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2014-15 Pre-season survey: Choudu

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-10-25 08:53:02

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
Last year I ended up 9th, the highest Megasus (or Wildcats) have placed. Depth up front helped but goaltending was my achilles heel.


What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
I've looked to bring in gifted FHLPPG players on "bargain" contracts - maybe the asian in me is starting to show in this league. Seeing that the salary cap is inevitably going to rise, so are player salaries - I wanted to set myself up to retain and dress up and comers without sacrificing any of my higher priced studs.

Out: T. Thomas, V. Leino, S. Brookbank, S. Gomez, D. Tyrell, K. Aucoin, A. Stralman. ME. Vlasic, B. Pouliot, D. Krejci, Mi. Granlund, J. Zatkoff

In: S. Gagne, G. Gelinas, A. Duclair, J. Lehtera, D. Heatley, Ma. Granlund, P. Byron, O. Maatta, O. Jokinen, M. Hanzal, T. Bozak


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

I'm looking to further climb the standings. 15th in my first year, 9th in my second, and the goal is for top 5 in my third.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster
Saad - Tavares - Macarthur
Hanzal - Sharp - Tanguay
Bailey - Bozak - Lehtera
Clarkson - Ennis - Erat

Sekara - Visnovsky
Maatta - Hejda
Stone - Reinhart

Elliot - Ward


Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Tavares, Sharp, Saad

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Dany Heatley and David Clarkson I think are going to exceed expectations this year.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
I like how flexible my line-up is (I can move quite a few players without going through waivers). Goaltending is still a question mark though - i've got 1 starter and 2 *potential* starters that have been relegated to backup early in the season.


Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Bombers, Heatwave, Vikings, Rhinos, Megasus


- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
It's a toss up based on injuries, suspensions, surprise performers, etc. But, if I had to pick one i'd go with the Bombers. He's secured a #1 goalie and should threaten to take it all (unless I take out his knees first).


Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Who knows - whoever it is, i'll trade you my first and Rob Scuderi for Connor McWhatsHisFace.


Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
I love trades, especially if they work in my favor. Keep them coming you wine guzzlin cheeze monkeys!


Ciao,

- Choudu



2014-15 Pre-season survey: Saevel's Tigers

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-10-24 07:09:13

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

17th. Some injuries to key players, and trading away first Varlamov (the year before) and then Mason. Markström, who I had such high hopes for, unfortunately did not pan out.

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

I now have two good goalies, and a slightly more balanced roster. Datsyuk unfortunately had to go, and I expect Hartnell to be more consistent and less injured.

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

I hope to get back into the top 5 of the league. Considering my dreadful previous year, I'll be satisfied if I can manage that, and not too disappointed if I fail by a small margin.

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

Hartnell Benn Callahan
Foligno Tlusty Huberdeau
Haula Mitchell Versteeg
Nieto Sheppard Nash

DeHaan Doughty
Smith Sbisa
Kindl Volchenkov

Lundqvist
Miller


Which players do you expect to carry your team?

My goalies and Benn. I'm also hoping for good, injury-free years from Callahan, Hartnell, and Doughty. If Versteeg, Foligno and Tlusty deliver like they have in the past, I think I'll be in for a good season.

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

I'm waiting for Haula and Morin to step up and get some more ice time. If Panthers somehow stop being abysmal, I expect Huberdeau to produce as well.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?

Biggest strength is in goal, right now. Of course, if one of my goalies get injured, I'm in trouble. My roster is also a bit shallow at the moment, I'm looking to add a couple more players before christmas.

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

The usual suspects, Vikings, Mustangs and Heatwave, will probably be there. I'll add myself, since that's my goal, after all. For the last spot, I'm gonna say Bulldogs.

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?

The Heatwave look kinda strong, but I can see both Niemi and Howard missing some games as the season goes on. I might go with the Vikings again, though I'm not so sure trading away Mason was wise ;)

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?

Not me, this year!

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

Yes!



2014-15 Pre-season survey: MG10's Serpents

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-10-23 12:31:09

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

My team finished the 2013-14 season in 14th place. We had a typical Toronto Maple Leafs season as we had a surprisingly solid first half. If I’m not mistaken, we stood as high as fourth, keeping pace with perennial contenders like the Vikings. We gradually fell down the leaderboard because of a few injuries, Carey Price cooled off towards the end of the year and the players who performed well in the first half couldn’t maintain their pace.

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

In terms of personnel, the team hasn’t changed very much at all. I elected not to sign any free agents when our free agent frenzy began in the Summer. Some much needed pay-cuts in the off-season has enabled me to dress my best roster. So, hopefully, that will make a difference. The best addition to the team this year is actually an internal one, with rookie Andre Burakovsky being one of my best performers so far.

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

Of course, our goal is to win the FHL Cup. *Wink*. In the short-term, it would be really nice if the team could make the top 10 on the leaderboard and stay inside the top 10.

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

Mikkel Boedker – Nicklas Backstrom – Marian Gaborik
Shane Doan – Tomas Plekanec – Kyle Okposo
Patrik Berglund – David Legwand – Michael Frolik
Jakob Silfverberg – Brandon Sutter – Andre Burakovsky

Duncan Keith – Ryan McDonagh
Nick Leddy – Carl Gunnarsson
Morgan Rielly – Kris Russell

Carey Price – Al Montoya

Which players do you expect to carry your team?

Honestly, anybody. Last year, Kyle Okposo ended up carrying the team, a player I seriously considered trading during the lock-out year. This year, Mikkel Boedker has been our best player. So, it’s hard to say.

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

I don’t expect many of my players to surprise people. With the nice start Mikkel Boedker has had so far, and being in a contract year, he could rise up as Arizona’s top offensive player.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?

My team’s biggest strength has always been my defense corps. My team was ranked 8th in defensive points league-wide last year and 9th in goaltending points. My weakness has always been my offense. My team ranked 19th offense last year.

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

Top 5 will go Mustangs, Vikings, Heatwave, Militia, Tigers.

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?

I like the Militia to win the 2nd FHL Cup.

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?

I think the Lakers will end up with the best shot in the McDavid sweeps.

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

Have a great season everyone!



2014-15 Pre-season survey: Crott's Rattleheads

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-10-22 13:22:00

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

18th... I neglected my roster for a while and I'm still recovering from it.


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

Not much, just signed Nabokov for some depth in goal and released Loktinov.


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

The Rattleheads are off to a decent start, baring injuries I think finishing around 10th would be successful given the last two seasons finishes.

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

Glencross-Getzlaf-Zuccarello
Desharnais-Monahan-Nyquist
Bergenhiem-Brassard-Parenteau
Arcobello-Brodziak-Clowe

Kronwall-Voynov
Emelin-Kulikov
Ceci-Brodie

Lehtonen
Nabokov

Which players do you expect to carry your team?

I have a bunch of young forwards that are coming into their own, they will need to produce.


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

Nyquist amd Zuccarello will prove they didn't over acheive last season and have productive seasons.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?

The Strength of the rattleheads is their youth and defence core, weakness is goaltending outside of Lehtonen there isn't much depth.


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

Vikings, Heatwave, Mustangs, Serpents, Bombers


- Do you have a favorite to win it all?

Toss up between the Vikings and the Heatwave.


Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?

Having been their battling to not be the worst of the worst, I do not want to label anyone for the basement. Its a position no one wants to be in until after game 82 when they can draft 1st overall.


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

Good luck!



2014-15 Pre-season survey: Samson's Thunder

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-10-21 07:18:18

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
21st, I blame injuries. I know everyone does, but I was in the playoff hunt until I lost a bunch of guys long term at around the Olympic break. That included some key players like Zetterberg, Hertl, Filppula and Barkov, among others.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
not as much as I have in the past, but I made a few moves..

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
my goal is to make the playoffs. The season isn't starting too well, but I'm hoping Hall and others can get going.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster
as an actual team and not just Stats based...
Hall/Zetterberg/Hertl
Abdelkader/Filppula/Barkov
Bickell/Horcoff/Gionta
Draisaitl/Connolly/Rakell
Boumeester/Josi
Hjalmarsson/Petry
Trouba/Brodin
Lehner
Dubnyk

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Hall, though as I discovered last year he can't do it alone

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
not sure, I guess it would depend on what other people know about my players...
I'm hoping Dubnyk is one who has a bounce back season.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Strength: Defence
Weakness: Goaltending (at least until Lehner takes over as a starter)

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

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
I'm hoping for a surprise team to win it, someone that no one predicts

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Spartans, Dragons

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
good luck to all (just not too much)



2014-15 Pre-season survey: Jfrizzio's Militia

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2014-10-20 06:32:37 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2014-10-21 07:16:48)

 

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
15th. I kept and and dressed too many high salary players.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
I haven't changed too much. I've been playing the waiting game, waiting for players to develop. I'm also trying to be smarter about who I dress.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
My goal is to finish in the top 5. I'd also like to deal a top dollar player. But of course no campaign is successful unless you take home the prestigious NoRack Cup! Therefore that is the ultimate goal.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster
Malkin - Toews - Tarasenko
Nash - Johansen - Voracek
Tatar - Kesler - Little
Jenner - Johanssen - Niederrieter

Scandella - Karlsson
Gormley - Letang
Robidas - Zadorov

Hiller
Berner


Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Malkin, Toews, Johansen, Kesler and Karlsson

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
I'm hoping Niederrieter can establish himself as a very good two-way winger. I am also hopng that Brandon Gormley finally gets a legitimate chance in Phoenix. Ahem, I mean Arizona.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
My team's biggest strength is definitely young up and coming forwards. My weakness is my ability to play with the cap and my depth on defence.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Vikings, Heatwave, Gladiators, Bulldogs, Rebels

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Vikings repeat

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Hopefully not myself!

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Just want to wish everyone good luck, but most of all have fun!