Project NHL 36 v7.3 Released

Version 7.3 of the Project NHL 36 roster update by BKArchitect is now available. The roster update features a pseudo-fictional update layered on top of real world rosters; essentially a fictional expansion of the NHL. This is the final NHL 36 release as BKArchitect will now concentrate solely on the Project NHL 32 roster update. Further details and the download links can be found HERE.

Changelist:

Typical update stuff:
– Transfers across North America and major European leagues including juniors and future NCAA commits and contract extensions. Includes the Pacioretty and McQuaid deals and Seguin and Wheeler extensions and Zetterberg retirement. Plus, young player bumps from rookie camps…guys like Dillon Dube who look like surefire bets to make their NHL rosters this season. Also Brisebois taking over Yzerman in Tampa. Brampton as the Sens’ ECHL affiliate, etc, etc.
– Continued prospect addition and refining. Bunch of new top 2004-born Quebec prospects in this release and some extra young Finns. Look out for 2003-born Joshua Roy as well, he’s looking amazing IRL. Also, have begun the process of cleaning up NCAA and CHL rosters based on official 18-19 rosters (NCAA) and pre-season camps (CHL). These of course will remain in flux for a bit longer, but tons of NCAA commits have been re-classified and added back in as future commits for 2019.
– Expansion Draft import files are still included with every NHL36 & NHL32 database variant, so you can jump start or customize your own expansion team experience.

***Expansion Draft Update***
All v7.3 databases come with a slightly tweaked expansion draft. The structure of the draft has always kept players who have changed clubs this off-season with their new real club. So guys like Tatar, Tierney, Balcers have been replaced in the expansion draft so that they can suit up for their real life new clubs. This has resulted in some slight roster shifts for all the expansion teams.

***European Leagues Update***
As started with v7.2, I’ve begun overhauling European leagues to streamline the game – less leagues and teams but more updated with complete update to graphics and look (all club colors and logos for 18-19). V7.2 started with the big boys in Russia, Sweden and Finland…this v7.3 update concentrates on Central Europe. Clubs who appear in multiple leagues are simply placed in the highest league as some of the better leagues are multi-national in make-up.

ALL TEAM NAMES, COLORS & LOGOS (with logopack addition below) updated for all the leagues listed (and from previous updates) for 2018-19.

Also, I have adjusted all European leagues (and North American juniors/NCAA) to have slightly stricter roster rules…instead of being able to carry unlimited players, there are now caps on roster and contract limits, similar to the NHL and KHL. I feel in test sims this leads to less “hoarding” by certain clubs and better distribution and more movement of players. Let me know what you think.

– FINLAND UPDATE: I did update Finland to introduce promotion/demotion from Liiga to Mestis. I know this isn’t true to real life but I like the variety promotion and demotion add to the game. Structurally, there is now a relegation league at the end of the Liiga season, with the bottom 2 Liiga placers and the winners of the Mestis playoff semi-finals.

– CHAMPIONS HOCKEY LEAGUE: CHL teams (CHL licenses) updated for the 2018-19 season. Since EHM uses the old format (48 teams and not 32 – this can’t be edited), the extra 16 teams are based on the additional national entries from the old 48 team format – based on the next highest placed league/playoff finishers for respective nations from the 17-18 league seasons who aren’t actually in the 32-team 2018-19 tournament. Also, logos and branding for the tournament have been updated. The IIHF Continental Cup entrants have also been updated for 2018-19 but more on that after I get to some of the small domestic leagues in future updates. Both tournaments should function without error now.

– SWITZERLAND: National League (formerly NLA) re-branded and teams & structure updated for 2018-19 season. Swiss League (formerly NLB) structure/teams updated for 2018-19 season. There is promotion/relegation between National League and League. 

– SWITZERLAND JUNIORS: Elite Junior A structure/teams updated for 2018-19 season and now is playable for the first time in NHL36. Swiss Junior B teams updated for the 2018-19 season…not playable though. There is promotion/relegation between Junior A and Junior B. 

– GERMANY: DEL teams & structure updated for 2018-19 season. DEL2 teams updated for 2018-19 season. Oberliga (third tier) teams updated for 2018-19 season…not playable though. There is promotion/relegation between DEL, DEL2 and Oberliga…as with Liiga, I know this is not true to real life, but I like the idea of seeing an old heavyweight club like Hannover Scoprions (toiling in Oberliga) being able to make it back to the DEL. 

– GERMANY JUNIORS: DNL teams updated for 2018-19 season and now is playable for the first time in NHL36. Also updated to reflect new U20 format (in lieu of old U19 format). 

– CZECH REPUBLIC: Tipssport Extraliga teams & structure updated for 2018-19 season. Chance Liga (second tier) rebranded and structure/teams updated for 2018-19 season. There is promotion/relegation between Extraliga and Chance Liga. 

– CZECH REPUBLIC JUNIORS: DHL Junior Extraliga structure/teams updated for 2018-19 season and now is playable for the first time in NHL36. Also updated to reflect new U19 format (in lieu of old U20 format). Rules adjusted as well to allow Red Bull Academy (Austria) to host both Austrian and Czech players as domestic. 

– SLOVAKIA: Tipssport Liga teams & structure updated for 2018-19 season. 1HL (second tier) teams updated for 2018-19 season…not playable though. There is promotion/relegation between Liga and 1HL. 

– SLOVAKIA JUNIORS: Junior Extraliga structure/teams updated for 2018-19…not playable though (yet). This league is a combination of current U20 and U18 clubs, hence the 14 teams. 

– AUSTRIA: EBEL teams & structure updated for 2018-19 season. AlpsHL re-classified as an Austrian-based league (under the EBEL umbrella even though 8 teams are Italian) and teams/structure updated for 2018-19 season and playable for the first time in NHL36. 

– AUSTRIAN JUNIORS: EBYSL structure/teams updated for 2018-19 season and now is playable for the first time in NHL36. 

– HUNGARY: Erste Liga teams & structure updated for 2018-19 season and playable for the first time in NHL36. 

– HUNGARY JUNIORS: A generic default Hungarian-based junior league/team has been added as a domestic-based place for prospects to be generated. The top real Hungarian junior clubs play in the Austrian-based EBYSL.

– ITALY: Italian Hockey League has been re-branded from Serie A2 and teams & structure updated for 2018-19 season…not playable though. The major Italian teams all play the Austrian EBEL. 

– ITALIAN JUNIORS: Italian Junior League teams & structure updated for 2018-19 season…not playable though. Also updated to reflect U19 format. 

– SLOVENIA: International Hockey League teams & structure updated for 2018-19 season…not playable though. The two big clubs (Olimpija & Jesenice) play in the Austrian-based AlpsHL.

– SLOVENIA JUNIORS: A generic default Slovenian-based junior league/team has been added as a domestic-based place for prospects to be generated. Jesenice Jrs play in the Austrian-based EBYSL.

– CROATIA: A generic default Slovenian-based senior league/team has been added as a domestic-based place for Croatian players. Medvescak play in the Austrian-based EBEL while four other Croatian clubs play in the Slovenian-based IHL.

– CROATIA JUNIORS: A generic default Croatian-based junior league/team has been added as a domestic-based place for prospects to be generated.

– ROMANIA: A generic default Romanian-based senior league/team has been added as a domestic-based place for Romanian players. The three big clubs (Csikszereda, Brasov, Gyergoi) play in the Hungarian-based Erste Liga.

– ROMANIAN JUNIORS: A generic default Romanian-based junior league/team has been added as a domestic-based place for prospects to be generated.

– SERBIA: A generic default Serbian-based senior league/team has been added as a domestic-based place for Serbian players. The three big clubs (Partizan, Crvena Zvezda, Vojvodina) play in the Slovenian-based IHL. Technically, Partizan doesn’t IRL but rather than leave them in a skimpy Serbian-league, I added them to the IHL.

– SERBIAN JUNIORS: A generic default Serbian-based junior league/team has been added as a domestic-based place for prospects to be generated.

– BULGARIA: Bulgarian Hockey League[/u] teams & structure updated for 2018-19 season – it’s just a 4-team league…not playable though. 

– BULGARIAN JUNIORS: A generic default Serbian-based junior league/team has been added as a domestic-based place for prospects to be generated.

– JAPAN: Asia Ice Hockey League[/u] teams & structure updated for 2018-19 season – still playable as always, structure really hasn’t changed. Includes the three South Korean clubs and Sakhalin from Russia.

– JAPAN JUNIORS: Added two generic default Japanese-based youth teams – one at the high school level and one at the university level since that is the more prevalent path in the country than “juniors”.

– SOUTH KOREA: A generic default Romanian-based senior league/team has been added as a domestic-based place for Korean players. The three big clubs (Anyang, Daemyung, High1) play in the Japanese-based AIHL.

– SOUTH KOREA JUNIORS: Added two generic default Korean-based youth teams – one at the high school level and one at the university level since that is the more prevalent path in the country than “juniors”.

– CHINA: A generic default China-based senior league/team has been added as a domestic-based place for Chinese players. The main Chinese clubs play in either the KHL (Kunlun) or VHL (KRS, Tsen Tou Jilin).

– CHINESE JUNIORS: A generic default China-based junior league/team has been added as a domestic-based place for prospects to be generated. The top Chinese junior team (KRS Junior) plays in the MHL.

Will head back to Western Europe for the next update (top levels of Great Britain, France, Denmark, Norway, etc).

As always, mucho credits to dani9 for his logo superpack (while I have added a multitude of logos – many are also just re-named to work with my databases) and to the TBL crew as I used their extended European league models as a check to get my versions of some of the leagues above to be playable.

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