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Posted October 17, 2017 - 02:21 PM

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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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Posted February 19, 2018 - 02:09 AM

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Mid-Season Report

 

Currently on a six game losing skid and mired in tenth place, the Portland Marauders’ pursuit of a third consecutive championship is looking increasingly unlikely. Although moving veterans such as forwards Aron Welcome and Aato Oivio in addition to defenceman Alfie John-Lewis may have been necessary to provide an opportunity for younger players, the experience and composure they brought are sorely missed on a team with just three players in their 30s.  

 

Surprisingly, Portland has struggled to score goals this season, ranked just seventh after leading the league last year. A large part of the reason behind this slow-down is the team’s lack of scoring depth - veteran forwards Andrew Larocque and Ole Nissen have yet to break the double-digit mark in points scored 40 games in. On the other hand, there have been some bright spots. The team’s first defensive pairing of 22/23-year-olds Bedřich Sepeši and Sone Friedel have performed admirably against top competition and highlight one of the strongest defensive corps in the league.

 

Off the ice, the team has accumulated a staggering ten draft picks, albeit with six coming in the fourth (GHL 3rd) round or later, after moving on from a number of prospects and AAHL players.

 

Update from the Farm

 

1. Rewarding management’s show of faith to keep him over his countryman Artur Björkström, 23-year-old defenceman Lasse Bomb has dominated the AAHL with 56 points in 39 games, leading all defencemen in scoring and placing fifth overall despite his relatively small 5'7" frame.

 

2. On a team without much starpower up front, Slovakian winger Andrej Rais, 20, has led the way with 45 points in 42 games. In his second season in North America, the former 4th (GHL 3rd) round pick has started to excel offensively as well as continue to be solid in his own end.

 

3. Newly-undisputed AAHL starter Ricardo Dickens, 22, has posted a sparkling .923 save percentage and 2.14 GAA. Making his GHL debut earlier this season in relief mid-game, Dickens is on track to play a regular GHL role sooner rather than later. 

 

4. Cédric Suter has taken the mantle of the AAHL team's top centreman with aplomb, playing 21:30 a night while also scoring 40 points in 31 games. Although faceoffs continue to be a work in progress, the 22-year-old native of Bern, Switzerland will be looking to make the jump to the GHL full-time next season.

 

5. The team's most recent first-round pick, Rafel Vernon, 18, has performed well in a top-pairing role with Spartak Golovnikhinskiy, playing over 20 minutes a night in the Russian League as a shutdown stay-at-home defenseman unlike many of the Marauders' more offensively-inclined prospects. 

 

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Season 13 Draft Review

 

First Round

 

In the Season 13 Draft, the Marauders had an unprecedented 10 draft picks, including five in the top 30. The team’s first selection was right-handed defenseman Lincoln Johnstone from the Quibell Grizzlies of the CAJHL. Chosen with the 6th overall pick, Johnstone is a smooth-skating two-way defenseman who not only showed impressive defensive skills, but also led the CAJHL in points by a defenseman with 80. Later in the first round, Portland selected Oliver Boissonneau 11th overall. An undersized two-way centreman, the 5’8” native of Laval, Quebec played for the Burnside Bisons of the CAJHL and scored 66 points in 45 games, while averaging almost a goal per game with 40. In addition to his ability to put the puck in the net, Boissonneau demonstrated a remarkably advanced two-way game and showed an impressive knack for skating the puck out of trouble in his own end.
 
Second Round
 
In the second round, the Marauders had three draft picks and first selected another undersized two-way centreman from the CAJHL, this time Sean Longchap of the Desbarats Cowboys 23rd overall. In a breakout season, Longchap led the team with 82 points while accumulating 273 shots on net. Portland then selected a pair of Swedish defensemen 26th and 29th overall. From Viggby IF U18, the Marauders drafted Viktor Nordström, a two-way defenseman with good size and skating ability who scored 74 points while averaging 26:30 a game in ice time. From Lundstorp IFK U18, the team drafted Tage Kähr, a right-handed defenseman who led the Swedish Junior league in points by a defenseman two seasons ago. Although he struggled this year on a basement-dwelling team, Kähr nonetheless led Lundstorp with 66 points, which was 25 more than the total points of the next closest player on his team. 
 
Third-Seventh Rounds
 
Afterwards, the Marauders drafted Swedish winger Baran Sjöstedt, a fast and capable puck-handler, in the fourth round (GHL 3rd) 59th overall. Emilien Chavigny, a 5’5” two-way defenseman from the CAJHL, and Vladislav Pribylov, a right-handed offensive defenseman from the Russian Junior league, were selected in the fifth round (SHL 2nd). Finally, Portland selected defenseman Ulysses Averill and goaltender Conrad Högberg, who led the Swedish Junior league in save percentage, GAA, and shutouts, in the seventh round (SHL 3rd) 
 


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Posted May 13, 2018 - 10:34 AM

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Mid Season Report

 

With over two-thirds of Season 14 already gone, the Portland Marauders sit in 6th place with a 19-7-2-17 record. The team's offense is 2nd in the GHL, averaging 3.2 goals per game but the defense has been abysmal - the Marauders' 3.1 goals against per game are the worst among all teams currently in a playoff spot. A large part of the defensive futility is due to the horrendous play of goalie Jeffrey Hanrahan. The two-time playoff MVP has struggled immensely with a .896 save percentage and has lost his starting job to GHL-rookie Tomas Cook. The 22-year-old was acquired at the beginning of the season from Webbwood and has performed respectably with a .919 save percentage and even earned a 3rd star of the week honour. 

 

Portland's offense is clicking, with the top line of Brett Arrieta, Duran Doerr, and Bjarne Lunde accounting for 28% of the team's goals goals. Doerr and Arrieta are tied for 4th league-wide with 40 points, and the two Americans have formed one of the most potent duos in the GHL, with Doerr's sublime passing (28 assists for 2nd in the league) and Arrieta's deadly shot. 23-year-old defenseman Bedřich Sepeši has taken another step forward in his development and currently has 22 points in 38 games, all of them at even strength.

 

The youngest team in the league by far with an average age of just 25.9, the Marauders have performed about as expected, although the emphasis remains on developing talent for sustainable success.

 

Update from the Farm

 

1. Each season, the team's AAHL affiliate appears destined to get a new top-line centre, and this year the title goes to Tony Böwing-Schmalenbrock. Acquired late in Season 13, the 19-year-old from Dresden, Germany has put up 37 points in 32 games while playing over 20 minutes a game on both special teams.

 

2. With identical stat lines of 25 goals, 30 assists, and 55 points in 46 games, forwards Albert Melin, 19, and Manolis Siyankov, 20, lead the team in scoring with similar playing styles based on speed and causing chaos by driving the net. 

 

3. On the blueline, 18-year-old defenseman Viktor Nordström has excelled in his rookie season after coming from Sweden, averaging a point per game with 46 points in 46 games while also being surprisingly steady in his own end. 

 

4. Ivan Reichard, 20, has been stellar in net with a .942 save percentage. The other half of the goaltending tandem, 21-year-old Peter Ondris, has also been solid with a .918 save percentage including a memorable GHL debut in an overtime win where he gave up only one goal.

 

5. Much of the team's top talent from the last draft is overseas, and centre Olivier Boissonneau, 18, has excelled for Reshetnikovo in the Russian League as their first-line centre with 34 points in 41 games, good for 7th in the league. 

 

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Season 14 Review

 

The Portland Marauders returned to the playoffs after a one year hiatus with a 5th place finish (25-8-4-23) but was swept from the first round by the Thetford Mines Pegasus. Winger Brett Arrieta led the team in scoring with 52 points in 60 games, while the team's top line of Arrieta, centre Duran Doerr, and captain Bjarne Lunde were responsible for the bulk of the team's offense and finished 3rd, 4th, and 9th in the GHL. Doerr also led the GHL in assists with 35 and Arrieta was 5th in the GHL with 22 goals.

 

Although the Marauders had the the 2nd best offense in the GHL, the team's defense was the 3rd worst, with much of the team's struggles due to an inexplicable drop in goalie Jeffrey Hanrahan's performance. as his save percentage dropped by .020 to a dismal .899. The two-time playoff MVP struggled all season and ceded the starting role to Tomas Cook midway through the season. Heralded deadline acquisition Albert Wiesner, 23, was a disappointment with just a single point in 11 games as the former 1st overall pick will look to bounce back next season.

 

Season 14 Draft Review

 

In the first round, the Portland Marauders drafted Ludovick Duhamel-Sansfacon with the 11th overall pick. The team’s management virtually sprinted to the podium to select the 5’5” centre with the Quibell Grizzlies who led the Canadian Junior League in scoring with 69 goals and 112 points in 60 games. Although he dropped from a projected top-five pick likely due to concerns about his size, General Manager James Nguyen was undeterred and said that the team planned to play Duhamel-Sansfacon down the middle as the latest addition to the team’s plethora of small but skilled players.

 

The Marauders then selected Ludovik Bettiol in the second round 26th overall, a two-way defenseman with the Thetford Mines Pluckers of the Canadian Junior League. Averaging over a point per game last season, Bettiol also demonstrated terrific defensive abilities although his transition game remains a work in progress.

 

The team selected Sergey Koskov in the third round (SHL 1st) with the 43rd overall pick. Originally slated to go in the early second round, the 6’6” netminder with Dinamo Novoglazovo U18 led the Russian Junior League in GAA, save percentage, and shutouts. In the fourth round (GHL 3rd), the Marauders selected Vit Korenacka, a 5’5”two-way defenseman from the Czech Junior League and Kian Patterson, a power forward who scored 55 points in 60 games in the Canadian Junior League.

 

The Marauders rounded out the draft with defenseman Tommy Mckeage, winger Marco Subotic, and centre Artiom Ingram in the fifth round (SHL 2nd) and winger Paul Mui in the seventh round (SHL 3rd)

 

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