. You must also refresh the Lite Draft application to get the most recent draft status.

NOTE: In Custom leagues, the league manager will be able to draft players for other teams using this tool. Also, the league manager can undo a draft pick as many times a

In Custom leagues, the league manager has the ability to customize many parts of their league's draft.

League Manager Tools >> Edit League Settings >> Edit Draft Settings
You can access the Draft Settings page anytime up to one hour before your league's draft is scheduled to begin. On this page you can change any of your draft settings, and any edits submitted to the system will automatically trigger an e-mail to each owner in the league notifying them of the changes.

  • Changes to Snake or Auction drafts can be made up to one hour before the scheduled live draft time.

  • Changes for Autopick drafts can be made until 2:59 a.m. ET the day the autopick draft is scheduled to process.

  • Changes for Offline drafts can be made until the time the LM begins entering the offline results.

LM Tools >> Set Draft Order
If your league uses the live online or autopick draft method and has the draft order setting manually set by the LM, you can access the Set Draft Order page at anytime until your league's draft is scheduled to begin. On the page you can manually assign a draft position for each team in the league. If no draft order is set, the draft order is randomly determined when your league's draft begins. For offline drafts, the system does not observe a draft order.

LM Tools >> Reset Draft
You can access the Reset Draft page after your league's draft is complete. If you wish to reset the draft, the system will completely change the league's status from post-draft to pre-draft. This will undo all draft picks and allow team owners to set their draft list again if they wish.