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Old 06-20-2016, 08:24 PM   #1
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Rewriting History - The Oakland Seals

Rewriting History - The Oakland Seals



After visiting these forums for a little while now, I’ve decided to become a member and to document my latest FHM save with the Oakland Seals. The Seals are probably the least known and remembered franchise from the league’s 1967 expansion; an event that doubled the NHL in size from six teams to 12. Due to various issues including poor on ice performance and failing to fill their arena, the Seals were moved to Cleveland after less than a decade of name changes and mediocrity.

Here's a look at the most noteworthy players on the roster.



Not much to get excited about, honestly. I’ve only made a few moves, as we’ve signed free agents Willie O’Ree, Gerry Ouellette, and Carl Brewer. Brewer and Bob Baun will combine to create a halfway decent defensive pairing; hopefully I can hang onto Baun longer than the Seals did in real life (he demanded a move to an Original Six team after the 67-68 season). Willie O'Ree will hopefully make a sizable contribution to our team as well. I tried to make a trade or two over the course of the first season to bring in some sort of young talent, but was not successful.

My goal for this first season is to simply do better than the Seals did in their real life 67-68 season. The Seals were the worst team in the league, and finished with a 15-42-17 (Win-Loss-Draw) record, racking up a measly 47 points. To put their horrific season in perspective, the next best team that year was the Red Wings, who finished with 19 more points than Seals.

With all that being said, how did we do in season one?



Well, I was pleasantly surprised. Our record wasn’t very good, but our 64 points was good enough to land us in the playoffs as the third seed in the West Division. The only reason the Blues did so well in this season was due to their big signing of 38 year old Jacques Plante. The next post will document our journey through the 67-68 playoffs, which will start with a series against the second seed Philadelphia Flyers.
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You're a glutton for punishment, just like me. I have a fetish for taking over the expansion Kansas City Scouts and running them to their NJ years. It's a long hard slog, isn't it?
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1968 Playoffs

It's been a while since my first post, but here's what happened in the 1968 playoffs. We started our playoff campaign against the Flyers...



Well, would you look at that? We've advanced to the next round by the skin of our teeth. I felt that simply having a better record than the real life Seals in 67-68 was enough of a success. We've definitely surpassed my expectations for the first season. Now we had to take on Boston, was there any way the Seals could get to a final in their first year of existence?



Ha, nope.

Here's the full playoff tree for the 1968 playoffs, with the Red Wings winning the Cup.



Next, I'll post about some of the team's key players. I'm having some trouble with the amateur draft in this save as well; I'm really hoping there isn't something wrong with my save. Either way, I'll continue as long as the game will allow me to.
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You're a glutton for punishment, just like me. I have a fetish for taking over the expansion Kansas City Scouts and running them to their NJ years. It's a long hard slog, isn't it?
Ha, yeah I guess so! I can tell that reaching the level of the Original Six teams is going to be a long, arduous task. Making the playoffs in the weak Western Conference is making it a bit more interesting though.
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Player Profiles - 1967-1968 Season

Now that I've completed the first season, I thought I would share how some of our marquee players performed before starting into season two.

Willie O'Ree

I signed O'Ree as a free agent before the season began; he has quickly become one of our most productive players when it comes to points.



Bill Hicke

Hicke led the team in goals with 31, easily making his first season with the Seals the best of his career.



Gerry Ehman

Not much to say about Gerry in particular, just a solid forward for our team's level. He picked up 51 points in season one.



Carl Brewer

One half of our somewhat decent first defensive pairing, Brewer saw his PIM totals drop off in his first season in Oakland. A good first year all around for Brewer.



Bob Baun

While Brewer's PIM total dropped off, Baun's did the exact opposite. Baun is the team captain and serves as a hard nosed D-man who can chip in offensively from time to time. He ended season one with 31 points and 169 penalty minutes. Luckily for us, he's sticking around for now.



Gary Smith

With a team as lousy as ours, you're going to need someone in the net who can win games. Gary Smith might not be that guy, but he's been a key player for us so far. He was in the net for 23 of our 25 victories, and ended the year with a .915 save percentage.



In my next post, I'll recap the second season.
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