UFHL Releases Preseason Power Rankings: Grizzlies Remain On Top

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

UFHL Releases Preseason Power Rankings: Grizzlies Remain On Top

The Ultimate Fantasy Hockey League has released its preseason Power Rankings, with 11 of the 31 franchises contributing to this consensus. The Grizzlies are still the team to beat, according to these Power Rankings — remaining on top at No. 1 after winning the Founders’ Trophy as regular-season champion for the inaugural 2020 campaign, led by Edmonton Oilers linemates Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid’s franchise, the Yetis, wound up No. 2, while the youthful but loaded Red Army franchise rounded out the top three. Here are the UFHL’s overall Power Rankings as well as conference and division rankings, the playoff picture and draft lottery odds, plus franchise breakdowns and my final thoughts. Overall Power Rankings 1) Grizzlies 2) Yetis 3) Red Army 4) Strong Island 5) Titans 6) Ice Vikings 7) Rock Republic 8) Outlaws 9) Gators 10) Monarchs 11) Blades of Steel 12) West Coast Express 13) Warriors 14) Murder Hornets 15) Brutes 16) Royals 17) Tornadoes 18) Elite Assassins 19) Defenders 20) Blizzard 21) Vengeance 22) Crypto Knights T23) Snipers T23) Bombers 25) Power Players 26) Battlehawks 27) Stallions 28) Chilean Sea Bass 29) Norse Stars 30) Duckman’s Domination 31) Dynasty Conference Rankings Legends Conference Grizzlies — 1 Yetis — 2 Titans — 5 Outlaws — 8 Gators — 9 Monarchs — 10 Blades of Steel — 11 West Coast Express — 12 Murder Hornets — 14 Royals — 16 Elite Assassins — 18 Vengeance — 21 Stallions — 27 Chilean Sea Bass — 28 Duckman’s Domination — 30 Allan Conference Red Army — 3 Strong Island — 4 Ice Vikings — 6 Rock Republic — 7 Warriors — 13 Brutes — 15 Tornadoes — 17 Defenders — 19 Blizzard — 20 Crypto Knights — 22 Snipers — T23 Bombers — T23 Power Players — 25 Battlehawks — 26 Norse Stars — 29 Dynasty — 31 Division Rankings Western Stars Division Grizzlies — 1 Titans — 5 Outlaws — 8 Monarchs — 10 Blades of Steel — 11 West Coast Express — 12 Murder Hornets — 14 Vengeance — 21 Gold Division Yetis — 2 Gators — 9 Royals — 16 Elite Assassins — 18 Stallions — 27 Chilean Sea Bass — 28 Duckman’s Domination — 30 Diamond Division Red Army — 3 Ice Vikings — 6 Rock Republic — 7 Brutes — 15 Defenders — 19 Blizzard — 20 Power Players — 25 Dynasty — 31 Emerald Division Strong Island — 4 Warriors — 13 Tornadoes — 17 Crypto Knights — 22 Snipers — T23 Bombers — T23 Battlehawks — 26 Norse Stars — 29 Playoff Picture Legends Conference Western Stars Division WS1) Grizzlies vs. WC2) Blades of Steel WS2) Titans vs. WS3) Outlaws Gold Division G1) Yetis vs. WC1) Monarchs G2) Gators vs. G3) Royals Allan Conference Diamond Division D1) Red Army vs. WC2) Defenders D2) Ice Vikings vs. D3) Rock Republic Emerald Division E1) Strong Island vs. WC1) Brutes E2) Warriors vs. E3) Tornadoes Draft Lottery Odds 1) Dynasty 2) Duckman’s Domination T3) Norse Stars T3) Expansion Franchise 5) Chilean Sea Bass 6) Stallions 7) Battlehawks 8) Power Players T9) Bombers T9) Snipers 11) Crypto Knights 12) Vengeance 13) Blizzard 14) Elite Assassins 15) Murder Hornets 16) West Coast Express

Franchise Breakdowns



1) Grizzlies HIGHEST: 1 LOWEST: 9 AVERAGE: 3.36 OVERALL: 1 (x3), 2 (x2), 3 (x2), 4 (x2), 7, 9



2) Yetis HIGHEST: 2 LOWEST: 7 AVERAGE: 4.36 OVERALL: 2 (x3), 3, 4 (x2), 6 (x4), 7



3) Red Army HIGHEST: 1 LOWEST: 19 AVERAGE: 4.91 OVERALL: 1 (x3), 2, 3, 4, 5 (x2), 6, 7, 19



4) Strong Island HIGHEST: 1 LOWEST: 13 AVERAGE: 6.36 OVERALL: 1, 2 (x3), 5, 7 (x2), 10 (x2), 11, 13



5) Titans HIGHEST: 1 LOWEST: 21 AVERAGE: 8.55 OVERALL: 1, 4, 5 (x3), 8 (x3), 13, 16, 21



6) Ice Vikings HIGHEST: 1 LOWEST: 24 AVERAGE: 8.91 OVERALL: 1 (x3), 5, 6 (x2), 8, 9, 14, 23, 24



7) Rock Republic HIGHEST: 3 LOWEST: 22 AVERAGE: 9.73 OVERALL: 3 (x2), 4 (x2), 5, 7, 10, 11, 19 (x2), 22



8) Outlaws HIGHEST: 3 LOWEST: 28 AVERAGE: 11.45 OVERALL: 3 (x2), 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 20, 21, 28



9) Gators HIGHEST: 2 LOWEST: 26 AVERAGE: 11.55 OVERALL: 2, 3, 9, 10 (x2), 11 (x2), 12, 13, 20, 26



10) Monarchs HIGHEST: 6 LOWEST: 26 AVERAGE: 13.00 OVERALL: 6, 8, 9 (x4), 11, 17, 19, 20, 26



11) Blades of Steel HIGHEST: 4 LOWEST: 26 AVERAGE: 13.55 OVERALL: 4, 7 (x2), 10, 12 (x2), 13, 16, 18, 24, 26



12) West Coast Express HIGHEST: 2 LOWEST: 29 AVERAGE: 14.18 OVERALL: 2, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15 (x2), 17, 24, 29



13) Warriors HIGHEST: 4 LOWEST: 25 AVERAGE: 15.27 OVERALL: 4, 6, 8, 13, 14, 15, 18 (x2), 23, 24, 25



14) Murder Hornets HIGHEST: 5 LOWEST: 27 AVERAGE: 15.64 OVERALL: 5, 9, 11, 15, 16 (x3), 17, 20 (x2), 27



15) Brutes HIGHEST: 4 LOWEST: 23 AVERAGE: 16.00 OVERALL: 4, 12 (x2), 13, 17 (x2), 18, 19 (x2), 22, 23



16) Royals HIGHEST: 7 LOWEST: 30 AVERAGE: 16.09 OVERALL: 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 (x2), 17, 19, 21, 26, 30



17) Tornadoes HIGHEST: 3 LOWEST: 28 AVERAGE: 17.27 OVERALL: 3, 6, 9, 11, 15, 17, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28



18) Elite Assassins HIGHEST: 14 LOWEST: 24 AVERAGE: 17.91 OVERALL: 14, 15 (x2), 16 (x2), 17, 19, 20 (x2), 21, 24



19) Defenders HIGHEST: 10 LOWEST: 28 AVERAGE: 18.36 OVERALL: 10, 13, 15, 16, 18 (x2), 20 (x2), 22 (x2), 28



20) Blizzard HIGHEST: 10 LOWEST: 27 AVERAGE: 18.91 OVERALL: 10, 12 (x2), 15, 17, 21 (x2), 23, 25 (x2), 27



21) Vengeance HIGHEST: 11 LOWEST: 28 AVERAGE: 19.00 OVERALL: 11, 12, 14 (x2), 17, 21, 22 (x3), 26, 28



22) Crypto Knights HIGHEST: 5 LOWEST: 27 AVERAGE: 19.09 OVERALL: 5, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23 (x2), 25, 27 (x2)



T23) Snipers HIGHEST: 7 LOWEST: 29 AVERAGE: 19.18 OVERALL: 7, 14, 15, 16, 18 (x2), 21, 22, 24, 27, 29



T23) Bombers HIGHEST: 8 LOWEST: 31 AVERAGE: 19.18 OVERALL: 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 23, 25, 26, 28, 31



25) Power Players HIGHEST: 13 LOWEST: 26 AVERAGE: 21.00 OVERALL: 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24 (x2), 25, 26 (x2)



26) Battlehawks HIGHEST: 3 LOWEST: 30 AVERAGE: 21.45 OVERALL: 3, 8, 19, 20, 23, 25 (x2), 27, 28 (x2), 30



27) Stallions HIGHEST: 8 LOWEST: 29 AVERAGE: 22.73 OVERALL: 8, 21 (x2), 22 (x2), 24 (x2), 25, 27 (x2), 29



28) Chilean Sea Bass HIGHEST: 11 LOWEST: 30 AVERAGE: 25.55 OVERALL: 11, 18, 25, 26, 27, 28 (x2), 29 (x2), 30 (x2)



29) Norse Stars HIGHEST: 18 LOWEST: 31 AVERAGE: 26.36 OVERALL: 18, 19, 23, 24, 28, 29 (x3), 30 (x2), 31



30) Duckman’s Domination HIGHEST: 10 LOWEST: 31 AVERAGE: 28.27 OVERALL: 10, 26, 30 (x4), 31 (x5)



31) Dynasty HIGHEST: 21 LOWEST: 31 AVERAGE: 28.82 OVERALL: 21, 27, 28, 29 (x3), 30, 31 (x4)


Fisher’s Thoughts To recap, five franchises received first-place votes — Grizzlies, Red Army and Ice Vikings, with three each, plus Strong Island and Titans, with one apiece. Duckman’s Domination received the most last-place votes, with five, while Dynasty had four and both Norse Stars and Bombers brought up the rear once. Bombers were the biggest surprise there — I see them as a top-15 franchise on paper, pushing for the top 10 if their young core performs to its potential. Ice Vikings receiving three first-place votes also took me by surprise, but the UFHL’s scoring system favours their physical lineup that could live up to that lofty ranking. For the record, Ice Vikings did not vote for themselves in first place — in fact, they weren’t among the franchises to submit their rankings. As you can see, these rankings were wide ranging with no real consensus, which suggests there should be plenty of parity in the Ultimate Fantasy Hockey League once the season gets going. That was the biggest takeaway for me, just the mixed bag of opinions on almost every franchise. Only the Grizzlies and Yetis were unanimous top-10 franchises — ranked in the top 10 by all 11 voters. But there was no unanimous top-five franchise — none that were ranked in the top five by all 11 voters. That certainly speaks to the parity in the top 10. Interestingly and astonishingly, 21 franchises were ranked both in the top 10 and outside the top 20 among the 11 voters. That is the craziest stat coming out of these Power Rankings! Again, it is telling of the parity at play in the UFHL. Not everyone will put stock in these preseason Power Rankings and there could still be significant moves between now and opening night of the NHL season — whenever that might be, hopefully sooner than later. Murder Hornets have since acquired Sean Couturier and Red Army have added Drew Doughty despite his anchor of a contract, so they are both looking more powerful in the present than at the voting deadline for these rankings. There has been an arms race taking place throughout the offseason, so it wouldn’t be shocking if other franchises made reactionary moves to keep pace, but the rosters should be set for the most part. The true Power Rankings will be the UFHL standings — especially with the rotisserie format removing a lot of the luck factor, aside from injuries — but this was a fun exercise to help pass the time and set the stage for the 2021 season. Like everyone else, I can’t wait for that puck to drop — to see how these Power Rankings will hold up when the real games begin! Stay tuned, exciting times ahead! To view the current UFHL rosters, check out the Rosters/Protected Lists tab in our UFHL sheets, which are being utilized to track the Ultimate Fantasy Hockey League as UFF Sports transitions to the Zilliqa blockchain this winter with mid-January targeted for that official launch.

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