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NHL Plays: Monday

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The new game in town is called DRAFT (Draft.com) and the DFS game is something most poolies have grown up on, drafting a team, allowing each participant to take a player with each pick. Unlike the other DFS games, if for instance you draft Connor McDavid in your pool, no one else can take him.


The draft is quick as you are allowed only 30 seconds per pick and you take five players, three forwards, a defenseman and a goalie.


You can use some strategy. Let’s say there are five participants in your pool and you are picking last. If the first four take goaltenders, then pick your goalie in the final round as you are going to get him anyway.

Editor’s Note: Compete in a live snake draft right now! Drafts take as little as 2 minutes to complete and last just one night. For a limited time, DRAFT is giving Rotoworld readers a FREE entry into a real money draft and a Money-Back Guarantee up to $100! Here's the link.


Remember, there are new pools available to play in but the players in my rankings will fall off the table as soon as the puck drops in their respective game.


Familiarize yourself with the rules and enjoy! It’s a great game! On Sunday there are head-to-head drafts with a lot of three player drafts as.


Forward Rankings

-        Jack Eichel

-        Connor McDavid

-        Nathan MacKinnon

-        Mitch Marner

-        Anze Kopitar

-        Evgeny Kuznetsov

-        Alex Ovechkin

-        Blake Wheeler

-        Vincent Trocheck

-        Vladimir Tarasenko

-        Brayden Schenn

-        Mikael Granlund


Although Marner was held off the scoresheet on March 31, before that he had an 11-game point streak that involved him scoring five goals and 16 points.  Between that and the fact that Toronto’s up against a fairly weak opponent in Buffalo, I felt it was appropriate to rank Marner significantly higher than usual.  The game also features the red hot Eichel, who has three goals and eight points in his last three games.


Defenseman Rankings

-        Dustin Byfuglien

-        Rasmus Ristolainen

-        Drew Doughty

-        Matt Dumba

-        Erik Karlsson

-        Alex Pietrangelo

-        Tyson Barrie

-        John Carlson


There are plenty of fine defensive options today, but none that really get me excited.  I ended up ranking Byfuglien first both because Ottawa is a pretty favorable opponent and because he’s been solid recently with two goals and three points in his last four games.


Goalie Rankings

-        Curtis McElhinney

-        Connor Hellebuyck

-        Devan Dubnyk

-        Jonathan Quick

-        Braden Holtby


Make sure to check the probable goaltenders before you draft.  That said, at the time of writing McElhinney is projected to start tonight and the Maple Leafs’ backup has been a really strong option this season when he does play.  As mentioned above, he’ll be up against Buffalo tonight and while Eichel is a dangerous opponent, overall the Sabres aren’t too scary of a team offensively.  In fact, they rank last in the league in goals per game with 2.38.


Let’s also highlight some options for FanDuel and DraftKings.  Keep in mind that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UT).


Evgeny Kuznetsov C (Washington) - $7,700 FanDuel, $6,300 DraftKings

Jack Eichel C (Buffalo) - $7,600 FanDuel, $6,800 DraftKings

Mitch Marner W (Toronto) - $6,800 FanDuel, $6,400 DraftKings

Mikael Granlund W (Minnesota) - $6,700 FanDuel, $5,900 DraftKings

Dustin Byfuglien D (Winnipeg) - $6,000 FanDuel, $6,100 DraftKings

Curtis McElhinney G (Toronto) - $7,800 FanDuel, $8,300 DraftKings


If you’re wondering why I ranked Kuznetsov above Ovechkin during the Draft.com section, it’s because of how hot Kuznetsov has been lately.  Although he’s slowed down a bit recently, over his last eight games he’s scored five goals and 14 points.  That makes him a really enticing option for his price point.




Check the probable starters from Rotoworld here.

Ryan Dadoun

Ryan Dadoun is an Associate Editor for Hockey on NBC Sports Edge. Feel free to follow him on Twitter or check out his blog.