Three new teams entered the NFHL Power Rankings Top 10 including the Friendly Fleas, Spruce Grove Pylons and Victoria Secret. Both the Fleas and Pylons climbed the NFHL overall standings moving up 9 spots respectively.
The Zurich Thunder still holds on as the top Power Ranked team beating out the St. Albert Sewer Rats by a mere .001%. The Sewer Rats needed another single point in the last two weeks to have over taken the Thunder in the Power Rankings.
The Wissahickon Wolfpack got back on track and now have sole possession of first overall in the league standings, albeit by only a single point. Honorable mentions go out to the Skagway Siskin who finished 13th in the Power Rankings after placing 32nd two weeks ago and have also moved into the top 10 of the NFHL overall Standings. For teams with Jonathon Huberdeau he was the top NFHL point getter in the last two weeks with 17 .
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.
The NFHL Commissioners met in Hershey, PA in mid July to finalize rule changes for the 2018-19 Season. Previously announced by the NFHL the Phase 1 player selection deadline will occur just prior to the opening of the NFHL Season on Monday October 1st with the season opening on Wednesday October 3rd. Phase 1 selections include the 23 Active Roster players plus 3 additional Reserve Roster players with one from each position of Forward, Defense and Goaltender. For the first time in league history an additional forward be included in the Phase 1 Reserve Roster selection.
Phase 2 which will include selecting the remaining 12 Reserve Players will now be selected within the first 9 days of the season with those players eligible to be activated on Friday October 12. In addition there is no restriction on player position on any of the remaining Reserve Roster players added in Phase 2.
In celebration of the leagues 25th year some changes are occurring with the prize pool distribution. Removed is the 3rd Overall prize award with all other awards remaining. These include the League Overall Champion, 2nd Overall and the four Division Champions. Funding that was previously used for 3rd Overall will now be added to the NFHL Draft Compensation Pool making this award more lucrative. In previous seasons the Top 16 teams were eligible for this award that is determined by the NFHL Compensation Lottery. This season it will be expanded to the Top 25 teams to correlate to the leagues '25th' Season. As in previous seasons the teams higher in the standings will have a higher percentage of odds available to win the award.
In addition, the NFHL is adding six monthly awards that will provide "bonus odds" for the NFHL Compensation Pool. The team that has the most points in a given month will receive an additional 3% chance in the Compensation Pool. "Bonus odds" awards will occur in October, November, December, January, February with March/April combined. As per the Commissioners: "The new monthly 'bonus odds' award will keep participants more engaged regardless of their position in the standings or time of the season. We reviewed data for the previous two seasons and had this been applied to those seasons each NFHL Champion would only have only received a monthly bonus once with no team winning the award multiple times."
For more details on the upcoming changes check out the Official NFHL Rules section.
September 1, 2018 | Registration deadline for existing owners to have spot held
September 1, 2018 | NFHL Preliminary Salary List and Roster form released to registered owners
September 2, 2018 | Opening date for awarding new NFHL franchises
September 27, 2018 | NFHL Final Salary List released
October 1, 2018 | Phase 1 Roster deadline
October 3, 2018 | NFHL Season starts
October 11, 2018 | Phase 2 (Reserve Roster) deadline
October 12, 2018 | Phase 2 Roster players eligible to be activated
October 3-31, 2018 | Compensation 'Bonus Odds' dates (#1)
November 1-30, 2018 | Compensation 'Bonus Odds' dates (#2)
December 1-31, 2018 | Compensation 'Bonus Odds' dates (#3)
January 1-31, 2019 | Compensation 'Bonus Odds' dates (#4)
February 1-28, 2019 | Compensation 'Bonus Odds' dates (#5)
March 1 - April 6, 2019 | Compensation 'Bonus Odds' dates (#6)
April 6, 2019 | End of NFHL Season
April 2019 | NFHL Draft & Compensation Lottery
After four Norris Division Championships and placing second in the overall standings twice, the St. Albert Sewer Rats have won their first Avco World Trophy. Along with it they add their fifth Norris Division Championship. The team was offensively gifted with all 12 forwards positions having 63 points or more and solid goaltending throughout.
The Plenty Pilsners finished as runner up as well as won their third Smythe Division Championship their first in over a decade. The Manayunk Maulers finished third overall and won their first Adams Division Championship. The Smith Falls Rideaus won the Patrick Division on the last day of the season getting the one point they needed for their fourth title and third in the last four years.