The 2019 NFHL Draft & Compensation Lottery was held on April 9th, 2019 at 1:35 PM utilizing the Pennsylvania Pick 3 and Pick 4 Day Number drawings.
The winner of the NFHL Draft Lottery was the Woburn Stingrays who will receive entry into the 2019-20 NFHL season. The Stingrays had a 6% chance of winning the Draft Lottery the 5th highest odds in the lottery.
The winner of the NFHL Compensation Lottery was the Manayunk Maulers who will receive a portion of the NFHL prize pool. The Maulers had a 2% chance of winning the Compensation Lottery the 15th highest odds of 26 eligible teams.
To view the results, number allocations and odds available to teams visit the NFHL Lottery section of the website.
The National Fantasy Hockey League has announced changes for the 2019-20 season including an expanded Phase 1 Reserve Roster, improved Entry Level Contract player selection, additional Transactions and modified Prize Pool distribution.
These changes will bring further flexibility for GM's but at the same time focus the importance of the initial Phase 1 selection process. To learn more about all the changes for next season click the button below.
The York Hogs edged out the Beloit Baboons as the top point getter for the month of February. The York Hogs presently lead the Adams Division as they battle with the Markham Dragons and Austin Outlaws for the division lead. All three teams have held the division lead over the last few weeks.
The Beloit Baboons who have been the top Power Ranked team for several weeks are 5th overall and 2nd in the Patrick Division as they attempt to chase down division leader the Sarnia Ravens.
Check the Game Center for the full monthly point standings for the month of February. The last 'monthly' segment will include all games from March 1st until the end of the season.
The NHL Playoff Pool which began as a 10 participant draft style pool in 1984 has changed over the years as more participants from all over world now participate in the pool. For the last three playoff seasons the pool format had participants selecting 32 players with the top 30 players counting in the pool. For the 35th Anniversary season the participants will have some new challenges and strategies to consider as the playoff pool takes a twist for the 2019 NHL Playoffs.
This playoff season the format will include and 'Active' and 'Reserve Roster' as well as the ability to have 'Transactions' between playoff rounds. This new format incorporates some of the game play from the NFHL regular season pool and brings it in to the Playoff Pool system. Participants will be challenged on how to build the Reserve Roster with those players only making it to the second round bringing any value. The 2019 NHL Playoff Pool could be one of our most challenging formats yet.
For all the rule details and to register for the 2019 NHL Playoff Pool click the button below.
The Josephburg Ice Demons continue to move up the NFHL Power Rankings despite presently 43rd overall. The Ice Demons started the new year in 49th spot and within the last six weeks have been one of the top teams in the NFHL. So much so that they presently lead all teams in points in February as they battle for the monthly points award. The Beloit Baboons hold the top Power Ranking position as they have now moved to 7th overall after being in 18th overall in early January.
The overall standings leader the Zurich Thunder have faltered as of late falling out the Top 10 Power Rankings while Norris Division rivals Wissahickon Wolfpack have battled back into second overall. The Sarnia Sting, presently third overall have a strong hold in the Patrick Division while the Adams and Smythe Divisions races continue to be close.
Check out the Game Center for updated Power Rankings and February Monthly Point Standings.
The NFHL GM Survey results are in and the Commissioners will review and determine any future proposals for the 2019-20 NFHL Season.
Based on preliminary results the new format used this season that has part of the Phase 2 Reserve Roster occurring after the season starts has been well received. It is more than likely that this format will continue for the following season based on these results.
Many owners were in favor of adding the number of transaction to 12 for the season. The league offered two options in the survey to allow 12 transactions outright or allow 10 transaction with the availability of 2 transaction to only occur during the NHL trade deadline date. The Commissioners will review these results in more detail and determine if the league will move forward with addition transactions for the 2019-20 season.
GM's also provided additional insights and suggestions which will also be reviewed as we look forward to the 26th season of the NFHL next year.
The Sarnia Ravens finished with the most points in the month of January and will receive bonus odds for the 2019 NFHL Compensation Lottery. The Ravens have moved up the standings as well, presently second overall and first in the Patrick Division. The Ravens got key scoring from several players including David Pasternak with 13 points in 12 games in January.
Visit the Game Center for full January standings.
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.