Last season – 42-32-7
Owner Headcase25 comes into the season looking to build off of last season’s playoff appearance, the team added some offensive firepower with the pickup of Em_Tee_El to go with ToSlick, the offense should be quite improved over S7’s 8th worst 2.12 goals per game, the D unit of Headcase&RemingtonRemedy combined with a few extra goals should take some of the pressure off of Weaseljosh in net who posted a 2.08 / 84.4% while leading the league in Shots Against.
If Josh puts up similar numbers then the team could squeak into the playoffs again.
Prediction – 3rd in the Pacific Division (Miss Playoffs)Boston Bruins
Last season – 19-59-4
The Bruins should improve over S7’s disaster which saw the team posting the worst goal differential in the league (-153), but I don’t see much of an improvement coming.
Se7entee &Greekfire should put up points to keep them competitive in most games, but with Vaipertucci87 only available for 4 games a week, the Boston D will be Ice Vamp & DaProdigyX19 which can be a solid pairing.
The question for this team will come down to if Herky321 can improve on his last season’s play (3.00 / 74.4)
If he can than the team will compete, but if not, than they will have to hope they can win some high scoring games.
Prediction – Last place in the North East Division (Miss Playoffs)Buffalo Sabres
Last season – 32-38-11
After taking the Toronto Maple Leafs and moving them to Buffalo, Postalmic retooled the roster and his biggest pickup in bidding was the reigning Vezina& Conn SmytheTrophy winner in Murloc-Death as well as XxMadMax94xX in the draft.
What worries me about this team is just like many other teams this season, it has the look of a S7 AHL team which is featuring 9 players whom are making their NHL debut this season.
If the Defense can adjust to the NHL play style, and Max can continue his production rate from the AHL (66/59/125 in 44 games to go with Murloc stealing some games, I think this team might be able to hold its own, if these three things don’t happen, than it could be a long season in Buffalo, after facing a league low average of only 8 shots per game last season, we’ll see if Murloc really is as good as his S7 numbers showed, or was a product of Calgary’s amazing defense.
Prediction – 3rd place in the North East Division (Miss Playoffs)Calgary Flames
Last season – 63-17-2, Stanley Cup Champions
When you have a team captain who made 14 million last season and reduce his salary down to 5 million that gives you A LOT of options, which is exactly what IPlay2WinDaGame did this season by bringing in McfSlayer921.
With a line of Slayer, ChuckieNZ&IPlay you can expect this team to put up plenty of points.
With meMack on the left side of the D pairing, the question is who will be on the right side and can Penguins2013 put up numbers that can compare to what Murloc-Death did for this team last season?
If he can, than this team has a good chance of repeating.
Prediction – 1st place in the North West Division (Playoff Bound)Carolina Hurricanes
Last season – 40-36-6
Karlsson_MVP returns as Owner of the Hurricanes after taking over the team midseason in S7 and this time had a full off-season to build his roster and started off by picking up TheBigSpoon97 from Edmonton as his Captain.
This is a team that has very good depth and will be able to plug & play with the lineup every game as the team features 7 players all capable of playing solid as at the Forward position including Mudd_Flaps who is among the VGHL’s All Time leaders in Goals Scored, as well as being the All Time HITS leader.
The question for this team comes with the D pairing, as Karlsson picked up the VGHL’s most hated (and clowned on) player in The_Real_Deals….oh yes TRD the self-proclaimed “213432563 All Time League Record holder” will FINALLY make his return to the NHL this season.
If Spoon can repeat last season’s performance and XzDeadlyxNastyzX holds his own in net this team will have a good chance of competing for the division, if they can’t, blame TRD.
Prediction – 2nd in the South East Division (Playoff bound)Chicago Blackhawks
Last season – 43-32-7
The Blackhawks look to build off a playoff trip in S7 with Linde94 & Lers780 at the helm.
Linde has put together a strong team again this season starting with Roosta in net who posted a 1.80 / 85.8 in his Rookie season, in front of Roosta is Lers&Ardison forming a quite capable blue line.
The strength in this team has to be its front line featuring Linde / CastroGstar / xKonvictedx238.
With Castro distributing the puck everyone will be set up in a prime position and can only enhance this team’s ability to put the puck in the back of the net, I expect Linde to double his last season’s goal output.
Prediction – 2nd in the Central Division (Playoff Bound) Colorado Avalanche
Last season – 33-42-7
Tyrone257 returns as owner of the Av’s after a snake bitten S7 which saw the team get off to an extremely slow start and make a big push after the break but fell far short of the playoffs.
This is a team which features a solid group up front with Ty, S7 AHL MVP Nova1739, AHL team mate D_Suli16 trade acquisition Guilbault27 S7 holdover Cheirar_Lisboaand draft signee MrMVP91, but only Ty, Lisboa&Guilbault have extensive NHL experience, if the play styles can translate well in the NHL, then this team could be in good shape, if not….well then.
The blue line features Nemisis97 and CraftySnail680 who looks to convert to Defense after being a Vezina Nominee in net, the question mark for this team is the man between the pipes, without a bonafied starter out of the group which bolsters AHL Playoff hero BigBeefy013 who came out of nowhere to post a 1.49/88.4%, ChRoMe-USAF who put up decent numbers after his call-up to the NHL in S7 only to see his confidence shattered after being sent back down to the AHL at the conclusion of the ELC and ultimately losing his starting job at the end of the season, or will Crafty be forced to go back to his netminding ways?
Prediction – 3rd in the North West Division (Playoff Bound) Columbus Blue Jackets
Last season – 15-56-11 (Nashville Predators)
JSilvers& Ech3lon take over a team that finished with an NHL worst 41 points in S7 and have basically put all their eggs in one basket by paying 9 million for L9L-Stamkos-L1LC and trading for Chaos Rider, hoping they can carry this team, Stamkos put up 101-101-202 (2nd in Goals & Points) in the AHL during S7, but can he do the same against the teams in the NHL where the Defensive play as well as Goaltending is much better?
On Defense the team picked up LightTheCandle, TheeBananaClip&X_Pantera_X to go in front of the only G on the roster in Ech3lon, when looking at this team I can’t help but wonder if LTC will adjust his play style (going for hits at the blueline every single play, but with the way NHL14 is designed that could be a good thing) because if he misses those hits against NHL players, his goalie will be left facing a lot of odd man rushes, and when your goalie put up 2.94 / 79.2% in the AHL (although he did face the most shots by far on a terrible Albany team) that usually isn’t a good thing.
Prediction – Last in the Central Division (Miss Playoffs)Dallas Stars
Last Season – 48-24-10
When you have S7’s 4th (Gaggan07) and 5th (B-Bunny) leaders in points and put them on the same line you know this team will put up a ungodly amount of points every game, and when you combine that with (IMO) the best Goaltender (Danger Rally) in the VGHL, that’s going to add up to a lot of wins.
If the Blue line of ValleyBeast/Nino_Nemasis/Anaconda295/Razor2766 can play solid D, than this team might not even lose 10 games in the regular season
Prediction – 1st in the Pacific Division (Presidents Trophy), may challenge the Points record (131) set in S7 by DetroitDetroit Redwings
Last season – 61-12-9 (Presidents Trophy / VGHL record for points in a season)
Detroit is coming off a record setting season but fell short in the playoffs,
Gone is the core of that team and has been rebuilt by Peerless-, the new team features Da_Vinci_2989, Get_On_Ur_Knees, SoccaPlayer11, & key acquisition DpBurton, but the team is lacking in depth behind it’s starting line which may hurt if someone has to miss time or during the random “2 a week” games.
If the core of the team can hold it together, than they can still play at a high level, but I think the lack of depth will cost them a few games, if the team would have moved to the Eastern Conference with a realignment than those few games wouldn’t matter, but in a tight Western Conference those few games could be huge.
Prediction – 3nd in the Central Division (Miss Playoffs)Edmonton Oilers
Last Season – 61-15-6
Edmonton is coming of a season in which they were an absolute beast on Offense and I expect them to pick up right where they left off, led by the Hemmertime who was 2nd overall in points in S7, and supported by Stokeyokes83, StickyGreenDubs, reigning Norris Trophy winner KyleJ83, LumpyRutherford&DiirtyDangles, and once C-A-L-L-z reaches graduation you would have to imagine Hemmer will find a way to fit his salary into the cap, or use him as a very interesting piece of trade bait for a team either looking to make a big push, or someone who’s looking for that extra edge in their division, either way there’s certainly no shortage of firepower, the only weak link in the team (if there is one) may be in net with the combo of Smokey1010 and Brazilian-Goalie getting the task of watching their team play in the other zone all game and handling the occasional breakaway.
Prediction – 2nd in the North West DivisionFlorida Panthers
Last Season – 35-39-8
Coming off a disappointing S7 which saw the Panthers get off to a horrible start to the season, make a big charge after the all-star break but ultimately fall short of the playoffs on the last day of the season, long time FLA owner BallaChick made some changes to the lineup.
To start the off-season Balla brought in last season’s MVP Coorsi88 after leading the league in Goals & Points, Also gone is longtime goaltender Herky321 being replaced by Believe_Vlady between the pipes.
With Balla/AggroCrag/Coorsi/Firestorm19 up front this team will put up a lot of points, but the unit also features a much underrated blueline of xX-D-O-E-Xx412, DJones125 and Lazial11.
If the Defense can limit chances and keep opposing teams from getting to Vlady, they could have a big run in them.
Prediction – 1st in the South East Division (Playoff bound) Los Angeles Kings
Last season – 50-27-5
The Kings come into the season building off of S7 which saw them finish 1 point behind division winner Dallas and has retooled quite a bit, KingFromTheDot leads a forward line which could feature Mawson_99 and Captain RunLikeHell, the Defensive core starts with 8.5 million dollar man Dydy23 and a combo of NowYoDead/GCampbell13/SwiftDee52/Bruiser781 as his possible partner.
In net the team will have xT2ampl3-iLLx who managed to post a respectable 2.23 / 80.1 while with a disappointing Phoenix Coyotes in S7.
While Dy can handle the pressure of having a rotating partner, one has to think that with the uncertainty at the RD position, King might be waiting until RW RageQuittin hits his AHL Graduation mark, once that happens if King can clear some cap space he would be able to shift Cait over to RD where she can focus on QB’ing the Power Play and just laying out everyone and anyone that comes near her G’s crease and improve the blue line even further.
Prediction – 2nd in the Pacific Division (Playoff Bound)
Last Season – 15-56-11 (Nashville Predators)
After finishing last season with an uninspiring 43 points, the Vancouver Canucks packed up and moved to Minnesota with hopes of a fresh start changing their fortunes, but unfortunately I do not see that happening.
After spending 9.5 Mil on Hardik88, the Chrono526’s team is left with a heavy S7 AHL flavor including key pickups Secondary Flash on the blue line and the combo of SKWJR & Dragonskull69 in net.
If the team can adjust to the NHL play style and have some bounces go their way, they might have success, but when your roster has 6 players who were signed for 500k a piece, things normally do not go your way.
Prediction – Last in the North West Division (Miss Playoffs) Montreal Canadiens
Last Season – 51-27-4
*This team writeup done by Hemmertime*
BigYan, Jay6219. 2 Scoring title winners, Hart winners, rocket winners and elite forwards in the VGHL are united this season. Make no mistake Montreals season rides on their very capable shoulders. Montreal does have some good support players in place around their stars though. Drksoul had a ton of potential after a great season in the AHL and is trying to turn that potential into success at this level. He will likely have to claw his way up the lineup with CulDeSacc, Red Devil and others vying for ice time. Their back end features only 2 D men, WVU7_PENS87 and Dominando. WVU is a secondary D too, main position is goalie, where he excels. WVU is coming off another great season and will be their leader on the back end. If their D falters they have mediocre D man Chomper4 in the AHL at a salary that is possible to fit on their NHL team, to "help" them in the playoff race and possibly beyond. I predict we'll see both Jay and Yan in the top scorers of the league, and their point totals might eclipse that of Iplaytowindagame and Slayer in Calgary.
Prediction – 2nd in the North East Division (Playoff Bound) New Jersey Devils
Last Season – 60-17-5
IICheckmateII takes over a NJD team which ran away with the division last season, but was ousted quickly the playoffs.
This team features a revamped roster with only Goaltender Kjdadada being the lone mainstay.
The new lineup features Captain Mesmerize, xMagic19 &oOillest_xIII& the VGHL’s own “Rock Star” AceFive (who will return from Tour in December)
The blueline features a unit of Donut-Doug &Iosef_sbruev with KJ & Mesmerize in the crease.
In what appears to be the weakest division (on paper) in the league, the Devils appear to be the favorites, but I do not see as wide of a gap in the standings as there was last season, with Ace not being available the team is missing it’s biggest Goal Scorer and may have to rely on winning a lot of low scoring games, the questions for this team are can the defense be as good as they have been the last few seasons & how will KJ fair with an increased workload after facing a 2nd lowest average of 9 shots a game last season.
Prediction – 1st in the Atlantic Division (Playoff Bound)New York Islanders
Last Season – 32-37-13
L_P1mp1n returns as owner for an Islanders team that missed out on the playoffs by a mere 6 points and hopes to turn things around this season, Pimp’s biggest signing of the off-season was probably one that surprised a lot of people by bringing in goal scorer Xx_Randulfski_xX with a 500k contract on the last day of bidding, after that the team (atleast on paper) appears to be lacking a known scoring punch and will more than likely have to rely on playing an Defense first style with Alchy-Ops leading the defensive core.
In net the team has to hope xGreen_Dinosaurx improves upon his 77.8% which was 4th lowest among starters in S8 or this team will face another long season.
Prediction – Last in the Atlantic Division (Miss Playoffs) Ottawa Senators
Last Season – 45-26-11
DirtyJoe07 leads a team which has had some recent success (S6 Champs) and looks to keep the trend going.
The team has a very strong forward line of Snipe_Snipe420 / RustyTrombone7 / T_27_C, and a D unit of Booger0310 and not much else, but when you have forwards who are absolutely filthy with the puck like Snipe & Class are (and I don’t mean dude your nasty go take a shower filthy here, I mean half the league saying holy shit how did he just deke our entire team and made our goalie look retarded) you probably don’t need to worry about the puck being in your own zone often.
Prediction – 1st in the North East Division (Playoff Bound) Philadelphia Flyers
Last Season – 41-32-9 (New York Rangers)
Fluri37 takes over a New York Rangers team that had an absolute meltdown at the end of the season and decided to move them to the “City of Brotherly Love” in hopes of a fresh start.
Fluri’s first order of business was to bring in JPH_Venom as his Captain and to give this team some additional fire power, but this off-season has to be considered as a disappointment after missing out on a lot of targeted players in bidding which ended with the league’s lowest payroll.
The team did come away with VanillahGorilla in net and a blue line of Echo-30 / SGill19 and trade acquisition BigMummy123 (who was traded an astounding 6 times during S7 and has already been on 3 teams before the season has even started)
The good part for this team is that the bottom 6 teams in the Eastern Conference, and especially the Atlantic Division appears to be weak enough that a playoff run isn’t out of the question if Fluri& Venom can pile on the goals.
One has to think that with the league’s biggest amount of available cap space as well as 3 S9 draft picks to dangle, Fluri will have a busy season of wheeling & dealing ahead of him.
Prediction – 2nd in the Atlantic Division (Playoff Bound) Pittsburgh Penguins
Last Season – 37-36-9
Dafoumanchew leads the Penguins into S8 after a disappointing and drama filled S7 (Bunny>Oshie?)
The team features new additions My-Glove-ULL-Luv, SmokeShowJoe, TheSituasianX, Real_Deal18 (not to be confused with The Retarded Deal) and Captain Jeff0012, on the backend the team has Foxpresentation to pair with Game of Thrones addict xYuckox and Sniper1400.
This team will rely on chemistry playing a big role and will have to hope the defense can limit the quality chances against Daf while hoping he can improve upon the 79.0% from S7.
Prediction – 3rd in the Atlantic Division (Miss Playoffs) Phoenix Coyotes
Last Season –32-40-10
PNCPark2k1 takes over the Yotes after leading the Charlotte Checkers to the Calder Cup in S7 and brought in ix-Rain-iv as his Captain with hopes of turning this team around after missing the playoffs last season.
The strength for this team appears to be on the Blue line which is headlined by Pucku33 and joined by Mavcho39.
One must think that with the success found at the AHL level Park will continue his Defense First concept and if Park can repeat his S7 numbers (1.89 / 83.1%) , this team will win a lot of low scoring games and may have a dangerous power play with PuckyQB’ing it.
Prediction – 3rd in the Pacific Division (Playoff Bound) St. Louis Blues
Last Season – 48-27-7
The Blues feature an all-around solid team with Calder Memorial Trophy winner CCPiper, team Captain R-Mean-Ian, Vegaridge& Hockeyfan91 up front with a Defensive corp of team owner GayPhish and Salim919.
In net is KillerRampage who comes into this season after posting a very respectable 2.17 / 82.4 in S7.
When your team has 2 of the 20 players who scored 50 goals in S7, and another who put up 41, you know offense will not be a problem with this team and with the upgrade in net, this team has a chance to go on a deep run through the playoffs.
Prediction – 1st in the Central Division (Playoff Bound) Tampa Bay Lightning
Last Season – 36-35-11
S7’s Cinderella team came out of the 8th seed making the playoffs on the last day of the season, and shocked everyone by making it to the Stanley Cup Finals where they fell to the Calgary Flames.
Owner JewOfCanada can only hope this team still has the same magic that it found late last season, the majority of the core returns for S8 but gone is midseason trade acquisition Barrys_Snipin who was a big cog for the offense during the run, and is replaced by a combo of xTheWildCard-51x who put up decent numbers is S7 with the New Jersey Devils, Captain Enceladus-Strike and BuildingWhat, the blueline also features AHL call-up UretheraFranklin.
In between the pipes is Vito_Corleonewho looks to build off his 1.53 / 88.1 during the S7 playoff run.
The question for this team is will it be able to find the scoring touch again but this time without Barry, or will it return to its low scoring ways which led to the trade in the first place?
Prediction – 3rd in the South East Division (Playoff Bound) Winnipeg Jets
Last Season – 40-31-11
KcCrusher33 moves up from the AHL this season to take over the Jets and immediately made an impact move by grabbing Barrys_Snipin as his Captain.
Winnipeg features a team that will have Barry / Duffhouse12 / draftee Patrickisonfire and BM4339.
This team’s blue line will feature Foreign_Object / Yvester and draftee Potigy in front of Crusher in net who posted a 3.10 / 78.1 in S7’s AHL.
On paper this team appears to be a one man show and will have to hope that Patrickisonfire can build off his S7 AHL playoffs heroics for added goal support, or this team will have to hop on the back of Barry all season long, and will have to hope Barry can get just enough support to squeeze into the playoffs in a seemingly weak conference.
Prediction – Last in the South East Division (Playoff Bound) Atlantic Division
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New York IslandersNorth East Division
Ottawa Senators (Playoffs)
Montreal Canadiens (Playoffs)
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St.Louis Blues (Playoffs)
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