Nations Fantasy Draft Primer - On Sale Now!

Kent Wilson
September 07 2011 04:33PM

 

 

Ye members of the Nation (who don't employ ad blockers) have probably noticed a new banner on the right that looks curiously like the header pic above.

Allow me to explain.

Jonathan Willis - scholar, gentleman and ceaseless writer about all things hockey - walled himself up in an abandoned coke oven this summer and, a few weeks later, emerged blinking into the sunlight with his laptop in hand.

"Here." He said, thrusting the virtual manuscript at Wanye,

"I've written a 150-page, 50,000 word fantasy draft primer." Wanye, at once confused and amazed by such a large collection of words declared he would only part with it for the rarest Faberge egg or ambrosia bestowed by the gods themselves. Or a lock of Ryan Smythe's golden locks (naturally).

While impressed by his ambition, I convinced Wanye to settle on a slightly smaller price for Willis' labor of love - particularly since we can sell as many of the infinitely replicable file that people will buy.

Less Than a Happy Meal

And that is how we have come to offer you Willis' monstrous tome for the relatively modest price of $5 USD.

At this juncture I have been directed to note by our gregarious overlord that the Nations will always be free to read, listen to and (one day) watch. But because free doesn't pay Robin Brownlee's monthly Ferrari lease payment, we continue to look for non-annoying ways to generate revenue.

In addition, we figure it would be nice to reward Willis for his singular effort on this project. The Primer (it will be simply known as The Primer from now on) boasts essays on uncertain goalie situations, sleeper picks and potentially overrated players. Player profiles are in alphabetical order, include the last three years of each guys results, his injury risk and projected output. Heck, there's even handy checklists at the back to help you during the draft itself.

So if you're looking for an edge in your upcoming hockey pool, look no further than the The Nations Fantasy Draft Primer! You'll win your pool guaranteed!**

**Not a guarantee

Add to Cart

Click the button above to order The Primer and we will ensure rapid delivery of your very own .pdf file straight to your in-box. If you want to think about it for a bit, then worry not! The aforementioned banner at right will enable your purchase just as ably. It will remain on the site for as long as it take us to raise enough to pay for Wanye's gold teeth caps.

Happy drafting everyone.

UPDATE - By popular demand, I've made up a sample of The Primer available to all interested parties. Simply click below to download.

 

 

 The sample includes some parts of the opening sections as well as a couple of player profiles.

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Former Nations Overlord. Current Fn contributor and curmudgeon For questions, complaints, criticisms, etc contact Kent @ kent.wilson@gmail. Follow him on Twitter here.
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#1 Oilcruzer
September 07 2011, 04:43PM
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Great!

What if we all are in the same pool?

(I know, there will be bubbles at Wanye's end.)

(ha, you are quick one!)

(that's what she said)

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#2 ALL THE WAY IN
September 07 2011, 05:09PM
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Is The Nation going to hold a fantasy pool of their own? It would be a great chance to put some of these citizens and contributors hockey knowlege to the test. Could be a lot of bragging rights on the line.

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#3 DoubleJ
September 07 2011, 05:17PM
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I was hoping for an actual Nation Draft.

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#5 Wanye
September 07 2011, 05:53PM
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This is basically exactly what went down. I love that the image to get the pdf doesn't work. Classic Nation.

Also, I would guarantee there isn't a more complete primer anywhere online or offline. Mr. Willis has done a magnificent job per usual.

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#6 Wanye
September 07 2011, 05:54PM
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(having read the comments about a NationDraft)

What would that look like? I don't get it.

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#7 Wanyes bastard child
September 07 2011, 06:05PM
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Wanye wrote:

(having read the comments about a NationDraft)

What would that look like? I don't get it.

Thats what she said ;)

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#8 David S
September 07 2011, 06:16PM
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FIVE DOLLARS? Why you greedy, no good, heartless bast...

*Laments the end of everything free on the internets*

**Goes back to watching download progress of Babylon 5 movies torrent**

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#10 Pension Plan Puppets
September 07 2011, 07:04PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

The image works on my computer. Must be sumthin' wrong with you.

That second phrase explains him 100%

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#11 a lg dubl dubl
September 07 2011, 07:43PM
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You do realize the US$ is less than the Canadian$ lol

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#12 freeze
September 07 2011, 07:54PM
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USD? Alberta isn't officially American. (yet)

Is there a sample we can see?

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#16 Wanyes bastard child
September 07 2011, 09:41PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Alrighty, instead of folks having email me and wait for my response, I've decided to put up a link to the hosted sample in the post above. Just click and follow the instructions.

Thanks Kent... I debated e-mailing you but since my only e-mail address is ivebeennaughty@hotmail.com* I didn't think you would actually read or take it seriously..

*Yes that is my actual e-mail address, don't bother spamming me either, I never check it eh.

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#17 Jonathan Willis
September 07 2011, 10:19PM
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Fun point: like THN, this primer has 500 projections. Unlike THN, it includes write-ups and statistics on all of them (THN has a little over 300 full writeups).

It's also cheaper!

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#18 @Oilanderp
September 07 2011, 10:23PM
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I am now going to enter every single pool that J.W. does and use his own manual to beat him! Muaaaaaa hahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa!

EDIT: Paypal has their conversion rates screwy, so it actually costs $5.08 canadian.

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#19 Bryzarro World
September 07 2011, 10:39PM
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@David S

Babylon 5 kicked ass....

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#20 David S
September 07 2011, 11:58PM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

Babylon 5 kicked ass....

And I sir have the master torrent. All the movies and every epi. Heh heh.

#RealTalk #Loser

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#21 The Towel Boy
September 08 2011, 07:37AM
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As the Minister of Draft­™ I approve this Primer.

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#22 Oilcruzer
September 08 2011, 08:07AM
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@Kent Wilson

I gotta admit, it's pretty impressive.

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#24 David S
September 08 2011, 09:14AM
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[Breaking News]

Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has just announced the Edmonton Oilers have acquired a previously undiscovered collection of player-related background information.

"I've been looking for this sort of thing for years. It took the combined lobbying efforts of both Kevin (Lowe) and myself to convince Oilers owner Darryl Katz to release the necessary funds to acquire this information, but now that we have it in our possession I can assure Oilers fans that we will be in the lead position in all player acquisition and negotiation efforts going forward." said Mr. Tambellini.

In other Oilers news, sources report Stu (Magnificent Bastard) MacGregor has been reassigned by the Edmonton Oilers organization. He will now head up game-day up beer sales at Rexall Place.

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#25 spenner
September 08 2011, 10:38AM
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Well done JW, good player synopsis. And I like the checklist at the end of the document.

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#26 Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"
September 08 2011, 11:50AM
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Pardon my ignorance I have never done a pool. Where can I read about how they work and why it is fun to do? Why would I bother?

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#27 OILERSORDEATH
September 08 2011, 11:59AM
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Any hockey news??

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#28 SurfacetoAirMissile
September 08 2011, 12:05PM
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DoubleJ wrote:

I was hoping for an actual Nation Draft.

Yes please!

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#29 @Oilanderp
September 08 2011, 12:30PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Huh. That's weird. We'll convert it to CAD then.

THEN I DEMAND MY 8 CENTS RETURNED!* YOU WILL HEAR FROM MY LAWYERS!**

*No, I do not.
**No, you will not.

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#30 @Oilanderp
September 08 2011, 12:33PM
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Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!" wrote:

Pardon my ignorance I have never done a pool. Where can I read about how they work and why it is fun to do? Why would I bother?

I also have never participated in a pool but would love to. Could anyone here get us started? Provide some names or links to some pools to enter?

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#31 TigerUnderGlass
September 08 2011, 12:44PM
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I have been considering starting up a keeper pool for some people from ON.

I would have to limit it to people I recognize as long term ONers to ensure future participation...and I guess writers here in the unlikely event that any writers wanted in.

I was thinking somewhere between 12-15 teams.

Categories could be discussed and it would either be keep 7,10 or full dynasty style with a farm team.

If anyone would be interested let me know. If a few people reply here then I will Normally I prefer my pools to be for money, but in this case there may be enough range of opinion for bragging rights to be sufficient motivation. Plus collecting from you deadbeats might be too much to ask. ;)

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#32 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
September 08 2011, 01:28PM
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I would be in for a draft. I can offer to pay in blocks of cheese.

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#33 freeze
September 08 2011, 01:48PM
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Thanks for the sample, Kent. Looks good JW!

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#34 Dog Train
September 08 2011, 02:16PM
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A Nation fantasy draft would be a sweet idea. There would probably be lots of people interested.

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#35 The Towel Boy
September 08 2011, 02:18PM
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A NationDraft... this sounds familiar....

Oh wait! That's right. WE USED TO DO THAT HERE.

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#36 PerryK
September 08 2011, 02:33PM
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@Kent Wilson

Hello Kent,

Maybe it is my superb internet skills!:((

However, I can't seem to figure out how to buy this draft primer!

HELP!

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#38 Scott
September 08 2011, 03:26PM
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Looks great! Amazing collection of analysis! My only complaint? I have to buy a new computer now, since this one was re-directed to an oilers fan site (ON) and I'll never be able to get that image off my monitor!! Ruined for good! :)

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#39 David S
September 08 2011, 11:46PM
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Scott wrote:

Looks great! Amazing collection of analysis! My only complaint? I have to buy a new computer now, since this one was re-directed to an oilers fan site (ON) and I'll never be able to get that image off my monitor!! Ruined for good! :)

I imagine it must be pretty daunting the first time you see all the comments.*

*Buuuuuuuuuuurn!

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#40 BRHL Commish
September 09 2011, 07:59AM
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For anyone looking for something a little more in depth that your typical playoff pool, you should look into sim hockey.

The BRHL www.brhlhockey.com (pages are under repair) has openings in both the BRHL, (free league) with San Jose, Edmonton, Philly, and LA available. And the BRHL2 (cash league) with Vancouver, Washington, NYR, San Jose and Pittsburgh open.

If you're interested, let me know. brhl@brhlhockey.com

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#41 Wanyes bastard child
September 09 2011, 05:54PM
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David S wrote:

I imagine it must be pretty daunting the first time you see all the comments.*

*Buuuuuuuuuuurn!

Well it is pretty said when we average more comments in our polls then they do on blogs :P

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#42 JayP
September 12 2011, 11:25AM
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How are the projections calculated? Is there some formula similar to VUKOTA or is it just educated guesses based on past stats, age, potential line-mates/ice-time, etc?

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#43 Jonathan Willis
September 12 2011, 11:27PM
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@ JayP:

The latter.

I really like the Vukota system, but I felt individually researching each player was the way to go.

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