2013 Fantasy Hockey Draft Guide

If you don't download our fantasy hockey draft guide, you're bound to be cursed by Jaromir Jagr's mullet

If you don’t download our fantasy hockey draft guide, you’re bound to be cursed by Jaromir Jagr’s mullet

After way too many months of hearing about Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr, I was starting to think we’d never see the end of the NHL lockout. But thankfully, the suits in New York were able to put their differences aside and came to an agreeement that has Zambonis around North America revving up their engines.


Thankfully, our Senior Hockey Writer (Michael Clifford aka SlimCliffy) had the foresight to know there would be an end to the madness and has been working diligently on our 2013 Fantasy Hockey Draft Guide. In between hockey practice up in New Brunswick (yup, Mike is also our Head Canadian at FantasyTrade411), Mike has compiled 39 pages of unadulterated hockey excellence to help you all prepare for your upcoming fantasy hockey drafts, and I’m absolutely psyched to be able to share it with you all. We’ve published the entire guide into one handy pdf file that we’re going to send via email, but if you’re curious what’s in it, here’s a quick look at the table of contents, eh?:


  • Welcome to the Guide and Explanation of Fantasy Hockey
  • Layout of My Rankings
  • What to Expect in This Fantasy Guide
  • Draft Day Tips and Strategies
  • My 10 Commandments of the 2013 NHL Fantasy Season
  • Players That Should Improve on Last Year
  • Players Who Should Regress from Last Year
  • A List of Rookies to Watch For
  • A List of Sophomores to Watch for
  • Players You Will Find on a Lot of My Teams
  • Players You Will Not Find on Most of My Teams
  • Shallow-League Sleepers and Busts
  • Deep-League Sleepers and Busts
  • My Rankings: Preface
  • Rankings: Forwards
  • Forward Primer
  • Rankings: Defence
  • Defence Primer
  • Rankings: Goalies
  • Goalie Primer


As a thank you for  your continued readership to FantasyTrade411, we’re going to be providing this season’s Fantasy Hockey Draft Guide free of charge. That said, I can personally attest to the fact that Mike and his Sports Counseling co-host Tony M have put a TON of work into this draft guide, so I’m going to provide a donation button below if you feel like sending Mike a small token of your appreciation. If you want to send a few bucks to Mike for his work, we’d greatly appreciate it. If you want the guide for free, that’s cool too…it’s all yours.


So now, all you need to do is email me (FantasyTrade411@gmaill.com) or Cliffy (michael.clifford36@yahoo.com) and let us know you want a copy of the draft guide and we’ll be happy to send it your way.


Thank you all again for being such a great audience and good luck in your Fantasy Hockey drafts this week!



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4 Responses to '2013 Fantasy Hockey Draft Guide'

  1. Josh says:

    This guide is excellent… I’ve been playing fantasy hockey for a number of years and this is one of the most useful prep tools I’ve come across. The tiered approach is awesome and very suited to an experienced fantasy participant!

    Some feedback (if you are interested):

    My recommendation would be to include an Excel file of raw stat projections that back the tiers up… for data nerds like me. Also, the raw stat projections could serve to impact the player tiers… rather than automatically grouping the tiers into packs of 10, the tiers could separate based on the projections (ie – if sid, geno, stamkos are going to be 20 pts ahead of ovie then they would make up tier 1 with ovie starting tier 2)…

    Either way this is great… thanks so much for sharing! I’ll be frequenting the site for sure…

    • SlimCliffy says:

      Thanks for the response Josh.

      I agree with your idea about projections and the only reason I didn’t this year was for time constraint purposes. While I had most (but not all) my articles ready for the end of the lockout, I only had a vague ranking of the top 100 players overall.

      I had to get out as good of a product as possible in about a week. If I wanted concrete numbers I would have had to delve deeper into some of the metrics, give weighted averages for sh%, ice-time, power-play minutes etc… I just did not have enough time.

      Believe me, when I put out my guide for the 2013-2014 season, there will be a projection sheet that comes with it. But it won’t be a single number, rather a range of the likeliest outcomes.

      Thanks for the feedback and I hope I was able to help!


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