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S68 Expansion Megathread

Tuesday, September 3rd, 4:00PM EST (20:00 UTC)

 

Welcome everyone, new and old members alike, to the S68 VHL Expansion Megathread. In this thread, we will announce the two new team names and locations, the rules for the S68 Expansion Draft and Expansion Lotteries, as well as the rule changes that will be made to accommodate the VHL expanding to twelve teams for the first time in its history!

We will begin, with the two new franchise names. The logo unveiling for both teams will be coming during the Expansion Draft on Thursday, however, we are extremely pleased to introduce our two newest franchises:

 

@diamond_ace:

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Introducing one of the two new VHL teams, this team will go in the EU conference, and fills a gap in the league's hockey coverage. The Czech Republic has a long and storied hockey history, but to this point the VHL has yet to tap into that market. This team changes all that. It's not exactly a surprise that this team is in Prague, but it's time to reveal the full identity. Brought to the league by former Calgary Wranglers GM Jason Glasser, welcome your new Prague Phantoms!

 

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@Enorama:

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From the same city that brought you the birth of a nation, the District of Columbia (D.C.) ushers a team into the league as the VHL's latest addition to the North American conference. For those with even partially-keen eyes, the location should come as no surprise, but the team name may catch some off guard. The D.C. Dragons will be competing in the VHL starting in S68, helmed by fledgling GM Eno Rama!

 

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With the league now expanding to 6 teams in each conference, we will also be introducing Divisions, with 4 divisions consisting of 3 teams in each conference. These Divisions will be aligned as follows:

 

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NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE

Division 1

Calgary Wranglers

Seattle Bears

Vancouver Wolves

Division 2

D.C. Dragons

New York Americans

Toronto Legion

 

EUROPEAN CONFERENCE

Division 3

Moscow Menace

Prague Phantoms

Riga Reign

Division 4

HC Davos Dynamo

Helsinki Titans

Malmo Nighthawks

 

The Playoff format will also be seeing a first for the VHL, as it will now be expanding to 8 teams, 4 per conference. This means that there will now be three full rounds of playoff hockey in the VHL, all of which will be decided in a Best-of-7 format, with the top team in each conference facing the 4th place team, and the 2nd place team facing the 3rd place team, in the Conference Semi-Final. The winners of that round will move on to face each other in the Conference Final, while the winners of that round will move on to the Continental Cup Final.

 

With this format, Division winners will be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, but not home ice. There will also be no cross-over should 5th place in one conference hold a better record than 4th place in the other.

 

There are a couple other minor changes that will be adressed later in the off-season, including the official names for the 4 divisions, but these are the most important/pertinent changes to the league following this round of expansion! With this business taken care of, let's move on to:

 

S68 Expansion Rules

 

With the first 2-team expansion since Season 31, we will see the re-introduction of a true Expansion Draft, which will be taking place on Thursday, September 5th, 2019! With a 2-team expansion comes an additional lottery, whereby the winner will decide if they pick 1st in the Expansion Draft or take the higher Draft Slot in the S68 VHL Entry Draft. The full rules are as follows:

 

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Expansion Draft Rules

  • Each existing team may protect up to 8 players (skaters and/or goalies), as well as their GM Player, for a maximum of 9 protected players
  • All players eligible to play in Season 68 (S61-67 draftees) are eligible to be selected, if left unprotected (including pending UFAs) 
  • Draft picks may not be selected, except for:
    • If a team does not put forth one active player who is under contract for S68, a 3rd round pick in any of the upcoming 3 drafts (S68-70) is attached to any inactive the expansion team will select
  • There will be 6 Rounds in the Expansion Draft
  • There will be an Expansion Lottery, whereby the winner will decide if they pick 1st in the Expansion Draft or take the higher Draft Slot in the VHL Entry Draft.
    • Whichever team selects 1st in the Expansion Draft will receive the lower pick in each round in the S68 Entry Draft
  • No team may lose more than 1 player to the expansion draft
  • Two Compensation Picks (slotted at 17th and 18th Overall) will be available for selection by the Expansion Teams

 

S68 Entry Draft 

  • The Expansion Teams will pick anywhere between 5-12, in each round, as determined by a random lottery  
    • The selections will be back to back in each round

 

 

S68 Expansion Lotteries

 

EXPANSION LOTTERY #1

The winner of this lottery will get to decide if they choose 1st in the Expansion Draft, or take the higher Draft Slot in the S68 VHL Entry Draft.

 

EXPANSION LOTTERY #1 RESULTS

 

EXPANSION LOTTERY #2

This lottery is to determine what slots in the S68 VHL Entry Draft the two Expansion Franchises will be selecting from in each round. The lottery itself will be a random selector of 5-11, where the random slot, and the slot directly after it, will be awarded to the Expansion teams.


EXPANSION LOTTERY #2 RESULTS

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The two teams will be selecting:

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In the following slot:

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In each round:

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The team that won Expansion Lottery #1 has decided that they will be:

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  • Selecting 1st Overall in the Expansion Draft

 

Thank you everyone for coming to the Expansion Megathread. Best of luck to @diamond_ace and @Enorama, in their innaugural seasons! We are extremely excited for the upcoming season, as the league grows to places its never before been.

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    7 minutes ago, Bruins10 said:

    that was a lot of info for one post haha

     

    like the new team names for the expansion teams. the new alignment is also a great touch guys

    'twas a Megathread, after all ? 

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    2 hours ago, Quik said:

    With this format, Division winners will be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, but not home ice.

    Then what's the point of divisions? They were already guaranteed a spot since there are 4 teams making it and being 1st means you could only be as low as 4th in the conference.

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    23 minutes ago, Rayzor_7 said:

    Then what's the point of divisions? They were already guaranteed a spot since there are 4 teams making it and being 1st means you could only be as low as 4th in the conference.

    Scheduling is the main thing. With 10 teams things were nice and even. Face everyone 8 times and hit 72 games. Unfortunately the schedule doesn’t work out that well for 12 teams so the options were to introduce divisions to split things up or have teams getting their extra games randomly assigned. Divisions is nicer since we can get some actual co trip over the schedule plus it introduces the concept of divisional rivalries which the league hasn’t never really had before; at least in a formal sense.

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    28 minutes ago, Rayzor_7 said:

    Then what's the point of divisions? They were already guaranteed a spot since there are 4 teams making it and being 1st means you could only be as low as 4th in the conference.

     

    Looks like Bek already answered, but it's also an eye to the future, to prepare for future expansions.

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    3 hours ago, Quik said:

    With this format, Division winners will be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, but not home ice. There will also be no cross-over should 5th place in one conference hold a better record than 4th place in the other.

     

    3 hours ago, Quik said:

    Division 2

    D.C. Dragons

    New York Americans

    Toronto Legion

     

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