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The sound of skate blades on ice, like the voice of a loved one, is unmistakable. Carbon and chrome meet ice in a repeated collision. It results in a crashing, clanging noise with a recognizable rhythm that signifies progress. Moving with a puck toward a net. Moving with intent toward the opposition. It’s the sound of scores and hits. It’s the foreshadowing of the sport’s most exciting elements.
Forgive the flowery writing. We’re all a little bit excited around here because it’s back. The puck dropped on the NHL regular season Tuesday night, and the hockey season is once again upon us. The enthusiasm that the opening of the NHL season prompts in its fans is almost childlike, reminiscent of the times playing road hockey, telling our friends what player we would be impersonating during the impromptu game.
If we still play pick-up games or rec league hockey, informing our linemates what current player we’re pretending to be would likely cause dead stares looking back at us. We’re a bit older now, and instead of pretending to be NHL players, we pretend to be general managers of NHL players. Of course, that’s what fantasy hockey is all about – owning and managing your own team.
Now, imagine if a current GM had the opportunity to switch up his entire team night-to-night and dress any player he wanted in the NHL. He’d jump at the opportunity, and that’s why we hope you’ll do the same with this chance.
Right now, Draftstreet is extending an exclusive offer to theScore readers that will allow you entry into a $500 contest by selecting a fantasy team for Thursday night’s NHL action. Your entry in the contest – if you use this link – is absolutely free.
There are guaranteed cash prizes for the top 50 entrants, including $100 for first place. All for free.
Selecting a team is completely intuitive and incredibly simple. You’re given a $100,000 salary cap, and each player is assigned a price by DraftStreet. You select a roster of players to cover these positions: 1 Goalie, 2 Right Wing, 2 Left Wing, 2 Center, 2 Defensemen and 1 Flex. Once you’ve selected a roster for the coming week’s action, you receive points based on how the players on your team perform. The teams with the most points get the prize money. It’s just like a regular fantasy league, only you’re not stuck with bad decisions from a single draft. Next time you enter a competition – whether it’s daily or weekly – you’re completely free to select new players.
Here’s how our team is shaping up:
We went top heavy with Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Milan Lucic, which meant we had to take a chance on Tim Thomas picking up where he left off and not experiencing too much rink rust. We filled out the rest of our lineup with some sleepers like Troy Brouwer, and a player who could have a breakout season in Mikkel Boedker.
If you think you can do better than this, make sure your roster is submitted by Thursday October 3 at 6:50PM ET. You have until then to create a winning team.
Every week over $20,000 is won playing fantasy Hockey on DraftStreet. To get in on the money, all you have to do is follow these three steps:
1. Sign up at Draftstreet;
2. Pick your favorite NHL players; and
3. Finish in the top 50 entrants.
Best of luck from theScore and Draftstreet.