hi Luc, others,
I'm excited for hockey season to getting started again (go Leafs!! ) - in the meanwhile would be nice to play some games of nhl18 in Sept (I admit I'll be suckered in again to spend 70EUR on a game that doesn't have my favorite game mode GMC...).
Are you planning to do some type of vs game schedule?
If you can get 31 players, what you could actually do is have a league where you would follow regular season schedule; in that way people only would have to play 3-4 games max a week, and it's a more 'slow' pace.. I think that the lineups in vs even are kept up to date (trades, injuries)?? If people are committed to make it a very realistic league, you could have people make pictures as well post-game, and have overview every week on goals, assists and points leaders, and goalies with shutouts, save percentage, gaa.. etc.
whether this would be a success, would depend on all players being of relative equal level, and people refraining from trying to look at exploits to win ; instead focusing on just having a nice league and interactions..
anyways, let me know what your plans are with this - i'd be interested in such a setup. (could help with recruiting some players to league and therefor your site).
in addition, if people are interested in playing some eashl, i would be up for that as well (i think 3vs3 will be very popular in nhl18).