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Posted October 17, 2017 - 02:21 PM

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Note: This is continued from http://forums.gmgame...ers-gw-biscuit/

 

Season 11 Review: Marauders are GHL Champions!

 

In an unforeseeable postseason run, the Marauders defeated the West Chicago Protons in the finals to win their first GHL Cup, the first winners in 7 years outside West Chicago or Deadwood in Game World Biscuit. The team's shocking victory was largely due to the unbelievable performance of the team's 25-year-old goalie Jeffrey Hanrahan, who not only had a .946 save percentage in the playoffs but also shut out the Protons 2-0 in the final game of the series, rewarding management's 7-year commitment with a Conn Smythe-worthy performance. 

 

The entire team also demonstrated impressive resilience as a whole. Whether it was losing their first-line centre in the first round, management selling at the trade deadline, or getting demolished 6-1 in the first game of the semifinals, the team found a way to win. This was best personified by the team's young players- from rookie winger Anton Franc stepping into the Top 9 as a centre to rookie defenseman Bedrich Sepeši playing over 20 minutes a night, they demonstrated an impressive ability to persevere through adversity and doubt. 

 

Also of note were 34-year-old veteran defenseman Richard Fahy, who averaged over 23 minutes and a half per game in the playoffs, centre Andrew Larocque, 25, who filled in on the top line and made up for a lackluster regular season by scoring 8 points in 8 playoff games, and sophomore defender Sone Friedel, who scored the biggest goal of his life to give the Marauders a 3-2 overtime victory and the series lead in the finals. It was fitting that winger Bjarne Lunde was not only the first player to receive the cup as the team's captain but also scored the game-winning goal to clinch the championship. Since being drafted 3rd overall four seasons ago, the 21-year-old Norwegian has struggled to adapt as seamlessly to the GHL as some of his peers until finally breaking out this year with 18 goals in the regular season and averaging over a point a game in the playoffs. 

 

Although the Marauders won the championship, there remains much to be done. With 3 first-rounders in the upcoming draft, management remains busy working to build a sustainable championship-caliber team.  



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Posted October 19, 2017 - 04:06 PM

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Season 11 Draft Review

 

First Round

 

With the team's first pick, Portland selected Italian winger Federico Poli 10th overall. The fastest skater in this year's draft class, the 5'7" Poli personifies the Marauders' prioritization of speed and skill in the draft, combining his innate skating ability with a hard, accurate shot. With their next pick 11th overall, the team drafted Isaak Rossiter, a well-polished all-round winger who had skyrocketed up the draft rankings. To close out the first round, Portland selected defenseman Zackari Guignard, a paradoxically mobile 6'6" giant who plays a solid two-way game with the ability to skate the puck out of trouble quickly.

 

Third Round (SHL 1st)

 

Acquiring the 38th overall pick from Sault St. Marie on the draft floor for defenseman Artem Sultanov, the Marauders drafted forward Thomas Ivey, a small and crafty puck-handler with a quick release on his shot. Coincidentally, Guignard and Ivey both played for Prosterath U18 in the German Junior League. 

 

Fourth Round (GHL 3rd)

 

With the 51st overall selection, Portland drafted Manolis Siyankov out of the Russian Junior League. Possessing a surprisingly deft scoring touch for such a large winger, Siyankov has the potential to develop into a dominant offensive force. Rounding out the team's record 6 draft picks was winger Fabio Harmon, drafted 60th overall after finally getting a chance to play top-line minutes with Saint-Francois of the CAJHL, suggesting a higher than expected ceiling for a fourth round pick. 



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Posted November 24, 2017 - 02:05 AM

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Mid-Season Report

 

Just clinging to a playoff spot at 7th place halfway through the season, the Marauders have been struggling to maintain consistency as they try to repeat as GHL champions. The team's offense has been phenomenal, with a league-leading 3.4 goals per game and the #1 powerplay in the league at 30.5%. 22-year-old captain Bjarne Lunde has finally become the difference maker the team hoped for, with his 15 goals and 28 points good for third in the scoring race. Left winger Brett Arrieta, 25, and centreman Duran Doerr, 32, are also in the top 15. 

 

On the other hand, the team's defense has been suspect, conceding the third most at 3.1 goals per game and having a shockingly poor penalty kill at just 58.3% - some of which may be attributed to the small sample size given the team's strong discipline means that it rarely kills more than one penalty per game. While the team's starter Jeffrey Hanrahan has had a solid, if unspectacular, follow-up to his MVP-worthy playoff performance with a .915 save percentage, backup Zain Tessier-Laforest, 24, has been a liability with a subpar .895 record and winning less than a third of his starts. 

 

Team management also made a significant move, trading wingers Sven Larmour and Teo Jensen to the Richford Rebels in return for centreman Isaac Valley and a 4th round pick (GHL 3rd). Given the three players involved were all youngsters between 20 and 22 still finding their way in the GHL, the trade is as much of a change-of-scenery-type deal as it is a move to shore up relative weaknesses on both sides. Since being drafted 8th overall in the Season 8 draft, the 21-year-old Valley has bounced around the Swiss and Russian leagues before joining the Rebels two seasons ago, posting 32 points in 89 games so far in his career. Given the team's lack of depth down the middle, Valley will be expected to slot in to a top 9 centre role for the foreseeable future.

 

Update from the Farm

 

1. A GHL regular for over 2 seasons, it shouldn't be a surprise that 23-year-old winger Broderick Kileen is leading the AAHL with 52 points in 28 games and a surefire candidate to be recalled sooner rather than later.

 

2. The first thing scouts notice about 20-year-old centre Ray Innes is his massive 6'8", 245 lbs. frame. In the last season of his ELC, Innes is using not only his size but also his surprisingly fast skating and soft hands to post an impressive 45 points in 29 games, good for 4th in the league.

 

3. Like Innes, the first thing scouts notice about defenseman Artur Björkström is also his size, but in the opposite direction - at just 5'6" and 163 lbs., Björkström is just one of a litany of defensemen in the Marauders' system who defy conventional wisdom about defensemen. An elite skater and the top-scoring defenseman in the AAHL with 39 points in 26 games, Björkström has also erased doubts about his durability by averaging a herculean 25 minutes a night.

 

4. 19-year-old left winger Viliam Przygodzki turned heads in his GHL injury call-up, scoring 5 points in 6 games to follow up a phenomenal 31 points in 19 games in the AAHL. At just 5'5", the diminutive Slovakian has quickly developed a reputation as a magician in the offensive zone, displaying jaw-dropping creativity and skills on numerous occasions. 

 

5. The team's goalies in the AAHL have both been fantastic - Ricardo Dickens, 21, and Alexandr Chelomeyev, 23, have split the duties this season and earned a .932 and .926 save percentage respectively. Chelomeyev in particular has performed admirably despite alternating between the GHL and AAHL on an almost bi-nightly basis, providing insurance in Tessier-Laforest's shakey starts.



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Posted January 03, 2018 - 02:38 PM

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Marauders Win Second Consecutive GHL Cup
 
The Portland Marauders finished the regular season in fourth place with a franchise-high 105 points and the best offense in the league, scoring 198 goals. In the playoffs, the team swept the Pinehurst Miners and the Canmore Grizzlies before facing the Thetford Mines Peagsus in a final series that few anticipated. 
 
Despite being outshot 41-29 in Game 1, an outstanding performance from goalie Jeffrey Hanrahan and the overtime heroics of 22-year-old defender Sone Friedel saw the Marauders pull out an undeserving 4-3 overtime win. With the loss of top-line centre Duran Doerr, however, the Marauders looked utterly outclassed in Game 2 en route to a discouraging 5-2 loss. However, the turning point of the series occurred with the devastating injury of the Pegasus' star goalie Artem Bublik with just seconds remaining in Game 2, forcing Thetford Mines to start Jules Diraddo in the final game of the series. The 30-year-old Canadian spent five seasons with the Marauders, and was ironically in net for the team's SHL championship in Season 7. The Marauders jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Game 3, ultimately chasing Diraddo and repeating as GHL champions with a 7-2 victory, highlighted by 2 short-handed goals from centre Andrew Larocque and 3-point nights from five different players.
 
The team's captain, 22-year-old Norwegian Bjarne Lunde, led the GHL in goals with 33 and finished second in points with 59 points in 60 games. His linemates, Doerr and Brett Arrieta, finished with 44 and 50 points respectively as the trio led the team offensively and all finished in the top 15 league-wide (Arrieta finished 4th, Doerr 13th). On the blueline, 21-year-old Bedřich Sepeši and Sone Friedel anchored the team's young defensive corps, with Sepeši averaging over half a point per game, with 31 points in 60 games to lead the team in scoring by defensemen.
 
The team's starting goalie Jeffrey Hanrahan replicated his stellar Conn Smythe form in this year's playoffs, going 6-1 with a .937 save percentage. A pair of youngsters, 21-year-old centre Isaac Valley, who was acquired mid-season, and 19-year-old winger Anton Franc led the team with 11 points each in the playoffs.
 


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Posted January 07, 2018 - 01:35 PM

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Season 13 Offseason Review

 

The Portland Marauders started their offseason with the Season 12 draft. In the first round, the team selected defender Rafael Vernon with the 13th overall selection after he fell from his final central scouting ranking of 6th. Vernon is a solid two-way defenseman who scored over a point per game for Schulenberg U18 in the German Junior League, and will add some physicality and size to diversify the Marauders' defensive prospects.

 

With the 29th overall selection, the Marauders picked goalie René Hrbán in the second round. An athletic goalie who is extremely capable handling the puck, the 5'8" native of Prague is a possible solution to the team's lack of goaltending depth in the long term, as long as he improves his positioning and puck control. The team had three selections in the 4th (GHL 3rd) and 5th (SHL 2nd) rounds, selecting goalie Anton Lehtinen, forward  Mansour Stockdale, and centre Marshall Dunham.

 

In free agency, the team signed defenseman Nial Batts to a mammoth 7-year $26.25 million contract, the largest in franchise history. The 21-year-old phenom spent last season in the SHL with the Coquitlam Cougars, where he scored 31 points in 58 games while playing 25 minutes a night against top competition. Batts' arrival meant a logjam on the team's left side so Alfie John-Lewis, 27, was moved to Thetford Mines Pegasus for a 2nd round pick.

 

The Marauders also dealt forward Aato Oivio, centre Aron Welcome, defenseman Artur Björkström, and winger Matheiu Beyette to the newly-promoted Buckingham Breakouts for 1st and 3rd round picks. The departure of Oivio and Welcome, a pair of veteran forwards who played important depth roles in the team's two championships, clears up space in the lineup for 21-year-old rookie Ray Innes. The 6'8" Minnesotan, a homegrown 2nd round draftee, will make his much-anticipated regular season debut after not only scoring a goal in the playoffs last season, but also tearing up the AAHL with 82 points in 55 games.

 

Finally, the team welcomed back 30-year-old Danish winger Ole Nissen and shored up the team's defensive depth, signing a pair of 21-year-olds, Samuel Zosiak and Kristián Barek, in addition to 20-year-old Bror Sundgren. The 5'5" scoring phenom led the Swedish league in points by a defenseman last season with 55 points in 60 games, and his arrival will help ameliorate the loss of his fellow high-scoring countryman Björkström.

 

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Posted January 07, 2018 - 07:45 PM

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I like how you've personalized your players.  For example, Ray Innes is American, and more specifically from Minnesota. :)


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