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2018 FHL Expansion draft

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-04-03 00:19:05 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-04-05 09:14:15)

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...

- 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.


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2017-18 FHL Playoffs FINAL Matchup

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

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




2017-18 FHL Playoffs SEMI-FINALS Matchups

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-03-19 06:39:46 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-03-26 09:12:33)

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.



(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 09:38:50 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-03-19 11:32:44)


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. 



(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!



(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!



(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. 


2017-18 FHL Playoffs: ROUND 1 Matchups

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-03-05 13:41:05 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2018-03-12 05:58:17)

Come around again, playoff time! 

Last season's double winners Arcadians seek another trophy, while previous champions Militia and Vikings want to retake the playoff throne. Contenders Thunder and company amass at the gates to steal victory over the closing weeks of the season. 

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 first round matchups are as follows: 



Vikings Logo versus Megasus Logo

(58.50)                 -              (42.20)

The Megasus squeezed into the playoffs at the last minute, the Vikings have it all to lose against the cinderella team of last year.

* End of series: The Vikings lost several key contributors to injury during the series, but came out on top against a Megasus side that never really found their stride.



(64.08)                 -               (60.33)

 A rematch of last season's first round. Can the outsider surprise, or is it a Dallas-Edmonton series?

* End of series: The Spartans put up a last stand, but it was not to be against a tough Arcadians team. The two greco-inspired teams vied for the lead throughout the week, but a strong weekened performance sealed it for the reigning champions. A bitter, but honorable (?) loss for the Spartans. 



(54.63)                 -                (48.73)

 Samson's team surge towards another level and want back into the final. Can they oust the Lakers?

* End of series: The Thunder continued their strong season with a win against the Lakers in a series of two original FHL franchises. In the end the difference was the forward production of the Thunder.


 Bulldogs Logoversus Militia Logo

(47.98)                -                (53.62)

 The Militia are struggling, but still house some impressive talent. The Bulldogs are ever strong and only lost to eventual winners Arcadians last season, is this their time?

* End of series: The Militia prevailed on the strength of their defense, which produced at a far higher clip than the Bulldogs' blueliners. This series marked the only lower seed victory but the Tigers' win against the Rhinos.  



(62.55)                 -                (47.80)

 The improved Chiefs, who lost a close first round series last year, take on the Mustangs who are back in the playoffs after missing out last season.

* End of series: The Chiefs produced a decisive victory which was established rather early in the week. The Mustangs' offense was outright dominant, but the team fell apart due to the lack of defensive depth. The Chiefs' balance was altogether too much to handle for the Mustangs in this series.


 versus Heatwave Logo

(60.68)                 -              (46.38)

 Battle of the talkers. May the best orator succeed!

* End of series: A few years ago this would have been a monumental task for the Stingers, but the Chucker-led franchise has continued to improve whereas the Heatwave might be on the way into a retooling of sorts. There was a clear difference in favor of the Stingers in both forward and defense.


Rhinos Logo versus 

(43.10)                 -                (49.70)

 Rhinos have seen better seasons and were destroyed in the first round last campaign, but can they make it past the resurgent Tigers who were on the outside in 2016-17?

* End of series: The Tigers celebrated their re-entry into the playoffs with a series victory against the typically powerful Rhinos. Though by no means an impressive win, they did more than enough to see off the overall underperforming Metal&Oil team. 


  versus Gladiators Logo

 (65.32)                 -                (40.25)

 The Gladiators went far last playoffs, are they capable of another strong campaign against the Raiders who lost a tough opening round in 2017?

* End of series: A complete walk over for the Raiders which put up the best FHL performance of the first round. Combined with a poor showing from their opponents, the result was a given all week. The Raiders found production all over the ice, while the Gladiators could not muster any meaningful opposition. 


FHL Playoff schedule

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2018-02-24 00:54:04


Top 16 teams get ready:

Playoff cutoff date for the 2017-18 FHL plaoyffs will be Sunday March 4th.

The first round of the FHL playoffs will be held between March 5th and March 11th. 

The second round of the FHL playoffs will be held between March 12th and March 18th. 

The semi finals of the FHL playoffs will be held between March 19th and March 25th. 

The FHL playoff final will be fought out in the final two weeks of the NHL regular season, from March 26th to April 8th. 


Reigning champion Arcadians look to repeat?