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  1. For me it's 50/50 between Pines and Groovy Dood. Went with Pines because of the TPE but both are good first-gen members that seem like they'd be good picks.
  2. 1. Adrienne is a defenseman, and a defenseman putting up 100 points is more impressive than a forward putting up 100 points, regardless of what team they're on. So Jaguar has a higher points/20 average than Adrienne, sure, but that would be something I would consider more if Adrienne and Jaguar were both forwards. A defenseman winning the Szatkowski hasn't happened, as far as I can tell, since Season 14. That's outstanding to me. 2. Adrienne has a bad plus/minus because he played a lot of minutes for a bad team. I don't think that much of a bad plus/minus can be attributed to individual performance. 3. The "good player on a bad team" argument is something that, to me, should be considered more for the MVP conversation (same goes for the argument related to Jaguar's performance affecting Davos). And Adrienne won't (or at least shouldn't) win MVP. But in this case, I personally tend to consider Most Outstanding as an award given to the player with the most uniquely impressive statistical output in a season - which was Adrienne. That's because of the impressive point output for a defenseman, along with his hit total and power play goals total (especially for a defenseman). Even if you consider the "good player on a bad team" effect, 1) we've given players who benefited from this the Slobo before, and 2) I can't think of the last time it's had this strong of an effect on a defenseman rather than a forward.
  3. I voted Walker but I hadn't realized how close Walker and Adrienne were in TPE to be honest. Probably depends on how interviews went/how much Walker wants to play for Malmo; now that I think about it though Adrienne seems fairly likely.
  4. 1. Mexico took out the top team in the regular season in Minnesota, what are your thoughts on that series? Pretty surprised, considering how good Minnesota were. I'd say it was a huge upset. 2. Who do you think will take home the (VHLM) Cup? My money''s on Saskatoon. Although I must say I have been impressed by Mexico City 3. Witch Yukon Member do you feel made the biggest impact this season? At the risk of coming across as selfish, I'll say me. I think I did pretty well. 4. What's a hidden talent you have that others might not know about? I'm really good at not thinking of a hidden talent. 5. What teams do you see the top 3 players going to in the upcoming VHL Draft? Well Frostbeard is already set in going to Malmo, Walker is probably a lock to go #1 to DC, and Tonn will probably go to Malmo at #6 unless a team decides to trade up into the 3-5 range to get him. Also, just because I like thinking about the draft - I'm guessing Adrienne would go second, and Vancouver's pick could be any number of people - Pines or Merrick come to mind as good picks. I think Groovy Dood will be a good first-gen as well for whatever team gets him. 6. What are your feelings towards Yukon's current logo? Should it be changed? I'm a fan of it, honestly. So I don't think it should be changed. I think it might be cool to have a fauxback logo sort of like the one in your sig for an alternate jersey. But then again the VHL doesn't seem to have official jerseys, lol.
  5. The deadly Richard Penisson/Keven Foreskin connection
  6. JEAN-PIERRE CAMUS - PROSPECT SCOUTING REPORT As the playoffs go on, the Season 73 draft gets closer, and with it comes a whole host of interesting possibilities. This draft class appears to have produced a higher number of feasible goalie prospects than usual, and that will make things especially interesting considering the fact that four new expansion teams will be inserted into the mix. One of these goalies is the French-Canadian Jean-Pierre Camus. Camus’ stock seems to have been on the rise during the latter half of this season, in part thanks to his great performances with the Yukon Rush in the VHLM, but he finds himself in an interesting position as draft day approaches. He is currently ranked as the third-best goaltender in the class, behind Jacob Tonn and Grekkark Gyrfalcon. So while “JPC” may be a mid-first round prospect (most rankings have him as the 7th best in the draft), he could very well have one of the most volatile draft stocks in the class. This may also be affected by his agency - Camus is represented by a relatively successful agency that will have a good relationship (and reputation) with some front offices, but others might have concern due to the agency’s less successful recent players such as Ivan Morozov and Aron Nielsen. In this article, we’ll be looking at the pros and cons of Jean-Pierre Camus as a prospect to understand how good of a player he can be as well as what could hold him back at the next level. PROS Size - One thing that sets Camus apart from the rest of the draft class is his size. At 6’8” and 250 lbs, Camus looms very large in the net. And he certainly knows how to use that size too. He’s shown to be incredibly astute in his positioning, getting to shots that many other goaltenders couldn’t, and is exceptional at cutting down his angles. Reaction Time/Hand Speed - Another part of what gives Camus his incredible raw potential (and what makes him such an entertaining goaltender to watch) is his lightning-quick combination of reaction time and hand speed. He’s incredible at reading the shots that are coming towards him, and is rarely too late to respond. Rebound Control - A good part of what has made Jean-Pierre Camus’ draft stock rise like it did was his incredible performance with the Yukon Rush in S72. In a season that surely establishes him as a contender for the VHLM’s Benoit Devereux Trophy, he put up a league-leading .906 save percentage despite facing nearly 2,847 shots (second most in the league, and over 1,000 more than anyone else with a save percentage over .900). And a major key in limiting the goals he allowed despite facing such a high number of shots was rebound control. Camus showed a great ability to limit rebounds, and therefore prevent high-quality scoring opportunities. CONS Athleticism (Skating/Agility) - Camus has passable skating ability, but if he wants to be a starting goaltender in the VHL - especially an elite one - he’ll have to improve. He’s so used to relying on his positioning and reaction time that he often struggles to recover on the occasions when he’s caught out of position. This is one of the things that makes Camus such a raw prospect when compared to his more developed peers that will likely be drafted ahead of him. It’s something that will certainly be a focus if he wants to improve, but for the time being he isn’t athletic enough to be an upper-echelon goaltender. Stopping Breakaways - We’ve spoken about Camus’ strength when being peppered by shots, his ability to read the game and react well. But something that holds him back is his trouble when faced with breakaway, one-on-one situations. The 19-year-old is impatient and tends to bite early, often leaving the goal wide open. This is demonstrated by penalty shot save percentage of .562, a disappointing stat when compared with those who faced a similar (or higher) number of penalty shots. This kind of thing will likely be an issue when he has to face the VHL’s best forwards.
  7. So I remember a piece a while ago by @Victor about guessing who he thought were different members’ favorite players. That combined with the draft coming up for my new player, Jean-Pierre Camus, has made me think about my previous eight players (wtf, how have I been here this long) and where I'd rank them preference-wise. This is going to end up being longer than a article is supposed to be but whatever, I have way too much free time anyways right now. 1. Theo Axelsson: Probably pretty self-explanatory for those who are more familiar with my history. My first ever hall of fame player, which was something that I’d been trying to accomplish for a while with the two-way forward/power forward build that I’d been thinking about making for my last few players. Plus I got to be a part of two separate teams that were fun to be a part of: a ridiculous Calgary team that somehow didn’t win a cup, and the Helsinki dynasty that repeated in S54 and S55. 2. Willem Janssen: Probably my first truly “good” player, as well as a sort of representative for my time spent with Vasteras. Never quite became a great player in the league (as evidenced by the lack of individual success) but I really enjoyed being captain and the whole “us vs them” mentality of being on that team. Unfortunately I never really accomplished the goals that I set out to achieve (be captain for all 8 seasons, win a cup with Vasteras, etc.) but in this case the journey meant more than the destination. 3. Lukas Müller: Kind of a weird player. An unexpected success due to the short-lived Project Player Two and the lull in activity during the 50s despite not having a ton of TPE. The second Müller was supposed to be fairly average since it was my second player but I ended up getting pretty lucky with a fun Quebec team and a crazy S56 that came out of nowhere. I was honestly inactive towards the end but got lucky and finished with three cups and a hall of fame induction to show for it. 4. Klaus Müller: My second player, and the first time I actually made a serious effort towards earning TPE. Didn’t have very much individual success, but was a part of the late 20s/early 30s Calgary team that was one of my favorite teams/LRs to be a part of. Hopefully I can reunite with some of those people again soon. Plus the beginning of my Vasteras experience at the end, too. 5. Callum Sinclair: My first goaltender, and my only real experience at the position until now. I think I got off to a slightly unfortunate start though as I created at a kinda weird time, and for the rest of Sinclair’s career my TPE earning wasn’t really at a good enough level. Sinclair showed flashes of potential, especially in one playoff series vs Riga, but was largely unsuccessful and was part of a Davos team that just didn’t seem to live up to its promise. 6. Aron Nielsen: My return from inactivity. Had some good moments - coming back to see the league way more active and the portal being more developed was great, and the leadup to the S66 draft was fun. Being on the Legion for the last two seasons was nice too. But my inactivity in between those periods held Nielsen back. Unfortunate, as I was hoping to make a successful defenseman but could never quite stick with it. 7. Turd Ferguson: My first VHL player, created back in S19 and drafted in S20. I never quite got much of a taste of the VHL as I wasn’t too active and spent my first three seasons post-draft in the VHLM. There were some bring moments, including winning VHLM MVP in S22, but I was too young and not really active enough to really enjoy the league. 8. Ivan Morozov: Unfortunately, my least favorite player by a lot. I was burnt out as far as the VHL went at the time, and IIRC my college work was ramping up a little bit. Against my better judgment, I ended up recreating immediately after Axelsson’s career ended. I thought I could get myself interested in the league again but it just wasn’t to be. Doesn’t help that I created the player during an inactive period in what was, from what I can tell, an awful draft class. Ironic that this ended up being my first VHL player to go first overall after four straight second overall picks.
  8. 1. Miami manged to upset Minnesota winning the first 2 games of the series, do you think they can bring it home? If you're doing this after the series ended did the result surprise you? It's not over yet as I'm typing this. I'm certainly surprised so far but I think Minnesota will still win the series. I'm a bit salty about it as that could've been us in that series but we'll have to see how it goes. 2. What round do you think you'll be drafted in (VHLM draft)? If your already drafted did your placement surprise you? I've already been drafted and to be honest I was certainly surprised to drop as low as I did. I figured I'd be a second or maybe even third round pick but I guess draft position is a bit more volatile when you're a goalie. 3. Who do you think will win the continental cup (VHL)? It's hard to predict as it stands, seeing Seattle fall in the first round and Calgary having a close series with Toronto has kind of thrown things out of whack. Riga certainly seems to be in a good position but I have a feeling New York will finally win again after their mid-season moves. 4. If you could change one thing about your player what would it be? I wish I could've been a bit more active earlier on and gotten my TPE up a bit higher. Would've been nice to hit the cap during the season at least for the sake of performance. But I do like having slightly lower TPE and not quite knowing where I'll go in the draft for sure. 5. How did you find out about the VHL? A long, long time ago, around eight or nine years ago, I was active in a league called the SHL. I had joined a couple short-lived hockey leagues created by other people, and a couple different members who were active in both the SHL and VHL messaged me telling me I should check out the VHL. I had a slow learning curve as my first player was terrible, but when I made my first recreate for the S27 draft I started to really get how the league worked. I ended up getting a league job doing the cover art for the VHL Magazine (basically they were what the VSN is now), and the rest is history. 6. Do you have any interest in being a GM or AGM? Probably not. I had opportunities a while ago to be a GM either in the VHL or VHLM and passed on them since I didn't know how the responsibility would affect my activity. Part of me is thinking that I would consider an AGM role if the GM was someone that I knew well, but who knows.
  9. The VHLM's Biggest Upset, Part 3: An Immovable Object This is the final article of my three-part series on Vasteras IK J-20 in Season 26, “The VHLM’s Biggest Upset”. Here are the previous parts if you’d like to read them: Part 1: Introduction Part 2: An Unstoppable Force The playoffs were now approaching. Vasteras was fresh off of winning a Prime Minister’s Cup and entered their first playoff series as the #1 seed. The regular season dominance was over, now it was time for the coronation. The first warning sign came in Game 1 of the European Conference Finals. Vasteras was playing the Bern Royals, over whom they held the aforementioned 53-point lead. They’d played Bern eight times over the course of the season and only lost once. Surely it was just about a foregone conclusion that this series would be a sweep. The Royals seemed to disagree. In this first game of the series, Bern came away with an incredible overtime win as they scored three powerplay goals in the third period to tie it, followed by a game winner from Dernière Unetir to win it. This was a stunning capitulation from a team that just about everyone had expected to comfortably win the cup. While Vasteras was forced to abandon any ambitions towards a first-round sweep, they were able to avoid any additional bumps in the road by winning the next four games of the series and closing things out with an overtime winner by Zack Curry in Game 5. Next came the Founder’s Cup finals. Their opponent, the Brampton Blades, had it even more difficult in the North American Conference finals. The Blades had suffered a surprise start of their own, going down 3-1 in the series to the Syracuse Wolfpack before bringing it back by winning the last three games to book their ticket to face Vasteras. Brampton, in the shadow of Vasteras’ dominance, had been having a pretty successful season of their own. They finished with a comfortable lead on top of the North American Conference. Defenseman Seth Plaut had helped lead the team to glory with an incredible 215 points, which made him the VHLM’s points leader, assists leader, top defenseman, and MVP on the season. Winger Aidan Richan had also had a season to remember, scoring 204 points of his own and placing in the top three in goals and assists. The Brampton Blades were quietly having a good season themselves, thanks to players like Seth Plaut and Aidan Richan Regardless of Brampton’s own success, however, what happened in the finals was still unexpected. Once again, Vasteras lost the first game of the series before rebounding in Game 2. But instead of an eventual IK J-20 victory, Brampton pulled themselves back into the series lead with two straight wins - marking the first time Vasteras had lost twice in a row in 50 games. Both games, they’d outshot their opponents, including a particularly disappointing Game 4 in which they held a 33-13 shot advantage but lost 4-3 due to an underwhelming performance from Marius Henchoz. Suddenly, the team who’d gone through the entire season as the overwhelming favorites now had the momentum against them. Down 3-1, they’d have to win the next three games in order to win the series. No margin for error. One loss meant the end of the season. Vasteras responded well in the next two games, as they began to show why they had been so dominant the entire season with two 4-1 wins to force Game 7. But Game 7 didn’t start so well. Brampton was able to start off the period with two goals, and while Vasteras was able to bring it back with a powerplay goal from Emerson Byer, Lars Strundman’s second goal of the night gave the Blades a 3-1 lead after the first period. Things got even worse in the second, as Brampton was able to add two more despite a goal from Alexander Chershenko. Brampton was up 5-2 going into the third period, and what was supposed to be a legendary season for Vasteras IK J-20 was now on very thin ice. They needed three goals to push the game to overtime. There were signs of life thanks to a goal by Nic Riopel twelve seconds into the period, and Chershenko followed up with his second to bring the game to 5-4. Vasteras put everything they had into scoring. Satan was pulled with a minute and a half left to give them the extra attacker. They absolutely peppered the net with shots in the last twenty seconds, but it was all for naught, as Brampton held out. The season was over. Despite the hype, despite the regular season dominance, despite their arsenal of draft picks and top-level talent, Vasteras had fallen at the last hurdle. The Brampton Blades were Founder’s Cup Champions. Vasteras IK J-20 had gone from losers, to the talk of the league, to losers once again. In a series with hyped-up prospects and big names, it was a largely unheralded player, a player who had been a third round selection in both the S24 VHLM draft and the S25 VHL draft, who was the star of the playoffs. Aidan Richan, the man who had won no individual awards in the regular season despite a 204-point display, became the Playoff MVP after being the playoff leader in goals, assists, and points (including two goals and an assist in Game 7). And sure, many of the Blades’ players (Richan included) didn’t quite have the careers that their star-studded list of opponents did. For many, this would probably be the high point of their career. But Vasteras wasn’t the only team to have elite prospects either. Goaltender Alexander Labatte, who was the son of legendary defenseman Sterling Labatte and would later become one of the best goalies of all time in his own right, was a prospect for the upcoming S27 VHLM draft and had joined the Blades as a midseason free agent signing. Labatte quickly established himself as the starter in time to play every game during Brampton’s playoff run. Labatte wasn’t the only future hall of famer to join the team either - Ukranian winger Volodymyr Rybak, a future teammate of Chershenko, had also joined the Blades mid-season. He wasn’t much of a contributor in the playoffs, with 6 points in 14 games and 0 points in Game 7, but this Founder’s Cup was just the first accomplishment of many in Rybak’s legendary career. Vasteras IK J-20 was left with disappointment and heartbreak as Game 7 came to a close. Coincidentally, there was more than one serious cup contender in Vasteras that season. In fact, the VHL’s Vasteras Iron Eagles, only a couple seasons after returning from the brief move to Madrid, won both the Victory Cup and the Continental Cup in a legendary curse-breaking season capped off by a 4-1 series victory over the New York Americans. It was Vasteras’ first Continental Cup since Season 1. It was also the first time ever that both Vasteras teams had the best regular-season records in their respective leagues in the same season. It could have been the first time Vasteras teams had won the VHL and VHLM cups in the same season, but that was not to be. By the time Season 27 came along, much of Vasteras IK J-20’s roster left for the big leagues. Of the 16 players drafted in those first two rounds of the S26 VHLM draft, 10 were gone. The juggernaut that had come together in the previous season was mostly gone. But there were still some remnants that stuck around - goaltender Marius Henchoz stayed in the VHLM and took over the starting job, putting up a Sawchuk-winning season. Despite the team’s top three defensemen (Riopel, Incognito, Byer) moving up to the VHL, Kraphf Dringus came into his own on the first pairing with 124 points. And Rybak, who had been a part of the Brampton Blades last year, joined Vasteras via a trade from the Syracuse Wolfpack halfway through an MVP-winning season where he lead the VHLM in goals. Despite the significant players lost from last season, Vasteras IK J-20 were once again winners of the Prime Minister’s Trophy in S27 and heading into the playoffs with momentum. This time, they closed things out in a fashion that might’ve been expected of last year’s team. Marius Henchoz was dominant in net as he won Playoff MVP and the offense was firing on all cylinders. Vasteras swept the Bern Royals in the conference finals, then beat the Saskatoon Wild (who were only behind them by three points in the regular season) 4-1 to win the Founder’s Cup. Over their nine playoff games, Vasteras only allowed 8 goals while scoring 20 of their own. In short, it was a dominant playoff performance. As a result of all this, the Season 26 Vasteras IK J-20 team has a complicated legacy. At first glance, they’d undeniably be considered a failure. When one looks at the amount of talent this team had, talent that was never assembled before in the VHLM and probably never will be again, it’d be pretty clear that they should’ve won and gone down in the history books as maybe the greatest VHLM team ever. But then, despite the great players they lost, they did what they couldn’t do the season before and won the cup in S27. And even in that “failure” of a season, they still accomplished a feat that nobody else could by putting such a team together. When you think of what you love about sports, what do you think about? Do you just remember the titles, the cups, the championships? Or do you remember the moments? The players? The stories? This was a team that was unmistakably unique. They were remarkable in their defeat, redemptive in their success, and above all else, memorable. And what is that, if not Vasteras? 1,647 words, good for three weeks