1999 Draft Board Overview

The first thing that should jump out is how ridiculously sparse this draft board is. Five of twenty-six teams have either one or two players who have made the move from simply being unprotected to being serious candidates for actually being taken.

However, this should also serve to illustrate the staggering complexity of the expansion draft process. Using the initial expansion draft board, the number of possible team combinations to choose from is 16,448,918,502,604,299,999,498,731,520,000,000. That’s not even including the trade options, and I think that accidentally excludes Mikael Hakansson from the list, who I don’t think compiled into the expansion board properly.

If you’re keeping track at home, that’s 16 decillion, 448 nonillion, 918 octillion, 502 septillion, 604 sextillion, 299 quintillion, 999 quadrillion, 498 trillion, 731 billion, 520 million. Give or take a few.

But we’re not using all of these players. Using just the ones who made the cut, of which only no team had more than five players move on (and only four teams had five players), we arrive at the much more manageable number of 12,899,450,880,000 combinations for this expansion team. Since Mikael Hakansson isn’t one of these players, we don’t have to worry about whether he’s triggering a compiling error.

How big of a numbers are we talking about, anyway? For the pared-down list of just combinations off of our final draft board, it would be like giving $1,842 to every person on earth (assuming a population of a flat seven billion). For the basic unprotected list, it would be more like giving every person $2,349,845,500,372,042,857,071,247. The world has never seen a septillionaire before, and now we’d all be one!

I think that shade under thirteen trillion combinations is a little bit more manageable than 16 decillion, don’t you?