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Royals Reload, Bentley Jacks Rebuild Through Record-Setting UFHL Entry Auction

The Ultimate Fantasy Hockey League hosted their third annual Entry Auction on Sunday — our version of the NHL Entry Draft, a two-round event with franchises bidding on draft spots for the right to select 64 top prospects from the 2022 draft class.

The Founders’ Trophy-winning Royals — fresh off cleaning up on UFHL awards for their efforts on and off the ice in winning that regular season title — were reloading by welcoming eight new prospects to the fold. They traded away Matthew Tkachuk in a recent blockbuster to avoid the cap crunch and acquire the first overall pick that turned into Juraj Slafkovsky.

The Bentley Jacks, who exceeded all expectations by making the Klein Cup playoffs in their expansion season, hit the reset button to build around a new face of the franchise alongside their NHL counterparts, the Seattle Kraken. Both were able to select Shane Wright after the Bentley Jacks traded Nikita Kucherov in another jaw-dropper to secure that coveted pick.

Those were the two biggest storylines coming out of the Entry Auction but, not to be outdone, last year’s Klein Cup champion Red Army also made another splash by trading up to take Logan Cooley ahead of Wright at second overall. It will be fascinating to follow those Big 3 — and our Top 3 — as they embark on their NHL and UFHL careers.

Rounding out the Top 5 were the two highly touted European defenders, David Jiricek and Simon Nemec, who were both drafted by the Royals as the rich got richer after taking Luke Hughes in the Top 5 last year. Nemec and Hughes could become an amazing top pairing for both the Devils and the Royals.

The Bentley Jacks followed up with two more forwards — selecting Matthew Savoie and Jonathan Lekkerimaki sixth and seventh, respectively — to join Wright in a rebuild that will be targeting Connor Bedard in next year’s Entry Auction. As mentioned, it came at the cost of Kucherov and Patrick Kane, among others, but the Bentley Jacks are hoping it’ll be one step back and two steps forward as they trend towards contention in the years to come.

That Savoie selection shook things up and may have took some by surprise since the Eliminators’ affiliated scout had recently acquired Savoie’s rights before bowing out of that bidding war. But the Eliminators weren’t deterred in winning the next two spots to take Cutter Gauthier and Kevin Korchinski — taking the latter away from the CanWest Generals in similar fashion, with Korchinski property of the CanWest Scouting Agency.

Those affiliations hardly held up — outside of the Top 5 — and the Eliminators went on to make one of the boldest picks by making Lane Hutson a first-rounder in the UFHL at 28th overall. That will go down as the biggest ‘wow’ moment from this year’s Entry Auction but received rave reviews despite the shock value.

The selection order had significant variance from the NHL, with Red Army rounding out the Top 10 by taking Noah Ostlund ahead of Marco Kasper, who they also landed a couple picks later. The Royals took Joakim Kemell between them at 11th overall after watching him fall into the teens at the NHL draft. And the Godfathers grabbed Danila Yurov at 14th — 10 spots higher than where Minnesota got him — as the Russian factor didn’t scare off the UFHL franchises.

The CanWest Generals were a prominent player in this year’s Entry Auction again — tying the Royals for the most selections with eight total, including five in a span of 10 spots from 13th to 21st. That haul featured Frank Nazar (13th), Denton Mateychuk (15th), Jagger Firkus (16th), Isaac Howard (18th) and Brad Lambert (21st). Firkus was a sentimental selection for the Generals’ management but has real boom upside, even in the teens. It was an impressive encore for the Generals, who stole the show at last year’s Entry Auction with four Top 10 picks that turned into Owen Power (1st), Mason McTavish (4th), Brandt Clarke (7th) and Jesper Wallstedt (9th) to form their core going forward.

When the dust settled, 18 of the 32 franchises made at least one selection over the two rounds, combining to spend a UFHL record $68,143.75 USD worth of SCORE Coin (SCO) — the official currency of the Ultimate Franchise Fantasy Sports (UFFS) platform, home of professional fantasy sports on the blockchain. And from that total, $3,407.19 USD of SCO goes toward the 2023 prize pool for the UFHL, while 90 per cent went to the scouts who had their prospects selected — a smashing success for the scouting side of the UFFS platform as well in terms of return on investment.

Here is a look at the draft board for the first round of the 2022 UFHL Entry Auction followed by breakdowns by selection order, by sale price, and by franchise:


 

Results By Selection Order

First Round

1) Royals — Juraj Slafkovsky = $9,555

2) Red Army — Logan Cooley = $8,005

3) Bentley Jacks — Shane Wright = $10,000

4) Royals — David Jiricek = $3,000

5) Royals — Simon Nemec = $3,500

6) Bentley Jacks — Matthew Savoie = $2,700

7) Bentley Jacks — Jonathan Lekkerimaki = $2,900

8) Eliminators — Cutter Gauthier = $2,320

9) Eliminators — Kevin Korchinski = $2,000

10) Red Army — Noah Ostlund = $2,000

11) Royals – Joakim Kemell = $1,625

12) Red Army — Marco Kasper = $1,500

13) CanWest Generals — Frank Nazar = $1,550

14) Godfathers — Danila Yurov = $1,350

15) CanWest Generals — Denton Mateychuk = $1,100

16) CanWest Generals — Jagger Firkus = $1,250

17) Titans — Liam Ohgren = $1,000

18) CanWest Generals — Isaac Howard = $600

19) Royals — Ivan Miroshnichenko = $550

20) Rock Republic — Lian Bichsel = $650

21) CanWest Generals — Brad Lambert = $675

22) Crypto Knights — Rutger McGroarty = $985

23) Monarchs — Pavel Mintyukov = $815

24) Rock Republic — Conor Geekie = $800

25) Titans — Jimmy Snuggerud = $800

26) Kamikaze — Filip Mesar = $800

27) Snipers — Jiri Kulich = $770

28) Eliminators — Lane Hutson = $700

29) Titans — Owen Pickering = $600

30) Bentley Jacks — Owen Beck = $400

31) CanWest Generals — Gleb Trikozov = $350

32) Rock Republic — Elias Salomonsson = $300

Second Round

33) Royals — Seamus Casey = $205

34) Bentley Jacks — Fraser Minten = $175

35) Godfathers — Viktor Neuchev = $150

36) CanWest Generals — Artem Duda = $140

37) Outlaws — Nathan Gaucher = $70

38) Bentley Jacks — Reid Schaefer = $100

39) CanWest Generals — Adam Sykora = $90

40) Monarchs — Filip Bystedt = $105

41) Strong Island — Mattias Havelid = $80

42) Snipers — Sam Rinzel = $140

43) Kamikaze — Cameron Lund = $120

44) Outlaws — Christian Kyrou = $100

45) Titans — Ryan Chesley = $120

46) Royals — Luca Del Bel Belluz = $140

47) Kamikaze — Maveric Lamoureux = $120

48) Monarchs — David Goyette = $100

49) Battlehawks — Julian Lutz = $60

50) Tornadoes — Dmitri Buchelnikov = $85

51) Battlehawks — Alexander Perevalov = $90

52) Monarchs — Jack Hughes = $80

53) Royals — Ty Nelson = $90

54) Outlaws — Jordan Dumais = $100

55) Snipers — Nicholas Moldenhauer = $100

56) Mystics — Ryan Greene = $100

57) Monarchs — Calle Odelius = $75

58) Stallions — Jani Nyman = $45

59) Stallions — Matyas Sapovaliv = $45

60) Rock Republic — Noah Warren = $35

61) Tornadoes — Miko Matikka = $30

62) Rock Republic — Tristan Luneau = $40

63) Battlehawks — Hunter Haight = $30

64) Battlehawks — Mats Lindgren = $33.75

 

Results By Sale Price

First Round

1) Bentley Jacks — Shane Wright = $10,000

2) Royals — Juraj Slafkovsky = $9,555

3) Red Army — Logan Cooley = $8,005

4) Royals — Simon Nemec = $3,500

5) Royals — David Jiricek = $3,000

6) Bentley Jacks — Jonathan Lekkerimaki = $2,900

7) Bentley Jacks — Matthew Savoie = $2,700

8) Eliminators — Cutter Gauthier = $2,320

9) Eliminators — Kevin Korchinski = $2,000

10) Red Army — Noah Ostlund = $2,000

11) Royals – Joakim Kemell = $1,625

12) CanWest Generals — Frank Nazar = $1,550

13) Red Army — Marco Kasper = $1,500

14) Godfathers — Danila Yurov = $1,350