As some of you may have already heard, the Oslo Storm are moving to Minnesota, while maintaining the Storm brand. In today’s article, we are going to talk about the pros and cons of what being a Storm in Minnesota are going to be.
First of all we are going to focus on the hockey aspects of it. The Minnesota Storm are coming from a season that was disappointing if you followed them from the start. They were supposed to be a clear contender but the sudden ban from the league of FamishedBlanket and the team synergy issue caused a lot of problems for them, causing their former owner, Trifecta, to ship away their star players and picks to start a rebuild. On the bright side, that means that in S65 they are going to be one of the strongest teams in the VHLM.
With their recent trade, they have acquired another 1st rounder in the S65 Dispersal Draft, and they now have three of those. They have a 2nd round pick, a 3rd and two 4ths. This puts them in a very good position to compete and it is going to make them a top destination for the free agents that come mid-season.
Eudaldkp is sure putting a lot of effort and assets into this season hoping to win a Founder’s Cup in their very first season, cementing a great fanbase for years to come.
On the downside, they won’t have many assets in S66, which will likely be a rebuild year. However, most players spend just one season in the VHLM and if they spend more than two they get drafted to another team, it shouldn’t be much of a concern when attracting free agents.
Another thing that is to be considered is if their GM Eudaldkp is going to be up for the test, as it will be his first full season in the VHLM. However, he has already shown that he probably has what it takes, winning World’s first medal in the WCJ.
Now that we have talked about the hockey side of Minny, let’s move on to the life/social side.
Minnesota is known for their cheap cost of living and their great bar and music scene. That alone makes them a top destination for young players coming into the VHLM. The low cost of living will allow them to save up money, nobody knows if they are going to make it to the VHL and for some players the $1,5M contract is the biggest of their lives.
However, the city has downsides too, as it is famous for its very cold weather. While it may sound like a dream for a hockey player, their SIX months of winter will eventually tire anyone.
Another thing that may make an impact to the youngsters is that it is a somewhat conservative city, not really ethnically diverse and some may say that a few years behind culturally speaking.
All things considered, Minnesota is going to be a dream destination for any player that gets drafted by the Storm in the S65 Dispersal and it is also going to be a top attraction for the new players that come midway through the season.