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FHL Gazette: Expansion draft completed!

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-05-06 08:57:42

Historic expansion draft completed

The most recent additions to the FHL, the Aces (GM Aceman) and the Iron Knights (GM deadlyhammer) have completed the expansion draft. Prior to the expansion draft, the two teams drew lots over who would draft 2nd (NHL lottery winning previous 11th overall held by the Hurricanes) and subsequently draft 3rd, 4th, and 5th overall in the expansion draft. This lottery was won by the Iron Knights, which meant the Aces would draft 1st and 2nd overall in the expansion, but will have to wait until 12th overall to select someone in the 2018 FHL entry draft. After the 5th pick in the expansion, the teams selected every other player. 

In summary, the Aces began by taking Ryan O'Reilly and Erik Johnson 1st and 2nd, while the Iron Knights countered by taking Jordan Oesterle, Justin Schultz, and James Reimer. It appears that the two teams operated with slightly different strategies. Whereas the Aces focused heavily on goaltending (taking four netminders in 22 picks), the Iron Knights went for a more balanced approach. The two newcomers now ponder the next move, which will be looking for draft steals and free agent bargains to supplement their rosters before the upcoming 2018-19 campaign. 

This lifts the temporary player movement freeze, allowing all teams to trade, sign, or release players within the ordinary rules. Please submit your free agent lists before July 1st (as per usual) on the forum. Cheers!

 

Drafted from… ACES IRON KNIGHTS
Vikings Erik Johnson Scott Mayfield
Arcadians Ryan O'Reilly Alexander Steen
Thunder Mikko Koivu Anton Khudobin
Chiefs Josh Leivo Justin Schultz
Bulldogs Connor Carrick Scottie Upshall
Stingers Adam McQuaid Michal Neuvirth
Tigers Ryan Miller Emerson Etem
Mustangs Artem Anisimov Brian Boyle
Gladiators Aaron Dell James Reimer
Raiders Joonas Korpisalo Jason Pominville
Heatwave Luke Schenn Andrew Shaw
Militia Bryan Little Marcus Johansson
Rhinos Tanner Kero Devante Smith-Pelley
Bombers Cal Clutterbuck Jordan Oesterle
Lakers Alex Stalock Mark Letestu
Spartans Frans Nielsen Marco Scandella
Devils Clayton Stoner (dropped) Andy Greene
Rattleheads Tyler Motte Joel Ward
Megasus Daniel Carr Ilya Kovalchuk
Puffins Joffrey Lupul (dropped) Chris Wideman
Dragons Rocco Grimaldi Kevin Connauton
Serpents Dmitrij Jaskin Brandon Sutter


Expansion Exposed Players List

Created by Racki on 2018-04-21 23:43:37 (updated by Racki on 2018-04-21 23:50:47)

New Feature

I've created a page which shows all the teams' exposed players for expansion.

 

You can view that here (also it is a menu item under Rosters):

http://www.fhlkeeper.com/expansionreference.php

Please verify your lists. For sure some people will need some ELC flags set, so please let us know on the forum who is missing ELCs on their contracts, or if there's anything else inaccurate with your list.

It's a little slow to load because it has to process and pull in stats for all players involved. 

Thanks!

-Racki



2018 FHL Expansion draft

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-04-03 01:19:05 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-04-05 10:14:15)

Dear General Misfits, 

The planned expansion draft is ahead of us - and will be held between our season's end and the 2018 FHL Entry draft on July 1st (post free agency release). The two new teams must pick ONE player each from each team, meaning all current FHL teams will lose two players in the expansion. 

Protection rules: Each FHL team must submit a protected "scoring roster" of exactly 20 players (12f 6d 2g) under the cap of $75M. The expansion teams may pick anyone outside of that protected roster that is not a) a prospect yet to sign first pro contract, or b) on an ELC. Should a GM wish he may expose players otherwise exempt by stating so clearly in this thread. Each FHL team must make available at least two expansion draft eligible players in each position (except goalies), i.e. at least two forwards must be available, at least two defensemen must be available. If this cannot be met, the GM must sign free agents to fill the criteria. Additional trades to protect otherwise non-protected players are allowed. 

The new GMs are free to pick whomever they want (no requirements as to how many players of each position they must take), and will be able to fill out their rosters with free agents after the expansion draft. Details on how the two new GMs will make their draft picks will be posted later. 

And thus we will be one step closer to a matchup based league...

TL:DR: 
- Everyone must set a final roster of 12f, 6d, 2g contracted players under 75M (These are exempt from being taken in the expansion draft) That means you cannot insert unsigned prospects to save cap space within the protected roster.
- ELCs and unsigned draftees are exempt unless GMs state otherwise in the thread linked to below.
- Everyone must make available at least 2 forwards and 2 defensemen that CAN be taken in the expansion draft.
*** Deadline for a complete roster is Sunday April 22nd. If no roster has been submitted by then Racki and I will do our best to protect the "best possible roster" for you.

* The expansion GMs must select one player from each team. 
* The expansion teams will draft 11th and 12th overall in both rounds of the draft, but may deal these picks and/or acquire other picks.

 

Visist the forum to comment!



2017-18 FHL Playoffs FINAL Matchup

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-03-26 10:09:37 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-04-11 12:48:57)

The final of the FHL playoffs in 2017-18 will feature the two best regular season franchises and growing rivals Vikings and Arcadians. The latter of which started the season emphatically and held the league lead most of the time between October and January. The Vikings proceeded to gain a dominant advantage until recent week when the gap has been closing again due to a marvellous few weeks by the Arcadians. Ultimately, this all-Norwegian matchup will decide whether the Vikings or the Arcadians will be two-time FHL playoff champions. 

 

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

 

 

Vikings Logo versus 

(149.47)              -               (115.08)

 

Updated late, Wednesday 11th of April

 

THE FHL PLAYOFF CHAMPION OF 2017-18: THE VIKINGS! 

A COMPLETELY IMPARTIAL AND HUMBLE CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VIKINGS, ALL GLORY BE TO THEE!



2017-18 FHL Playoffs SEMI-FINALS Matchups

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-03-19 07:39:46 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-03-26 10:12:33)

Semi finals are here! The top four have come through and face each other in a tight battle for the playoff trophy!

 

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: 

Winners in BOLD.

 

Vikings Logo versus 

(72.13)               -               (70.93)

 

The Chiefs have come to play and are thriving in this post-season campaign. Another week like last will surely see them in the finals. The Vikings, however, cannot be counted out as they are currently in the final four without yet having fired on all cylinders. There's a close series to be had by all accounts here.  

* End of series: The Chiefs started the week in terrific fashion taking a fifteen point lead. Nevertheless, the Vikings chipped away at the lead and regained command before the weekend. After a few games into Sunday's round, the Chiefs were again a few points ahead, but the late efforts of some key Vikings secured their place in the playoff final.

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 versus 

(89.18)               -               (72.75)

 The Arcadians pulled victory from the jaws of defeat and square off against an impressive Thunder side in the second semi final. These two teams have been competing for top spot in the league all season and will have to get through one another to make an attempt at the playoff title. The Arcadians are perhaps the more rounded team, while the Thunder have some key players on form that may just win this by themselves.

* End of series: Never a drama like the first series, but the Thunder must be commended for a magnificent effort throughout the week - it was just never to be against an absolutely dominant Arcadians team. 

 



2017-18 FHL Playoffs: ROUND 2 Matchups

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-03-12 10:38:50 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-03-19 12:32:44)

 

Good luck, everyone.

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 second round matchups are as follows: 

Winners in bold! 

 

Vikings Logo versus Militia Logo

(75.43)                 -              (70.30)

The Vikings, though marred with injury, came through against the 16th seeded Megasus. The Militia defense put up good enough numbers to prevail against the 4th seeded Bulldogs and so the long time rivals Vikings and Militia meet for the first time in the post-season. 

* End of series: The Vikings went behind early in this matchup, but clawed their way back in front during the week. The Milita had the edge in both defense and goaltending, but were let down by their offensive group in the end. 

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 versus 

(75.78)               -               (75.18)

The Arcadians prevailed in a toughly contested series against the Spartans  in the battle of Greece. The Tigers knocked out the higher seeded Rhinos, so the second round will feature an all-Norwegian matchup. 

* End of series: What a series! After the Tigers held the lead for most of the week, the reigning champions Arcadians came back and won with the narrowest of margins. Had it not been for the complete absence of goaltending, the Tigers should surely have taken this!

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versus 

(80.55)                 -                (51.75)

 First round giants Raiders take on a tough task in the Thunder, a team that sports a top 5 forward group and a top 5 goalie tandem. The Raiders will have to put up another stellar week to get past this stage.

* End of series: Complete annihilation by the Thunder of the first round dominators the Raiders. Samson's aptly assembled offensive core brought their A game again and it was more than enough to secure a berth in the final four. Impressive win!

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 versus 

(90.80)                -                (68.30)

 The battle of the 5th and 6th seeded teams, but looking value for money in the opening round of the postseason. In an evenly matched series a game or two can be the difference between a place in the semi finals or a second round exit. 

* End of series: The Stingers prevailed against tough opponents in the first round, but had nothing really to give in this matchup. The Chiefs completely smoked out the bees from start to finish. A massive offensive advantage that nearly alone was enough to end the Stingers playoff bid. 

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