The All-Time Draft, the most prestigious of all drafts found on this board, is now accepting applications for the final two teams. The ATD is in its 14th instalment and is now an annual event (as opposed to semi-annually) so if you pass on this one, you're waiting a while for the next. The ATD is a fun, competitive, and educational endeavor started many years ago by some members from this section to appreciate the all-time greats. Your goal is to draft the best all-time team while keeping the usual roster-building idologies in mind. (i.e. draft players in their proper positions, consider toughness and defense, consider the importance of both passers and finishers, beware of focusing too much on one position at the expense of another, etc.) The criteria for best all-time players are as you yourself see them, but keep in mind that you want to build a team to impress your fellow GMs. You should try to convince them to see things your way, while at the same time being flexible to the strongest arguments put forward by others. When drafting is complete, regular season standings are voted upon by all 40 teams, and playoffs begin. At voting time you get to apply your all-time criteria as you see them and give credit to the teams built the way you like. The playoffs is where it gets really fun as you compare every little aspect of your team to your opponent's, and hopefully convince more than half of the GMs that your team is the one that should advance. Eventually a winner is crowned! We aren't just looking for know-it-alls, so don't be intimidated by the "all-star cast" that has signed up here. Knowledge of hockey history is not a prerequisite. Just be willing to learn. Yes, there is a competitive twist to this draft, but we are really just a very big hockey history study group whose members push eachother to research harder and analyze more efficiently. The ATD section is a goldmine of information already - take a look at previously profiled players, old draft lists, which players won out in past comparisons to others, and so on. With some cursory draft research, you can ice a competitive team on your first try. But don't rely too much on canon - you need to challenge convention too! We get closer to the truth every draft, but never quite there. This year's draft is bound to be the best ever, with 40 teams and 25 rounds for a total of 1000 drafted players! All the usual suspects are there, plus a few familiar faces from the past, and the usual assortment of newbies. Please see this section: http://hfboards.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=-1&f=181 I always find it hard to come up with the perfect wording when describing the ATD. All I can add is, you won't regret joining. If any other ATD GMs have anything else to add or can explain it better than me, please do.