After my computer problems this summer I ended up getting a new laptop. One of my favorite games is Eastside Hockey Manager, it's been mentioned around here a few times as Mikb plays it too. Pretty much you take over as GM of any club and run it as you see fit. I happen to prefer the freeware version just because it runs quicker (EHM 07 allows you to sim just about the whole world on varying levels of detail). There are still adherents who release both an updated roster every year and yearly prospects based on real world prospects. So I loaded up the new Rosters and took over the Islanders.
First off, because this was released in August when the FA pool is usually settled, there's no Michael Grabner (AI Florida didn't waive him) or Doug Weight (he signed after this release). Weight and Dwayne Roloson (who is named Albert in the game) have both announced their attention to retire at the end of the year. One other major change, Ilya Kovalchuk ended up signing in Phoenix for 3 years for 4 million a year.
To say the Islanders are bad might be an understatement. I might be a bit off, but usually 80+ as an overall is a star with 85+ being superstars like Crosby and Ovechkin. The best player on the Islanders is Rick DiPietro at 79, followed by John Tavares and Kyle Okposo at 74, Trent Hunter and Mark Streit at 72, James Wisniewski, Blake Comeau and Rollie at 71, Josh Bailey, Bruno Gervais and Matt Moulson at 70. The Great Dane Frans Nielsen is rated a 69 and doesn't even have a high defense rating.
The Islander lines for most of the season have been the same, except for some short term injuries.
Rollie and DP have split the season right down the middle. So here's your Islanders scoring through 44 games:
The Islanders started the season strong for a week, went on a huge losing streak, then went on a huge winning streak to get up to 6th seed in the East. They've fallen back again getting blown out a few times now. They are now in 10th at 18-21-1-4 (the game doesn't have shootouts) with 41 points and 6 points back of the 8th seed Canes.
The rest of the league is pretty close to reality actually. Tampa, Philly and Boston are the top 3 seeds in the east, while the Devils are dead last. Not so much in the West as the top teams are Calgary, Phoenix and Chicago with St Louis in last. Hossa leads the league with 62 points, followed by Daniel Sedin at 57, Dustin Penner at 55 and Petr Sykora (with Chicago) at 55. Ovechkin is 10th in league scoring. Crosby is struggling with only 36 points, Jordan Staal is tied for the Penguins lead with him.
Other interesting Islander related notes:
Scott Gordon praised Adam Larsson, which is the games way of telling you the coach would really want you to draft this guy.
Matt Martin was named rookie of the month for January with 5 goals and 1 assist in 14 games. I don't think he's been off the 4th line, so this was a nice surprise.
Islanders named to the WJC:
Anders Nilsson (Sweden)
Anders Lee (USA)
Kirill Petrov (Russia)
Aaron Ness (USA)
Nino Niederreiter (SUI)
Calvin de Haan (Can)
Cody Rosen (Can) (He backed up Petr Delmas [who is a UFA]) played 2 games and allowed 2 goals on 38 shots with 1 win
Kirill Kabanov (Rus) (Now we know this isn't reality)
Corey Trivino (Can)
Bridgeport is 4th overall in the AHL at 25-13-1-5, led offensively by Hilbert (16G-15A-31P) Parenteau (9G-20A-29P) and Tim Kennedy (13G-14A-27P). Defensively Hillen (66 OV) Kohn (64 OV) and Hamonic (62 OV) are the best dmen, although MacDonald played most of the season on BP so far. Mikko/Poulin/Lawson have been rotating games and are posting similar stats.
The rest of our prospects are pretty weak, with Nino having a 64 OV and the next three guys at 58 OV, Kabanov, Kessel and Trivino.
So from here, I was wondering if this interested anyone. I could update it, running a half season at a time every other week. I also thought to make it more interesting I could let you guys claim current Islanders (I think I can rename them) or any other players and see how your doing after a few years. I'll leave it up to everyone else, but I figured it was at least a bit interesting.