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The IHC-2 team is a completely new team. Their coach managed to sign a handful of E9 kids to play on that team. Not sure if they're any good seeing as top E9 players from E9 teams rarely leave to play T1 but I guess we'll see soon enough.
A little more homework needed. NH Monarchs were weak last year couldn't even beat Manchester's 07 team.. Terrier White has collapsed. So that bracket is really weak. The A bracket is clearly the stiffest with Rangers, then Terrier Red, Kings, and MMF. I think at least three of the four should get in, i.e., two at large bids from the bracket. Don't know about Top Gun, but I think the White champion should be getting an automatic bid so would let them in as #10. We certainly don't need three NH teams, going to NH every other weekend is for E9/BHL for the Lovell Knights and BA, not EHF teams.
"The A bracket is clearly the stiffest with Rangers, then Terrier Red, Kings, and MMF."
Rangers had a good record, but really only had a couple of kids that really stood out. That started to show towards the end of the season. Unless Terrier Red, MMF and SSK seriously upgraded from last season, their chances are about as good as Friars, Islanders(Riverhawks) and Top Gun. There was not alot of separation at the bottom of the 06 black division at the end of the season and the Top Gun team would have placed in that same group had they played in the Black division.
That's all to say that the brackets look pretty even to me (though I don't have inside information of which teams collapsed or significantly improved). For all the things that the Fed does wrong (including scheduling the White parity at the end of April), I think they did a decent job with the 06 brackets.
Agreed, Terrier Red and Kings proved they belong with 11 and 9 wins, respectively, last season. It's got to count for something when doing the four at large bids after the weekend play.
That was a lot of work to figure out that two of the three brackets had three eams from Black and one bracket had four teams from Black. And obviously, when you are one of the Black teams you have one less game against a Black team, because you're the third or fourth black team in the bracket.
I wouldn't say the EHF intentionally screwed any team. I think its a fair division of groups, and with any breakdown/brackets- there will be winners and losers. Easy paths, so-so paths, and difficult paths. It is what it is.
They may have labeled their Tier 1 team as Black internally, but they aren't even playing in the parity tourney this weekend. Perhaps you are referring to the Bandits' re-entry into Elite.
If you had made this statement last year I would have completely agreed. But this year it looks like they actually put some thought into it by using MHR to create brackets. At least the schedules will be a little more equal rather than one team playing 4 teams from the black division while others play 4 from the bottom of the white.
EHF has schedules posted. 3 brackets??? Top team from ea bracket gets in, then tie breaker to form a 10 team black division.
Eagles were second due to fed rules on unbalanced schedules...goes by win percentage and they were tied at end of reg season in pts
BJE actually finished 2nd in regular season behind NorthStars, ahead of MMF by a single point. Standings for auto bids for next season are based on regular season and I think the EHF website incorporates playoffs games to total points so that's why it appears they are 3rd in standings.
fed always finds a hidden rule or formula or other nonsense to bend the rules or don't enforce the rules
this is the bullsh t the fed pulls
I wonder if the Fed ever gets tired of being the MMF's b*tch??
So which teams in the 06 will be much different than last year? Seems to be quite a bit of turnover south of Boston. Breakers loosing a few to Elite teams. Terriers white seems to have lost a lot. Will Huskies and Bandits continue to have different kids at games each week? And how about the Bandits? New management. Old coaches gone. Doing a lot to recruit. Could this be the start of a new era for them?
A few things starting to become clear in 06 Black parity-
BJE have upgraded a couple of pieces and grab an at large bid coming out of their bracket at 3-1. Had a pretty easy draw but they can hang it seems.
MMF are going to White and may not win a game in Black parity. May struggle at White parity as well.
Jr Friars to White likely end up silver
SSK have improved but they will be where they were last year
The rest is turning out pretty much Denny Green - they are who we thought they were.