To start things off, we'd happily like to share the fact that NHL '10 will feature something we've been clamoring for since the series moved to next-gen consoles: a "Fantasy Draft." (H/T to Fear the Fin for RT-ing that.)
For those of you unaware of what a Fantasy Draft is, we'll first say that it is as nerdy as it sounds. It's also kind of cool, if you're dorky enough to imagine it happening in the actual NHL.
Basically, though, the Fantasy Draft allows users to put EVERY NHL player in one big draft. The fun comes in many forms: who do you pick first? Do you go with Ovechkin, Crosby or Malkin? Perhaps you appeal to your inner Lemaire and draft a defenseman. Then again, sometimes a great goalie can really tip the digi-scales.
If the NHL decided to re-draft its league, would one of these guys be your #1 pick?
Either way, these are pretty fun little activities to do with friends. No longer can your buddy complain that his team sucks since, after all, he's the one who picked the players. There's also a "lottery" aspect to it: if I choose player A will player B still be around later?
Anyway, it's pretty fun and could be excessive/a real blast if they are available in online leagues. Could you imagine screaming at people to hurry up and make their 15th-round pick already? Gold!
Since this first addition of the Wish List feature lacks suspense, check out Gross Misconduct for a fun little post where he took screen shots of newly minted free agents playing on their new teams. (It's kind of weird seeing Gionta in Montreal)
Not to "bury the lead" here, but if you were starting a team and the league did a real-life Fantasy Draft, who would you pick? Ah, the potential Crosby bashing that will ensue ...