Welcome back to another edition of the Roos Lets Loose monthly mailbag, where I answer your fantasy hockey questions by giving advice that should be useful to all poolies even if they don't own the specific players being discussed. As a reminder, if you want your fantasy hockey question(s) answered in the next mailbag, check out the end of the column, where I explain the ways to get it/them to me as well as the details you should provide when sending. The earlier you send a question the more likely it is to be included in the mailbag, and the deeper dive I can provide with my reply.
Question #1 (from Brock)
I'm in a 10 team cap (NHL cap + $40M) weekly H2H league with each team having 25 players on its main roster and 40 on its farm team. Farm team players can be promoted to the main roster as desired, provided that anyone making $3.6M or more must go through waivers, except we get one waiver-free move plus a waiver-free period during the all-star break. We also each have an uncapped junior team consisting solely of players from the previous 3 entry drafts and who must be "signed" before being used on the 25 man roster. As of now, each team owns 75-90 players, with any unowned player who has been through an NHL entry draft eligible to be signed as a UFA prior to the NHL trade deadline. We also have an 8 round draft every season the day after the actual NHL draft, allowing draft-eligible players from the past three drafts to be chosen. We start 2C, 2LW, 2RW, 6F, 6D, 2G, plus have 5 bench spots. Categories are G, A, +/-, PPP, SHP, PIMs, HIT, BLK, FOW, SOG, W, GA, GAA, SV%, SVs and SO.
I drafted my team with the intent of being competitive starting in 2023-24, and as I write this I’m a playoff bubble team, sitting 5th, with 6 of the 10 teams making the playoffs. I feel I have an excess of defensemen (16 total), some of whom I'd like to use to upgrade at forward and/or goalie. Ideally I'd like to have a total of 10-12 defensemen, which would still give me enough for injury call ups and maxing out games played. Here us my team, with all G and D listed, but only the notable forwards:
G – Juuse Saros, Jordan Binnington, Kaapo Kahkonen (main roster),