The Banff Blades remain as the top ranked NFHL team for the last four weeks and for the first time this season have reached the Top 25 of the overall standings. The Blades also continue to lead all teams in the month of January for the most points in the month. Just four weeks ago the Blades were 40th overall and have moved up to 25th overall.
Three new teams made the Top 10 of the Power Rankings including the Hampden Cobras, Victoria Secret and the Roxboro Firebirds.
Visit the NFHL Game Center for all the detailed Power Rankings and January point leaders.
In tradition the NFHL will hold its GM 'Meetings' (aka Survey) on January 20th. NFHL GM's will have a week to review and provide comments. Results will be reviewed during the NHL All Star Game break.
The 'meetings' are an opportunity for NFHL GM's to provide feedback and suggestions to continue to improve league play. The survey will include suggested rule changes or any item regarding league structure. In the league's 25th season the league moved the Phase 2 free agent selection process in to the season by a week or so mainly due to the structure of the statistics provider, Officepools. These items will be reviewed in the meetings as well.
It is also projected that the 2019 NFHL Salary Cap could be in the $83M range which would be an increase of approximately $3.5M from this season. The final salary cap amount will not be determined until the off season.
The St. Albert Sewer Rats who once trailed the NFHL leader by more than 20 points narrowed the margin in December and earn the most points for the month. The Sewer Rats will now receive a 3% bonus odds for the NFHL Compensation Lottery held in April. The Sewer Rats now join the Zurich Thunder and the Wissahickon Wolfpack as monthly winners so far this season. The January bonus will now go to the team with the most net points from January 1st to January 31st.
Go to the NFHL Lottery section to view odd allocations.
As the league approaches the Christmas break we look at the top NFHL Free Agents not selected by any GM. It is understandable that some players were not selected due to the high cap hit but there are a few reasonable salaries that could have made it on NFHL Rosters. Here are the top 20 forwards, 10 defenseman and 5 goalies not selected in free agency. (Click each chart to enlarge).
The Zurich Thunder bolted to the top of the NFHL Power Rankings last week and ended the month with the most points for the month of November. The Thunder will now receive a 3% bonus odds for the NFHL Compensation Lottery held in April. The Thunder now join the Wissahickon Wolfpack with the bonus odds after the Wolfpack were tops in October. The December bonus will now go to the team with the most net points from December 1st to December 31st.
Go to the NFHL Lottery section to view odd allocations.
NFHL teams scrambled as injuries continue to pile up for many GM's around the league. Over 60 transactions took place last week the highest since the start of the season. NFHL teams have used an average of 4.58 transactions this season just over six weeks into the season. That includes six teams who have yet to use a single transaction. Of the six teams that have not used a transaction the highest placed position in the standings is 40th. For teams that have used transactions the average transactions utilized is 5.14. With 20 weeks remaining in the season teams and with the average NFHL team having 5 transactions remaining it could be a challenging remainder of the season for most GM's.
The NFHL has released the first Power Rankings of the season to include all 55 teams. The NFHL Power Rankings are based on a points trending pattern of all teams for a six week period. The Power Ranking model calculates teams points over that time period and does a point comparison will all teams with emphasis on points accumulated since the last Power Ranking.
Teams with a Power Ranking score of 1.000 indicate they are scoring at an average rate with the Top 10 teams in the league during that time period. If the team rating is higher than 1.000 they are exceeding the rate of the 10th best team. Also, if an NFHL team Power Ranking is higher than their position in the overall standings that indicates an upwards trend, and conversely if the team is higher in the overall points standings but lower in the Power Rankings that indicates a downward trend.
Check out the NFHL Game Center for the Power Rankings plus the November Point Standings and NFHL Scoring Leaders.
The Wissahickon Wolfpack made transactions early prior to the Phase 2 Free Agent selections and those moved paid off in the month of October. The Wolfpack edged out two other teams for the monthly award for most points in a month. The Wolfpack will now earn 3% bonus odds in the NFHL Compensation Draft Lottery.
The Victoria Secret and Zurich Thunder tied for second overall trailed the Wolfpack by 10 points. Three of the top five teams come from the ultra competitive Norris Division with the Wolfpack leading the division. The Skagway Siskin lead the Smythe Division while the Sarnia Ravens lead the Patrick Division. The Markham Dragons presently lead the Adams Division.
The 25th National Fantasy Hockey League season includes 5 new franchises for a total of 55 teams divided into four divisions. The Hershey Hounds, Oshawa Turbos, Baton Rouge Brawlers, Josephburg Ice Demons and Burnaby Ice Dogs join 50 returning franchises for a chance at the Avco World Trophy.
The NFHL Prize Pool will be awarded to the NFHL Champion, Runner Up (2nd Overall) and 4 Division Champion. In addition the NFHL has expanded the Compensation Lottery prize pool. The top 25 teams will be eligible for the Compensation Prize Pool with teams higher in the standings having better odds in the lottery. In addition six monthly point leaders will win 'bonus' odds in the lottery.
The National Fantasy Hockey League is celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season. The first season occurred in 1994-95 with 11 participants and at the time no team names. In the inaugural season participants selected 16 players on a roster with no transactions, reserve rosters or salary cap with information calculated on spreadsheets and points reviewed by game summaries. Thankfully in 1995 Officepool.com was created and utilized for the 1995-1996 season and we have been a customer since. The NFHL has evolved based on the capabilities of Officepools and the Commissioner served on an online advisory committee for several seasons on how improvements could be made to the service. Since the first NFHL season the league expanded not only with additional participants but incorporated many changes. These included expanding active roster positions to adding transactions and eventually the Reserve Roster. The league at one time swelled to 67 participants and determined that logistically it was best to cap the league to 60 teams. Over the year team names and a four division format was created and the league adopted the 'Avco World Trophy' as it pseudo championship cup. The league website the NFHL Network was created that brought on team pages, logos with team history and awards. The NFHL also had a 'salary cap' before the NHL had one. (Yes we were ahead of our time). Also along the way the NFHL Draft Lottery was created then years later the Compensation Lottery. The two phase player selection added more depth to the leagues player selections yet it still allowed owners to not have to be involved in depth on a daily basis.
More importantly what made the NFHL continue in it's longevity was the owners that participated. Their feedback season to season and the continue dedication year after year made for a solid league foundation. After 25 years there are owners that logged significant years of participation. We encourage you to view the team pages to see the years that many owners have put in but below are those teams celebrating key anniversary years.