We’d like to formally announce the following DFS scoring changes we have made for the 2019 NHL season, as well as the addition of Showdown Captain Mode:
We are implementing these scoring changes in response to community & user feedback sourced over the course of a year-long-plus research process in an effort to grow NHL DFS. Though we heard a wide range of user feedback, they all followed the same theme: NHL scoring needed more excitement. We believe these changes accomplish the intent without compromising the nature of our existing NHL DFS product.
Our survey results also showed nearly 75% of users wanted a Captain spot in Showdown Mode. The addition of Showdown Captain Mode is in alignment with our other DFS sport offerings, it has been proven to grow different sports across DFS & data has shown it to be a catalyst for the growth of Showdown.
Showdown Captain Mode is especially effective in bringing new users into a sport. Bringing more new users into NHL DFS will help us to offer larger GPPs as the sport grows, a clear benefit to everyone in our user base.
Another data supported effort we’ve implemented to increase scoring are Bonuses. We carefully sorted through options for Bonuses to reward great performances, while avoiding a resulting scenario where Bonuses would be the primary source of scoring. Based on the data sourced from last season, we are confident in the scoring proportion of this mix.
The change to goalie scoring with the addition of 2 FPTS for an Overtime Loss falls in alignment with NHL goalie statistics having not two, but three potential game results (W-L-OT), with each of the three being scored differently (6FPTS -0FPTS-2PTS in DFS scoring, 2PTS-0PTS-1PT in NHL standings). In Classic Mode, a win was previously valued as 15 additional saves, whereas now the number is closer to 9 additional saves.
DFS innovation, whether it’s increased scoring or Captain Showdown Mode, has been effective in growing other sports we offer. The data we gathered through community sentiment, our Voice of the Player committee, user interviews, and numerous user surveys supported innovative solutions to enhance the sweat of NHL DFS. Increased scoring has been proven to grow games and growing the game will support the larger GPPs we intend to offer.
- DraftKings Community Team