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NHL 18 Franchise Mode Details and Trailer

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NHL 18 Franchise Mode Details and Trailer

In NHL 18, Franchise Mode now lets you reshape the entire NHL with the new Expansion Draft feature where you get to create and draft a 32nd NHL team and shake up the league. Watch the NHL 18 Franchise Mode trailer here.

Pick from top players as you run an expansion draft, building a unique 32nd NHL team roster and take on the front office role to manage the team and the business. Select your team’s hometown location and choosing from cities across North America and Europe, then design everything from the arena, uniforms, logos and – for the first time ever- your very own mascot; all in the new Creation Zone.

Franchise Mode also now features the Vegas Golden Knights, giving you the option to play as the new 31st team or to re-run the Golden Knights expansion draft on your own and make the picks you want to see on the team.

For more NHL 18 Franchise Mode details, visit the official EA SPORTS NHL website.

EXPANSION

There are 3 modes to play within NHL® 18 Franchise mode: Classic, 31 Team Expansion Draft and 32 Team Expansion Draft.

CLASSIC

Classic Mode is Franchise Mode as you know and love it. All 31 NHL teams will start with your active roster. Select your team and jump straight into the 2017-18 NHL Season from the start of the pre-season in September.

31 TEAM EXPANSION DRAFT

In the 31 Team Expansion Draft Mode, you start your journey three days before the Expansion Draft begins. There are two Expansion Draft scenarios for you to play in this mode: as the Vegas Golden Knights or as another NHL team.

If you choose to be the Vegas Golden Knights, you will go through the Expansion Draft and redraft their team based off your choice of either the Authentic Protected Player lists or computer-generated protection lists. You must follow the NHL Expansion Draft rules and select at least 14 forwards, 9 defenders and 3 goalies.

If you choose to be an existing NHL franchise, you can either set your own protection list or have the computer auto-generate one for you. Your protection list must follow NHL Expansion Draft rules and contain either 7 forwards, 3 defensemen and a goalie or 8 skaters and a goalie. Proceed to the Expansion Draft where the Vegas Golden Knights will take a player from your team.

After the Expansion Draft, you will head into the 2017 NHL® Entry Draft where you can draft and trade players like any other NHL team, and follow the regular off-season schedule with re-signing your players and Free Agency before jumping into the 2017-18 NHL season.

32 TEAM EXPANSION DRAFT

Reshape the entire NHL and create and draft a 32nd NHL team. Select the hometown for your team from cities all across North America and even in Europe – from Stockholm to Helsinki to Berlin to St. Petersburg. Customize everything about your team including the team name, the arena, the jerseys and even the mascot.

After you finish creating your team, you can then choose to customize the AHL team to fit the theme of your new franchise. When you are done creating your team, jump into an authentic Expansion Draft where you select a player from the same 30 NHL teams across the league that Vegas did. The protection lists will be computer-generated from after the Vegas Golden Knights’ picked their roster.

Like the 31 Team Expansion Draft Mode, you will jump into the 2017 NHL® Entry Draft after the Expansion Draft. From there you will continue on with the rest of the 2017 NHL off-season activities, including a re-sign phase and Free Agency.

You can also choose to add a 32nd team and select an already-existing NHL franchise, like you can in the 31 Team Expansion Draft Mode.

EXPANSION MODE OPTIONS

There have been some added options to help customize your Franchise Mode experience. These include whether you want authentic Protection Lists for the Expansion Draft, the ability to toggle Player Morale on or off and the ability to toggle on or off certain pop-up notification warnings, like Scouting Assignment Warnings.

 

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  1. Mostly about Expansion that we knew about (it sounds neat). Not a lot of new stuff for Franchise mode.
    Hopefully they have played NBA 2K (you can do so much in MyLeague) and add some depth, customization, and more stats stuff like that game has.
    After hearing that Super Mega Baseball 2 is being delayed, I will probably be picking this up. The franchise mode improvements look pretty fun.
    I am going to be in search of a math wizard out there to determine the new overall formulas for the forwards, defensemen, and goalies. I will utilize these for the 2017-18 Revamped Rosters.
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    Love how they allowed various options for expansion, and contract extensions during the season. Hopefully the promised progression and draft class revamp works out and I'll be very happy with this years edition. That's the biggest key to Franchise this year.
    When they've talked about it not being a big component of the average players hours a year or two back, it has been understandable that they would get that data simply because Franchise mode has never felt like a deep experience. It has lacked the progression and intelligence by the players and AI teams to realistically play 25 seasons with satisfactory results.
    Worst Franchise Mode in all of sports gaming. An expansion draft isn't going to change that. There is no player differentiation which makes the mode pointless to being with. Sad since hockey is by far my favorite sport but I'll have to go with Madden this year.
    kariya05
    Worst Franchise Mode in all of sports gaming. An expansion draft isn't going to change that. There is no player differentiation which makes the mode pointless to being with. Sad since hockey is by far my favorite sport but I'll have to go with Madden this year.

    How do you play Madden w/ its horrible floaty disconnected pure left-stick control movement feeling? Ruins the game. The basics are off.
    Nhl's pure left-stick control is pretty decent.
    kariya05
    Worst Franchise Mode in all of sports gaming. An expansion draft isn't going to change that. There is no player differentiation which makes the mode pointless to being with. Sad since hockey is by far my favorite sport but I'll have to go with Madden this year.

    I believe there are better ratings separation this year so I'm hoping player separation is improved this year.
    MizzouRah
    I believe there are better ratings separation this year so I'm hoping player separation is improved this year.

    Gotta admit that EA's got me this year. Yes gameplay is iffy, and AI is still shotty at times, and I'd LOVE to see that improved. But the bottom line is, a LOT of offline GM complaints that I've had seem to be getting fixed. Mid-season resigns, better trade deadline movement, better roster evaluation, more separation between players. Now I've known EA for a long time, so just because they SAY it, doesn't mean they actually DO it. But, if these things are fixed, and the trade deadline has more than 2 trades, and CPU teams don't sign an elite goalie FA-making him the third elite goalie on the roster, then I will be happy.
    I was definitely glad to see that EA is slightly giving more separation to player overalls this year as it's a step in the right direction. The problem I have is that I still don't notice much difference between playing with a Crosby type player over a third line player even if their overalls are 10+ difference. Also how there is barely any player differentiation as far as playing style or skating/shooting style. All the players play the same. I think roster sharing would go a long to to fix some things but I don't think EA wants to give people a reason to not upgrade ever year(rosters). If I don't feel like the roster moves I make off the ice have much effect on the ice then Franchise Mode gets dull to me very quickly.
    anyone know if they will finally show boxscores or at least some type of game info when you click on game scores in the calendar???
    also- no roster sharing???
    kariya05
    I was definitely glad to see that EA is slightly giving more separation to player overalls this year as it's a step in the right direction. The problem I have is that I still don't notice much difference between playing with a Crosby type player over a third line player even if their overalls are 10+ difference. Also how there is barely any player differentiation as far as playing style or skating/shooting style. All the players play the same. I think roster sharing would go a long to to fix some things but I don't think EA wants to give people a reason to not upgrade ever year(rosters). If I don't feel like the roster moves I make off the ice have much effect on the ice then Franchise Mode gets dull to me very quickly.
    I think the overalls are just a number for us to look at, everthing else is the same under the hood. Cheap way to try and quiet the calls for more player differentiation. Lol ! Didn't work.
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    Some good stuff for sure, especially the part about AI teams not hoarding goalies anymore.. that was so frustrating to see teams go after good goalies when they already had a good goalie.
    I hope scouting has been improved or at least let me put it on CPU control as it's boring as heck.
    TDKing
    I think the overalls are just a number for us to look at, everthing else is the same under the hood. Cheap way to try and quiet the calls for more player differentiation. Lol ! Didn't work.
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    This is actually almost accurate. Does anyone remembers the PC days and the fantastic roster tool NHLview that cracked the roster file? You could deeply edit individual players or globally edit them. In this day if we had a tool like that for current gen that would be the only way we're getting player separation. I however would settle for roster share because the great work done by the guys who do the revamped rosters is sorely missed. The game definitely played better with their rosters.
    kariya05
    Worst Franchise Mode in all of sports gaming. An expansion draft isn't going to change that. There is no player differentiation which makes the mode pointless to being with. Sad since hockey is by far my favorite sport but I'll have to go with Madden this year.

    I would say it is much better than what Madden currently offers. And MLB The Show isnt too much better than it, that's another game which needs a serious overhaul.
    bad_philanthropy
    Actually sounds pretty good

    Holy smokes, I don't think Gurn Sumal has shaved since I last saw him... at the NHL11 community event!!!
    TDKing
    I think the overalls are just a number for us to look at, everthing else is the same under the hood. Cheap way to try and quiet the calls for more player differentiation. Lol ! Didn't work.
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    That's my worry. I'll hold out hope until I see the final results, but my worry is that with EA and a lot of the community, everyone gets so up-in-arms about the player's overall rating, that they start to ignore the ratings that give them that rating.
    With only so many attribute areas to edit, it leads to a goofy inflation of things that shouldn't matter, just to get a player's overall to some number that everyone thinks is "right".
    Look at a player like Patrick Kane. He's not awful on defense, but he's certainly not someone that most would consider a top defensive forward...and that's fine. But that means that his defensive ratings should reflect mid-level defense at the least.
    Instead in NHL 17, Patrick Kane had better defensive attributes (stick checking, defensive awareness, can't remember what else) than players who are not only top pairing defenders (Pietrangelo, Doughty, Weber, etc) but guys who are considered among the Top-10 in the league for defenders...all in the name of inflating his OVR rating to something that everyone online will gush over when they post it on Twitter.
    It's frustrating, because this over inflation affects the sim side of the game, from everything I can tell. Meanwhile, it leads to clumping of household name players, because their actual important ratings like their defensive skills, shooting, etc are all clumped up just as badly as their overall ratings.
    Again, I'm waiting to see what happens with the actual release, but it would need to be a pretty sizable ratings change for me to expect a big change. Things like Steen and Reaves being so close in their shooting skills has a bigger affect on the actual gameplay than the OVR of Crosby and Steen being separated by 10 points instead of 8.

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