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FHL 2017-18 Pre-season survey: Heatwave, Serpents

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-10-08 02:47:47

HEATWAVE (KTOWN)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
The Heatwave finished an uncharacteristic 8th place, though only a sparse 22 points out of the top 5. Major injury to Stamkos, and a lack of depth scoring made it difficult to compete with some of the other top teams. Some underwhelming performances from typically reliable players also proved damaging to the team’s results.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Some underachievers are out, some young talent is in, and between the two the team should show some better results. The addition of Claude Giroux – who is likely to rebound this season after a very lacklustre campaign – should add some heavy firepower to an already fantastic top 6 forward group. The defence remains relatively unchanged, so we’ll hope to see rebound seasons from guys like Barrie and Fowler. With Ryan Suter gone (and simply unaffordable) the star power is pretty lacking on the blueline.


What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
A return to a top 5 finish is expected, and given decent performances, the Heatwave are hoping to once again challenge for the title. Time will tell, as some of the standard top teams remain fairly strong.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Giroux – Stamkos – Seguin
JVR – Ladd – Hoffman
Pearson – Backlund – Vrbata

Barrie – Fowler
Phaneuf – Miller
Beaulieu – Schenn

Talbot - Lack

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses.
Depth and uneven scoring power will be an issue – the lineup is pretty top heavy - as well as the potential to have a rather porous defence would liken the Heatwave to any number of middle of the road teams. Having a guy like Talbot in net could be a difference maker, and I could see a team like the Heatwave actually making 2nd or 3rd round of the NHL playoffs.


Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
With so much underachievement last season, just about any player making more than $2million is due to surprise me.
That said, I’m counting on Giroux to return to form, Stamkos to stay healthy, and Seguin to continue solid production. I’m hoping for a decent season for Chychrun when he returns from injury, and am somewhat enthusiastic to see if there are any diamonds in the Foo, McCleod, and prospect group.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
Chychrun had a good season last year for a rookie defenceman, and Beaulieu is reliable enough. Pearson has become a good young player – and though he was not a Heatwave draft pick, we heavily advised the Lakers on his potential.
Other draft choices like Scheifele, Klefbom and Barrie have all done very well now, and are starting to bear fruit, though only Barrie is still with the team. Having had late round picks for the team’s history, it’s been a little tougher to make homeruns, but there have been enough NHLers out of the Heatwave drafting system to at least give the scouting staff a passing grade.


Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
The Arcadians, Militia and the Vikings all separated themselves from the rest of the field last season with solid all around performances, and I don’t think there are going to be too many surprises if they stay in the top 5. Outside of that, 4th to 8th was separated by less than 40 points, so any of those teams (Heatwave included) could vault into the final two spots. For the sake of picking, I’ll call the Heatwave and the Chiefs.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Good luck to all, and may we see some more storylines like the Arcadians rise from dung heap to top of the pile.

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SERPENTS (MG10)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
The Serpents finished 17th, 6th from the bottom.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
No major changes were made, a minor deal here and there. I continue to be patient with my homegrown talent, hoping for some breakthroughs this season.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Making the playoffs would signify a successful season, after missing the playoff cut two years in a row.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Jakob Silfverberg - Nicklas Backstrom - Kyle Okposo
Andre Burakovsky - Tomas Plekanec - Phillip Danault
Mikkel Boedker - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Michael Frolik
Joonas Donskoi - Dmitri Jaskin - Jakub Vrana

Duncan Keith - Morgan Rielly
Ryan McDonagh - Darnell Nurse
Nick Leddy - Gabriel Carlsson

Carey Price
Scott Darling

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
St. Louis Blues. Stingy, but talented defense group; interesting mix of team originals and new blood; doesn't make a lot of major changes.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Jakub Vrana is expected to be one of the top rookies this season. That would be nice. It will be interesting to see how Phillip Danault does in his first full season with us.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
My drafting has been average since 2012. My first ever entry draft pick is a top 4 defenseman on my team, but most of my draft picks were of the long, slow development variety.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
In no particular order:

Arcadians
Heatwave
Spartans
Thunder
Vikings

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
I'm looking to be in win now mode this year as my goaltending tandem will be going up to $14 million next year. So, depending on how the early season goes, I may look to deal one of my top defensemen to acquire more scoring potential. Good luck to everyone and enjoy the season.



FHL 2017-18 Pre-season survey: Stingers, Bombers, Rhinos

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-10-05 12:09:09 (updated by Racki on 2017-10-05 19:28:42)

STINGERS (CHUCKER)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?

7th. I had managed to hang around 4th-5th most of the season but forward consistency was an issue as was goaltending. The D pretty much carried most of the team. I'm hoping with another year that my younger guys become more regular in their icetime. That should provide a boost.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
In famous Stingers fashion, I signed some guys coming over from the KHL and Europe but also got rid of some guys that were just too expensive for what they had provided. Dumping Giroux is probably my biggest change.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
I'd like to be able to stay where I am or better but not sure if that will be the case. I'll need those 2-3 years forwards to really step up and for the goaltending to be stronger in the 2nd position. (Neuvirth)

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Laine-Stepan-Schenn
Maroon-Kadri-Brown (Connor)*no contract, hurry up Racki!! ;)
Copp-Sissons-Slepyshev
Ritchie-Kuhlemen-Dadonov

Parayko-Spurgeon
Niskanen-Green
Schelmko-Theodore

Andersen
Neuvirth

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
I'd say the Stingers are pretty similar to the Winnipeg Jets. Pretty strong all around with good potential and some decent vets, big, lots of hits but I'd say my goaltending is slightly better. D is very solid, forward are all good and those that are not proven have high potential. Minnesota might be another good comparison.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Slepyshev. I'm hoping he gets his time in the top six this year in Edmonton. Sissons is another guy who seems ready to break out. Dadonov is the guy I really want to see catch fire. He had good numbers coming across the pond so we'll see. You never really know with these KHL guys but he had a lot of teams wanting him so.....

Colin White is the other guy. He's a rookie and got hurt in camp but I was fully expecting him to be in the Calder race. He's the guy nobody is talking about but that's fine with me.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
Slepyshev, Ritchie so far. I have high confidence in Tuch and White for this year being their first real years of having a shot on the roster. Tuch might get sent down in Vegas due to waiver eligibility but he had a terrific camp.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
I don't see much changing from last year. Top five should be a mix of Vikings, Arcadians, Milita, Thunder and hopefully Stingers!!

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?

Raiders suck!! Sorry man, had to give you a shot after last season's survey.

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BOMBERS (RACKI)

 

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
11th. I think it was because Craig MacTavish was in charge of assembling my D corps... or is that spelled corpse? Hmm. Anyways, this year is looking better, but marginally better at D.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Shed a lot of cap / bad contract.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Gotta try and get high in the top 10 again.. hopefully top 5.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
I tried, it ain't easy.

Pacioretty Scheifele Atkinson
Dvorak Carter Gagner
Jokinen Nolan Bjorkstrand
Eakin Soderberg Caggiula

Provorov Severson
Manson Slavin
Honka Forsling

Crawford
Niemi



Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
Maybe the Stars. A couple of really nice players up front.. not the sexiest defense.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Hmm, I tend to bank on the young talent. I think that's where I've had the best eye... so Provorov, and Bjorkstrand, I'm hoping.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
Edit: wow, how'd I miss this question??? 

Well, I have some hopefuls, but the Bombers history of having guys come out of the draft and be successful is almost non existent. Hopefuls: Honka, Patrick. I thought Nichushkin wasn't looking too bad, until he booked it for the KHL. 



Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Arcadians, Vikings, Militia, Devils (way to go!), Thunder

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Good luck to everyone, and I hope everyone is still enjoying the keeper!

P.S. Also, while I'm at it... I'm way below cap right now. Way below. That means I can take on the Ovechkin-sized contracts right now. I'm not looking to be bent over the barrel, taking on $6M extra salary to move up 20FHLPs.... but I'd be open to some ideas.

P.P.S., MacTavish... office... now. 

 

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RHINOS (METAL&OIL)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
14th place. Losing Jonathan Quick 20 mins into the season last year certainly didn't get things rolling down the rails smoothly.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Better goaltending depth and a revamped D core.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Back into the top 7 while creating more roster flexibility beyond this season.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Palat-Nielsen-Marchessault
Killorn-Zacha-Perreault
D.Sedin-Ryan-Rust
Pitlick-Faksa-DSP

Krug-Suter
Russell-Larsson
Enstrom-Irwin

Quick
Mrazek

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
I lack the star power up front that the Oilers currently enjoy but my managerial style closely resembles that of Peter Chiarelli.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Alex Killorn & Pavel Zacha

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
The Rhinos are built on free agents. I have probably drafted the least amount of players into the FHL & I don't currently have any picks in the next draft ether.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
1)Militia
2)Devils
3)Acadians
4)Vikes
5)Chiefs


Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
I will steal every TBL player on your roster


FHL 2017-18 Pre-season survey: Raiders, Mustangs, Devils

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-10-04 04:05:11 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2017-10-04 04:05:55)

RAIDERS (STEVE-O)

 

 

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there? 

10th, and injuries killed me last year


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Not much, hoping to ice the same team, and hoping injuries and the slightly increased cap allows me to dress a more competitive team


What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign? 

As every year, make the playoffs, and win - Raiders don't rebuild via tanking


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Not taking into account cap hit:
Eaves-Malkin-Hemsky
Pominville-Ryan-Spezza
Smith-Smith-Smith
Stastny-Stone-Spooner

Edler-Ellis
Letang-Benn
Garrison-Schmidt

Allen-Condon


Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
Lots of expensive high end talent, nothing on the lower end...not sure. Ducks?

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Yanni Gourde

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
Stone, Spooner, Ellis, Allen have all panned out, but almost all from the initial draft (although they were kids at that point and just drafted themselves). Since then though, nada (although I've traded away most my picks and draft picks, so some of them may have panned out)

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Raiders and some others, it's been pretty fluid the last little bit, and you never know with injuries and who breaks out

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?

Lets have a great year, and enjoy some hockey

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MUSTANGS (DAWGTOY)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
Dead last. The main reason for this was the need to rebuild due to being in cap hell.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?

I made a number of changes for the ... younger, and somewhat cheaper. I don't expect it'll be a quick transition, but we'll get there ... someday.


What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?

Make more moves to make this team better, I can guarantee I'll be active. I also guarantee this team will not be good this season, in actual fact it may get worse, but we'll eventually make some moves to make this team successful in the future.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.

I'm not sure if I listed a roster, that they'd beat an AHL team at this point. My lineup is still a work in progress, and I;m currently experimenting with the potential for a disaster.

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 

Colorado or the Oilers circa the decade of darkness. This team should be able to score, and should have extreme difficulty defending and keeping the puck out of it's own net.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?

Likely only Clayton Keller, maybe Tippett or Thompson if they stick around. My biggest surprise might be how bad this team will be by the end of the season. 2018 draft ... here I come!!!


Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?

2014 and 2015, I traded away my first rounders, so those drafts were terrible.
2016 I drafter Keller, Bean and Thompson. I believe they will all be successful NHLers.
2017 I attempted to draft for dynamic players who will score ... therefore I went off the page and drafted Tippett, followed by Suzuki. I was really hoping Eeli Tolvanen or Yamamoto would fall to me at 22, but I had to go with Vesalainen followed by Norris. We shall see.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?

I'm more concerned about my own mess to be honest, I rarely look at other rosters unless I'm attempting to make a trade. Seriously, may the best team win.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?

Stop asking about Clayton Keller, Oscar Klefbom, or anyone still on an ELC! Everything else can be had for the right price. I can almost guarantee that players such as Gaudreau, Ovechkin, Anisimov, Hornquist or Hopkins get traded down the stretch for picks and/or prospects. I put the Arcadians over the top with the Panarin trade last season, and I'll be looking to do that again.

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DEVILS (TDIZZY)

Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?.
Finished 6th. Main reason? It starts and ends with Connor... seriously though, got good production from my goaltenders and defense.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
minor tweaks. unproductive/expiring contracts out. free agent signings from July 1 hope to make an impact

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Goal is to make it to the 2nd round of the playoffs. I believe a similar finish (top 8) is feasible but not expected.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Kane-McDavid-Zajac
Domi-Jost-Williams
Cogliano-Matthias-Chimera
Richardson-Beagle-Fast
Brodin-Boychuk
Greene-Hamonic
Martinez-Chara
Jones
Smith

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
Using the Chicago Blackhawks as a comparison. My team is stacked with young superstars. with Kane and McDavid I too will feel the cap crunch with both taking in 10.5 and 12.5 million respectively. With budding stars like Domi and Yost, this is comparable to Chicago's Saad and DeBrincat. Weakness may be on defense as it's starting to show its age. however, there are some young individuals who will be expected to step up. In goal, its steady.
 
Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
I am hoping that Yost will have a great rookie campaign and make Colorado competitive. My July 1 signings are all depth signings and hope to bring more balance to my scoring.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
2013 - Domi, Mueller, Bigras
2014 - Dal Colle
2015 - McDavid
2016 - Yost

McDavid is somewhat successful i think, and Domi a pleasant surprise. Yost makes the NHL this year so I'm crossing my fingers


Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Arcadians
Vikings
Militia
Thunder
Heatwave

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?

Good luck everyone! Don't feel bad if I win it all!



FHL 2017-18 Pre-season survey: Spartans, Arcadians, Vikings

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-10-03 09:17:05 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2017-10-17 04:35:20)

SPARTANS (BUCKMINSTER)
 
Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
15th overall, and a first round playoff exit. Just part of my slow climb up the standings as my young team continues to mature.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Not much, dropped a few players. Biggest change was adding Jimmy Howard at the end of last season to hopefully improve my goaltending.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
To continue my climb up the standings. My goal is to be in the top 10, but I would consider anything higher than 15th to be successful.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Kessel, Drouin, Pasternak
Marner, Krejci, Perry
Point, Reinhardt, Strome
Ritchie, Comeau, Roussel

Jones, Petry
Davidson, Scandella
Heed, McCoshen

Luongo
Howard

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
Not sure who to compare to, I've got lots of young very skilled forwards with a few solid vets to help, a decent top 3 D, and good, but old and inconsistent, goaltending. Maybe Winnipeg, though they have a better defense than I do, or maybe Toronto, those are the 2 teams you tend to think of with young skilled forwards.


Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Last year I said Marner, and was right, but the best surprise was Point. This year I'm hoping for Heed to break out, and maybe someone like De La Rose or McCoshen

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
I've made a lot of draft picks since taking over this team in early 2013, including 2 picks in the top 4 of my first 3 years. In 2013 I selected Drouin and Jones 2nd and 3rd, and am very happy with those selections. That year I also traded up to select Rychel, who shows promise now and then, but seems likely to be a bust in the end. I also selected Jason Dickinson, Jacob De La Rose, and Justin Bailey in the 2nd round and Ian McCoshen, Jordan Subban and Phillipe Desrosiers in the 3rd. All but Desrosiers are still with the Spartans and continuing to progress. McCoshen and De La Rose look to have made their teams this fall. In 2014 I only made 7 selections, taking Reinhart and Ekblad 1st and 3rd. Sam took a while to get going, but seems to be doing well finally, and Ekblad was traded with Ovie for Luongo, and Perry before his 2nd contract made him too expensive. With the rest of my picks I selected Jared McCann, Pasternak, Brendan Lemieux, Alex Nedeljkovic, and Point. Pasternak and Point are among my best selections, and players that I targeted going into the draft, the rest are all progressing slowly. 2015 saw me only make 4 picks. Strome and Marner 3rd and 4th overall, and Jake Debrusk and Jacob Larsson in the 2nd round. Marner is a great pick, and there is still hope for Strome, though he is taking a while. Debrusk and Larsson were both traded in larger deals. 2016 saw me without a top 4 selection for the 1st time and having soured on the draft a bit in my impatience, I traded all my picks, and didn't make a single selection. I returned to the draft this year selecting Cale Maker 9th and P-O Joseph with the last pick. Joseph had a great camp with the Coyotes, but both are developing in college or Junior.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?

I go with last years top 5 of Arcadians, Viking, Militia, Thunder, and Chiefs

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?

Here's to another fun Season!
 
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ARCADIANS (MCSORLEY)
 
Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
1st in both the NORACK Cup and the Playoff. My goaltending really came to life during the season and ended up ranking 1st in the leauge. A lot of guys had a breakthrough season and performed really well. Also got my secondary scoring going. The trade for Arvidsson may have been the greatest robbery of this century.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Not too much, couple of free agent signings.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
I am all in this year as well, going for two in a row :)

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.

Marchand-O'Reilly-Panarin
Skinner-Granlund-Arvidsson
Mantha-Schwartz-Rantanen
Steen-Lindberg-Strome

Gardiner-Weber
Skjei-Zaitsev
Lindell-Goligoski

Bobrovsky
Gibson


Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses?
Dificult to say, maybe the Capitals. Hard hitting offense and goalkeeping. A bit weaker on the defense..

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Think Mantha, Rantanen, Buchnevich and Lekhonen can build on last season and get even better. Lindblom, Sprong and Hobbs are wildcards.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful?
My fist pick was Rantanen, I think I can call him a sucsess. Sprong and Bracco are stil to make the big clubs so we would have to wait and see. I traded last years 3oa Puljujarvi in the hopes of going for the cup. The rest are still undecided


Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Pretty much the same as last year, but things can happen quickly just look at the Arcadians

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
The cup stays in Norway boys. Better luck next year
 
 
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VIKINGS (NORWEGIANOILER)
 
Where did you finish last season and what were the main reasons you ended up there?
Second. First of the losers, but a loser nonetheless. I was convinced up until the last few weeks that the Vikings would come through on merit of their depth and goaltending, but it was not to be. Sub par performances from key players that previously carried their load and more was certainly part of the failure. Schneider didn't produce as he should, the same goes for key players like Duchene and Gallagher. It was not all down to player performances, however, as the brazen conduct of the team's general manager must be factored in as well. Damn that guy. The trade with the Arcadians of Marchand (to ARC) for Shattenkirk (to VIK) prior to the season meant a net loss of points that went in favor of the eventual FHL champion Arcadians. Another crucially poor decision was made in letting forward Jonathan Marchessault go to free agency in favor of prospect Joseph Blandisi. Had these two decisions reversed the Vikings could have enjoyed a fourth straight year of success, but we were bested and that we must grudgingly accept. But not again. Not again.
 
Also: A certain someone (and I know who you are...) made sure to put the Arcadians over the top by gifting them Artemi Panarin who was on a violent tear just as I was closing the gap to 1st before the deadline. Many thanks, you thug
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What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
A few changes has been made, but they have been cosmetic at best. There have been attempts to make a few big deals to improve the structure and future of the team, but none have come to fruition despite lengthy negotiations.

The Vikings have released Brian Gionta, who accompanied Roman Josi to the club as a cap dump in a massive deal two years ago. Joseph Blandisi also left, but not much else has changed.


What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Flawless, unconditional victory in both the regular season and the playoffs. No more Greco-Norwegian usurpation, no more Heatwavian unrest. Only the sweet sweet dominance of the Vikings on all fronts will suffice. The team should be built for it.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Wheeler - Bergeron - Radulov
Ehlers - Duchene - Gallagher
Guentzel - Hayes - Boeser
Hartman - Eriksson Ek - Fischer

Hedman - Shattenkirk
Forbort - Josi
Seidenberg - DeAngelo

Holtby
Schneider

Compare your team to a current NHL team based on its strengths and weaknesses. 
It's hard to say. The forward group is strong, without having many clear cut "stars" and the defense is carried by a glorious top three and a steady bottom three. The goaltending is supreme if on their game. Sounds a bit like Nashville with better goaltending perhaps.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
The Vikings have a few youngsters on the verge of breaking out. A total surprise is not an apt description, but I suspect Brock Boeser will do some damage. I had similar hopes for Timo Meier a year ago, but his development has been slower than expected. Christian Fischer of the Coyotes has been a solid player in the AHL and showed some good things last season and in camp this year. Maybe, just maybe he can find some goals at NHL level too. Chytil has been a revelation in camp and will get some NHL time to start the year. With some luck he can stay up and make the Vikings proud.

All in all the Vikings consist of much steady and known material though.

Evaluate your draft history as a franchise so far – which players have become successful? 
The Vikings have always aimed to draft a few players each year and allow these to grow and supplement the core crop of players. Filtering through earliest were Girgenssons (20th overall in 2012, the only pick that year) and Hartman (33rd overall in 2013). We picked dud M-O Roy in 2013 (late second round) and Nick Baptiste who is still trying to break into the NHL. In 2014 we traded up to take Nick Ehlers (#8OA) who has become a mainstay on the team. A similar trade to take Timo Meier was made in 2015 (#9OA), a draft which also saw Brock Boeser (#23OA) join the clan. The 2016 class included Dante Fabbro (#18OA), Adam Mascherin (#32OA) and Janne Kuokkanen as the FHL's last draftee that year. All still look like decent prospects, but are at least a year away from making an impact on the NHL. The 2017 draft saw the Vikings pick up Klim Kostin at #21 OA and aforementioned Filip Chytil at #28 OA. Both look to get NHL games as soon as this season, without making any further conclusions. Kole Lind was also drafted, but his eventual NHL career is some years away.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Still the Vikings, sorry for you all, but also the Arcadians, Chiefs, Thunder, and Milita. Perhaps even the Stingers or Heatwave are ready to break into the top five. To be fair, the Chiefs look quite strong, having picked up a few decent cheap youngsters in Björk and Kase to add to the solid core of stars. If there's a new winner of the FHL (which the Vikings won't allow), it could well be the Chiefs.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?

There is more to come with the FHL in the future. There are plans to expand to 24 teams as soon as next season and thus allow a matchup based competition as has been suggested.

Good luck to you all! May we enjoy another exciting season of hockey through our FHL goggles! Thank you for your participation and dedication to our keeper league! 

 



2016-17 FHL playoffs FINAL Matchup

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-03-27 12:00:08 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2017-04-10 01:46:32)

This post will be reserved for the daily update of the playoff matchups - though somewhat later than the automatic update on the standings page.

The finalists in this year's playoffs are the Arcadians and Thunder! Whatever the outcome, a new FHL playoff champion will be crowned after these final two weeks of action. 

 

 

 

UPDATED: WE HAVE A NEW FHL PLAYOFF CHAMPION - The ARCADIANS! 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ARCADIANS ON THEIR DOUBLE TRIUMPH - WINNING BOTH THE NORACK CUP AND PLAYOFFS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE FRANCHISE'S HISTORY! MORE TO COME ON THE SEASON LATER THIS EASTER!

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2016-17 FHL playoffs: SEMI FINAL Matchups

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2017-03-20 01:13:37 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2017-03-28 10:17:10)

 

This post will be reserved for the daily update of the playoff matchups - though somewhat later than the automatic update on the standings page.

The semi final matchups are as follows:

 

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