On Wednesday, January 19th the NSHL is expecting to kick-off it's first day of pre-season play in the beginning of what is known as X.
Over the course of 20 "sim" days all 24 teams will play a total of 10 games against the other teams in their division (one home, one away). Being divisional games these are all set to Rivalry Level 2 which may lead to more intensity (we hope).
At the conclusion of this 10 game round-robin schedule teams will head into "Tournament X" which is a single elimintation playoff to help determine the X Champion.
Based on the standings following the round-robin, teams will be seeded within their division from 1-6.
Team 1 gets a BYE
Team 2 gets a BYE
Team 6 @ Team 3
Team 5 @ Team 4
Worst Seed @ Team 1
Other Seed @ Team 2
Worst Seed @ Best Seed
Eastern Conference Finals
Atlantic Division Champion v Northeast Division Champion (Better Seed @ Home)
Western Conference Finals
Central Division Champion v Pacific Division Champion (Better Seed @ Home)
Tournament X Finals
Eastern Conference Champion v Western Conference Champion (Better Seed @ Home)
This format will mirror in both the NSHL and the MSHL.
Initiatives like Winning Streak and FTW are not open during X.
There are no waivers during the pre-season so players are free to play wherever the GM thinks is best.
Beyond the round-robin any player that has played 5 or more games in the NSHL (2 or more games for goalies) will be ineligible to dress for the MSHL's Tournament X.
Trades, signings etc. will all be processed in a normal fashion (following the simulation of the day's games once confirmations from all parties is received). GMs are reminded to be courteous about trading players and then playing them.
The league will no longer be "giving away" any Training Camp points following this off-season. Now teams will have the opportunity throughout the year to earn their points which can very easily match or exceed the previous "free" 25.
During X this year, teams will have the opportunity to start earning their points for NEXT off-season.
|+2||Win Round 3||NSHL|
|+1||Win Round 3||MSHL|
|+1||Lose Round 3||NSHL|
|+0||Lose Round 3||MSHL|
|+2||Win Conference Finals||NSHL|
|+1||Win Conference Finals||MSHL|
During the pre-season there are no salaries to pay out for teams and aside from trying to build a successful line-up and win, none of the stats earned matter in the long-term.
It is worth noting that injuries sustained during the pre-season will carry into the regular season. The league will run several "rest days" following the conclusion of X and before the regular season, however longer-term (serious) injuries may still impact teams.
GMs are asked to keep in mind that following X all players will be promoted to their PRO ROSTER and will require clearance via Opening Day Waivers (ODW) in order to be demoted to the MSHL for the season opener. ODW is also required for players 25+ to play in the MSHL Playoffs, regardless of where they start their season.
Trades, signings, ELCs and Training Camp points are still open. Both ELCs and TC Points end with the conclusion of X. Unsigned prospects will remain prospects for all of NSHL21, while any unused TC PTS will be lost and likely head to an NSHL Auction during the season.
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That's all folks.
The bulk of teams have filled out their rosters and many have help exhaust the OS market. What's left? Certainly nothing of significance to warrant another formal "wave" for free agent signings.
Effective 9AM EST on Monday morning teams are allowed to e-mail the league directly with their offers to free agents. Simply include name(s) and contract offers. The signings will be made at regular intervals on a first come, first served basis.
League files have been updated for all teams both within the online client, as well as in Dropbox. GMs are asked to submit their roster changes to ensure everything is working OK.
The Commissioner is trying to figure out some issues within the online editor (like Goalie Save% values), but it may take some time.
X is coming.
In NSHL21 every team has a chance at $10,000,000 in cold, hard cash. All you have to do is not f*ck up.
Easy enough, n'est pas?
With the introduction of Winning Streak, NSHL GMs will choose games they think they'll win. If they're right they add a "W" to their Winning Streak. If they're wrong, they're out. Done. The longest Winning Streak of the year will earn $10,000,000.
Vancouver believes they will beat Anaheim, so they tweet "Hey @NSHLAnaheim #LetsGoNSHLStreaking". Vancouver wins the game and gets a +1 "W" bringing their total to 3 wins.
Washington challenges Vancouver in an identical fashion. Vancouver wins. Washington's streak is over. Vancouver earns a "life".
Vancouver believes they will beat Calgary and challenge them via Twitter. Vancouver loses and does not earn a "W" and their total remains at 3. Since Vancouver earned a "life" from Washington, Vancouver may challenge again and keep their streak going.
Vancouver challenges Nashville and wins. Vancouver gets a +1 "W" which brings their total to 4.
Prepare yourselves, we're able to go streaking as of Opening Day.
Have ideas for "achievements" the league can use? Send them in a single e-mail and you will be rewarded for your unique ideas the league uses.
Here are some ideas the league has planned already:
GM Add-Ons (+10% to total winnings per):