UPDATE: The standard league didn’t get much interest, but the advanced league filled up and then some so we’re going to run with that league only this season. Right now we’re at 14 teams but I’ve allotted room for two more to cap us at 16. There are four pending invites left and I plan to finalize and lock the league by the end of today (October 4) so we’re all set for the draft tomorrow, October 5 at 12:15pm PST. If you want in, now’s the time to sign up! There are polls that everyone should vote on; H2H or Roto (Roto is currently leading) and Keeper or not (Keeper is overwhelmingly the choice so far). Whatever gets a majority of votes by 5 PM PST today will be the settings. All other settings will remain the same.

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I’ve enjoyed my time here as editor-in-chief of the Razzball hockey world but believe it or not, I’m still relatively new. This is my first full season dishing out rankings, advice and smartass comments along the way and I love every minute of it, but in focusing on rankings and advice posts I haven’t had much time to set up or run the Razzball Commenters Leagues. Well, with just under a week left before the first puck drops I thought I’d reach out to you, my dear readers, and gauge what the level of interest in having these leagues up and running again this year might be.

My initial thoughts are to start with two leagues, a standard league and an advanced league with expanded rosters and stats. Both leagues are H2H, but I’m open to roto if there’s enough desire in the league to change it. Both leagues would be 12 teams to start but more room can be made if the demand is there. Honestly, I’d love to make at least one of these leagues a keeper league, but lets first find out if there will be enough of you to fill it up, eh? A quick rundown on what the tentative advanced league settings would be:

Positions: C, C, C, LW, LW, LW, RW, RW, RW, D, D, D, D, D, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR, IR, IR 

Scoring: 8×4; Goals (G), Assists (A), Plus/Minus (+/-), Penalty Minutes (PIM), Powerplay Points (PPP), Shots on Goal (SOG), Hits (HIT), Blocks (BLK)

Wins (W), Goals Against Average (GAA), Save Percentage (SV%), Shutouts (SHO)

I’m open to changes to the format, scoring, etc. but I figured this would be a solid way to kick off. Both leagues would be standard snake draft with a 45 second per pick time limit. We can set up a doodle to figure out the best draft time, but I have it tentatively set for Sunday at 12:15 pm PST. So, if you’re interested hit the comments section up with your email and which league you’d like to join and I’ll hit you up with an invite post haste!

  1. Militant Vegans says:
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    Sounds awesome! If possible, count me in for both.

    My e-mail is: [email protected]

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @Militant Vegans: Sent for advanced, only a few interested in standard right now so we’ll wait and see if there’s enough interest to get that league going.

  2. Lord of the Rinks says:
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    Love the categories. Count me in for the advanced. email: [email protected]

  3. Lance

    LanceB says:
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    I would be interested in joining the standard 12 teamer!

    Shoot me an email [email protected]

    I’m hoping this is on espn too!

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @LanceB: It’s Yahoo, not ESPN. Sorry about that mate. In either case, so far interest in the standard league is a bit lacking, but it’s still early. If you’d like I can invite you to the advanced league and you can give it a shot. If not, sit tight and I’ll update as soon as (if) there are enough folks to fill a standard.

  4. James O says:
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    Hey )

    I’m in (if space allows); would prefer advanced, keeper–but either way, I’m down…

    my email:
    [email protected]

    Thanks!!! )

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @James O: Invite sent!

    • JD

      JD says:
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      So far interest in the standard league is a bit lacking, but it’s still early. If you’d like I can invite you to the advanced league and you can give it a shot. If not, sit tight and I’ll update as soon as (if) there are enough folks to fill a standard.

      • Nathan says:
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        @JD:

        Yeah I’ll do either one if there is room.

        • JD

          JD says:
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          @Nathan: Invite sent!

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Invite sent!

  5. Bradlee Smith says:
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    im in for advanced league

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Invite sent!

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Invite sent!

  6. Sixty-Eight says:
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    Roto? H2H? What platform? I’m interested, if first time commenters count and the girlfriend lets me join one more league.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Invite sent!

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @Curt: Invite sent!

  7. harry says:
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    I would definitely be interested in the advanced league if there’s still room!
    [email protected]

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @harry: Invite sent!

  8. goodfold2 says:
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    interested in advanced if it’s roto, or if you are setting up a third one that is roto. that time isn’t ideal for me though, i already have 2 drafts (one i’m comishing) that day the first of which would overlap. i’m in tons of H2H’s already looking for more rotos. Especially if we go deeper than 12.

    question as well. i’ve got 2 possibly deadbeat owners (won’t get back to me with their keepers, or at all, but it’s only been a day or so), and our draft is sunday mid-day. we do pretty much all stats, it’s the 16 team dynasty where i’m STL. wondering which of these you think is best, as i can have 2 of these replaced and i could switch to one. Keep up to 23
    STL
    pavelski/r.johansen/backes/pietrangelo/steen/bouwmeester/doughty/oshie/ladd/o’reilly/perron/callahan/sekera/perrault/purcell/c.smith/legwand/g.reinhart/d.pouliot/beauchemin/beleskey/fiddler/polak/bartkowski/richardson/gaustad/grossmann/arcobello/m.subban/khudobin/f.andersen (won a championship with this team last year, it has more players from IR+ spots at end of the year)
    LA
    kopitar/gaborik/carter/j.johnson/niskanen/j.jokinen/voynov/toffoli/brassard/greene/higgins/a.benoit/gonchar/martin/cogliano/stoll/bjugstad/m.richards/j.ward/jackman/d.king/zubrus/gudbranson/b.bennett/quick/varlamov
    worried in real life LA doesn’t score in the season much at all. quick AND varlamov pretty sick
    SJ
    couture/marleau/thornton/b.wheeler/d.boyle/hertl/kreider/burns/glencross/zidlicky/o.jokinen/spurgeon/grabner/mcginn/roy/irwin/vlasic/coyle/rinaldo/goc/kucherov/hejda/sheahan/trocheck/warsofsky/dumba/niemi/miller
    this team’s defense seems pretty weak, but offense is great.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: in case any other leagues or times to draft open up email is [email protected]. i’m good with pretty much any time after say 10 PM sunday (eastern) till start of season.

  9. gus says:
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    I am up for advanced, I would prefer roto,but would love just to be involved.

      • JD

        JD says:
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        Invite sent! Be sure to submit your votes for the polls.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Invite sent!

  10. goodfold2 says:
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    may have missed it. if any roto’s open up i’m in (if at different time). also, are you in both, even though they draft at the same time? [email protected].

    • JD

      JD says:
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      It looks like we’re likely going to be a roto league, but the standard league isn’t happening and the draft time for the advanced league is locked in at 12:15 pm PDT Oct 5, sorry mate!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @JD: ok, so the advanced league mentioned above now is roto. It appears that draft i’m comishing only has like at most a few picks per team (i’ve put in the dynasty keepers, it’s mostly whole teams kept), so i may be able to squeeze in two overlapping things. Not only that, i have almost a 2 hour difference between start times anyway. Go ahead and send invite just in case a few of your other ones don’t take it.

        • JD

          JD says:
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          Invite sent!

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @JD: i didn’t get any email yet, it’s [email protected]. It’s not a spam folder problem, as i’ve never had problem with invites before.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @goodfold2: i got it, and somehow i got in before some others. nice. are you sure you want to do “daily -tomorrow” transactions rather than “daily-today”? i’m fine with either, but in daily today you can stream goalies better.

              • JD

                JD says:
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                Good call. Someone else mentioned that a few days ago and I meant to change it then. Changed.

  11. Get Indignant says:
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    Have the overall rankings changed at all? Draft is this sat. so I want the most up to date rankings.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Get Indignant: pretty sure they are the same, but make sure you know who’s injured and for how long. stepan is a big one.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Nope, rankings are the same. Good luck!

  12. Mordacious Levator says:
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    just drafted a team (12 team h2h), with all yahoo categories except blocks and game winning goals. 4 C/ 2 LW/ 2 RW/ 1 W / 1 F/ 6 D/ 2 G, 5 bench, i’ll use 1 bench on goalie. kept lucic/palat/rinne/spezza predraft, all teams had 4 keepers.
    C – spezza/krecji/o’reilly/shaw/j.staal
    LW – palat/lucic/schwartz/foligno/boedker
    RW -simmonds/callahan/r.smith/c.smith
    D – weber/mcdonaugh/carlson/seabrook/bouwmeester/gardiner/dillon
    G – Rinne/Elliot/Kuemper (goalies went REALLY quickly in first 3 rounds, but i was able to wait, pretty much everybody else just went by yahoo rankings and grabbed guys much worse than kuemper, even harding went about 4-5 rounds earlier)

    anyhoo, how’s it look?
    1. need to drop one person for faceoffs (offensive streamer in general) probably, only 5 centers, with o’reilly only being part time center, and shaw doesn’t get many faceoffs. missed zajac and bozak by 1 pick each and grabbed j.staal to shore that up a bit. guessing either c.smith (if he’s on shitty line), or boedker?

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Mordacious Levator: opps, it seemed to have disappeared, sorry about doubling up.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Staal is out 3-4 months after surgery on his broken leg. I wouldn’t expect him to return like Stamkos did last year. He’ll get some time in this year, but he’s going to be extremely rusty. You can safely drop him.

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @JD: good thing staal was a 2nd to last round pick. i was expecting him to be on of my good faceoff guys. missing out on zajac by 1 pick really sucks now.
        ok, so i’ll drop staal to keep one of these (overall production and faceoffs)
        1.legwand/couturier/bjugstad/stoll/o.jokinen/goc/backlund
        2. and i’ll drop which of one of the smiths/foligno/boedker? i’ll need an offensive stream spot (mostly for centers), just to keep up in faceoffs, when i look at my opponent’s rosters. I would think i need 5 all the time centers, and i one roving spot for off days/more faceoffs.

  13. Khen says:
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    I’ve been keeping up and commenting on your rankings and would def want to join the advanced league if there is room. Hoping to make that a keeper as well haha

    [email protected]

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Invite sent, it’s definitely looking like it will be a keeper league. I’ll be finalizing the format and such later today, so join soon!

  14. SMLV1 says:
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    Hey JD – Can you grade my teams and tell me what im lacking on them? Both are 12 Team Standard Redraft league teams.

    1st Team –

    Giroux – C,RW
    Thornton – C
    B. Ryan – LW,RW
    Kreider – LW
    Ovechkin – RW
    Eberle – RW
    Karlsson – D
    Shattenkirk – D
    Burns – RW,D
    Josi – D
    BN – Zuccarello – LW
    BN – Flippula – C,LW
    BN – J. Williams – RW
    Luongo – G
    Khudobin – G
    BN – J. Allen – G

    Team 2 –

    Malkin – C,RW
    Thornton – C
    Skinner – LW,RW
    Hartnell – LW
    Kessel – RW
    Tarasenko – RW
    Shattenkirk – D
    Campbell – D
    Goligoski – D
    Josi – D
    BN – H. Sedin – C
    BN – Stastny – C
    BN – Huberdeau – C,LW
    Fleury – G
    Miller – G
    BN – J. Allen – G

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @SMLV1: Team 2 is more balanced than Team 1. Team 1 has some goalie issues, I’m not high on Lu in South Florida this year. Allen could be great, but he’s a rookie so there’s risk. Team 1’s offense is ridiculous though… Giroux AND Ovi? How’d you pull that off?

  15. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    league with all categories except game winning goals/blocks, starting slots 4 C/ 2 RW/ 2 LW/ 1 W/ 1 F/ 6 D / 2 G and 5 BN, i’m using one for goalie and 1 for defenseman stream spot (currently dillon)
    C – spezza/krejci/o’reilly/shaw/j.staal
    LW- lucic/palat/schwartz/boedker/foligno
    RW -simmonds/callahan/c.smith/r.smith
    1. need to drop one of the smith’s,foligno,boedker for another center for faceoffs. i’m hearing it’s possible either smith or foligno could be on crappy lines. Options at C are legwand/couturier/bjugstad/stoll/o.jokinen/goc/backlund (CGY). i could also stream this spot for offense, and mostly faceoffs. i’ll need it when i look at some opp’s teams.

  16. Lance

    LanceB says:
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    Interested in the adv keeper league!

    Any spots still open?

    [email protected]

  17. Bubba says:
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    Any invites left for the advanced league? I’ve been drafting since Mario Lemieux’s rookie season.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Invite sent!

  18. Mordacious Levator says:
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    how do you rank these in dynasty with all categories
    1. s.reinhart/bennett/kuznetsov/teravainen/draisaitl/mantha/forsberg/wennberg. i left them in order of nhl.com had them. I’m thinking Draisaitl gets more overall type stats (hits/PIM/faceoffs/blocks) than some of the others.
    2. guessing out of legwand/couturier/bjugstad/stoll/o.jokinen/goc/backlund, bjugstad is best, but for overall production who’s 2nd best (need to grab two of these guys, and need 2 faceoff guys)
    3. who’s worst (overall) out of c.smith/r.smith/foligno/boedker. this is likely completely up to what line these guys end up on.

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Mordacious Levator: on bjugstad (assuming he’s best pickup) what size bid should i use out of 10,000? i’m guessing minimum type bids on guys i’m only streaming (the 2nd best guy on that list in 2)

  19. Troy: The Collector

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    Just did my points only draft had pick 14 out of 14 what ya think? Forwards are hall, kessel, st louis, semin, hertl, e Kane.. defense is yandle, trouba, boyle, campell.. goalies are schnieder, and halak. Goalies went so damn fast had to take schnieder and halak 3rd/4th round. League scored 2 points for a goal 1 for assists 3 for hat tricks and 5 for wins and shutouts.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      Yeah with goalie wins worth 5 points they’re going to be highly valued. I think the recent trades of Leddy and Boychuck to the Isles helps Halak, but not a ton. He’s a solid goalie and there has been some good internal growth for the Isles, but they’re not going to win a ton of games. Schneider should be top 10. I like your forwards, but without knowing what your league scoring cats are I can’t really say. Let me know what they are and I can give you better feedback.

      • Troy: The Collector

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        @JD: 2 points for goal 1 point for assist and 3 point for hat trick. That’s it they don’t venture out much in this league lol

        • JD

          JD says:
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          @troy: Oh duh, it’s right there in the last line of your first comment. My apologies, been fighting the flu since last week. Hall/Kessel/St. Louis is a great core to have in a league that values goals like that. I’d say you’re doing well to start the season.

          • Troy: The Collector

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            @JD: no problem man and get feeling better! I honestly think hertl pushes 30 goals this year maybe even surpass it. N guess I was higher on Schneider n halak then most, I also like semin to bounce back as well but we’ll see

  20. Daniel Martini says:
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    JD who should i target if I would like to trade Getzlaf

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @Daniel Martini: That’s a little vague to give good advice, it really depends on what your league settings and scoring are, how many teams, what your current roster looks like and what your team’s needs are.

      • Daniel Martini says:
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        @JD: this is my team what should i targer
        F Corey Perry, Ana F
        F James van Riemsdyk, Tor F
        F Chris Kreider, NYR F
        F Rick Nash, NYR F
        F Ryan Kesler, Ana F
        F Joffrey Lupul, Tor F
        F Nathan MacKinnon, Col F
        F Valeri Nichushkin, Dal F
        F Jason Spezza, Dal F
        F Jason Pominville, Min F
        F Ryan Getzlaf, Ana F
        F Vladimir Tarasenko, StL F
        D Kevin Shattenkirk, StL D
        D Jack Johnson, Cls D
        D Jake Gardiner, Tor D
        D Jason Garrison, TB D
        D Ryan McDonagh, NYR D
        D Slava Voynov, LA D
        UTIL Valtteri Filppula, TB F
        UTIL Jonathan Huberdeau, Fla F
        Bench Aleksander Barkov, Fla F
        Bench Cam Atkinson, Cls F
        Bench Carl Hagelin, NYR F
        Bench Dan Girardi, NYR D
        Bench Andrew Cogliano, Ana F
        IR Jonathan Drouin, TB F
        G Jimmy Howard, Det G
        G Jonas Hiller, Cgy G +0
        Bench Pekka Rinne, Nsh G

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