If you’re a first-timer to fantasy hockey, or you haven’t had much time to prepare, it’s easy to grab the names you’re familiar with. It is also easy to simply glance at last season’s scoring totals and assume this season will play out much the same. But there can be underlying reasons why a player’s recent run won’t continue. Every player has at least some fantasy value. But you have to be careful to not draft a player too early.
For those who don’t eat, sleep and breathe fantasy hockey the annual draft can be a daunting experience. Everyone can use a little help. Maybe you picked up a draft guide from the local supermarket or ordered one online (the DobberHockey Guide is available for download for just $9.99) or perhaps you simply printed off a list of last year’s top scorers. For an extra leg up, the DobberHockey gang is back to offer some tips to help you pick the best fantasy hockey team possible.
Before we rundown each team in the Eastern Conference, here’s a reminder of the tips to help your draft strategy:While having a player off every single team is a good way to ensure you have a stake in the game all the way to the end, it’s also a good way to ensure you finish middle of the pack. While your team won’t be terrible it also won’t be awesome. Playoff pools are a boom/bust proposition. If you aren’t first, you’re last.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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