I recently found a free hockey simulator called “Hockey GM“, which is an off-shoot of Baseball GM, which itself is an offshoot of Basketball GM. It’s a fun text-based simulator where you run a team, and control everything from ticket prices to player movement. I uploaded a fan-created NHL database to Hockey GM, and ran the Ottawa Senators for the first season. Here’s what unfolded in this mirror universe!
The season started on a sour note for the Ottawa Senators, playing to a 2-5-3 record after 10 games. In those games, the Sens allowed 36 goals while scoring only 18. The worst loss in that stretch was a 7-0 thumping at the hands of Colorado Avalanche.
After 35 games, the Senators sat with a record of 10-18-7, good for 27 points and last in the NHL overall. That 35-game stretch included a 10-game winless streak, which started with the 7-0 loss in Colorado, that wasn’t snapped until a close 2-1 victory against the Florida Panthers. Craig Anderson made a solid 21 saves to earn the victory, while Ryan Dzingel and Zack Smith picked up the goals for Ottawa.
While Ottawa hoped the victory would be a turning point in the season, they continued their poor play going into the half-way mark of the season to sit with a record of 13-19-9. Still last in the Atlantic Division, but at least 3 points up on top of the New York Rangers for second last in the Eastern Conference.
In the end, the Sens finished with a record of 34-35-13, good for 7th in the Atlantic Division / 11th in the Eastern Conference. They did NOT make the playoffs, though they did hold the 8th spot for a few games as they climbed their way back to respectability.
Unfortunately for the Senators, Craig Anderson decided to retire so the priority for 2017 is to find a new number one goaltender.
– Points – Erik Karlsson – 66 (37G-29A)
– Goals – Erik Karlsson – 37 (Finished 10th in scoring)
– Assists – Mark Stone – 40 (25G-40A-65P)
Some individual game stats of note:
– Mark Stone scored 4 goals and Derek Brassard had 3 assists in a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Wild
– Erik Karlsson scored 3 goals in a 4-3 OT win over the Nashville Predators
– Mike Hoffman and Erik Karlsson each had 3 assists in a 6-5 OT loss to the Montreal Canadiens
– Erik Karlsson scored 3 goals in a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Wild
Stanley Cup Champions: Dallas Stars
Playoffs MVP: Tyler Seguin (DAL) (10G-12A)
Best Record – East – Pittsburgh Penguins (60-18-4)
Best Record – West – Chicago Blackhawks (53-24-5)
Regular Season MVP: Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) (65G-39A)
Defensive Player of the year: Erik Karlsson (OTT) (279 Hits, 337 Blocks)
Goalie of the year: Braden Holtby (WAS)
Rookie of the Year: Connor McDavid (EDM) (43G-32A)
Notable Retirements (* Demptes players named to Hall of Fame)