Announcement: The Fantasy Prospects Report (13th Edition) will be released on Friday June 12. I have decided to go ahead and release this on that date because I didn't want to delay the announcement any longer. If the Draft is on June 26 then you will be able to use this with plenty of time to prep. If the Draft is in October after the 24-team playoffs that is forthcoming, then instead of posting an update on June 19 with a Mock Draft, I will post this update in October. Basically whenever the draft order is set, then we will update the Fantasy Prospects Report. I will have the Packs and this Guide up for pre-sale in a few days.
Announcement II: I also plan to launch subscription plans for the first time. Watch for that this week. Platinum, Gold and Silver plans, or you can just by the Guide or the Packages as per usual. Up to you!
As you know, the NHL has officially ended the season and announced plans for playoff hockey involving 24 teams. Ian wrote up an article digging into how commissioners should handle things in fantasy leagues.
There will be a new twist on playoff drafts this year. And I don't just mean due to the format (although I should touch on that, and will further down). I am referring to the player options.
In a given year, NHL teams will sign their college players or their European players after their particular season ends and those players join the team for the very end of the campaign and into the playoffs. Alexander Radulov did that with Nashville once, jumping on board for their playoff run in 2011-12. Chris Kreider played meaningful playoff games for the Rangers in 2012 after finishing up with Boston College, despite not playing a single regular season game.
You won't see that this year. Players signed after the season was canceled on March 12 cannot be signed for this year. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly referred to them as "ringers", saying it would not be fair for teams to bring in ringers like that. So no Kirill Kaprizov to help the Wild. No Alexander Romanov to help the Habs. No Ilya Sorokin to help the Islanders. Two of those three haven't signed yet (only Romanov has signed so far), and they may not sign at all if it means not being able to play until the end of December. I'm hearing strong rumors of Sorokin staying in the KHL for at least another year because of this.
This means the following players, who may have gotten into a playoff game or two, won't be able to: