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  1. Markus Nygren Biography Markus Nygren was born in Malmo, Sweden on June 12th 1988. The son of a Hunter/Trapper, Markus never knew his birth-mother as she died just after he was born due to lung-cancer. His father would later re-marry leaving Markus to be the estranged step-child for much of his life. His younger step-brother also played in the VHL, Lucas Nygren. During his childhood Markus always showed an affinity for hockey. Markus spent much of his youth avoiding home, instead opting to hang out with friends. This is where he originally began to play hockey, on the street and eventually in various arena's around Sweden. Markus was a traveler, even at an early age. Given that Markus didn't spend much time with his family even during his younger years, Markus wasn't much of a student. He regularly missed classes, and was found doing odd jobs for under the table pay. This afforded him the ability to pay for bus tickets, and go both attend and play in games at a young age. While Markus never had the greatest relationship with his father, before Markus became more of a drifter he did learn some valuable skills from him, skills that to this day remain apart of Markus's life. Markus learned how to live off the land from his father at a young age, around 6 years old. Various hunting and fishing techniques, how to planet and grow vegetables and other herbs, as well as how to forage and track in the wild. Markus picked up other survival and skills suited to outdoor living by enrolling in several Park Ranger classes at the age of 9. Thus after he hit puberty at age 11 Markus pretty much became a nomad, carrying a tent with him and travelling among the wilderness. This nomadic lifestyle allowed Markus a freedom at a young age most don't get. However it also meant he attended more games than he watched, as such never picked up any desire to study tape or tendencies. For much of his early teens Markus's life was trying to pursue his dream of being a hockey player during the on time, while all off-season and free time hours were dedicated to living with nature. This lead to him being a bit of a loner in locker rooms, as despite his skill on the ice, his dedication to his teammates, he wasn't really much of a social team player. Markus's unusual or dated lifestyle choices lead to him being under the radar for much of his later teens and early 20's where he was eligible but not drafted to any NHL teams. He would later sign a free agency deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but only played two seasons with AHL Affiliate Wilkes-Barre and had a few notable goon like performances in a couple of NHL pre-season games. Many speculate that his more rural lifestyle choices, his desire to "feel the game" not study it, and his fondness for simply being around the live game as opposed to truly hunkering in is a big reason why this naturally gifted player could never find real success. He was always a target from his coach for his size, skating and overall commitment, but too often Markus showed an affinity to simply "play the game" as opposed to understand it, or learn from it. There has always been a clear yin/yang to his lifestyle with hockey representing one side of those two headed dragons. Post his initial professional flameout Markus stopped playing hockey, but was still caught attending games at various levels across Europe, Russia, and even in North America. What he did outside of that for the near decade between his fizzle out and announcing his eligibility for VHL remains a mystery. Markus himself would only comment that he "found myself, found my desire not only to exist but be a hockey player. I don't know if that means I've got some sort of...something to bring to the VHL or not. I just know that for the 8 seasons that I'm allowed I'm going to suit up, every game, and be there. I'm going to settle in, study the game and try to make something of my opportunity. After that I'll at least know I tried." Those sound like the comments of desperate man, grasping at straws. As Markus's VHL career unfolds the question of if his talent can make up for that, and if he can achieve his goal in leaving some lasting impact on the a sport he clearly loves to be around. Personality Assessment Strengths Commitment - Every coach he's played for and everybody throughout much of Markus's life who have helped him always preached about his commitment afterwords. Markus is just a committed human being, once he's decided something he generally sticks with it. While at times that can be stubborn, as it leads to locking in lifestyle choices that later could contradict or halt necessary evolution, it also shows a heart and desire to accomplish that is necessary in any pro sport. If harnessed correctly and in the right role, Markus's commitment could help a team in the VHL. Humility - Despite having big goals and aspirations Markus has been known to be a very humble person. He hasn't felt the hockey world has owed him anything just because of his dreams. This has allowed Markus to take his personal and professional lumps in stride, and not prevent him from attempting to achieve in spite of them. Given that sometimes players take time to evolve and grow in the league, Markus's humility means he is still fully capable of recovering from any sort of career setback or performance issue the VHL may throw his way. It may just be a case of him getting through the growing pains to becoming a very good player. Weaknesses Simple-Minded - Markus has been known to be a very simple minded player and person. His simple minded approach to his lifestyle means he doesn't live an optimal life, especially for an athlete where staying and being in peak physical condition is often important. On top of that his simple minded approach to the game has made it hard to teach him nuanced strategies and other things that would normally be associated with a top hockey IQ. While he's shown desire to learn, it could take some time to see him push through his initial reaction to just play. Hesistant/Self-Effacing - Probably his biggest weakness as a person and on the ice is an overall lack of confidence which has lead to him being a hesitant player overall. Part of being a great player is knowing the timing to make those close right decisions, and Markus being more of a naturalist is often stuck or stunned by the onus to make a decision. The overall content he may feel from having what he needs and not bothering anybody else has shown an ability to be too modest on the ice.
  2. Just noticed my sigs are of my last two players now retired. Wow.



  3. 1. You guys have an eyes channel? Cool story bro. Is that to keep your eyes on the prize? 2. It's clearly Gritty/Smitty deciding to grace Beavvs with another cup chance. Awful they left though after a cup win and another finals figure you could get some home team favouritism. Fucking Quebec City Wolves. 3. Elijah aka Fongs Son just because of that player name. 4. Yeah a bit of a few things, Days Gone, Bloodstained, Dragon Quest Builder's 2, Fallen Order trophies and some league with Pajod crew off/on. 5. You will you scrub goon get it going already. 6. He clearly needs to finish his bucket list of every VHL city before old age takes him.
  4. Player Name: Markus Nygren (Yeah that one scrub Lucas's other scrub brother) Position: Right Wing (Aka White Ring #OldMemes) Height: 6'7 (No this isn't basketball) Weight: 230lb (Holy shit he's heavy) Age: 32 (Old AS FUCK) Favorite NHL Player Growing Up: Mats Sundin (Yeah bitch!) Favorite Current NHL Player: Henrik Lundqvist (The King) Favorite VHL Player: Odin Tordahl (The Beast) Favorite VHL Team: Vasteras Iron Eagles (LOLNO) Favorite VHL GM: @hedgehog337 (Most Underrated VHL GM of All Times) Favorite Favorite: Favourite (Fav5) If the great mythological Norse god Odin were to ever have a child that he would immediately forget, and would be long known as the son of a God who did absolutely nothing noteworthy, that son's name would be Markus Nygren. It's fitting to be writing a Rookie Profile for Nygren this far into his career because he's likely one of the only players in history who has consistently performed at a level of a rookie every season of his professional career. With a god-like amount of physical skills and abilities bestowed to him, Markus always felt destined to be a hockey player. He dominated in midget AAA, in juniors, and was a force at several International competitions. His speed, size and overall skating ability was a thing to behold even at an early age. For much of his teens and early adulthood Markus played for various minor league teams across Europe. This eventually lead to attention from NHL scouts and while never officially drafted to the NHL, Markus did sign a NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. However Markus never suited up for more than pre-season games at the NHL level, and spent most of his 2 seasons in the NHL with the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, before fizzling out professionally only to join the VHL almost a decade later, trying to recapture some of the magic he once had. In the AHL Markus played sparringly, while he had the physical abilities to perform scoring and offensive prowess remained elusive to Markus. He could dangle, and pass the puck well but his timing was always off, as he'd make great passes to unaware teammates, or teammates in a position to be defended. One attribute that kept him alive during and on the roster even at the AHL level was his physical play. It would sometimes even seem to ramp up, as Markus fell more into a goon role as he got frustrated with his own inability to make offense happen and lay on the body sometimes even getting 10 or 15 hits in a game. As the NHL evolved and your psychical assets had to also be able to put up points, Markus's quick stint in the NHL and "destiny" to be a hockey played fizzled out. At the VHL level so many years later, Markus has still captured some of his old play, but in a bad way. Much of his early struggles in the VHLM in the two seasons he played in the minors Markus struggled offensively. While some of this could be blamed on some rust, it's also clear that Nygren continues to struggle with offensive timing and it has repeatedly affected his ability to stay consistent at any level. While still a physical threat, much of Markus's play has again been relegated to a support checking type role, as the player himself continues to be frustrated with his output on the ice from an offensive standpoint. To take a hard look at Markus's struggles at the VHL level one has to go no further than the offensive stats. With 45 points in 143 VHLM regular season games, and a staggering 26 points in 152 VHL regular season games; including a 10 point VHL rookie season that ranks among the lowest of the Devise player agencies players. Despite all this Markus was carried to a Continental Cup on a very good Seattle team in Season 71. However in regards to Markus the "eternal rookie" now entering his third VHL season and 4th season of his overall career one narrative remains constant; will this very capable and talented player ever put the chip on his shoulder and take that evolutionary step? Or will he instead be destined to be one of hockey's biggest shames? Pros Skating: Markus has always been a top tier skater. Much like a train once he gets some locomotion going he can pick up good speed. On top of that he also possesses some great agility for a man his size. He has an uncanny ability to skate and turn on a dime, and use his edges well to outmaneuver opposing players. Puck Handling: Markus has always been a deke first type of player, a skill that complimented him very well when he was young. Especially combined with his skating prowess. As an avid NHL fan Markus would practice and hone in all the fancy dekes he saw on TV, and at all levels of play he has shown an ability to take the puck and make the play into a dangerous area of the ice. Checking/Size: At 6 foot 7 there is no denying that Markus has the size to be a physical advantage on the ice. Markus tends to get more physical in a game the more frustrated he gets, and he has been known to be a devastating checker. He mixes it up with his checking play as well, looking for good defensive hits as much as he'll also pound down the wing on the forecheck trying to set a tone. He has also shown the tenacity to respond when teammates are targeted with his physical play, letting the other team know they are on watch. Cons Scoring/Shooting: Can you hit the broadside of a barn? Even at a young age Markus struggled in one area, his shooting accuracy. It was a big reason he wasn't drafted to the NHL and later signed as a free agent. When it comes to shooting Markus could always put a lot on it, but never really find the net. Most of his goals came from pucks hitting him, or him using his puckhandling to score. His ability to take a great pass and then find the net on an open shot remains a weak spot, and he's often been seen frustrated after missing the net on breakways and other great scoring chances. Offensive IQ/Instincts: The old adage is that he's "like a bull in a China shop." Usually that's a flattering analogy, as it dictates a physical presence and desire to go for it. But in this case it's a negative one. Markus simply can't read the offensive play as fast as it develops. This has lead to countless situations where he makes a great pass, a great deke, or in general a great individual play only to find he's turned the puck over as he put it into a dangerous position. Teammates have constantly slammed sticks or shown frustration with Markus as he passes it to them unaware, or keeps the puck too long and dekes himself into a position where he negates an offensive chance. Discipline: On top of his other faults Markus has been known to be a brat on the ice. Frustrated at himself just as much as his teammates can be at him, Markus will often just cross the edge and start taking intentional penalties. Opponents have leveraged this to their advantage several times, pushing Markus getting him easily frustrated and off his games. He has been a PIM machine because of this for much of his career, has shown some capacity to fight and in general has been referred to as effectively a great skating goon.
  5. Oh you know I'm in this. @Advantage join us for this one bud!
  6. 8 hits? Sure I'm fine with that! W!
  7. Yeah the vision for today is pretty much going to come down to making a decision on that one way or the other. One of Mr Hatter, Mike or omgitshim is evil. I've trusted Mikes claim up to this point and I really don't see a reason not too. Omg claimed trapper pretty late and while he did have a decent excuse to cover it up I don't really feel like his claim is like...I don't know considering omg has come up before and Mike has seemed to be a pretty solid town all game. Have to ponder here. For now I'm going to trust my hunch.... Vote OMGITSHIM
  8. I mean if you have information that I'm for sure lying go ahead and state it, or leave it for after your lynching. Hell, I'd go as far as to say that that considering you keep pushing back here when I have no reason not to be trusted that if your a psychic when we lynch you the crew can feel free to lynch me tomorrow. I'll vote for myself. I got nothing to hide. You were the one that conveniently claimed psychic days into the game, ironically only after being targeted to be lynched. Then are constantly trying to create drama/intrigue around the actual confirmed psychic. I'm not concerned about being lynched, because if I am everyone will only know what I say to be true.
  9. If this is true, then for sure Barzal is lying as your the other random town, and for sure one of Mike or Ricer has to be evil. Interesting. Or I guess instead of Barzal lying it could be Mike lying and we have two psychics as well.