The puck drops soon on the NHL regular season, so it's time to sign up for the TSN Fantasy Hockey League Manager, join a league, draft your team and stay tuned to TSN.ca throughout the year for Fantasy updates and analysis.
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The beauty of these leagues is that they are customizable, so it can be as easy or as complicated as you like.
If you want to draft your team using traditional snake system (first-to-last, last-to-first) or use an auction bidding process for every player, that's up to you. Should you want to go with the easiest path, play an Autopick league and let the computer give you a team of players to start the season.
You can use a variety of weekly head-to-head scoring systems or go old-school roto style in which statistics count over the course of the entire season. Even better, you can decide which statistics are going to count. For years, penalty minutes has been a standard fantasy category, but it is getting supplanted more and more by leagues that count hits and/or blocked shots as a way to broaden the player pool to include more than just scorers.
To get started, once you've signed up, check out Scott Cullen's projected Top 300 Scorers and Position-by-Position Fantasy Rankings and stay tuned for his team-by-team previews.
Do a little research, ask a few questions and suddenly you'll feel like you know what's what when the season starts and then the fun really begins! Make trades, catch that lesser-known player off waivers before others in your league to replace injured stars; manage your team right and you'll have a shot at the title.
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