OSHL Rules

League Structure:

Commissioner/Player agent: Jaxan Prier (TOR)

Trade Committee: P.J. Jennings (FLA), Harry Ouzounian (STL) and Matt Barry (DET)

League Enforcer: Harry Ouzounian (STL)


Salary Cap:

OSHL’s salary cap will be $64 million for season one, and will go up $2 million every season thereafter.
• Amendment 1: Salary Cap has been capped at $70 million for Seasons 5+.

100% of your pro roster salaries count towards this cap. If you need to check how much room you have, you may view it in your finances under Pro Salary.

Anyone who is caught being over the salary cap (not due to injury) will be issued a warning by Harry. If a GM receives two warnings, their highest rated player will receive an automatic two game suspension. Any GM receiving a third warning will have their highest rated player suspended six games.

All players making over $1.5 million will be automatically signed to one-way contracts, meaning they CANNOT be sent down to the minors. I understand that one-way deals do not limit you in that way in the NHL, but they will in OSHL. Spend wisely.



Finances have been turned off. The only thing you have to worry about is staying under the cap.



A valid game day roster includes 18 skaters and 2 goalies. This may be broken down one of two ways. Either 12 forwards and 6 defensemen, or 11 forwards and 7 defensemen. If using 11 forwards, no more than 1 forward may be double shifted in the even strength lines. If using 12 forwards, no forwards may be double shifted in the even strength lineup. All players dressed MUST be assigned at least one spot in the even strength lineup.

All teams MUST have at least 3 goalies signed to either their pro or farm roster.


Position Changes

GMs may request a player position change by emailing the player, the desired position, and a link proving the player plays that position. I.E. – NHL.com, TSN.ca, etc…

Note: Players may not go between forward and defense.



A simple matter of getting 2 or more GMs to agree on a deal. Tradeable assets include players, draft picks, prospects, activations, etc. Once a deal is agreed upon, you must post it in the OSHL “Trades” forum for the entire league to see.

There will be a trade committee, comprised of P.J. (FLA), Harry (STL) and Matt (DET), that will decide the outcome of any trades that necessitate additional scrutiny. The Trade Committee’s decision will be final and the commissioner will be removed from the process.

For a trade to pass, 2/3 of the committee must vote yes. It does not have to be unanimous.

If a trade has been rejected, the Trade Committee may offer recommendations on how to amend a trade to reach approval status.


 Restricted Free Agency (RFA’s)

GM’s will have the option or re-signing their own free agents in two formats:

1- You can negotiate the contracts in the traditional format. This will be done by negotiating with the player agent. Under this scenario, players can hold out and your players will be exposed to offer sheets. You must offer at least a 10% increase of each players current salary. If you fail to do so, you forfeit their rights and they become an unrestricted free agent.

2 – If you don’t want to risk negotiating, or are just feeling lazy, you can send your player to arbitration. Under this scenario, you just e-mail me the player(s) you are sending to arbitration with the amount of years you wish to sign that player for (1-5 yrs). Keep in mind when choosing contract length that  shorter team deals (1-2 yrs) will be less expensive on an annual basis than long term deals (4-5 years). You are 100% guaranteed to sign that player for the amount of years you requested….but will have no say over the monetary terms of the contract. Once you choose this route, you must accept the arbitrators decision. There is no risk of holdout and your players will NOT be exposed to offer sheets. Contracts given under this scenario will be as fair as humanly possible, so you will not necessarily be disappointed with the arbitrators reward either.  I don’t believe in overpaying players for no reason as it just hampers the league’s activity. But in the case you are dissatisfied, you have no say in reversing the contract.

You must choose format 1 or 2 at the beginning of Free agency. You CANNOT choose format 1, and then switch to format 2 if you are frustrated with the agent’s asking price for your players or vice versa.

Restricted free agent compensation: If you do not have your own draft picks to give up as compensation, you CANNOT sign that player to an offer sheet.

Average Annual Value (AAV)
No compensation
 2nd Round Pick
(2) 2nd Round Picks
1st Round Pick
(1) 1st Round Pick & (1) 2nd Round Pick
(2) 1st Round Picks & (2) 2nd Round Picks
(4) 1st Round Picks


Unrestricted Free Agency (UFA)

Unrestricted free agents will be anyone who is 29 years of age and older.

Unrestricted Free Agents will usually sign the highest annual value contract offered. However the commissioner reserves the right to take a lesser annual value if the years offered more than make up the difference.

Example: Team A offers $5 million for 1 year, Team B offers $4 million for 3 years. The player will likely take Team B’s offer. All offers will be judged on an individual basis.

Open market bidding per player will end randomly. A player may sign right away, or he may want to wait to hear as many offers as possible.


UFA Re-signs

Every season, you can re-sign one of your players before they become UFA. This can be done in the two formats identical to Restricted Free Agency. Either negotiate with the player agent or take the player to arbitration. Early re-signs are guaranteed to re-sign, so if you cannot come to an agreement with the player agent, you can then send the player to arbitration (unlike with RFA’s where you have to choose one format or the other)

These UFA re-signs will NOT be tradeable in an effort to make our UFA period more active and meaningful. If we allow them to be traded, it all but guarantees the top 30 UFA’s to be taken off the market. You can, however, use your early re-sign at any time during the season.

Note: Any resigned UFA/RFA player must wait at least one full season before any store bought salary reductions can be applied.






Waivers are for players who are over age 24 with a minimum 10 games played. When you send a player to the farm that meets that criteria, he must go through waivers and stay there for 48 hours. Those who want to claim a player must email a claim to the commissioner.

If more than one team wishes to claim a player, the team that is lowest in the standings has the advantage of getting the player.

You may not waive anyone making more than $1,500,000 regardless of age.



Early in the season, we will release a draft list for the upcoming draft.

Below is a prospect chart that will serve as a guideline for creations. Players are not bound by these ratings however.
Goalies will be weighted differently (higher).

Hockey’s Future Rating
OSHL Rating
HF Grade

OV Change

< 6.0


Prospect Salaries:

This is the chart I use to assign salaries to drafted players/prospects:

65OV or less = $500k
66-67OV = $650k
68-69OV = $800k
70OV or above = $950k

18-21 years old = 3 years
22-23 years old = 2 years
24 years or older = 1 year


Prospect activations:

Every season, you may activate 3 prospects. It can be done at any point of the season or off-season.


NHL Rerates:

Every offseason, you will be able to ask for one NHL rerate. NHL rerates will only be applied if the Commissioners feel they are warranted.

If you would like a second NHL rerate, you may forfeit a 1st round pick of the current draft year.

No one over 35 can be re-rated, positively or negatively.


Sim Rerates:

OSHL will allow Sim rerates at the end of every EVEN NUMBERED season. This will help keep ratings from becoming inflated.


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