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In Topic: S14 General Chat

Yesterday, 01:28 AM

 Also, there seemed to be no immensely talented 18-19 year old goalies around.


This makes sense because Anders greatly modified the draft settings about 1-2 seasons back, so no more mutant draftees that are better than current starters.  



Here are the notable 25yo or younger GHL goalies I could find with a quick glance.


Vojsovic, 20 - 89

Malette, 21 - 95

Cook, 22 - 90

Fricker, 22 - 94

Koivula, 23 - 95

Senko, 24 - 96

Strass, 24 - 95

Yu, 24 - 96

Keehan, 25 - 90

Ormsby, 25 - 94


These guys will be in the game for at least 10+ seasons. 


This is why I'm considering moving down a couple leagues or so and hoping the North American style league will come online soon because with so many amazing players around for literally the next 3-4 years, it makes the GHL level less interesting as a hockey simulation when these outliers are part of the formula.  It's starting to feel a lot like the KHL; a handful of teams with All-Stars and everyone else.  Granted, by now we ALL have All-Stars, so maybe it feels more like the Olympics; Canada, US, Russia, Finland or Sweden, and the occasional other team every so often.  Honestly, this isn't a complaint against the good and consistently good teams in our league.  They ARE good managers, but the bad data in the roster data makes for a less than ideal playing environment.  

In Topic: Longest tenured players - Biscuit

April 19, 2018 - 11:27 PM

Although not with me the longest straight, I do have Cummins (http://www.gameplanh...layer?gpid=4445) who started in Season 1 with me in BHL, was traded to Stray Cats in Season 7 in GHL, then traded back to me in Season 10 and no plans anytime soon to send him elsewhere.

Funny, this exercise showed at least 8 players on my team that have been in the game since Season 1, way more than I would have guessed. I also have 1 player that has ONLY ever been on my team since he dates back from the pre-draft days when players were "born" with random ages and he has been with me since Season 5.

In Topic: S14 General Chat

April 19, 2018 - 11:12 PM

I've been in the bottom 3 in scoring for each of the past 3-4 seasons and again this one (dead last currently!)!  I'm actually scoring HALF as many goals as I did in early seasons in the GHL when I was facing relegation.  Part of that is probably due to updates, but also the goalies in GHL now are all Hall of Fame level and I don't understand how any of our games have people scoring more than 2-3 goals a game. 


In fact, the obscene goalie levels is exactly why I think so many other settings are less important now.  Each game seems to mostly come down to which goalie is going to have the worse night.  It's starting to take the fun out of the game for me and creates these wild swings and streaks for each team, yet we are all mostly pretty even in talent AND standings.  I'm looking forward to when we get back to only 6-10 90+ovr goalies in the league, but not sure it will ever happen.  Look at Yu on the Vandals.  Isn't he like 23 and already 93ovr or something?!?!  It'll be 4 years in real time before he flushes out of the game, at least!  And there are lots of "Yu" types out there that aren't going away anytime soon.  At least this year's (and last's) draft looks more human. 

In Topic: Skills for Tactics

April 18, 2018 - 06:55 AM

Dump and chase is pretty good and is a great counter to the common defense most players choose, your league may vary!  Also, it does work well if your playing less skilled defensemen and have fast and strong players.  But they need to be faster than the defenseman they are racing against!

In Topic: Changing offensive and defensive tactics

April 18, 2018 - 06:50 AM

I've done this a few times and it takes 30-40 games.  However, I've noticed that green versus red doesn't always matter that much.  I've won games in the red and had long losing streaks in green.  I am starting to believe that having the correct matchup of tactics to your opponents is more important than if you are red or green.  I've heard of 1-2 teams trying to keep 2 tactics in the blue and play that way successfully, at least at SHL and below levels.