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UFHL Season Preview & Power Rankings: Parity Prevalent as Puck Drops on Third Campaign



UFHL Season Preview & Power Rankings: Parity Prevalent as Puck Drops on Third Campaign

The Ultimate Fantasy Hockey League will embark on its third season tonight — and first full 82-game schedule — with parity appearing better than ever among the 32 franchises vying for the Founders’ Trophy in the regular season and the Klein Cup in the playoffs. Mirroring the NHL from start to finish, the UFHL promises to deliver another competitive and exciting campaign as the Ice Vikings try to top the regular season standings again and Red Army attempts to defend their playoff crown. Both will have their work cut out for them in repeating, having fallen back to the pack on paper while several rivals made significant improvements in the offseason to take a run at those titles.




Predicting a champion is a real challenge — as evidenced by the preseason Power Rankings, along with the Fantrax projections — and this season preview will paint the picture of a pretty level playing field from top to bottom. There is hardly even a favourite from the outset, which means injuries and in-season asset management will be the deciding factors. But this preview will be fun to reflect on — looking back at the lineups, rankings and projections in hindsight — when all is said and done. For now, we’re simply setting the stage for the season to commence and may the best franchise prevail in the end!



Season Opening Lineups Here are the season-opening lineups for the 32 franchises, listed in alphabetical order to avoid any bias and allow the audience to draw their own conclusions prior to revealing the aforementioned rankings and projections. It should be noted that these lineups only feature 20 players from the franchises’ 23-man active rosters — not to mention their 27-man protected lists — with injured players also omitted for the most part. And some franchises have NHL-ready prospects on their protected list or superior depth at specific positions, preventing all their talent from being displayed here.