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Old 01-21-2015, 04:08 PM   #21
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Development Report Aug 2013

Well half a month in and literally nothing positive has happened as far as development goes! Way to go, Bonehead!
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Fla. Draft Picks

Well I'm already into the whoops! part of the program. I advanced day by day and was going for Monday when I looked at the NHL news screen. HEY! everybody is signing their draft picks! This is why I chose Bonehead for my nickname...
Well here is the list and I will also post a screenshot of their skills evaluation by the previous Panthers regime.

I'm going to try and see if I can still sign somebody - but I doubt it...
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NHL NEWS Special Edition

Here's the draft pick signings that led to my tardy awareness correction...
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Draft List by Ability

The previous Panthers regime has some good draft picks, but 2/3rds of these players are never-will-be's and my 3 year goal is to get that number down from 75% to around 50%.

I Pakarinen would have made an excellent signing to start his Panthers career for me, but I now will have to likely wait until next off season to get him.
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Week two 8/27 - 9/2

Nothing happened locally (GM stupidity comments here!)

No trades or FA signings other than teams signing their own draft picks.

Moving right along.
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Week three 9/2 - 9/9

A b s o l u t e l y nothing happened this week league wide. I don't think I've ever seen that playing this game. No call ups no send downs, no injuries before training camp opens... strange.

Well moving right along, training camp opens on the 17th, so things will likely pick up next week.
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Week four 9/9 - 9/16

Again Bonehead is standing pat and appears to be going into his first season set with his young Panthers in rebuilding mode. Some fans are grumbling that it's more of the same, but wiser heads are saying its a good thing that Bonehead is not trading away all that young talent before a proper evaluation can be done.

Well at least one NHL trade occurred and its not a blockbuster but a nice puzzle piece fitting.

Columbus has traded 27 y/o Blake Comeau LW(20)/RW(18) 6.5c/6.5c to the Buffalo Sabres for 22 y/o defenceman Brayden McNabb LD(20)/RD(19) 6.5d/6.5d. Both players are in the last year of their contracts, Comeau is $1M and McNabb is a split $840K/67.5K for his final season. All in all a even swap and hopefully it will be a productive trade for both sides.

Nothing else of note occurred and we will start next week with training camps opening across the league.
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Training Camp - Goalies

I will be breaking down my needs and wants for the Panthers as well as my tactics and strategy for surviving my first season at the helm.

Starting with the goalies... Well, its more of an ending than a starting point...
Tim Thomas will likely be my starting goalie at 39 years old. This is not a comfortable feeling especially considering Scott Clemmensen is 36 years old too! I definitely see Jacob Markstrom as my future goalie but his weakness in technique and high shots (both 13) keep him out of the running for starting nod right now. Michael Houser makes a nice AHL netminder for this year, but I need to see him reach his development potential to warrant his staying with the Panthers.

Forecast - I NEED a younger goalie to back up Thomas and challenge for the starters job next year. One of my draft priorities for next years draft.
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Training Camp - Defense

This will be a bit more detailed than the goalies section and I will have three different views for your review. My discussion begins that this appears to be the greatest strength of the Panthers franchise, yet it has some scary things going on depth wise too.

from the first .jpg is the Info screen that shows the "value" the scouts assigned the rearguards.
Brian Campbell (8.0a/8.0a) is a good offensive defenseman who is way overpaid IMHO. His skills are maxed out and will only decline in the short term as he is 34 y/o. Campbell can play both D sides which is a bonus.
Eric Gudbranson (7.0a/7.5a) is a 21 y/o good two way defenseman who has grit and isn't afraid to mix it up. My concerns for him is his conditioning is average at best (12) and his skating is barely good enough for my system. However he is young and can play both D sides. I NEED to resign him this season.
Mike Weaver (7.0a/7.0a) Another greybeard blueliner with good defensive skills and awareness. He is 35 y/o and on his last year of his contract. sort of a bubble player for me. Good enough for 2nd or 3rd pairing and can fill in on offense/ PP if needed, but skill decine will take it's toll shortly. Trade bait is my first impression.
Tom Gilbert (6.5a/6.5a) A 30 y/o better than average across the board defenseman. Sort of surprised his skills are capped at 6.5, also in his last year I anticipate signing him for another 3-5 years as a reliable 2nd pairing rearguard.
Dimitri Kulikov (6.5a/7.5a) A youngster at 21 y/o and good upside, he too is on the last year of his $3M deal. WoW!!! As much as I like his skills and upside, he will undoubtedly be difficult to re-sign and will probably want top $$$. Two words Trade Bait!
Matt Gilroy (6.0a/6.0a) A 29 y/o who is good defensively, a decent shot and good puckhandler, but has no skating skills to make him attractive to my system. His biggest upside is he is cheap at $700K and on the last year of his deal.
Ryan Whitney (6.0a/6.0a) An offensive defenseman with good playmaking, puckhandling and shooting skills. Ryan is a decent skater and defensively weak. He is here on a one year deal after playing for the Edmonton Oilers the past four years - impressing no one but my predecessor apparently!
Mike Caruso (6.0a/6.5a) This 25 y/o is an enigma player, projects to be a decent player while his defensive skills are very good, he just cannot skate, shoot, pass or puckhandle any better than average yet the Panthers kept him at the NHL level for the past four years!!! He played in two games last year and of course did nothing! Maybe we can get him straightened out but looks gloomy at first glance.
Colby Robak (6.0a/6.5a) a 23 y/o defensive defenseman without much upside, but some grit and skill. Colby puckhandles well (15) and his playmaking and hockey sense are slightly above average. Colby will drop his gloves at the first invitation, but he seriously needs to boost his strength and conditioning if he wants the enforcer title. This former second round pick has two years left on his split contract at $650K/$100K then an affordable one way $700K second year.
Mike Mottau (6.0a/6.0a)This 35 y/o player seemingly has been around forever and it shows. Puckhandling and good defensive skills are all that keep him in camp right now. a $700K/$300K. Skating is atrocious and so is his conditioning.
Racine, Petrovic and McFadden are AHL with only Petrovic having a cup of coffee shot at playing, unless they really up thier game.
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Training Camp - Forwards

Here is where I feel the need to explain my "system" for this to make any sense at all. My forwards are a split group the top six are generally offensive minded, and the bottom six are generally defensive minded.
Is it that easy? N E V E R!!! Theoretically my system is based off the 8 shots allowed per period. if my goalie stops 90% of those 24 shots, then 2.2 GAA is the supposed result and if I can score three goals per game, I should win 66% of the time per the law of averages. Now my history with the game says this system does work,only just the small problem of staff and players buying into the system...

To counteract the high flying offensive teams my D must have some skating ability as well as good checking skills. My forwards will play a more defensive game against these teams and we hope to get a one or two goal cushion and hang on for the end! Against grinding teams I tend to equalize my ice time to all four lines and wear them out skating. The middle of the pack teams I just hope to win more than I lose.

Anyway after posting the four forward screens I will break down by position of the top six at each position and my thoughts.
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Training camp Left Wings

Jonathan Huberdeau (7.0a/8.5a) A 20 y/o youngster whose multi position talents LW(20)/C(17)/RW(19) are complemented by superior puckhandling and skating skills. His other skills are good and as the scouts say "a clear cut first line forward". Under contract for two more years at absurd prices - under $900K. one of the upcoming franchise forwards to sign at nearly any cost.
Tomas Fleischmann (7.5a/7.5a) A highly intelligent 29 y/o whose skating and puckhandling skills are great, but so far has not turned into regular production for the Panthers. Can play any position LW(20)/C(14)/RW(16) but is most comfortable at LW. Two contract years left at a decent $4.5M per.
Kris Versteeg (7.5a/7.5a) A 27 y/o offensive minded player who has good playmaking, puckhandling and skating skills. He only played in ten games last year after posting 23/31/54 in 71 games the year before. Has three years left on his contract paying him $4.6M/$4.7M/$4.7M. I view him as possible trade bait.
Sean Bergenheim (6.5a/6.5a) A 29 y/o defensive specialist who playsLW(20)/RW(17)has good skating and above average puckhandling skills. He played 62 games last year, posting a 17/6/23 stat sheet and a -5 plus minus. Sean is under contract for three more years at $2.75M
Quinton Howden (6.0a/7.5a) Howden is knocking on the NHL's door this year after only playing 18 games for the Panthers last year. A good puckhandler, Quinton needs to improve his other offensive skills, An average skater and defender and conditioning is in line with his age. His contract is a split one for the next two years, but inexplicably goes down from $900K/$67.5K this year to $810K/$67.5K the second year. Is this some kind of warning?
Jesse Winchester (6.5a/6.5a) A 29 y/o coming over from the Ottawa Senators, where he played 32 games and posted a pedestrian 2/6/8 +2 stat line. besides liking the Winchester name, Jesse brings versatility to the lineup playing all three positions well LW(20)/C(19)/RW(18). Jesse is a remarkable draw in the circles and a good puckhandler, but average across the board otherwise. Jesse is here on a one year split deal of $600K/$125K.

Joey Crabb, makes an interesting dark horse as a LW(20)/RW(19).
The others are simply AHL or ECHL fodder.
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Training Camp - Centers

Marcel Goc (7.0a/7.5a) a 30 y/o high class hockey man. Really good at faceoffs, Good at skating and defense, Marcel's biggest weakness is his shooting and playmaking which make him a natural defender. Goc is a bargain at $1.7M but is in his last year and likely won't come cheap again.
Nick Bjugstad (6.5a/8.0a) A 21 y/o budding superstar. Nick shows amazing hockey sense for someone so young, and his skill at the draw is marvelous. Bjugstad's skating and playmaking are good and his puckhandling is coming along nicely, Nick is normal is most other areas but shows great promise. Best of all, he is under a two way contract for three more years at $900K/$67.5K.
Shawn Mattias (6.5a/6.5a) A burly 6'3" 25 y/o Shawn plays all three forward positions well C(20)/LW(19)/RW(18). Defense, faceoffs and puckhandling are all good traits and Shawns skating and hockey sense are above average. Shawn was originally a 2006 2nd round Detroit draft pick and was acquired that year by Florida. Shawn has two more years on his contract at $1.75M each
Aleksander Barkov (6.0a/8.0a) The second overall pick in this years draft, 18 y/o Barkov shows great hockey sense as well as faceoff skills, His puckhandling, playmaking, and skating skills are good by NHL standards and as can be expected his physicality and defending skills would be put to the test and improvement is expected in those areas. He is under a three year split contract $925K/$70K so some seasoning may be in order for this first year player.
Drew Shore (6.0a/7.0a) A 22 y/o C(20)/RW(16) is a good skater and faceoff man. The 2009 2nd round pick is considered a good puckhandler and has good hockey sense. Playmaking and shooting are areas he needs to work on, but he is average at least. Drew is still locked up for two years on a split contract $900K/$67.5K
Scott Gomez (6.0a/6.0a) This 33 y/o wily veteran is excellent at playmaking and puckhandling and very good at faceoffs and hockey sense. These attributes help hide his deficiencies like his poor conditioning and average skating. Gomez can still play but his lack of conditioning makes him a worrisome first or second liner durability wise. Scott is here on a one year $900K contract.
Vincent Trocheck (5.5a/7.5a) is the dark horse here and should probably be rated higher.
Rallo, Matsumoto and McFarland are nothing special.
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Angry Training Camp - Right Wings

Scottie Upshall (6.5a/6.5a) A 29 y/o player who is accomplished at all three forward positions RW(20)/LW(19)/C(17). Scottie shows very good puckhandling and hockey sense, and is a good skater and faceoff man. Coaches have been telling Scottie to improve his shooting and playmaking, but to no avail... The 2002 sixth overall pick for Nashville has two years remaining on a $3.5M per year contract. My opinion is Scottie is too highly paid for just a 6.5 rating - trade bait!
Tomas Kopecky (6.5a/6.5a) The 31 y/o RW(20)/LW(19)/C(15) is coming off a 47 game season where his stat line was 15/12/27 -8. Kopecky's not particularly very good at anything but faceoffs (16), he is good at puckhandling and above average in defending, skating and playmaking. His contract is for two years $3.0M this year and declining to $2.85M next year. Also trade bait!
Brad Boyes (6.5a/6.5a) This 31 y/o is a former St.Louis sniper who has both a +40 and a +30 goal season in his resume but not since the 08/09 season. Can I restore him to his former glory? Or is he a washed up has-been?. Brad's skating and conditioning is very good. He is capable of playing all three positions RW(20)/LW(19)/C(15) and is above average in playmaking, defending and faceoffs. Brad is in a one year $1.0M deal. I think he can do it again.
Bobby Butler (6.0a/6.5a) A 26 y/o RW(20)/LW(19) Bobby is a good puckhandler and skater who shows good hockey smarts. He is not very physical and only an average playmaker and defender. Definitely 3rd line material. Bobby is here on a two year split contract $600K/$125K
Krys Barch (6.0a/6.0a) A 33 y/o back for his second tour with the Panthers, Krys only has one NHL trait apparent from his skills - enforcer. Not happy that his conditioning is poor, and no other redeeming qualities make him expendable. He is on a one year $750K deal.
Logan Shaw (5.5a/6.5a) A 20 y/o RW(20)/LW(14) Logan is merely average in most areas and slightly above average in defending and puckhandling. This 2011 2rd round pick by the Panthers is on a three year split contract $665K/$67.5K this year, $665K/$70K, next year and $692.5K/$70K for the third year. Shaw may end up making a contribution somewhere down the road, but I'm definitely not impressed with what I see so far.
Luciani and Hazen are fodder at this point.

RW is in serious need of an upgrade by trade, free agent, or waiver wire!
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Looks like you got some work ahead of you.. Looking forward to seeing how this all goes!
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Looks like you got some work ahead of you.. Looking forward to seeing how this all goes!
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Any comments or questions? I'm looking for feedback right now, too much of this, or not enough of that... etc. etc.
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One basic question comes to mind, which is, how do you plan on rebuilding them? Draft? Free Agency right away?
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One basic question comes to mind, which is, how do you plan on rebuilding them? Draft? Free Agency right away?
Excellent question! I'm struggling to do this dynasty the right way and not rip off the AI, as it's become so easy to do. (read just about any dynasty posts or read any of the chronic complainers...) The real challenge is to do it as realistically as possible, while not getting fired!

What I consider the most likely scenario is I will play a defensive minded game with the Panthers this year.
My goals are;
1) Searching for a goalie in their middle 20's, a 7.0-7.5 talent range to replace Clemmensen now and challenge for the starting job vs. Markstrom next year.
2) Adding a couple of good defensemen, again in the 7.0-7.5 range that I can sign to 3-5 year deals to stabilize the blueline
3) Unload my overpriced RW's even if its for prospects, because I can sign 6.5 talent for a LOT less than $3M or more per year.

Above all win enough games to not get fired - this owner thinks his club is in the playoff race!
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Trade Bait - dangled

After some thought generated by itsmb8 about what I'm going to do with the Panthers. I figure I will offer the following players to the Trade List.
(G)Scott Clemmensen
(D)Brian Campbell (C)
(RW)Tomas Kopecky
(RW) Scottie Upshall

We will see what offers get generated and how they stack up to my wish list.
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Week Five 9/16 - 9-23

Locally - Some rumblings in the Sunrise FL. newspapers from "leaks" reporting that fan favorites are possibly packing their bags for out of town. There are a few threatening phone calls fielded from players agents warning its not a good idea to start off my career angering the locals.

I assure everyone that the rumors are exactly that, but if an offer comes in I will listen to everything offered since I WAS brought in to improve the team. The owner approves my tactics in his weekly phone call. I momentarily wonder why the owner isn't coming to oversee his teams training camp, but figure he's letting me run the team to see how I do.

This week in the NHL -
Winnipeg continues its wheeling and dealing this time with the Arizona Coyotes. The Jets have dealt 30 y/o RW Chris Thorburn (6.5c/6.5c) a well known tough guy, and 25 y/o LW Nicholas Tremblay (4.5e/5.5e) and in exchange will receive 27 y/o C Kyle Chipchura (6.5d/6.5d)

EDM LW Taylor Hall will miss two weeks with a shoulder strain.

MIN D Jonas Brodin will miss a week with a neck laceration.

New Jersey and Buffalo have joined the trading ranks with the Sabres sending top prospect 19 y/o D Jake McCabe (5.5e/8.0e) to New Jersey for venerable scoring threat 41 y/o RW Jaromir Jagr (8.0b/8.0b) There is some surprise expressed over Buffalo giving up a top prospect for Jagr since they are not expected to contend this season. New Jersey fans seemed generally pleased with the deal, although some discontent was heard.
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Help!

I need the help now - I was looking around last night on the forums to find out what the letters after the rating evaluation stood for. I know its somewhere out there, but my feeble memory just cant remember...
I tried the search feature using ratings and scouts ratings - but nothing close. I did find the explanations of the different categories that get rated and how they affect each other, but not what the actual "e" means after the 6.5e rating.

Maybe FHM could sticky the manual in it's own section on these forums. (not General Discussions).
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