Scouting ahead of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft was notably difficult, which led to a lack of consensus on the order in which players would be picked after Owen Power went No. 1 to the Sabres. Similarly, fantasy managers in dynasty formats face a number of obstacles when it comes to restocking the cupboard for their teams this fall. While no two leagues are the same, the following is some general advice on the approach savvy managers should take on draft day this year.
Know your team
While last season was a short one, managers should have a good concept of the strengths and weaknesses of their rosters and prospect pools heading into October. Dynasty is a format in which you have to balance short-term progress with long-term stability in order to remain competitive. Knowing what your team is capable of is an important first step – from there, you can stock up on forwards if you need more scoring, defensemen for blocked shots and plus-minus rating, or goalies if your current netminders aren't getting the job done. Since most formats lean more so on forwards, you'll want to target players that have a high ceiling for scoring potential.
Cut a deal
Once you've evaluated your team's shortcomings, there are a few ways to approach improving your roster. One of them is the trade market. If your league allows a pre-draft trading period, don't be afraid to engage in negotiations with other managers. Remember that potential is just that, potential.