Also think it should be tuned down some few steps. I see two problems if the upcoming draftclasses is gonna be this good. One shortterm and one longterm:
Shortterm we can look at people who in the last, say 3-4 seasons, had:
- a bad team but some early draftpicks that should have helped them gain some momentum
- Or has tried to rebuild, or develop prospects to build a team, either to get a better team in the long run, or just for the fun of it! (Many likes that way of play in managergames in my experience from a few, pc and online)
These one gets kind of "screwed" as in 1-2 draftclasses people can get 3-4 really GREAT players, and another 3-4 that within a season or so will be just as good as those that developed like 3-4 seasons. So looking shortterm it sort of makes things UNDONE for those that really had a plan for the long term for managing and building their squad.
I´ll definitely survive, so I ain´t complaining, but just to give an example. I have Jeremy Maxwell. He´s a D, a top draftpick at number 8 with nice mentals. I needed to rebuild an old D-core and it was hard to find solid D-men at the time. I did pay up to get him, but I thought it was worth it at the time:
- Season 18, GHL, Traded from Oshawa Cougars to New Haven Whales for Libor Jágercík and Alessandro Luby plus a GHL level 1st round pick and a GHL level 2nd round pick.
Should say Libor was a good solid midage forward, 2nd to 3rd line, with great mentals and still having a great development that should make him a top 6 forward. Is around 90 OA today in the game. Luby, nah...just a tradepiece but still with some potential. But then a 1st and a 2nd pick as well. It did cost me a bit but felt like an ok deal. I got my D
Maxwell was 81-82 OA at the time I think. Today AFTER 4 FULL SEASONS of development, and a nice such, he just ticked over to a 91 OA! Wooohoo...feels great!!
Well, if it wasn´t for the fact that I can go down to 9th place in the lumber draft today and find a 17 yo with +90 OA already, and to the 2nd round and find players +85 OA......
Lets just say that if I (instead of being a top GHL-team) was a strong SHL team trying to catch up, and have played it the way that you built and set yout hopes on some promising youths during the last seasons. Did a few trades the way I did. A somewhat normal, and a common approach, in many IRL-leagues anf in managergames if u wanna develop your team longterm. Well, let´s just say I would feel kind of frustraded right now seeing my strong 21-23 yo prospects I developed turned in to average youngsters in 2 draftclasses
Now, this is my take, my way to look at this, and I may think about it the wrong way. Also this is the shortterm-problem and the game is still in beta, so I´m fine with it. Just a little doubtful this will work out the way intended.
Longterm I agree with what many already has said here. The game already have an abundance of toptalent, top quality and also a bunch of, what should be, real superstars. This will just add to that, and sure ...it may be fine because it may even things out and make it easier for promoted teams in the long run to take the step up and make it at a higher level, in a tougher league. Still, the topteams will get even better talents, and soon the GHL will be a league of +92 OA-players, all 4 lines. Sure, tactics will matter more then maybe. But still, no superstars because their is +5 players with +96 oa in each ghl-team, no big diff between 3rd and 1st lines and so on....Not sure that is what we want?
Still to me, I´m more thinking about how the abundance of talent kind of takes a bit of the fun out of the excitement of building your team, of finding, or drafting, and developing a few great prospects. It wasn´t that hard before. Now it´s a bit like throwing dart agains a barnwall and the bulls eye is those two big red Barndoors.