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Posted August 31, 2018 - 02:57 AM

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Since this world/server is about to end and this season will be most likely last one (might be even incomplete), it is good time to remember here some players - so I will introduce few of the most important players from the Proton team into Hall of Fame (HOF) in this topic. 



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Posted August 31, 2018 - 03:12 AM

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Today, I want to start with the already retired players. And later I will continue with the active ones.

 

Artem Bublik http://www.gameplanh...oalie?gpid=1798

 

There is already a special thread on Bublik, but I cannot start with anyone else. He was the cornerstone of all of our 5 cups. He has 6 cups in total (one  cup for the French Gulch Black Knights), which makes him second most successful goalie in Biscuit and most successful starter. He retired at age of 40 with still amazing 95 OVR (he lost some endurance, but kept other skill still very high). Despite being cocky and egocentric, he was loved. He would have stayed with Protons longer, but he was a money guy - he was paid $6 390 000 per season in S5 and he asked for similar amount in his late 30's (ended up with $5 575 000 per season with the Thetford Mines Pegasus in S11).

But his stats are amazing - he played in 570 regular season games (553 started - counting only GHL) with OVR performance of 75. He had 73 SO, 92.3 SV% and 2.23 GAA. In playoff he was stable as well - 75 games played (73 started) with OVR performance of 75, 8 SO, 92.2 SV% and 2.29 GAA. 

He had most shutouts 6 times in GHL, 6 times best GAA, 5 times best SV% and was named 1st star of the week 11 times (and made top3 of the week 18 times!). 



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Posted August 31, 2018 - 03:53 AM

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Bon Honda http://www.gameplanh...ayer?gpid=14969

 

Bob Honda is my second choice for HOF - I really liked his name and he also has 6 cups in total (5 with Protons and 1 in S1 Mount Healthy Young Guns). He was very important part of our team for the entire career, left-handed forward in our top line - average TOI per season was 20:30-22:00 and in S7 he has most point in PO (14 points in 9 games, which is second most to Frank Beard's 15 in S3). Unfortunately he retired too early, in age of 36, while still at highest 91 OVR. Compassionate and tough player was very universal in roles (as high skating, high scoring, high defence and high spirit player) and always performed very high as a sniper or a powerforward. He was loved team member especially for his willingness to sign quite cheap long term contract (highest was $3 370 000 per season for 6 years).

In 760 regular season (GHL only) games, he collected 683 points (321+371), including 220 PPP. He also has very high +225 in plus/minus, 2362 shots and average TOI of 20:30 with average performance of 77 over his entire career. 

He also played 91 PO games with 75 points (41+34) and +16 in +/-.



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Posted August 31, 2018 - 04:08 AM

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Stefan Söderström http://www.gameplanh...layer?gpid=3622

 

Stefan was not in the productivity table, but he was most dependable defensive shield in GHL for his entire career. He retired this season at age of 37 with still great 93 OVR (his best was 94) and his key skills were defence, physical and spirit, all maxed to 99. Together with big body, ~200 cm and ~100 kg (sorry to US managers, I never really learned U.S. customary system - and I think this is funny - https://twitter.com/...318273025?s=15.), he was predestined to be PK specialists. 

He has also 6 cups (5 with Protons and one with Mount Healthy Young Guns). He was briefly captain, but 'A' for most fo his career and as far as I remember almost always healthy. Stefan was best in GHL in +/- in S11 and +/- is probably his most impressive stat - he has in regular season +316 in his 834 GHL games. That is more than his points, 276 (42+234). One can also notice 1401 hits and 617 PIM. Average performance was 77 and average TOI 19:30. 

And even more impressive is his PO card - huge number of games, 115 games with 35 points (2+33), +32, 92 PIM and 190 hits. 

 

What a career for this determined role model. 



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Posted August 31, 2018 - 04:20 AM

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Nolan Daugherty http://www.gameplanh...ayer?gpid=15016

 

Nolan is not technically retired, but at age 41 he is waiting for contract offer and with declination from 94 OVR to 82 OVR, one can see he is no Jagr. But I think there might be big fat contract waiting for him in Russia. 

Nolan was for really long time the best or at least among best centers in the GHL. His 99 faceoff skill was really valuable and thus 56.7 FO% si among highest in GHL (he won stunning 6594 faceoffs in his regular season career). And for the Protons, he was top line center in all our 5 cup teams. 

Nolan was mostly known for his great two-way play and as top line center for most of his career, he played average TOI of 20:30 with lots PP and PK time. In 839 GHL games, he collected 706 points (257+449), +207 in +/-, 40 SHP, 2568 shots, 1808 hits. He also played 87 PO games with 63 points (23+40) and 56.2 FO%. 

He had most points in GHL in S8 - 76 points in regular season. 

This tough and nervous guy was a nightmare for PP of the other team (even at age of 41, he still has defence of 99)



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Posted August 31, 2018 - 08:11 AM

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Together with big body, ~200 cm and ~100 kg (sorry to US managers, I never really learned U.S. customary system - and I think this is funny - https://twitter.com/...318273025?s=15.),

 

6'6" and 218lbs for those that prefer to use imperial. Bouncer its not worth learning so don't worry about it. I live in the US and for most things prefer metric and yes that is pretty funny.



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Posted September 01, 2018 - 03:29 AM

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Thanks. But US customary is different to imperial (although it is the same in terms of pounds, foots and inches, so it does not matter here), right? I have vague knowledge as I spent some time in US, but I never get used to make the conversion in my head and I think changing units in GPHM or using some conversion tool was not necessary.



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Posted September 02, 2018 - 07:59 PM

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Nolan Daugherty 


You ever regret trading him for Eure? I doubt it. After playing 20 games, he was traded again the same season to the Elite and had decent stats, but his decline was inevitable. After one full great season, he was traded again and hasn't found a full time home since. Was a beast in the face off circle though!

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Posted September 03, 2018 - 02:44 AM

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I missed his faceoff skill and PK upside, but otherwise he was starting to be odd man in my team - he was good, but too defensive oriented stats for 1st line center and slightly too expensive for lower line center. Also his traits are not that great and the age was also a factor. Eure is decent backup goalie and I needed that. So it was a good move I think. 

At that time I was also fighting with my top line - they were great in 1 game and then completely unproductive and off for 5 games, so I tried my other centers and it went slightly better, so I blamed Nolan, but it was probably not his mistake - this problem is appearing again and again, although not so intensive as in S11. 



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Posted September 04, 2018 - 07:48 AM

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Let's continue with active players. I will note the stats as when posted. So they will increase a bit until the world ends. If I will have time, I will try to update then. 



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Posted September 04, 2018 - 08:07 AM

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Jeremy Hawks http://www.gameplanh...layer?gpid=4229

 

Jeremy is my favorite player and I cannot start active players with anyone else. He is true heart and soul of my team as he is the only one from the very beginning. 16  seasons with Protons! I got him as very talented, 21yo right-handed defender, 78 OVR in SHL (that was very high number in SHL S1!). Only later I realized that right-handed D is very valuable and I was always happy to have him. He is now 95 OVR (37 yo) and remain one of the best right-handed D in the league. I would compare him to Drew Doughty. Although he has high scoring, he is not the offensive gun as EK or Burns, but he is dominant D on both sides of the ice. He has high passing, high scoring, high defence, physical, and endurance. So he is also eating a lot of TOI... in the first 4 seasons he played 25:00 - 25:30 TOI average and pretty high performance. 

Regular season stats are 816 games played, 404 points (98+306), +162, 22:30 avg. TOI and 77 average performance. He has 105 playoff games (exactly the same as Protons played) with 57 points (17+40), +29.

There was drop in his performance in S5/S6, because this friendly guy was always willing to sign a long term contract for peanuts (9 year, $1 550 000 per season in S3), but he was training so fast, even he was feeling he is massively underpaid back then. We fixed that and still got cheap top right handed D. 

He obviously has 5 GHL cups, but also was with us when we directly promoted from SHL in S1. 



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Posted September 05, 2018 - 04:25 AM

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Vojtěch Dolnan http://www.gameplanh...layer?gpid=3736

 

I have posted here my 5 cups top line C and RW, so next step is obviously the LW -  and that is Vojtěch Dolnan. Together with Chovanec and Brož*, the most successful Slovak player in this world. As I'm Czech, I'm happy to have so successful neighbor (and another 4 Slovaks in my affiliate, but no Czech player is in my team now). Dolnan is now 38yo, but still at his top 94 OVR. He is mostly playmaker though his career for high skating and passing, but has decent combination of all skills including scoring. 

We got him via trade in S2 and since then, he was stable part of our top line and also in all our 5 cups we won.

In 818 regular season games, he collected amazing 760 points (321+439), +248, 247 PPP, 2534 shots with 19:30 avg. TOI and 76 avg. performance. His 86 points (31+55) in 101 PO games was very important for us and ranks among highest PO points collected.

The purposeful role model is our long time assistant captain and has collected many individual awards: most points in GHL in S7 (77 points), most points in S11 (55 points) together with most goals (28), and most points in S13 (51 points) together with most assists (35) and best +/- (+32). 

 

*fun fact - Brož and Dolnan both started very young with Camden Blackhawks team in S1 and when relegated to SHL, they were traded to GHL (Brož to Grizzlies) in S2 and both trained hard, became top players, both won golden cup and never left their GHL teams.






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