Houston Bulls Franchise Mode - NHL 18

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    Welcome everybody to my 3rd Franchise Mode posted to the site! After a relative success with the Detroit Red Wings, I take my GM skills (or lack thereof) to the newest expansion team, the Houston Bulls! Hope you guys enjoy.

    The way this Franchise Mode will work is I will play under 32 team league as the expansion team, the Houston Bulls. The Bulls play out of Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, a possible site for a new team as it has a large market, hockey history, and NHL-ready arena. I know Seattle will definitly get a team over Houston (they basically already have one), but to even out the divisions I chose Houston. To also shake up the league, I have relocated the Arizona Coyotes to Seattle as the Thunderbirds and the Florida Panthers to Quebec as a reincarnation of the Nordiques. With that out of the way, here are the rules.

    Mode: 32 Team Expansion Draft
    Division Realignment: Houston Bulls (Expansion) to Central Divison
    31st AHL Team (St. Louis): Oklahoma City Outlaws
    32nd AHL Team (Houston): Kansas City Mavericks (pretend they got promoted to the AHL like the Colorado Eagles)
    Owner Mode: On
    Fantasy Draft: Off
    NHL Salary Cap: On
    GM Firing: Off
    CPU Trades: On
    Player Morale: On
    Morale Meetings: On
    Waivers: On
    Assistant Coach Edit Lines: Off
    Auto Finances: Off
    Accept Relocation: Off
    Auto Sign Free Agents: Off
    Injuries: Off
    Difficulty: Pro
    Authentic Cap Penalties: On
    Draft Pick Ownership: Authentic

    Looking forward to this Franchise, all the changes should be fun. Hope you all enjoy!
     
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    To start our Franchise, we will participate in the Expansion Draft. Here are our selections from every team. My plan was to field a competitive team, but have valuable assets which I can trade off for picks and prospects.

    Anaheim: S. Vantanen (83 Overall Med. Top 4 D)
    Boston: M. Subban (76 Overall Med. Starter G)
    Buffalo: Z. Bogosian (82 Overall High Top 4 D)
    Calgary: M. Ferland (78 Overall Med. Top 9 LW)
    Carolina: E. Lack (79 Overall Exact Fringe Starter G)
    Chicago: M. Kruger (77 Overall Exact Bottom 6 C)
    Colorado: M. Nieto (77 Overall Med. Top 9 LW)
    Columbus: J. Korpisalo (79 Overall Med. Elite G)
    Dallas: A. Hemsky (78 Overall Exact Top 9 RW)
    Detroit: X. Ouellet (79 Overall Med. Top 6 D)
    Edmonton: B. Pouliot (77 Overall Exact Bottom 6 LW)
    Los Angeles: A. Martinez (84 Overall Exact Top 4 D)
    Minnesota: J. Brodin (83 Overall Low Elite D)
    Montreal: P. Danault (80 Overall Top 9 C)
    Nashville: M. Ekholm (83 Overall Exact Top 4 D)
    New Jersey: D. Smith-Pelly (78 Overall Med. Top 9 RW)
    New York Islanders: R. Pulock (76 Overall Low Top 4 D)
    New York Rangers: J. Fast (77 Overall Med. Top 9 RW)
    Ottawa: C. MacArthur (80 Overall Exact Top 9 LW)
    Philadelphia: S. Laughton (77 Overall Med. Top 9 LW)
    Pittsburgh: T. Daley (82 Overall Exact Top 4 D)
    Quebec: J. Demers (82 Overall Exact Top 4 D)
    San Jose: M. Karlsson (79 Overall Med. Top 9 C)
    Seattle: B. Richardson (78 Overall Exact Top 9 C)
    St. Louis: P. Berglund (81 Overall Exact Top 6 RW)
    Tampa Bay: C. Paquette (76 Overall Med. Bottom 6 C)
    Toronto: C. Brown (79 Overall Med. Top 9 RW)
    Vancouver: B. Gaunce (76 Overall High Bottom 6 LW)
    Washington: K. Shattenkirk (83 Overall Exact Top 4 D)
    Winnipeg: T. Myers (83 Overall Top 4 D)
     
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    Draft Lottery Results:

    1: Los Angeles
    2: Buffalo
    3: New York Rangers
    4: Colorado
    5: Vancouver
    6: Houston
    7: Vegas
    8: New Jersey
    9: Detroit
    10: Dallas
    11: Quebec
    12: Carolina
    13: Vegas
    14: Philadelphia
    15: Tampa Bay
    16: Vegas
    17: Calgary
    18: Toronto
    19: Boston
    20: San Jose
    21: St. Louis
    22: New York Rangers
    23: Edmonton
    24: Seattle
    25: Winnipeg
    26: Montreal
    27: Chicago
    28: St. Louis
    29: Ottawa
    30: Anaheim
    31: Nashville
    32: Pittsburgh
     
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    TRADE:

    Anaheim Receives:

    S. Vantanen (83 Overall Med. Top 4 D)
    Houston Bulls 4th Round Pick (2017, 99th Overall)

    Houston Receives:

    Anaheim Duck's 1st Round Pick (2019)

    Basically the Ducks get Vantanen back and an additional 4th, but we get their 2019 first round pick. Next year's draft is pretty bad, so I chose 2019 instead. First move to start of the fire sale.
     
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    TRADE:

    Los Angeles Receives:

    A. Martinez (84 Overall Exact Top 4 D)
    Houston Bulls 5th Round Pick (2018)

    Houston Receives:

    Los Angeles Kings 1st Round Pick (2018)
    Los Angeles Kings 2nd Round Pick (2019)

    The Kings get Martinez back, but we in return get a 1st and a 2nd round pick. We have lots of defensemen, so trading these guys won't hurt us that bad.
     
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    TRADE:

    Chicago Receives:

    M. Ekholm (83 Overall Exact Top 4 D)

    Houston Receives:

    Chicago Blackhawks 1st Round Pick (2019)
    Chicago Blackhawks 4th Round Pick (2019)

    The Hawks get a capfriendly left handed defensemen to play along with Connor Murphy, and we get a 1st and 3rd. The Hawks are in win now mode, so risking future picks isn't that unrealistic.
     
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    TRADE:

    Edmonton Receives:

    Z. Bogosian (82 Overall High Top 4 D)

    Houston Receives:

    Edmonton Oilers 2nd Round Pick (2018)
    Edmonton Oilers 3rd Round Pick (2019)

    CPU offered me this trade. Even for both teams, although I don't know how Edmonton is going to stay under the salary cap with Bogosian's contract.
     
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    2017 Draft Results:

    6: G. Vilardi (62 Overall Med. Top 6 C)
    35: H. Jokiharju (59 Overall Med. Top 6 D)
    67: V. Malakhov (54 Overall Med. Top 6 LW)
    131: J. Paquette (53 Overall Med. 7th D)
    163: W. Wikman (66 Overall Med. Bottom 6 LW)
    195: V. Punnenovs (53 Overall Med. AHL Top 6 C)
     
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    2017 Free Agency:

    Notable Signings:

    Kevin Shattenkirk
    Trevor Daley
    Connor Brown
    Xavier Ouellet
    Micheal Ferland
    Ales Hemsky
    Matt Nieto
    Malcolm Subban
    Scott Laughton
    Jesper Fast
    Brendan Gaunce
    Gabriel Vilardi

    Notable Releases:

    None

    Free Agent Signings:

    Lots of AHL players to field a competitive team

    Everyone signed so that's good, and we lost no one. Alright start to our franchise
     
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    2017-2018 Houston Bulls Lineup

    Berglund (81) - Danault (80) - Brown (79)
    Pouliot (77) - Karlsson (79) - Smith-Pelly (78)
    Laughton (77) - Richardson (78) - MacArthur (80)
    Ferland (78) - Kruger (77) - Hemsky (78)

    Brodin (83) - Shattenkirk (83)
    Daley (82) - Myers (83)
    Ouellet (79) - Demers (82)

    Korpisalo (79)
    Subban (76)
     
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    Record Through October: 3-4-2

    Most Points: Pouliot (7)
    Most Goals: Danault (3)
    Most Assists: Shattenkirk (6)
     
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    Record Through November: 9-11-4

    Most Points: Danault (15)
    Most Goals: Danault, Brown, Ferland (5)
    Most Assists: Shattenkirk (12)

    Doing a little better then I thought, still have to lose for the draft picks.
     
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    Record Through December: 13-19-5

    Most Points: Danault (23)
    Most Goals: Danault, Brown (8)
    Most Assists: Shattenkirk (20)
     
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    Record Through January: 14-29-7

    Most Points: Shattenkirk (32)
    Most Goals: Brown, Berglund, Laughton (10)
    Most Assists: Shattenkirk (28)
     
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    TRADE:

    Ottawa Receives:

    C. MacArthur (80 Overall Exact Top 9 LW)

    Houston Receives:

    Ottawa Senators 4th Round Pick (2019)

    McArthur wasn't happy, so gave him back to Ottawa.
     
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    TRADE:

    Dallas Receives:

    T. Myers (83 Overall Exact Top 4 D)

    Houston Receives:

    Dallas Stars 2nd Round Pick (2019)
    Dallas Stars 4th Round Pick (2018)

    Myers unhappy, squeeze a few picks for him. Can we take a moment to realize how many draft picks I have and how badly this is going to backfire.
     
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    Record Through February: 17-37-9

    Most Points: Shattenkirk (44)
    Most Goals: Brown (17)
    Most Assists: Shattenkirk (38)

    Trade dealine hasn't passed by probably won't make any trades.
     
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    Record Through March: 23-43-11

    Most Points: Danault (51)
    Most Goals: Brown (21)
    Most Assists: Shattenkirk (43)

    Couple more losses until we lock up worst team in the league.
     
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    Record Through April: 24-47-11

    Most Points: Danault, Shattenkirk (53)
    Most Goals: Brown (22)
    Most Assists: Shattenkirk (46)

    Worst team in the league, best chances for Dahlin. Good season.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2018
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    2017-2018 Regular Season Review:

    Record: 24-47-11
    AHL Record: 59-16-7 (Lost in the 1st Round)
    Goals For: 171
    Goals Against: 258
    Powerplay Percentage: 12.3%
    Penalty Kill Percentage: 70.7%

    Danault: 18 Goals, 35 Assists, -8
    Shattenkirk: 7 Goals, 46 Assists, -17
    Smith-Pelly: 18 Goals, 24 Assists, -9
    Karlsson: 12 Goals, 30 Assists, -20
    Brown: 22 Goals, 19 Assists, -20
    Berglund: 19 Goals, 19 Assists, -15
    Pouliot: 10 Goals, 23 Assists, -11
    Laughton: 16 Goals, 14 Assists, -4
    Brodin: 5 Goals, 18 Assists, -13
    Hemsky: 7 Goals, 10 Assists, -9
    Kruger: 6 Goals, 11 Assists, -8
    Richardson: 3 Goals, 14 Assists, -15
    Ferland: 10 Goals, 3 Assists, -8
    Demers: 1 Goal, 11 Assists, -7
    Daley: 2 Goals, 9 Assists, -25
    Nieto: 4 Goals, 3 Assists, -1
    Ouellet: 0 Goals, 5 Assists, -6
    Pulock: 1 Goal, 0 Assists, -3
    Smid: 0 Goals, 1 Assist, -4

    Korpisalo: 20-30-7, 2.86 GAA, .907 SV%
    Subban: 4-18-4, 3.37 GAA, .887 SV%
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2018

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