As some of you may recall on March 12, mechanixfetch posted a fanpost entitled The Complete Rebuild Hypothesis. The idea in essence was simple: Keep 3 current roster players and deal the rest while adhering to the salary cap (Re-read the original article for the specifics, it was very well thought out). I decided to embrace this concept with my first BeAGM with the recently released NHL '14.
It should be noted that for the purpose of this experiment I used the most recently released rosters from EA and the default trade AI difficulty level for the dynasty (Medium).
Here is how things played out for my 2013-14 Vancouver Canucks:
At forward it was important for the integrity (as much integrity as one can have using a video game as a tool for analysis)of this process to keep the Sedins together.
|Scott Hartnell (86)||John Tavares (89)||Claude Giroux (90)|
|Mikkel Boedker (83)||Brayden Schenn (83)||Wayne Simmonds (85)|
|Jannik Hansen (81)||Zack Smith (79)||Kyle Okposo (84)|
|Brandon Prust (80)||Nate Thompson (79)||Dale Weise (77)|
|Tim Jackman (73)||Paul Byron (72)|
As you can see, I kept 2 forwards in Hansen and Weise. I had no intentions of making Weise one of my 'keepers', but considering that he holds no video game value I decided that his 77 rating was good enough to justify a 4th line role.
My style is pretty simple at forward: First line skates, everyone else SMASHES!
On defence, it was complete facelift time!
|Victor Hedman (86)||Luca Sbisa (84)|
|Jared Cowen (84)||Alexei Emelin (83)|
|Paul Postma (79)||Chris Tanev (80)|
|Raphael Diaz (77)|
It has to be said: the biggest flaw in video game hockey is that any defenceman can outscore the best forwards in the game. Obviously I knew this and decided that young, big defencemen with decent speed were more important than having a true powerplay QB on the back end. As with my forwards, I like to crush my opponents at every opportunity... I CAN NOT stress this enough!
In net I decided that I needed controversy, so I went out and acquired 2 decent tenders. Neither goalie would survive in the 'Goalie Graveyard', but I figured that one of these 2 would be a good fit for my team... Yeah, about that... I'll explain later.
|Ondrej Pavelec (82)|
|Anders Lindback (82)|
|2014 Picks||2015 Picks|
|PHI 1st||OTT 1st|
|MTL 1st||VAN 1st|
|ANH 2nd||WPG 2nd|
|PHX 2nd||PHX 2nd|
|NYI 2nd||NYI 2nd|
|TB 3rd||MTL 3rd|
With my roster set I was ready to begin my season... I will elaborate on how the roster fared in the comments... It was an adventure of a season!