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Special Rule Announcement

*** Starting in the 2020-2021 Season ***

  • Prospect Draft - one round prospect draft for players drafted into the NHL who have never played a game in the NHL age 20 or younger. Details below.

  • General Rules

  • Maximum Number of Teams: 14

  • Roster size: 17 players. 1 Injured Reserved, 1 IR+.

  • Maximum Moves: 45

  • Maximum Trades: No maximum

  • Scoring Type: Points League

  • Waiver Time: 2 days

  • Last in Season Trade Date: One week after the NHL Trade Deadline

  • Trade Reject Time: 2 days

  • Maximum Games: 82 per skater. 135 total games for goalies. (if Yahoo can support this option). If Yahoo does not support custom limit, then this is a hard 135 game limit. (no going over, i.e. starting more than 1 goalie with 1 goalie game remaining)

  • Roster Changes: Daily

  • Starting Positions: C, C, LW, LW, RW, RW, D, D, D, D, G, G, IR, IR+

  • Statistical Categories (Forwards/Defenseman): Goal (2pts), Assist (1pt), Plus/Minus (.5pts), Penalty Minute (.1pts), Powerplay Goal (1 pt), Powerplay Assist (.5pts), Shorthanded Goal (2pts), Shorthanded Assist (1pt), Game-Winning Goal (1pt), Shot on Goal (.05pts)

  • Statistical Categories (Goalies): Win (3pts), Goal Against (-.8pts), Shot Against (.08pts), Shutout (1pts)

  • If a team threatens to quit and does not go through with it, they will forfeit the top pick the following year.

  • Keeper Rules

  • Each team can keep up to eight players

  • Players that were in the top 25 of total fantasy points for any of their positions last season must be kept with a draft pick three rounds higher than the player's draft round the season before.

  • Example: You decide to keep a player that was drafted in round 6 the previous season. During the draft you must select that player as your 3rd round pick.

  • Players that were not in the top 25 in total fantasy points for any of their positions can be kept one round higher that they were drafted the year before.

  • Players that were not drafted the season before can be kept in the 10th round.

  • Players that did not play in the NHL the year before may not be kept unless they were drafted.

  • Only five players drafted in the top six rounds from the year before may be kept.

  • When keeping a player, if you do not have a draft pick for the correct round you must use an earlier draft pick. This can happen if you have 2 keepers that have the same draft status from the previous year.

  • Example: You decide to keep your draft pick in round 14 from the previous year and you also want to keep another player you obtained in a trade who was drafted in the 14th round. Both require that you use an 11th round pick. If you only have one 11th round pick, to keep both players you must use your picks in rounds 10 and 11.

  • If you want to keep a player and do not have a draft pick for the correct round to use and you cannot use an earlier draft pick, you use the earliest pick possible. This means the earliest pick in both the round and within a round possible.
    This can happen if you keep two top round players.

  • Example 1: You decide to keep a player drafted in round 2 the previous season. Since the earliest possible draft pick you can use is your first round draft pick then it is the one you must use.

    Example 2: You decide to keep a 1st and 3rd round draft pick. For the 1st round draft pick you would have to use your 1st draft pick since it is the earliest possible. For the 3rd round draft pick, because you are already using your 1st round pick on a keeper (and assuming you only have one 1st round pick), you would use your 2nd round draft pick since it is the next earliest possible.

  • Exception 1: If you have traded away a draft pick that is forcing you to use a lower pick. No player is eligible to be kept if they would be drafted at a lower pick than their natural keeper position because of a traded away pick. This includes trading to a lower pick within a round.

  • Example: You trade away your 1st round draft pick. You want to keep a player drafted in the 4th round, but because you have traded away your first round pick you are not eligible to keep any player that could have been kept with that first round pick.

  • Exception 2: Only players drafted in the top 6 rounds the year before can be drafted in a later round because of other keepers.

  • Example: You are keeping four first rounds picks (from the year before) in the first, second, third rounds and fourth rounds. You could not keep a top 25 seventh round pick because they would fall back to the 4th round. You could keep this 7th round pick if you traded for another 4th round draft pick.

  • If a keeper is injured in-between keeper selection and the draft, and that keeper is projected to be out for at least a month after the start of the season by a reputable source, then that keeper may be switched for another keeper.

  • Once a player reaches 1st round keeper status he may not be kept at a lower round under any circumstances, unless he is redrafted at a lower round. Players pushed back at the top of the draft due to other keepers maintain their 1st round status.

  • Prospect Round Rules

  • Goals: Reduce Incentive to Dump Players & Improve Competitive Balance

  • Prospect Round Rules - Short Version: Have a one round prospect draft right before the regular draft. You can decide to keep that prospect player as one of your keepers or hold him on your prospect reserve for the season.

  • Details: Have a one round prospect draft before the regular draft. This includes all players drafted into the NHL who have never played a game in the NHL age 20 or younger.

    Players taken in the prospect round can either be put on your reserve bench OR kept as one of your eight keepers.

    Reserve bench players are held on your bench until the following year. They cannot be activated in the middle of the season. You can only hold one player on your reserve bench. Prospect draft picks cannot be traded. Prospects in your reserve cannot be traded during the season. Prospect players can stay in reserve for up to three seasons.

    You can keep a prospect who hasn't played in the NHL in any round. Most likely that would be last round. If a player has played in the NHL they are slotted in the draft based on their fantasy stats from their best season.

    Finish Relative to Position:
    Top 10 – 1st rd
    Top 25 – 6th rd
    Top 50 – 12th rd
    Outside Top 50 – 15th rd

    Prospect rules apply for at least until they have played two NHL seasons (at least one game). You keep prospect players as the HIGHER of regular keeper rules (+1/+3) OR finish relative to the position while they are a prospect. (Having the two-year prospect status is to avoid a star prospect getting hurt his rookie year and suppressing stats.)

    Prospect Draft Order: Weighted lottery based on top finishes. The winner from last year picks last.

    To start, everyone gets one “ping pong ball”. If you haven’t finished top 2 in the past three years you get one extra ball. If you haven’t won in the past 3 years, and finished 10th or above the previous season, you get one extra ball. If you finished top 2 in the past three years the highest pick you can get is 5th.

    Timing: Two Weeks Before the Draft Reserve bench player declared when you declare your keepers.

  • Examples:

    The next “Filip Zadina” is taken as the 4th prospect pick. He is put on reserve for the season and doesn't play in the NHL. During the following season he is kept in the 17th rd and another prospect taken in that following draft is put on reserve. “Filip” finishes top 50 at LW, so he is a 12th rd keeper the following season. Then the next season he finishes top 50 again, so he’s an 11th rd keeper the next season (+1).

    The next “McDavid” is taken as the first prospect pick. He is kept as one of 8 keepers in the 17th rd. He finishes top 10 at C so would be a 1st rd keeper the following year.

    The next “McDavid” is taken as the first prospect pick. He is kept as one of 8 keepers in the 17th rd. He gets injured and finishes top 50 at C, so would be a 12th rd keeper the following year. His second year he finishes Top 10 at C, so the following year he would be a 1st rd keeper.

  • Starting the Season

    This timeline is a rough outline for beginning the season and is dependent on the schedules and abilities of each team to comply within reason.

  • 1 week after the season ends: Draft and Prospect Lottery

  • First place team will have the last pick in the draft. The remaining teams will have equal odds in the the draft lottery.

  • 2 weeks before Fantasy Draft: Prospect Draft

  • 5 days before Fantasy Draft: Declare Keepers

  • All keeper declarations must be sent to the league Commissioner 5 days prior to the draft.

  • Saturday before NHL Season: Live Draft at 2pm EST, 11am PST, 7pm GMT.

  • Players that have not been drafted in the NHL may not be drafted in the fantasy draft.

    To start the season, the winner from the year before will have the lowest waiver priority. The winner of the draft lottery will have the highest waiver priority.


  • You may trade players and/or draft picks during the off season. It is the responsibility of the players involved in the trade to see that it is executed properly.

  • You may trade draft picks during the regular season. Only draft picks for the following year can be traded.

  • All trades are subject to veto by the players in the league. During the Trade Reject Time players have the option of casting their veto for a trade they do not think is fair or done in good faith. When a trade offer is accepted, the entire league will be notified via email, and the trade will appear on all team pages. A protest from 7 managers via league Message Board will result in a veto.

  • Off-season trades are allowed 6 weeks before the start of the season. When a trade is completed one member of the trade must email the trade details out to the entire league. There is a one week veto period from the start of that email being sent and none of the players can be re-traded until after the veto period ends.

  • No clauses are allowed in a trade. For example, I will give you this player for the season but get him back at the end. Or, if someone gets hurt I will give you another player later.

  • Waiver priority cannot be traded.

  • Keeper slots cannot be traded and you cannot keep players for other teams.

  • A pending trade may be canceled, but only with the consent of both players involved in the trade.

  • It is prohibited to trade a player to another team during the season and then receive same player back in a trade during the following off-season.

  • Rule Changes

  • Amendments to the League Rules can be made with a majority yes vote by voting league members.

  • New rules can be voted on at the end of the season. To vote on a rule a team owner must propose it to the league and then have it seconded by another league member.

  • Each team owner can only propose one new rule change and second one new rule change per season. If major rule changes are needed, the Commissioner may propose and second multiple new rules per season.

  • It is forbidden to directly trade votes or form groups to collude on votes for the purpose of influencing the overall outcome of any single or group of rules being considered by the league.

  • Rule changes can only be implemented in the off-season.

  • Last Updated June 22, 2018