Purpose: The purpose of this simulation is to, while guiding the NY Islanders franchise to the best of my ability, get an accurate idea of the changing picture in the NHL landscape in the upcoming years. As such, all trades, free agent signings, and roster decisions will be made as realistically as possible and all stakeholders in any roster decision must have a clear benefit (ie; if I were other GM, or if I were the free agent, would this make sense for me). That being said, I will do my very best to help guide the struggling NY Islanders franchise to success. Roster Notes: Prior to the start of the franchise mode I have personally edited nearly all players and prospects to reflect NHL teams accurate depth charts, prospect pools, and overall strength. Custom rosters are accurate as of February 15th 2017. The editing process began with a test simulation of year one to determine which teams needed to better or worse overall for year one, and which specific players were raking up too much or too little production relative to real life. Players’ overalls and potentials were then tweaked based on a criteria involving ice-time, SAT%, points, goals, team success and overall reputation over the past three years (more weight given to current season). Goaltenders were tweaked similarly. It is important to note that individual stats focused on to ensure accuracy in player production, however due to the odd weighted system of the players’ overall, this had to be played with to ensure team’s depth charts were accurate, specifically for defenseman. Prospects in every teams system, as well as top prospects for year 1, year 2, and year 3 entry drafts were edited/created when they needed to be to ensure true accuracy in the simulation moving forward. Although ‘under the hood’ these rosters are heavily edited out of necessity, I did respect the base rosters from EA and did not merely alter players for the sake of change. Additionally it should be noted that there is absolutely no personal bias in my rosters. Settings: - Owner Mode, morale meetings, waivers, asst coach edits lines, and auto sign free agents all set too off. - Full sim, no injuries, (remember the purpose is to have the least amount of randomness possible to ensure accuracy) 20 min periods, authentic cap penalties on, 25 years, CPU trades on, superstar difficulty, authentic draft pick ownership, salary cap on, medium trade difficulty, rotate goalies on, authentic series length and tie breaking procedures, injury tuner set to 0’s Premise: 09/24/2016 In a surprising move, the NYIslanders have fired GM Garth Snow, and head coach Jack Capuano just prior to the start of the 2016/2017 NHL season. Russian billionaire, and avid hockey viewer Alexey Mordashov has purchased the team in hopes of a Stanley Cup title someday. The reason he gave for the firing of the head coach and GM was mediocrity. He noted that what at one time looked like a promising rebuild done the right way has transformed into a death sentence of desperate free agent signings and bad contracts. Wanting a fresh voice, Mordashov has surprisingly signed a 20 year old university student out of Oshawa, Canada to a five year contract as GM/Coach of the team and has given him full control of hockey operations. Although a surprising move, Mordashov had come across the now youngest GM in league history’s hockey blog months earlier and was astonished at his hockey knowledge. GMAustin was reached out for comment and simply stated that there is a lot of work to be done, but he is determined to bring a cup to a franchise starving for success. Year One (16/17) Alright guys, with the intro done the formal tone is going to become much more blog/journal entry like right about now. Year one looks pretty crap. Best starting lineup I can put together is: Ladd84/30/pwf/et6/2f – Tavares93/26/snp/mfranch/1f – Nelson85/24/pwf/mt6/2f Lee83/26/pwf/lt9/3sf – Strome83/23/ply/mt6/3sf – Bailey83/26/twf/ht9/3sf Kulemin82/30/twf/et9/3cf – Cizikas82/25/twf/lt9/3cf – Clutterbuck82/28/grn/et9/3cf Chimera82/37/twf/et8/3cf – Grabovski82/32/ply/et6/3cf – Bernier78/31/pwf/eat6/4f Leddy87/25/twd/le/t4 – Boychuk86/32/twd/et4/t4 Siedenberg84/35/dd/et4/t4 – Hamonic86/26/twd/me/t4 Hickey83/27/twd/et6/t6 – DeHann82/25/twd/ht6/t6 Greiss84 Halak82 / Berube79 Notable prospects : Barzal76 (EliteLow) Dalcolle75 (Top6Med) Ho-Sang70, Beauvillier78 (Top6low) Prince79 (Top9med) Pulock (Top6DHigh) Wotherspoon (Top6DMed) Sorokin (EliteGLow) Soderstrom (StarterMed) +Young players on team that can grow +We have all our picks Alright guys, as you can see we look like a tweener team at best. Our no.1 goalie is listed as a backup, our Dcore is servicabe, although are second and third forward lines can keep the puck out of the net we have no secondary scoring, don’t be surprised is Tavares scores half of all our goals. Lots of shitty contracts too, im going to start the season with the aforementioned lineup though we have 2 backups so ill look to trade the younger cheaper one and also try to pick up an asset or 2 for Bridgeport to help our prospects. TRADEALERT NYI receives: 2017 BOS 4th rd pick BOS receives: Berube79 – 25YO, med backup Why is makes sense: there second best goalie was 77 (subbanandkhudobin) so this way they have a legit and cheap backup and subban and khudobin can split ahl time. We get rid of a guy we didn’t need both teams benefit. Just signed Tikhonov78 for a year to help out ahl team, prior 1strd pick, still had exact bottom6 potential, may be a depth nhl player for us someday, he gets a chance to prove himself. Also signed kaleta74 another former nhl grinder to help give some leadership to ahl team, still listed as 4th liner so could be a call up if we make a trade. Joslin75 and eminger 76 were also needed as game screwed us with 65 overall bottom 6d ahlers. Again incentive for all players signing is chance to play in nhl if we trade a roster player. FINALLY ITS OPENING NIGHT OF THE REGULAR SEASON. STARTING LINEUP IS LISTED ABOVE. Im going to sim right up to the allstar break to see where this team is at.