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Posted August 17, 2018 - 11:26 PM

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Since there will be a reset I figured I would post my teams history and maybe a few players from somewhere. However before I get there a bit of a confession. This was edited from what I put in chat in the league. The parts removed were league specific and not meaningful outside of it.

 

So confession time from me. During season 12 (about a year ago) I was getting the impression from Anders that the biggest issue with the game (the over inflated overalls in the faster leagues) wasn't fixable without a reset. I was sensing other potential big changes as well due to what Anders had said in the past about plans on where he was thinking of developing the game. Heading into that offseason I decided to test something out. How little could I get away with and still make the playoffs. I started off small via trading Bullock. However by the start of this year I went pretty big with the changes that left me with, technically, one of the worst teams in the league. 12th best talent wise. And I still made the playoffs. smiley.gif I wasn't a match for the Protons in the first round but the reason that I did it was to see what I could do and get away with. Turns out quite a bit. Talent wise I've actually never had a top 5 team despite the fact that I regularly finished in the top 4 of the standings. I just got bored of finishing top 4 with a good team and wanted to test myself with a different challenge and I started into it without any confirmation of any reset and even fully committed to the pursuit of it before too.

 

So long story short I decided to take on a new challenge of basically dropping some of the top end talent on my team via unfavorable trades because of a suspect feeling just to take on a new challenge. Let me make sure it is understood that I did not know that this reset was coming. This was done strictly on instinct and read of the situation. If I didn't get this impression of the reset being possible I would never have done what I did. That said I did take the 12th best team in the league at the start of the season and finished 8th in the standings. However that is nothing new for me to be doing apparently as I have never had a top 5 team talent wise despite finishing top 4 most every year.

 

Now to the stat history of my team. I am going to go backwards in time thus starting with the most recent season.

S15 23-7-6-24 89pts 154GF/153GA 3SOW/4SOL 8th in standings 12th ranked team talent wise

S14 27-4-4-25 93pts 157/148 1/2 6th in standings 9th ranked team

S13 27-3-2-28 89pts 159/159 3/2 7th 7th

S12 31-4-5-20 106pts 174/140 2/5 2nd 7th First season where team rank talent wise was calculated. Massive + to Erzac for that.

S11 30-3-5-22 101pts 159/132 1/5 3rd

S10 31-3-7-19 106pts 156/136 3/4 3rd

S9 32-4-3-21 107pts 188/154 2/3 4th

S8 34-3-1-22 109pts 211/177 2/1 5th

S7 37-1-4-18 117pts 203/143 0/3 4th

S6 42-4-4-10 138pts 211/135 3/1 1st

S5 35-4-4-17 117pts 198/160 1/4 4th

S4 38-5-3-14 127pts 213/151 1/3 2nd

S3 37-1-5-17 118pts 209/140 0/4 2nd 1st GHL season

S2 32-6-4-18 112pts 204/154 2/4 5th Promoted via a very lucky playoff run. One I am still conflicted about winning to this day.

S1 32-4-2-22 106pts 188/170 1/1 4th

 

So I started out with a good team in S1 huh? No. I actually started off with the worst SHL team. Literally. It wasn't close. I had the worst D unit by 3 overall, the worst forward group by 1 entire overall and a below league average starting goalie. In fact I lost almost all of my 22 games that first season within the first 30 games of the season. How did I turn it around? FA luck in the second quarter of the season. The biggest of which was a defender. Then 22 yo 72 overall Bengt Bergstrom. At 72 overall when I got him and 75 overall at the end of the season he was actually my 2nd best defender for most of that first season when most SHL teams had at least 5 70+overall defenders and at least 2 75 or better. Now 37yo 93 overall defender. Was on my team for 12 seasons. From the start of S1 to the start of S2 I only kept 4 players that I was given to start with.

 

S2 I had a solid team with a solid core of younger players. Nathan Berry and Abdullah Schuon the notable young up comers up front with Bergstrom the young defender at the back. That said I felt that they (specifically the younger players I was trying to build around) weren't quite ready to promote. Along that line of thinking I also acquired a goalie very late in the season via FA in Riad Loveday for S3 in the SHL for a goalie to grow with. Well that ended up not happening as I, very unexpectedly, promoted via playoffs beating a much better GHL team to do it. I may be one of only 2 or 3 teams that I know of that promoted via beating a GHL team. I genuinely still have second guesses about promoting to this day even though it was 3 years ago now. That said to not promote would have taken a deliberate act by me which I am against doing. That said I very likely got the best FA group to pick from (relative of course) in that FA class to create a foundation for a GHL team. Part of that group that I got was D Loick Bullock. Currently the best overall player in Biscuit at age 32 at 97 overall. At the start of S3 he was an 81 overall 20yo player and grew 5 overall the prior 2 seasons. Everybody sent him a contract offer and I was lucky enough to get him. I also happened to get one of the best scorers of the GHL of the time in FA too. Those 2 players were key in giving me a team that could play in the GHL and I couldn't have gotten them if I hadn't promoted when I did. Hence my conflicting opinion on promoting that season. While I really wanted to develop the young players that I had in the SHL had I not promoted I wouldn't have gotten a few key pieces that allowed me to have a team that finished in the top 4 of the standings for the next 10 seasons before I decided to take on the minimalist challenge. I may tell more of the history of my team but for now I will stop here.






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