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2016-17 Pre-season survey: Thunder, Rhinos, and Bombers

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2016-10-03 11:21:20 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2016-10-07 14:09:57)

SAMSON'S THUNDER (The man with the most biblical of names and the most pagan of teams)

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
Finished tenth. I was sitting 6th when the playoffs started, but my team choked bad and almost fell out of the top 10
- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
The Spartans are so bad they're not much of a rival

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Other than a couple minor trades at the draft I haven't changed anything

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Goal is to win a couple rounds in the playoffs and improve on my top 10 finish

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Hall/Barkov/Hertl
Rask/Zetterberg/Koivu
Komarov/Draisaitl/Rakell
King/Connoly/Perron
Vlasic/Trouba
Hjalmarsson/Johnson
Dumba/Orlov
Dubnyk
Lehner

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Hall and the goalies

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Maybe Connoly, Gaunce or Kempe

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
No., but always willing to discus a trade

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Goaltending is pretty solid and depth is ok, but other than Hall the Thunder lack star power

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

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Thunder of course

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

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Can the season just start already ūüėĀ¬†

 

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METAL&OIL'S RHINOS  (The best team yet to win a Norack cup - third overall in points all time in the FHL)

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there? Bolstered by solid goaltending the Rhinos finished in 7th place.
- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals? 
A couple of spots down from the Heatwave although we did outlast them in the playoffs.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season? Not a lot of changes other then signing some goaltending depth. Gonna rely of some of my youngsters to show some gains.


What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign? 
Get back into the top 5 and have some of my youth see breakout preformances.


Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
D.Sedin - F.Nielson - H.Sedin
O.Palat - M.Perreault - P.Hornqvist
A.Killorn - E.Fehr - R.Vrbata
T.Rattie - R.Faksa - D.Smith-Pelly

-T.Krug - A.Markov
-T.Enstrom - R.Hainsey
-N.Holden - D.Mcilrath

-J.Quick
-P.Mrazek


Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Quick, Hornqvist & Palat
Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
DSP and Ty Rattie

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?) Would like to somehow add an offensive top line player somehow.


What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Goaltending is a strength while offense needs some work.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Rhinos, Militia, Vikings Glads & Dragons

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Militia

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
It's hard to climb out of the basement, Lakers again.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Just drop the puck already!!!

 

 

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RACKI'S BOMBERS (Whose GM has yet to script a way to make the Bombers win)

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
I finished 6th, which I think is fairly good for this team. I think a new attention to goaltending turned this ship in the right direction. A massive failure on the blueline, however, resulted in not breaking the top 5 or even better. #2 forwards, #3 goaltending, league worst defense. Woops.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
My rivals are the entire league, so I'd say I did not too shabby.. only 5 did better. Plus I bested all my "real life" friends, so that's gotta be good for something.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
The defense. Added a lot here, but I'm not sure it actually got any better.. just fuller.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Rebuild the blueline without ruining the forwards and goaltending. Finish top 5.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Pacioretty Carter Jagr
Jokinen Scheifele Atkinson
Hudler Eakin Ribeiro
Tierny Soderberg Clutterbuck

Beauchemin Severson
Despres Kulikov
Oduya Manson
(God this blueline sucks)

Crawford
Niemi


Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Max Pac, Scheifele, Crawford.. the usual.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Caggiula. Maybe one of my young D.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
Check the trade block. Goals are to fix the D.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: Forward, Goaltending
Weaknesses: Defense

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Vikings, Militia, Gladiators, Bulldogs, BOMBERS!

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Probably one of the two blowhards.

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
The usual fare, I think,

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

Hope everyone is having fun. Good luck to all. 

 



2016-17 Pre-season survey: Raiders, Arcadians, and Spartans

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2016-09-29 11:33:43 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2016-09-29 11:34:37)

STEVE-O'S RAIDERS (Whose Ales Hemsky love affair continues into old age despite his cut throat approach to competitions)

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
Finished 16, and it was due to some injuries to my star players and just general underperforming.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
If you're not first, you're last. So last.

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Took 4 players in the draft, but outside of that (and letting some players walk) not much.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
Hoping for a healthy season, and finishing where I usually finish (5-6).

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Ryan-Malkin-Hemsky
Spooner-Pominville-Stone
Smithx3
Stastny-Vermette-Williams

Edler-Letang
Garrison-Ellis
Benn-Schmidt

Allen
Condon

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Malkin, Ryan, Letang, Allen

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Garrison will have a bounce back season, as will my boy Hemsky

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
Bouma, Pominville, Stastny, Ericsson, Garrison, and Wisniewski are all on my trade block.

Wis, Bouma and Ericsson can all be had for a pick/prospect; Pom, Stas and Garrison can be had for either a +pick & prospect or roster player.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Depth and affordability. Might be time for a lockout here.

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

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Me

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

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
That McDavid kid is alright hey?

 

 

MCSORLEY'S ARCADIANS (A Rangers fan who gets tormented by Marc Staal in both the FHL and NHL)

 

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
19th. Lots of injuries on key players. Bad goaltending. Marc Staal!

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
Rivals?????

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Brought in some young talent and former KHL players, hopefuly they will step up and contribute.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
This year a playoff spot would be a successful campaign. Maybe win the draft lottery as well, that would be nice.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Marchand-O¬īReilly-Schwartz
Steen-Granlund-Skinner
Pouliot-Strome-Puljujarvi
Mantha-Shaw-Rantanen

Weber-Goligoski
Gardiner-Zaitsev
Miller-Murphy

Bobrovsky
Gibson

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Marchand, Steen, Weber, Schwartz and maybe a goalie or two.

Do you have any players you expect to surprise people this season?
Hoping for a bounce back from Bob (Get Torts out of Colombus, poor poor team)
Esa Lindell, Pavel Buchnevich, Jesse Puljujarvi (please put him on the McJesus line)
Think Hudson Fasching may surprise a few people.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?) I would be willing to trade almost everybody.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Still lacking goalscoring and consistent goaltending.

Good D and lots of young players on the brink og breaking out.

Which teams do you predict as top five in the FHL this season?
Think the top 5 would be almost the same as last year. Some teams lying in the bushes waiting to grab a spot up there. Lots of young talent this year so I think teams with good drafting can take a step in the right direction.

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Militia and Vikings (damn u Norseman) will fight it out.

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
Dificult to say but Lakers without a real goalie will struggle

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Is it October yet??? Lets play some HOCKEY

 

 

 

BUCKMINSTER'S SPARTANS (Whose biggest merit thus far is having the coolest team logo in the FHL!)

 

Where did you finish last season and what are the main reasons you ended up there?
20th, for the second year in a row. D: League worst goaltending is the biggest reason.

- How did you do in relation to your biggest rivals?
I don't want to talk about it

What have you changed about your team since the end of last season?
Big changes this summer as I looked high and low for goaltending. Shipped out were Ovi, Stastny, Ekblad, Backlund, the 5th overall pick, and some prospects, while Luongo, Krejci, Perry and others were brought in. It was hard to see Ovi and Ekblad go, but hopefully Krejci and Perry can make up the loss in points and I needed a goalie.

What is your goal for the season - what would you consider a successful campaign?
I've never finished higher than 20th, so anything in the teens would be a success, but my goal is the playoffs.

Create a "12 forward, 6 defenseman, 2 goalie lineup" from your roster.
Kessell, Krejci, Perry
Drouin, Filppula, Hossa
Beleskey, Reinhart, Pasternak
Comeau, Purcell, Roussel

Chara, Petry
Davidson, Jones
Klein, Scandella

Luongo
Enroth

Which players do you expect to carry your team?
Kessel, Krejci, Perry, Drouin, and Luongo

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

Not sure who would be considered a surprise, but I've got numerous prospects with a good chance this year including Marner, Strome, Rychel, among others.

Do you have any particular goals in the trade market? Which players on your roster might be available? (and for what price?)
No real goals, always looking to improve. As for trade block, Hossa, Filppula, Chara for starters. I would be looking to save some cap space.

What are your team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Prospect depth for both. Short term it's a weakness, but long term hopefully it will be a strength.

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

- Do you have a favorite to win it all?
Not really, I'll guess Bulldogs finally do it and never let the Vikings or Heatwave ever forget.

Which teams do you predict to be near the bottom come season's end?
As long as it's not the Spartans I'm happy.

Do you have any messages to relay to the fellowship of the FHL?
Here's to another fun Season!



2015-16 FHL Playoffs FINAL Matchup

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2016-03-27 23:35:05 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2016-04-11 23:11:09)

We have arrived at the final matchup of the third official FHL playoffs. The two finalists, the Militia and the Burninators, have had diametrically opposite journeys to this point. Whereas the Militia have all but strolled through, winning every series comfortably against underperforming teams; the Burninators have taken on some of the strongest teams in the FHL and prevailed. The Heatwave, Bombers, and Gladiators have all fallen to¬†"Trogdor √ĺ√¶m B√¶rnettamber". Jfrizzio has finally progressed to the ultimate challenge, having been eliminated last year by the Gladiators, but now have a chance to take home the first trophy of the franchise's history. Over the next week and six days we'll crown a new playoff champion of the FHL.

 

Militia Logo versus Burninators Logo

       (133.23)                -               (112.27)

 

Congratulations to JFRIZZIO'S MILITIA for winning the 2015-16 playoffs!

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2015-16 FHL Playoffs SEMI FINAL Matchups

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2016-03-21 00:03:14 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2016-03-27 23:20:26)

The final four have been decided through trial by fire. The conclusion forced cinderella team Dragons to acknowledge the cruelty of the playoffs, seeing as a week where the team put up better numbers than 20 teams but failed to beat the the only team it had to best. Thus, the Gladiators move through to the next stage. Their opponents, the Burninators, have people in thatched roof houses upgrading their smoke detectors with increasing concern, as Trogdor keeps paying merciless visits to all in the playoffs. In the other semi final, the Militia's powerhouse offense prove valuable once again as they gun down the feeble Raiders with exceeding ease. The Rhinos bulldozed a similar path to the semis, making short work of the lacklustre Megasus, who only finished above the Raiders in the week that mattered most this season. Whatever the outcome, the FHL will see a new playoff winner this season, may it come down to the final day of action!

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Gladiators Logo versus Burninators Logo

         (53.55)                  -             (58.95)

 

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Militia Logoversus Rhinos Logo

        (54.53)                 -                (45.68)

 



2015-16 FHL Playoffs ROUND 2 Matchups

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2016-03-14 09:11:05 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2016-03-20 23:50:28)

After a ferocious first round, the only two teams to have won the playoffs, namely the Heatwave and the Vikings, have both been eliminated. This ushers in the "dawn of the losers' time in the sun", as it is to be hereby known. Two of the top three seeded teams remain, however, as the Gladiators and Militia easily defeated their respective opponents the Devils and Rattleheads. Another upset was completed in the tightest matchup of the first round, where the Raiders just edged the Bulldogs by less than a full point. So, despite being the fourth best team that week, the Bulldogs are banished from the post-season by a red-hot Raiders team. While the Chiefs and Rhinos started out quite evenly, the series turned out to be a blowout as the Rhinos finished strong. They must now face a Megasus outfit that deposed the higher ranking Thunder in round one. The Mustangs provided no storybook ending to their terrible start of the week, thus the Bombers stumble into the second round through to fault of GM Racki, who spends most of his time waiving turds and updating the weekly rosters of mismanaged teams. Tougher opposition will likely be present in the Burninators who spent the first round giving the Heatwave a smackdown. 

 Here is the second round in gloriously coloured logos. 

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Gladiators Logo versus 

       (76.10)                  -                  (74.20)

 

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Militia Logoversus Raiders Logo

       (69.45)                 -                (34.50)

 

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Bombers Logo versus Burninators Logo

        (59.15)                 -                (69.53)

 

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Rhinos Logo versus Megasus Logo

        (55.47)                 -                (45.40)

 

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2015-16 FHL Playoffs: ROUND 1 Matchups

Created by NorwegianOiler on 2016-03-06 23:16:09 (updated by NorwegianOiler on 2016-03-14 00:14:26)

It is here again. Playoff time. The FHL deadline passed by relatively quietly, but noise is to be expected now that the FHL enters its third official playoff campaign. After two consecutive Norack Cups and playoff trophies the Vikings are still the team to beat, but several teams have produced good results the past few weeks and it appears that several matchups are poised for a tight race. 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 

(54.80)                 -                (67.90)

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Gladiators Logo versus 

(62.25)                  -                (53.43)

 

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Militia Logoversus 

(68.13)                 -                (42.53)

 

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Bulldogs Logo versus Raiders Logo

(66.88)                 -                (67.53)

 

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Heatwave Logo versusBurninators Logo 

(52.13)                 -                (56.73)

 

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 versus Megasus Logo

(45.02)                 -                (50.85)

 

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Bombers Logo versus Mustangs Logo

(57.35)                 -                (39.75)

 

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  versus Rhinos Logo

 (40.60)                 -                (62.25)

 

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