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    AlexanderRasputin got a reaction from Chris in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    These are super useful. Thanks for putting in all this work, the insight into the national teams is something that’s definitely missing in this game. Maybe Anders can look at this and finally implement national teams since you’ve done half the work here. May be worth asking him about it. Having a World Cup in the off-season would be extremely cool.
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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Kyle123 in The Goderich Great Lakers Story: From Saints to Ghosts   
    -Part One-
     

    Our story begins like any other story, with an eccentric millionaire driving lazily southbound through the Canadian Shield. Kyle Diplock was heading home from his trip to British Columbia, back to his native town of Goderich, Ontario. He was nearing the town of Sault Ste Marie, around dusk, when he saw a roadside advertisement.
     
    IHL Regular Season 11: Game 30
    SAULT STE MARIE SAINTS
    VS
    NORTH SYDNEY BISONS
    10:00pm, SSM Arena, $15 a ticket
     
    “Why not?” Kyle thought to himself, “I’m getting tired of driving and a hockey game could be a great way to unwind.”
    He was wrong...
    The puck dropped with a resounding clash of sticks. The Saints won the faceoff and got off two shots on goal in the blink of an eye. The Bisons fought back with two shots of their own, but the Saints quickly countered. Caroll wrestled the puck off of an opposing winger, passed it to a streaking Larimer, who dropped it just at the tip of the circle for a blast from Laurent Villa… The noise! The crowd of five thousand exploded! The horn! An echoing boat horn, reminiscent of the giant steel tankers that float through the great lakes. The cele! Villa hammed it up for the crowd, pretending his gun was a rifle. He pointed at Kyle and shot. 
    Kyle’s ears were pulsing with more than just the vibrations of permanent hearing loss. He was hooked! Addicted! This rush was cocaine on steroids. He needed more! A minute later the Saints scored again! Thirty seconds after that, the lamp was lit once more! 
    The period would end with the Saints up 6-1 over the Bisons. This is how hockey managers are born!
     
     
    Kyle woke up in his Marriot hotel room the next morning and knew what he had to do. He remembered nothing of what happened after the game, just that he needed to go back and talk to the owner of the Saints, to try and convince them to sell him the team. After a quick bite to eat, he headed downtown. Shortly thereafter, he showed up at the front entrance to Sault Ste Marie Arena, and asked to speak to the team’s owner. The ticket-ripper replied with a quizzical look, “owner? There is no owner.” 
    “What do you mean? How can a team not have an owner? Who pays for all this?”
    The ticket ripper merely shrugged, “I dunno, go ask the janitor.”
    Waiving off any further questions from the confused millionaire, he motioned Kyle inside.
     
    The inside of the arena was dimly lit. A slight chill was in the air. Kyle shivered. Walking through the empty halls, he called out to no answer. The offices were empty and unfurnished. The concessions were empty. It seemed like no other living soul was in this building except him. It was a stark contrast to the previous night. When he had gone roughly halfway around the arena, Kyle poked his head into the forum. There in the stands, on the other side of the rink, was a scruffy-looking janitor, pushing papers.  
    “Hey!” Kyle shouted, annoyed, “why didn’t you answer when I called out!?”
    The old, scruffy-looking janitor raised his brow at the commotion, shook his head gently with a slight, playful smile, and replied earnestly, “didn’t hear ya!”
    “Didn’t hear me, my left nut!” retorted Kyle, walking over, “I’ve been shouting for the last ten minutes!”
    The old man placed his broomstick on his shoulder, spread both hands and shrugged his shoulders empathetically. “Awful sorry ‘bout that, but how can I help you?”
    “I’ve come to talk to the owner.”
    “Is that so?” the janitor pondered with a twinkle in his eye, “well, there is no owner.”
    Exacerbated at this point, Kyle started getting angry, “Now listen here! A hockey team can’t exist without an owner. Travel needs to be arranged, contracts need to be signed, players need to be man-”
    “And what would you know about all that?” the janitor interrupted.
    “What? Well, nothing to tell you the truth. I was here for the game last night, on my way home to Goderich, and I came here today to ask the owner if I could buy their tea-”
    The old man, listening to Kyle ramble on abruptly raised his hand. “Come with me,” he said, “there’s something I want to show you.”
     
     
    The pair walked back towards the offices, and Kyle noticed a room with a desk and two chairs that he swore had not been there before. The scruffy-looking janitor sat down behind the desk, opened a drawer, pulled out a large binder, and proceeded to drag a finger down a page. “Let’s see, let’s see,” he droned seriously, “oh yes, the Sault Ste Marie Saints. Originally owned by Dave Calloway, in the early days of the GPHL. They were the Joshua Tree Paladins then; a team of middling success. After six years Dave left, and I’ve been taking care of the team ever since. First we moved to Needles Road, then finally came here to Sault Ste Marie.” 
    Kyle’s eyes widened, “wait! So you are the owner?!” 
    “No no,” drawled the janitor, “I’m simply a caretaker. I just look after the teams when there’s no one to look after them.”
    “Teams?” Kyle asked, emphasizing the plural.
    “That’s right,” replied the janitor, smiling. Placing his elbows on the table, and steepling his fingers together, he asked, “now, tell me again, please. What are your plans for the Sault Ste Marie Saints?”
    “Well I…” Kyle hesitated, not really sure who he was talking to, or how to address him, “I was hoping to bring them to Goderich. The game last night enchanted me, and I want to own and run the team.”
    “Done.”
    “Done? What do you mean done?” exclaimed Kyle, astonished.
    “Exactly that,” the old janitor smiled and marked the binder, “The Sault Ste Marie Saints are yours. The coaches and scouting staff will stay on, I think you’ll find they do a good job. You need to honour the player’s contracts, but personnel changes and lineup decisions are your responsibility now. The team is heading to Barrows tomorrow to play the Beerfielders, then the players will take a charter back to Goderich, and play there from now on.”
    “W-Wait!” Kyle spluttered, “but where will they all live?”
    “You don’t need to worry about that,” the old man laughed.
    Kyle went on, “but our arena can only seat about two hundred people! It wasn’t designed for a GPHL team. We’ll need time for renovations!”
    “I think you’ll find it more than accommodating when you get home,” the janitor said, eyes laughing. “All I need from you, in return, is a credit card and a $4 monthly fee.”
    “Surely, you can’t be serious!” Kyle exclaimed.
    “I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley,” the janitor smiled.
    Kyle quickly signed over his credit card information, the two shook hands, and then they sat there awkwardly for a few moments. “There’s something I want to give you, a present, if you’d like,” the janitor said earnestly. Without waiting for an answer, he reached into another drawer and pulled out a large book, with a long title. Kyle reached for the book, spun it around and read the title aloud, “'The Game Plan Hockey Book For Managers Who Can’t Hockey Good and Who Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too,' by Rasputin, Schozen, Jono, Szabo, Csizmadia, and Zinn. Thanks!” Kyle exclaimed. “By the way, I didn’t get your na-” 
    Kyle looked up, but the seat across the desk was empty. He hadn’t heard anything. No one had gone around him. The only door was behind him. The janitor was gone. Vanished, like a ghost.
    “I just thought of a great team name,” thought Kyle.
     
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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to zinnyzxx in Mistakes & the Curse - The Bellmore Golden Flyers Story   
    After spending seasons 4-10 in the GHL, the Golden Flyers looked to switch things up. It was no longer considered a success to stay alive in the GHL and have quick playoff exits. After all, in those 7 seasons, they made 6 playoff appearances. 4 of those 6 they were bounced in the first round; the other 2 were 2nd round exits. 
    Looking to switch things up, the fearless and sometimes stupid manager Zac Zinn made many moves in the offseason between seasons 10 & 11. Every addition was meant for speed, as they switched offensive tactics to fit a speedy and skilled team. They drafted Erkki Kaila, a highly skilled sniper as well as bringing in Jan Kosir, a reliable 1/2c who could play sniper, playmaker, or two way game. Ugo Branson, a young talented playmaker, Elliot Page, a safe 3c, and Bradley Willman, a dangerous sniper center with great defensive side (although his addition would come closer to the trade deadline) 
    Not only would the team change their offensive tactic, they changed also their defence style to also fit a speedy game. To fit this, they brought in a few mid-range talent defensmen who could skate. 
    The manager expected a slow start to the season as it would take a while for the team to adjust, however when the team figured it out, they'd take the league by storm. Speaking in terms of offensive and defensive stats, using formulas, the Golden Flyers were ranked 6th in the Eastern Conference. 
    They nearly split their first 10 games going 4-6. This result was expected and acceptable. It was all going towards a greater good. They also went 4-6 in the next 10 games. 
    Even though the end game results were expected, the team only managed to score once in 7 of the first 20 games. The offence was gone. High profile scorer Jasmin Emond had vanished and Kaila was proving to have a slow start to his career. Starting goalie Rehor Istvan was doing what he could, but the goals weren't coming. 
    Then comes a 7 game losing streak, the team still isn't scoring. Manager reports show the team has gained strong familiarity with the new system, but the goals still aren't coming. By now, it's not just a lack of goals but too many goals being let in by the goalie tandem of Istvan and Deon Core were regularly blowing games. As it turned out, there was a locker room blowout between the two goalies as both thought they deserved the 1G position while neither played like it. One had to go. 
    Istvan was traded, posting a 7-7-1 record with a 3.42GAA and 885% with a 68 performance rating. 
    Core was relied very heavily on for a bulk of the games remaining. 
    Midway through the season, they picked up a little steam, winning 4 or more games in a row a few times. The team still wasn't performing as original expectations had lined up, but it was an improvement. 
    Even though there wasn't a strong need for another high talent goalie, the Golden Flyers found themselves in a position to grab Robin Guilmaine in a trade. Core had after all been cooling off and not playing too great. He was 37 years old after all. 
    What resulted was the biggest dumpster fire in net for the final stretch of games. They had come close to taking 9th in the East to avoid the relegation playoffs. They crawled towards 9th, making slow progress towards it. And then Guilmaine said "win? Over my dead body" 
    Guilmaine posted the following stats insuring the Golden Flyers for the first time ever would have to fight in a playoff series to stay up in the GHL: 4-8-3, 3.80GAA, 884% and a 67 performance rating. During the final stretch, Guilmaine was pulled in 4 straight matches. 
    They finished 10th and played the Rycroft Twisters in the relegation playoffs. After winning the first match 5-1, they allowed 22 goals in the next 4 games and lost in 5 games. Core played every game in the fear that Guilmaine would blow it, but in the end it was the cold hard fact that taught the manager that all goalies are bastards and stealers of dreams. 
    In conclusion, what the manager brought out of a massive failure of a season is that changing all tactics at the start of a season is impossible to do so with any success at the GHL level. Secondly, looking in depth at how a roster has weaknesses is extremely important. An in depth look at the Golden Flyers roster would show a lack of passing skill in the forwards, and a big lack of passing and pick handeling skill in the defencemen. With the exception of possible future hall of famer Vratislav Vaslik, the defensive lineup with a subtle mess with breakout passes and turnovers. And thirdly, lastly, the most important lesson learned from this garbage season is that all goalies are bastards. 
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    AlexanderRasputin got a reaction from zinnyzxx in BUZZER SEASON 11 GHL AWARDS   
    Congratulations to everyone on an epic Season 11! 
    Here come the season awards!
     
    NOTE: I am making a judgement call on a couple of the awards and attempted to be transparent as to formulas - but feel free to discuss.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
    GOLDEN CUP CHAMPION: WARMAN FIGHTERS (Wick Schozen)
    Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP):

    Ulric Kristensen (Warman Fighters) - 14GP / 5G / 8A / +7
     
    GHL East Champion: VERMILION BLACK DEVILS (Alexander Rasputin)
    GHL West Champion: WARMAN FIGHTERS (Wick Schozen)
     
    Manager of the Year: Alexander Rasputin (Black Devils) - Hate to do this, but my team did tie the all-time points record in GHL, and set the GF record
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

     
    ART ROSS TROPHY (Most League Points)
    MATEI MITCHEL (Black Devils) - 95 points     *tied record (Kyrylo Voloshyn)
    Ulrik Kristensen (Fighters)
    Aaron Mallard (Fighters)
     
    OVECHKIN TROPHY (Top Goalscorer)
    Ulrik Kristensen (Fighters) - 47 goals        
    Yego Siyankov (Black Devils)
    Jindrich Kuhnsman (Buccaneers)
     
    GRETZKY TROPHY (Best Playmaker) 
    ANTON VERESCHAGIN (Frost Giants) - 63 assists      *New league record       
    Sven Keller (Black Devils)
    Kyrylo Voloshyn (Lynx)
     
    VEZINA TROPHY (Best Goaltender)
    NIKITA MINEYEV (Black Devils)               *New league record: 57 wins
    Zikmund Bowman (Movement)
    Ahto Knuutila (Fighters)
     
    ORR TROPHY (Best Offensive Defenceman)
    SVEN KELLER (Black Devils) - 81 points            *New league defenseman record             
     
    NORRIS TROPHY (Best Defensive Defenceman)
    YURY NIZAMUTDINOV (Black Devils) / JUAN FELIPE GODARD-LAPOINTE (Sea Warriors)                       
      
    ORR - Points leader among defencemen
    NORRIS - Calculated with the following formula among D-men [+/- + BKS - GVA + TKA], PER also taken into consideration 
     
    SELKE TROPHY (Best Defensive Forward)
    CLIFFORD SPIERS (Blazers/Doom)                   
    Ulrik Kristensen (Fighters)
    Matei Mitchel (Black Devils)
     
     
    Calculated with the following formula among F: [PTS + BKS - GVA + TKA] Hits and +/- also relevant.
     
    LADY BYNG TROPHY (Most Gentlemanly Player)
    PAVEL STATNIK (Fairford Frost Giants) - 86 points / 2 PIM        *Retains trophy     
     
    Calculated with the following formula [PTS - PIM]
     
     HART TROPHY (League MVP)
     MATEI MITCHEL (Black Devils)   
     Aaron Mallard (Fighters)
     Nikita Mineyev (Black Devils)
     
    CALDER TROPHY (Best Rookie)
    AMIR ASAY (Sea Warriors) - 52 points
    Emilio Kain (Nightmares)
    Paul Deane (Razorbacks)
     
    GOOD SAMARITAN AWARD (Most Giveaways)
    ROCCO PENNELLE (River Eagles) -  48 giveaways 
     
    NEWTON AWARD (Highest Plus/Minus)
    YURY NIZAMUTDINOV (Vermilion Black Devils) + 67       *New record
     
    ANTI-NEWTON AWARD (Lowest Plus/Minus)

    NIKOLAY NIKISHIN (River Eagles) - -90
     
    ROID RAGE TROPHY
    AMIT GOIN (River Eagles)
    (Most Hits + PIM + MP)
     
    LATE-BLOOMER AWARD
    ZIKMUND BOWMAN (Mississauga Movement) - 41 years old, 45W, 2.74 GAA, 90.5 SV%          *Retained trophy
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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to GamePlanHockey in v2.5.0   
    New features
    Premium and free plan
    We're now introducing a forever free plan to Game Plan Hockey Manager! This free plan will have some limitations to it that can be lifted by signing up for a Premium plan. This means that there are two different plans playing this game; Free and Premium. Limited trials are removed. All current subscriptions will automatically be changed to a Premium plan and same terms of payment and subscription will apply. Any special offer subscription $1.99 will still be honored.
    See our pricing page for complete plan coverage and what limitations that apply.        
    Bug fixes and improvements
    Reworked computer trading AI. Reworked player trade values (less excellent trade values). Reworked player reputation. Relative within league (less superstars in leagues). Improved assistant's advice when receiving a trade offer. Board veto. A trade can now be rejected by the board if ruled bad enough. Players on their first year of contract can no longer be put on waivers. Team player records are now available from team page's history tab Affiliate team may once again be customised (premium only) Jersey preview when changing player number An opponent's player contracted role is now available by scouting Update of start new career guide. One click start. Adjustment on endurance loss during games. Injuries will now heal extra between seasons. Any pending trade offer made by a human manager is automatically canceled if the manager resigns Goalie performance is now available from dropdown goalie cards. Now possible to load archived chat messages Fixed bug where affiliate team did not move up or down when team promoted or relegated Fixed bug where regular season performance was shown on playoff stats Fixed bug where an offered extension did not cancel/reject when the player was released. Various performance updates Various layout fixes
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    AlexanderRasputin got a reaction from Wick Schozen in BUZZER SEASON 11 GHL AWARDS   
    Congratulations to everyone on an epic Season 11! 
    Here come the season awards!
     
    NOTE: I am making a judgement call on a couple of the awards and attempted to be transparent as to formulas - but feel free to discuss.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
    GOLDEN CUP CHAMPION: WARMAN FIGHTERS (Wick Schozen)
    Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP):

    Ulric Kristensen (Warman Fighters) - 14GP / 5G / 8A / +7
     
    GHL East Champion: VERMILION BLACK DEVILS (Alexander Rasputin)
    GHL West Champion: WARMAN FIGHTERS (Wick Schozen)
     
    Manager of the Year: Alexander Rasputin (Black Devils) - Hate to do this, but my team did tie the all-time points record in GHL, and set the GF record
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

     
    ART ROSS TROPHY (Most League Points)
    MATEI MITCHEL (Black Devils) - 95 points     *tied record (Kyrylo Voloshyn)
    Ulrik Kristensen (Fighters)
    Aaron Mallard (Fighters)
     
    OVECHKIN TROPHY (Top Goalscorer)
    Ulrik Kristensen (Fighters) - 47 goals        
    Yego Siyankov (Black Devils)
    Jindrich Kuhnsman (Buccaneers)
     
    GRETZKY TROPHY (Best Playmaker) 
    ANTON VERESCHAGIN (Frost Giants) - 63 assists      *New league record       
    Sven Keller (Black Devils)
    Kyrylo Voloshyn (Lynx)
     
    VEZINA TROPHY (Best Goaltender)
    NIKITA MINEYEV (Black Devils)               *New league record: 57 wins
    Zikmund Bowman (Movement)
    Ahto Knuutila (Fighters)
     
    ORR TROPHY (Best Offensive Defenceman)
    SVEN KELLER (Black Devils) - 81 points            *New league defenseman record             
     
    NORRIS TROPHY (Best Defensive Defenceman)
    YURY NIZAMUTDINOV (Black Devils) / JUAN FELIPE GODARD-LAPOINTE (Sea Warriors)                       
      
    ORR - Points leader among defencemen
    NORRIS - Calculated with the following formula among D-men [+/- + BKS - GVA + TKA], PER also taken into consideration 
     
    SELKE TROPHY (Best Defensive Forward)
    CLIFFORD SPIERS (Blazers/Doom)                   
    Ulrik Kristensen (Fighters)
    Matei Mitchel (Black Devils)
     
     
    Calculated with the following formula among F: [PTS + BKS - GVA + TKA] Hits and +/- also relevant.
     
    LADY BYNG TROPHY (Most Gentlemanly Player)
    PAVEL STATNIK (Fairford Frost Giants) - 86 points / 2 PIM        *Retains trophy     
     
    Calculated with the following formula [PTS - PIM]
     
     HART TROPHY (League MVP)
     MATEI MITCHEL (Black Devils)   
     Aaron Mallard (Fighters)
     Nikita Mineyev (Black Devils)
     
    CALDER TROPHY (Best Rookie)
    AMIR ASAY (Sea Warriors) - 52 points
    Emilio Kain (Nightmares)
    Paul Deane (Razorbacks)
     
    GOOD SAMARITAN AWARD (Most Giveaways)
    ROCCO PENNELLE (River Eagles) -  48 giveaways 
     
    NEWTON AWARD (Highest Plus/Minus)
    YURY NIZAMUTDINOV (Vermilion Black Devils) + 67       *New record
     
    ANTI-NEWTON AWARD (Lowest Plus/Minus)

    NIKOLAY NIKISHIN (River Eagles) - -90
     
    ROID RAGE TROPHY
    AMIT GOIN (River Eagles)
    (Most Hits + PIM + MP)
     
    LATE-BLOOMER AWARD
    ZIKMUND BOWMAN (Mississauga Movement) - 41 years old, 45W, 2.74 GAA, 90.5 SV%          *Retained trophy
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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    And finishing with some overall rankings, what power ranking are about. I did two different type of rankings.
    One based on Paul's rankings, who I got the whole idea from: (Sum of top 4 centers + sum of top 8 forwards + sum of top 6 defensemen + sum of top 2 goalies)/20
    The other is based on the positional rankings. I gave 1 point for the best team in every position, 2 for the second best, etc. then summed those.
    Luckily there are no changes in the top 6, but later there are some, it looks quite interesting. Of course Canada is #1 in the power ranking, USA's consistency among positions earn them the #2 place, and Russia is #3. Interesting to see how high can go Norway with their goalies in the position based ranking, tied with Latvia from the 16th. position in the other.
     
     

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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    And here it is the positional rankings. It was a long way to get here, but it feels amazing to look at the table
    As it was predictable, Canada tops all rankings, second is USA almost everywhere, only the Russian goalie duo could leave their mark in the list, but their D-squad is only 7th on the list.. crazy. Behind the top 3 there is a tight race between Sweden, Finland and Czech Republic, so the top 6 really looks like top 6 here. Alsp at the bottom of the list: Italy, Belarus, Slovenia look like they are cemented there, and Norway is not far ahead of them. However the amazing Belarussian forwards or the heroic Norwegian goalies could pull one of them out of that lower table.
    Some fun facts: Both Denmarks's centers (3rd place..) and goalies broke into the top 6, so they could do well, if their #13 defense is not letting them down in key situations. Also Switzerland has the 4th best D-squad, but who knows, maybe the mid-low centers and goalies could limit their potential.

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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    Before the power rankings some average stats for age, height and weight of the squads.
    Looks like the neighbor countries share the philosophies (Slovakia-Czech Rep. and Austria-Germany)  The latter 2 can cause some upsets with their young squad and surely physical play given their size advantage. Czechs and slovaks look like an experienced squad but they may need some refreshing in a few years. Finland and Canada looks like skill based on their lack of size. But without looking at ratings, this is rather some fun fact than a base of any analysis 

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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    After going through the GHL rosters, I refreshed the squads with the missing people. Some of the biggest names, and some fun fact:
    Both USA and Czech Republic have a new starting goalie: Austin Matthew and head coach could persuade legendary Zikmund Bowman for one more world championships!. Germany have 2 new goalies as well, and a first line defender Marcus Kaya. Canada finally had to cut Zion Senior to be able to add Bandits' Michael Rogers..Russia got two new centers: Tselner and Pribylov. Finland also added a star forward Janhunen from Notthingham. Sweden found a pair of top forwards in Wiktor Fogelberg and Jesper Berch, plus leading D-man Jerry Drougge. Czechia has a new first line D-man too, Pauliak from the Fighters, and added top talent Novysedlák to the squad. USA: I talked about their new goalie, but they have no less than 3 changes in their D-squad: Letson, Lucia and Edson are the new faces.  Belarus added defender Nikita Drozd (they have the exactly same named guy in the forwards.. awesome), and forward Stankiewicz, plus a few depth guys. Ukraine have 3 additions as well: Andrusiak and Yiranek to the offensive power and talented Minyaylyuk in goal.
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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    I guess it's just minor bug, that a few players is hidden in the all players tab. I don't think it's an issue, because we use that tab rarely, and it's really just a few players. 
    But the coaching staff decided to include Matei in the squad, because of that last minute change, Tino Willis got cut. To be honest, ratings wise I should have cut Zion Senior, but he is a living legend, while Tino is nervous and lazy. I hope you agree with going against my own rules on this  I also updated the roster picture with him
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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    #6 is Team USA
    As most of you would think they should be higher in GPHM rankings than in real life.. yes, you are right. They have a pretty epic team! The best players could be (only rating wise, I don't know the GHL players that well..(yet?  )) Coronado, Jolly and the captain Spiers. They have a few old people in the lineup, so experience may be a factor (just look at the goalie trio) But there are a few prospects who already made the squad (like Asay or Ham ) Their problem can be however the lack of true leaders, the nervous guys when they come close to win something, and also lack of ambition. The defensive squad is pretty tough also, so penalty killing could also be crucial for them.  At first sight, they could be a strong candidate to play in the finals.
     
     

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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    The next squad is Träger der Adler (Bearers of the Eagle)
    They have a few  elite players at first look: the young star center Dieter Hauk, forward Gerber who is playing for Hamilton, and top D-line  Rothe and Kaya. Another strength could be their good leadership and ego traits, that can help them in harder times. On the downside They are lacking in defense depth a bit, a BHL player made the squad, but he can improve a lot. The goalies look pretty good to be fair. They look really like a top-mid team, right where their rank is.
     
     
     

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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    Getting to the top 8 of the world rankings, next up is La Nati or the Eisgenossen.
    By overall ratings they have the best player of the world, Defender Sven Keller, and his possible pairing, Hodel looks neat too..They have 4 defenders rated 90 or higher, for a 8th seed its very impressive! However they don't have this kind of depth at the other positions: only one 90 rated attacker looks a bit thin against better teams, but who knows how can the others contribute. Their best goalie is 85, which is also a so-so, but he is heroic, and also he is a rare sight, right handed (was his hero Jonas Hiller?  ) I quickly checked, Denmark, and Slovenia have 2 right handed goalies in the squad, and the 3rd string Italian keeper is strange too. Their problem can be that they have quite a lot of Nervous Nellies. But they have quite good prospects, like Baumann and Zollinger
    And at the end some fun facts about them. Their captain, Wyss just got relegated from SHL, and he is assigned to the affiliate despite being 85 OVR.. and their backup keeper plays in the home league.

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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to zinnyzxx in Bellemore Golden Flyers for Sale   
    So regardless of if I win the upcoming relegation playoffs, I'm wiping the team. 
    Everyone is up for grabs except Kosir, Kaila, Vaslik, and Willman. 
    Looking for good prospects and draft picks 
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    AlexanderRasputin got a reaction from zinnyzxx in Join the Discord!   
    ^That. Discord communication adds a LOT to this game. Don't overlook it and join us!
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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    #9 in the rankings is  a former world champion: Naši chlapci (Our boys)
    They have pretty tall players, but what is more important is that they are very experienced players all over the squad. However they have a top talent, Martin Oravec, who plays for the Frost Giants. Their first D-pair is absolutely elite, but as  you can see, they have only 4 players playing center, so depth is missing there, and also leadership is something they are lacking in, even with their experience. However, they look serious about hockey, and their first line with Sille and Stuk can cause some problems for the opponents.
     

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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    Next up is the best of the 3 baltic countries in terms of ice hockey: Latvia.
    They have a very talented, but lazy young goalie, Jauzems from the Warman Fighters. Their first D-pair is elite, and both playing for the Bandits, so chemistry has to be high too. In other aspects they are a very mixed team, maybe on the downside we can mention the lack of good centers, and big games issues, We will see in the power rankings how they do. Fun fact. They have 2 players from CHL, one from RUHL 2 and tons of powerforwards.

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    AlexanderRasputin got a reaction from Chris in Join the Discord!   
    ^That. Discord communication adds a LOT to this game. Don't overlook it and join us!
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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to zinnyzxx in Join the Discord!   
    There's plenty of managers here who totally need to join the discord server. Having that community of managers adds so much to the game so come over and join the fun. Discuss your team, other teams and anything else. 
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    AlexanderRasputin got a reaction from MarkZ in Improved League History (Scoring Records etc)   
    Since we already track all player stats and records season by season, it is even clear post-reset that a historical league leaderboard is needed to make league seem more “living”.
    Many of us would see huge value and added motivation if the League History page displayed player categories like Most Career League Goals/Assists/Points  in a Top 20 format. 
     
    This could be extended to a team format as well, with categories like Team Wins in [League Level], clearer records like Most Wins in a Season, etc. 
     
    With elements like Team Stories and the blog becoming more active, these categories will let us keep better track on the league history and create more storylines to follow for our teams. 
     
    Anders, I hope this is something you consider adding, as this was mentioned multiple times by a fair number of managers. 
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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    #11 is again a North European team: Isbjørnene (The Polar Bears).
    As you can see, their first line is very impressive: 85-90-84; 92-89;91. But after that there is a rather huge gap, and the rest of the team could have problems against most teams. Especially as 11 people from the squad of 25 is without club.  Most guys look a bit cocky and they have problems in other personality aspects too, even their best players. They only have Daniel Jenssen and Tom Johansen as good prospects, but who knows, maybe some other future stars will pop up soon. Their top level goalie can help them a lot, but he is not a best in big games, and some can be said about his backup. So overall this is a very interesting squad I would say.
     

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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    Next in the world rankings is Зубры (Bisons). 
    They have the 3 Maxims leading them: the center Navitski of South Pole, winger Sadowski of Mississauga, and defenseman Kavalchuk of the Tornadoes. Their starter goalie Kovalevich is young and decent, but... an injury to him can quite bury this team. They have an impressive first line, winger depth looks good too, and lots of experienced guys on the roster (with hungry youngsters waiting to take their places already). In the cons column next to the goalie "depth" there is the lack of quality d-men, and they look like struggling in ambition, and it seems they find it hard to motivate themselves for big games..(maybe because of the lack of ambition?  )
     

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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    Well, I started with random small teams, and when l started again, first went through the already done teams, then with the new ones l decided to go according to the IIHF world rankings. The last "original" small team is Les Bleus.
    They have a few elite players, like Rodolphe Jahic of the Bandits, or the young gun El Madkouri, who is trying to build himself up in the SHL. Their core looks quite fine, and on forwards side depth is good also. But their lack of leadership (2 of their designated leaders would barely make the line up, at least they are young) and anxiety of big games could cause them serious problems. Also they have a lot of playmakers, but no scorers..:D  And at last... where the hell are the french goalies in the game? They should really look for a middle-high tier canadian guy with french name if they want to be competitive!

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    AlexanderRasputin reacted to Csizi96 in S9 Buzzer national teams   
    Next team is Risi (meanin Lynx).
    At first they look like a good middle tier team, who are very nice off the ice, but kinda tough to meet them at the game. It looks like they have 2 quite good lines, and then quality drops a bit, but for a small nation like them, I guess it's normal. Their top attackers are Jan Kosir (Golden Flyers) and Dominik Oresnik (Razorbacks) who can pull this team in their prime years. On the D side, by far the top pair is Davor Novak (Hawks) and Alexander Pirjevec (Outlaws), who are stilly very young, so the future looks bright. In goal 3 kinda similar players: Uros Horvat looks the best, and he is quite Heroic, but here form can be a big factor when picking the starter