Do you use EA’s franchise mode to build the New York Islanders into a champion? Join us every Sunday as we do the same.
We all play armchair GM. I’m certainly not the only one who has at least ten different variations of the 2020-21 New York Islanders team on CapFriendly’s incredible team-building feature.
With little insight from GM Lou Lamoriello fans like myself have used CapFriendly’s team builder to figure out how the Islanders will look for the 2020-21 season. It’s a lot of fun but a lot of guessing as well.
Along with our Patreon’s, I’ve taken that one step further. We step into the role of the GM and attempt to build the Islanders into a champ.
Sunday’s Are for the GMs
Every Sunday, on our Patreon channel I host a GM Mode Livestream. Using EA’s NHL 20* we’ve been trying to rebuild the Islanders into a championship team for weeks now. We haven’t quite become a champion yet, but we feel that after weeks of work our team can now hit that level.
(*We’ll transition to NHL 2021 when bugs have been fixed and we finish this cycle.)
If you like being in charge of making decisions you should join us every Sunday to rebuild the Isles.
As we head into the 2024-25 season here’s what our team looks like:
*Game generated players
We’re an offensive powerhouse with a strong top-nine. Our fourth line is a weakness that the rest of the team should compensate for.
We’ve tried a similar top-heavy strategy in the past but failed to get anywhere with it. Mainly because our blueline was absolutely dreadful. We addressed that this time around.
I know some of you might not approve of having Tony DeAngelo wear blue and orange because he’s a blue shirt, but at 87 overall he’s a good player in the game. Looking at this blueline our team should be able to defend and score seemingly at will.
While we have a strong forward and defensive core our goaltending situation hasn’t totally been sorted out just yet.
Luukkonnen is an elite rated starter and is only 25 years old (in the game). He should be able to carry the load but having Tucker Tynan as the backup won’t fly. His role is a minor starting goalie. Having him start 20-ish games could be a problem for our team.
With $5.505 million in cap space for the 24-25 season, our goal tonight for the live stream will be to get an NHL caliber backup and maybe get an NHL caliber fourth line right-wing to complete our team.
Join our Patreon at any level and you’ll get access to this weekly feature and help us build a winner. We’ll be online tonight at 8 PM EST for an hour. Don’t miss it.