Lets take the next step with Keeper League options. It is time to give us a minor league (farm team) option!
I have been involved in fantasy hockey as a commissioner and GM since 2007 Yahoo is my personal choice as the best platform with respect to aesthetics and user friendlyness however in my opinion along with many other users i know in forums and leagues it is significantly lacking in the Keeper League options, specifically the prospect management options. The lack thereof is causing 3 of my four leagues to consider 'Fantrax' moving forward because it allows you to have a minor league team and bring them up to your roster and send them down as you choose without an 'NA' designation.
All 4 of my Keeper Leagues include skaters and goalies outside of the NHL (ie. KHL, AHL, CHL etc.) The problems we have is; the NA designation and the big lack of ability to manage youre minor league players. The maximum 5 NA spots on your roster is not cutting it and is in my mind the only thing holding Yahoo back from being the true number one for keeper leagues.
The solution to this is simple:
Give Commissioners the ability and option to implement more than 5 spots for minor league players (5-10-15-20 would be great) and give them a green flag or something of the sort rather than an 'NA' until they are not considered a rookie anymore. See NHL Definition of a rookie below. ("To be considered a rookie, a player must not have played in more than 25 NHL games in any preceding seasons, nor in six or more NHL games in each of any two preceding seasons. Any player at least 26 years of age (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie.") - NHL.com.
If possible include all drafted players in the NHL to the free agent list. This may be a tall order but if Yahoo answers the bell on the above suggestion. Hats off to you because we will have something special.
Fantrax, your number one competitor among avid poolers in baseball and hockey, allows both of these options and also have more stat options but that is not as important as the minor league issue. I really hope Yahoo! can make this dream a reality for the avid fantasy pooler.
Thank you for your time in reading, If you want more detail or feedback please email or call me I would be happy to help this become a reality.