-During the regular season, there will be some decent teams putting players on waivers for other teams to claim. If you find a good player but have plenty of other good players on your team, obtain him and trade him for a first, second, third, or fourth round pick. If the player is very good, you might get a first round draft pick. Only trade players for draft picks if the other team leads the league in losses. There is a good chance that team will get a first round draft pick at the end of the year. If you trade a player for their pick, you will get their first round pick at the end of the year. This means you will most likely get a superstar player.
-A couple days before the trade deadline, identify the worst teams in the NHL. Pick one of them and trade your first and third round for their first and fifth round picks. This will almost always work. If it does not, switch trade with another team. Then, finish the season and you should have a top five pick (unless the team somehow got good at the end). After you choose "Move To Offseason", save the game. Then, go to the draft and pick whomever desired. After the draft is complete, go back to every round and check which players you want to draft. Restart the system and reload the game, then draft again and get the desired players.
-While playing in Dynasty mode, start with any team. After the first year, when in free agents, select a player named S. Whitaker. He is 16 years old and has 99 potential. He starts off with 82 overall, but by the time he is 18, he will be a superstar with 99 overall.
-In Dynasty mode, go to the free agents and sign all the top free agents. Then, select any players you do not want on your team with a high salary and go shopping for cheap players, such as Ovechkin, Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Cheechoo, Pominville, Vanek, Afinogenov, Tucker, Gionta, and Cambell. Search for young players with a salary under $800,000 that are signed for more than one year. The best value in the game are Ovechkin and Crosby, but it might be impossible to get these players unless you trade your franchise player or start with their respected teams.
-Start with the Toronto Maple Leafs in Dynasty mode, then hit the free agent market. Pick up every over 80 overall player, then hit the trade market. First, sign Tucker to a long term deal, along with White, Colaiacovo, Steen, Wellwood, and Peca. Trade away Sundin, Oneill, Kilger for Ovechkin, and a under 60 overall player. Trade Raycroft, and two 80+ rated free agents for Martin Broduer and two 70 rated overall fourth line players. Trade Newbury, Battaglia, Stajan for Pominville, Vanek, Trade Gill and Kubina for either Neidermeyer, or Pronger (what ever you prefer) Trade a free agent rated 80+ overall for F Kaberle. You now have some great top forwards who are young, fast and cheap, along with four solid defenseman. Your team should look like this: G Broduer, Aubin F Ovechkin, Steen, Wellwood, Pominville, Vanek, Tucker, Peca, plus free agents and farm players (D. Mccabe, Neidermeyer or Pronger; or T. Kaberle and F. Kaberle; or Colaiacovo and White). The game uses a three line strategy, so your fourth line can be filled with below average players. Mikael Doucet
-The following players are recommended for Dynasty mode. They do not have large salaries. standuntilsober
Staal C (CAR) Gionta RW (NJ) Miller G (BUF) Wellwood C (TOR) Steen C (TOR) Michalek D (PHX) Bergeron C (BOS) Aucoin RW (CAR) Gove LW (CAR) Schaefer LW (OTT) Datsyuk C (DET) Campbell D (BUF) Tallinder D (BUF) Liles D (COL) Daley D (DAL) Pominville RW (BUF) Paille LW (BUF) Spezza C (OTT) Gonchar D (PIT) Kostitsyn LW (MTL) Couture C (Free Agency)