The NFHL Power Rankings are available for the last segments of games prior to the league shutdown. Visit the NFHL Game Center for more details.
The National Fantasy Hockey League was placed on hold as the NHL halted operations due to COVID-19. The NFHL Commissioners have had preliminary discussions regarding the status of the league and possible scenarios. Based on the future response from the NHL regarding their regular season the NFHL will then make a determination on how to proceed with the NFHL season.
The Smith Falls Rideaus continue to hold the overall lead in the National Fantasy Hockey League, a lead they have held since late November. The Rideaus won the Avco Cup in the 2014-15 season and could be on pace for their second since joining the league for the 2009-10 season. Since joining they have also won 4 Patrick Division titles the last in the 2017-18 season.
The Patrick Division has been the most competitive this season with the top 3 overall teams from the division. The Amelia Island Iguanas and Beloit Baboons division rivals both hold the second and third overall spots respectively. The forth and final spot for guaranteed prize pool payout spot is presently held by the Sherwood Park Snapshots who lead the Norris Division but are challenged by the Manayunk Maulers who have presently took over the Adams Division lead. The Palm Spring Playboys lead the Smythe Division and are presently 8th overall.
The 2019 NHL Playoff Pool included utilizing a Reserve Roster and Transactions for the first time. For the 2020 NHL Playoff Pool those two elements will remain with some tweaks to improve the overall playing experience.
For 2020 although the initial Active Roster limit of six players from an NHL team will remain, there will be no Reserve Roster restrictions on the number of players from an NHL team. For the 2019 Playoff Pool the Reserve Roster was restricted to two players from an NHL team. For 2020 no limit, which will mean various strategies can occur. Do participant stack the Reserve Roster with players from a few teams that they think will go deep in the playoffs or do they take players that are in competing series to assure they have players moving in to the next round?
In 2019 the NHL Playoff Pool also included Transaction between rounds that were limited with the number used per round. For 2020 each participant will have six transactions available with no limit per round and can be used between playoff rounds. The dynamic could be interesting with participants that lost players in the first round replacing players to replenish those eliminated while those that have a full roster of players can make improvements or save transactions for future rounds.
Lastly the prize pool will be expanded to include prize distributions to the top 3 participants. The prize pool distribution will be First Place 70%, Second Place 20% and Third Place 10%. Based on recent participation that would equate to a $500 US Prize Pool award for the winner.
Visit the Playoff Pool page for rule details and to register.
This season the NFHL instituted a new prize pool format assuring the top four overall teams a guaranteed portion of the prize pool. This was done to assure top teams were compensated for overall performance.
Division winners are no longer guaranteed prize pool funds as those funds have been distributed to the top four overall teams as well as the Compensation Lottery prize pool.
NFHL teams must not take the Compensation Lottery lightly as this is the third highest payout of the prize pool. 25 teams are eligible for the Compensation Lottery with odds improving based on performance. The odds highly increase for teams in the Top 16 and division winners receive an additional 3% of odds which is significant.
Teams not in the the top 25 should strive to get there despite the hopes of a NFHL Championship may be dwindling. As for teams battling in the Top 25 the higher finish will only improve your chances of taking home a portion of the prize pool.
For detailed odds visit the NFHL Lottery section of the website.
The National Fantasy Hockey League General Managers survey was released during the NHL All Star Break. Every season the NFHL Commissioners take feedback and suggestions regarding changes or improvement to league play.
The survey discussion included timing of the Phase 2 Reserve Roster selection. Presently the Phase 2 Roster selections occur after the season starts with a deadline occurring about a week after the season starts. The league was looking to see if there was a preference to have both phases occur prior to season start as it had been done in previous seasons. The GM's appear to be happy with the present format with 74% preferring Phase 2 to occur after the season with the remaining GM's either wanting it before or having no preference.
Another topic including added one Transaction 'outside' of the Reserve Roster system. Presently only call ups from a teams Reserve Roster occur in transactions. This option would allow for a transaction of a player that no team has previously selected. This topic was split with 54% preferring no change and 46% wanting the outside transaction.
The league had a 60% survey response rate from the GM's this season, the lowest in many seasons. Based on these results the Commissioners will discuss if any changes will be considered moving forward. At this juncture it appears the Phase 2 selection will remain after the season starts while the transaction topic will need further discussion from the Commissioners and would require more feedback from a larger amount of GM's to be considered as a future change.
The NFHL Network the official website of the National Fantasy Hockey League has updated its website to improve performance on mobile devices. The new menu options allow for easier touch access on those devices and still allows for a clean and flexible look on desktops devices.
The site also includes a new main menu page with access to News, Game Center and Team pages.
The Wissahickon Wolfpack defend their NFHL title with 50 teams vying for the Avco World Trophy. The season brings on some new challenges for the GM's with more roster spots available during Phase 1 of player selections and transaction limitations during the month of October.
The NFHL Division alignment has been set with two new team additions and minor team realignment. The Smythe and Adams Division will contain 12 teams while the Norris and Patrick contain 13 teams. Per team request the Pentanguishene Flying P's move from the Smythe to the Norris while the Houston Rattlesnakes take their place in the Smythe from the Patrick Division. The NFHL added two new franchises, the Regina Riders from Saskatchewan Canada that will play in the Patrick Division and the Parry Sound Oars from Ontario Canada that will play in the Adams Division.
This season the NFHL awards the top four overall positions with guaranteed prize pool funding. No guaranteed prize compensation for Division winners but improved odds in the new higher payout Compensation Lottery.
The National Fantasy Hockey League continues to strive to make improvements to our league in an order to challenge and engage our participants. With the feedback from owners in our February survey and additional recent feedback from ownership regarding proposals the Commissioners have focused on a few changes for the 2019-20 NFHL season including:
The league will expand the Phase 1 Reserve Roster selection to 5 players from the previous 3 players in the 2018-19 season. NFHL teams will select 23 Active Roster and 5 Reserve Roster players in Phase 1 with the remaining 10 Reserve Roster players being selected in Phase 2. This change will bring options for GM's to acquire additional veteran or upcoming players into their rosters as Phase 1 protected players.
The 'Entry Level' contract (EL) player selection will be simplified removing the 3 player per position maximum restriction on the Active Roster. GM's will now be able to select 5 EL players on the Active Roster with no player position restrictions. As in previous season there is no restrictions on EL players on the Reserve Roster.
The NFHL will expand the number of transactions in a season to 12 from the previous 10. Each NFHL team will accrue 1 transaction per week during the month of October up to a total of four with all remaining 8 transactions being available starting in November. (See official Rules for more details). Once a team acquires a transaction it can be utilized.
The NFHL will change the prize pool awards to guarantee the top 4 overall teams receive compensation. In addition Division winners will no longer be guaranteed prize pool funds however will receive improved odds to win the Compensation Lottery. The Compensation Lottery pool will have increased funds with the top 25 teams being eligible for the prize pool with odds increasing based on overall standings. This will assure the top teams are financially awarded on performance while still allowing 25 teams to be eligible for prize award.
For details regarding these changes please review the Rules and FAQ (Frequently Ask Questions) section of the website.