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Fishbowl GHL Power Rankings And Predictions for Season 9

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As per Keskustankeisari's request, here are Game World Fishbowl's GHL Power Rankings for season 9.

 

I calculated the averages the exact same way that Erzac did in his post, so if you want the calculation rules, visit this thread: GHL s10 power rankings.

 

This is based on the lineups after the first preseason game, or early day 5.

 

A Couple of Notes:

  • Pinewood doesn't have 12 forwards, I assume they sign an 84 rated center/forward.
  • I may have missed someones forum name, if I have, post below and I'll add it.
  • All predictions are unbiased, no prediction I made or calculation is meant to favour any team, including mine. Simply my opinion.
  • Any star (*) indicates a tie in position in terms of overall. The team rated higher in the power rankings had a stronger finish last season.

Alright then, the teams are listed best to worst in terms of overall:

 

1. Larson Knights (GM: Kelvin)

      OFF: 89 DEF: 92 SG: 91 OVR: 89.8

Previous Finish: 1st, Eliminated first round 

 

2. Cedar Rapids Panthers (GM: Mauri Nieminen)

      OFF: 88 DEF: 87 SG: 88 OVR: 87.9

Previous Finish: 8th, Eliminated semi finals 

 

3. Horn Lake Hooligans (GM: Mike Grubb - Mickg34)

      OFF: 87 DEF: 88 SG: 96 OVR: 87.7

Previous Finish: 3rd, Eliminated semi finals 

 

4. *Hawkeye Revolution (GM: Marcel Proust - Haradrim)

      OFF: 87 DEF: 88 SG: 90 OVR: 87.5

Previous Finish: 4th, Lost Golden Cup finals 

 

5. *Cuba City Eagles (GM: Mare Maro)

      OFF: 87 DEF: 89 SG: 87 OVR: 87.5

Previous Finish: 2nd, Eliminated first round 

 

6. Jolly Rattlers (GM: Jaryn Barnes - JBizzle)

      OFF: 86 DEF: 86 SG: 90 OVR: 86.4

Previous Finish: 7th, Golden Cup Winner

 

7. Sellwood Spirits (GM: Misco Grossi)

      OFF: 86 DEF: 87 SG: 89 OVR: 86.1

Previous Finish: 13th, Survived relegation playoff 

 

8. Montmorency Vortex (GM: Peter T. - IneffableLeafs)

      OFF: 86 DEF: 86 SG: 90 OVR: 85.9

Previous Finish: 1st, SHL

 

9. Wynyard Wildfire (GM: Matthew Berntsen)

      OFF: 85 DEF: 87 SG: 86 OVR: 85.7

Previous Finish: 12th

 

10. Canuck Mighty Rhinos (Computer)

      OFF: 86 DEF: 85 SG: 84 OVR: 85.6

Previous Finish: 9th

 

11. Pinewood Lumberjacks (GM: Matthew Henke - MattLumberjacks)

      OFF: 85 DEF: 85 SG: 89 OVR: 85.4

Previous Finish: 2nd, SHL

 

12. *Wildwood Violent Rush (GM: Juho Kainulainen - Keskustankeisari )

      OFF: 84 DEF: 86 SG: 90 OVR: 85.3

Previous Finish: 5th, Eliminated first round 

 

13. *Blenheim Pirates (GM: Martin J.)

      OFF: 85 DEF: 86 SG: 90 OVR: 85.3

Previous Finish: 6th, Eliminated first round 

 

14. Urbancrest Comets (GM: Noah High - Noah)

      OFF: 85 DEF: 85 SG: 87 OVR: 85.1

Previous Finish: 10th

 

15. Wolfe Wolves (GM: Marcel Cloutier)

      OFF: 85 DEF: 84 SG: 90 OVR: 84.9

Previous Finish: 11th

 

16. Merrick Thunder (GM: Matt Jaworski)

      OFF: 84 DEF: 85 SG: 86 OVR: 84.3

Previous Finish: 3rd, SHL, promoted via promotion playoff 

 

So there you go fishbowl GHL, use this information as you'd like.

 

8 Predictions for Season 9 in the GHL

 

1. Canuck Mighty Rhinos relegated - The only computer controlled team in the league, is likely to suffer the same fate as the computer teams in season 8, Red River Dragons and the South Township Spartans. Owning by far the worst starting goalie in the GHL, at only 84, they should have a dismal season as human managers pick off their stars.

 

2. It's the same old contenders - The talent gap after the Cuba City Eagles is immense. The contenders: Larson, Cedar Rapids, Horn Lake, Cuba City, and possible Jolly, should all clinch playoff spots due to the talent difference. Expect Larson to bounce back after winning three league titles in a row and being beat by Cedar Rapids, who will likely finish higher than 8th this season.

 

3. Tight battle for 7th and 8th - After playoff runs, Wildwood and Blenheim both regressed, due to old age, and expiring contracts. However, they will both be expected to finish 7th and 8th due to their experience. However, the emergence of the Sellwood Spirits should not be ignored, and the Montmorency Vortex and Wynyard Wildfire both look to make the playoffs as well, possibly the first for both managers in Fishbowl.

 

4. Emergence of new talents - At season 9, the stars that fist emerged in season 1, such as Ivar Lund, Eser Heinze, Dominik Svidran, and Nilo Strinberg, all are on the verge of declining, making room for new stars to step up to the plate, starting with season 4 and 5 draftees: Jeffrey Richardson, Joen Jacobsen, and Bo Welker.

 

5. Emergence of new playoff teams - After teams such as Hawkeye, Wildwood, and Canuck, who came out of lower leagues and established themselves in the GHL, with managers Matthew Henke, Matt Jaworski, and  Peter T. building formidable teams directly after promotion, and Sellwood also having a great offseason, expect new playoff teams. This will be the first taste of human competition to stay in the league for some established teams, and don't be surprised if a formidable team goes down instead of the recently promoted. Also, the Jolly Rattlers' offense is ageing, and will start to regress, and along with a poor defensive corps for a playoff team, even a 90 rated goalie may not save them from a mid table finish this season.

 

6. A decent draft - Analysis of major junior teams throughout the world shows that this draft will be pretty strong, and should have an above average top 10, with okay depth. Early in the season, no game-breakers have emerged yet, but in the USA, goaltender Chris McCready is surprising many scouts with his superb ability, notably his athleticism. He looks like a GHL star for sure.

 

7. Expect Batchawana back - The prime favourite for the SHL title, Batchawana should solidify the GHL as a completely human division next season, assuming Canuck is relegated, and their reputation as a 'battlin' team should pull them a long way, especially in hopes of landing them Chris McCready in the upcoming draft.

 

8. Team spirit will be important - Looking at the league, other than contenders, the rest of the standings will be anyone's guess. Many are expecting that winner instinct, teamwork, and most importantly confidence will greatly influence the table this season, with such even teams.

 

Hope you guys found this useful or interesting  :)


 

 

 

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A Couple of Notes:

  • Pinewood doesn't have 12 forwards, I assume they sign an 84 rated center/forward.

 

Close, but if my forward signings work out then my top 12 forwards will average 85.6.

 

I wouldn't 100% count on that though as my last 7 or 8 offers have all been rejected :(


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Maybe we could do some sort of TSN-like weekly power rankings update (based on that weeks results and such). Either you could just do them every week, or we could set up some sort of poll where people can post their own opinion and then we just take the average. Very interesting list and predictions (even though I don't see myself finishing 14th). Good luck this season guys!

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Maybe I can have a power ranking update every 10 days (Day 10, 20, 30, 40, 50) or 15 days (Day 15, 30, 45), good idea Noah.

 

Good luck to everyone!


 

 

 

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As far as predictions go, I bet no one predicted Mikoviny would be leading the league in scoring...¬† :P‚Ä謆


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Yeah he makes for a pretty good power play specialist. I was surprised I was the only GM to give him an offer in free agency.


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Ok guys, the season is winding to a close, 14 games/days to go. Sorry I didn't do a weekly update, no time.

 

Here are the current standings:

 

1. Larson 96

2. Wildwood 94

3. Hawkeye 89

4. Cedar Rapids 85

5. Cuba City 79

6. Sellwood 76

7. Horn Lake 70

8. Wolfe 70

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9. Jolly 68
10. Montmorency 66

11. Urbancrest 61

12. Pinewood 61

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13. Blenheim 57

14. Mississauga 55

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15. Wynyard 42

16. Canuck 35

 

Just comparing the standings to my predictions, 

  • Wildwood jumped 10 positions up
  • Wolfe jumped 7 positions
  • Wynyard fell 6 positions
  • Larson is 15 points from clinching a playoff spot
  • Canuck is sure fire getting relegated, as I predicted
  • The same contenders, except Jolly, sit in a playoff spot, with Jolly just 2 points back, as predicted
  • There is a tight battle for 7th and 8th as predicted, with 7th placed Horn Lake and 10th placed Montmorency sitting a meager 4 points apart

I also noticed that there is a surprising lack of point per game scorers this season. Anyone else notice? Only Alexander Sobchak, and Loucas Lang, rated 86 and 84, sit at a point per game pace (Yet another one of my former players lighting it up!).

 

Good luck for the final stretch everyone, its gonna be a tight one!


 

 

 

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