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Anyone who has played fantasy sports knows how tense it can be when deciding league rules, so imagine what it's like when the GMs are drafting real, live players.

That's about the best way to introduce that Wednesday slipped by without the QMJHL finalizing the format for the Lewiston Maineiacs disperal draft on Friday. Lovely. That's to be expected when there's a considerable amount of talent available. It does appear, like many fantasy leagues, the QMJHL might use a snake draft to select players such as defenceman Dillon Fournier, who was the top choice in the entry draft in 2010:

Indications late Wednesday are that the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies will have the No. 1 overall pick on Friday based on a reversal of the 2010-11 standings, while the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Halifax Mooseheads will follow.

In addition, the draft is expected to "zig-zag," meaning the Saint John Sea Dogs [who finished first in the regular season] are expected to pick back-to-back at 17th and 18th overall.

One thing that is unclear is whether dispersal picks can be traded. (The Q Files)

The Sea Dogs have pushed for a lottery (Saint John president Wayne Long said, "We don't think it's fair," to go by the standings) and Mikaël Lalancette is reporting it's not decided if teams would have to pay a fee for each player they select, as is commonly done with an expansion draft. Suffice to say, it's a bit of schmozzle. In fairness, it's a stick situation, since how often does a team go belly-up three days before a league's entry draft — once, maybe twice in a lifetime?

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Sports Canada. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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