I have Deen cpu teams put Defenders in front and forwards in defence.
Have looked at the teams and most of the players are +35 and on their way down the skillslide.
You have to look at it as a challenge. There is no fun in winning a league filled with crappy cpu teams.
A human team always has the edge. Cpu teams also tend to lose a few key figures during the season..
The progression had to slow down a bit, but how it has been turned around now is just to far in the other direction.
When I draft i try to find some gemm deep in the draft. Last season a drafted nr 57 with my second round pick because I saw potential in him. One season later he evolved as I had hoped with 6 points overall. As I think progress should slow down with the older they get I still was hoping to get 4/3 points out of him this season. But since the slowing down he is like a snail moving on salt.
When playing in say the BHL one of the most fun things to do is find good young players and develop them so you can push for promotion. These are mostly the players that you can bring with you to the next league in hopes they will level up to that standard.
Making them progress this slowly will make it less interesting for teams to try to develop youth or put a youngster in the line-up in the hopes he will evolve decently over the course of the season.
As for my experience in the GHL, I try to always put some youngsters in my line-up to keep things interesting and to prepare myself for when the oldies are just to old. The drop in overall skill is compensated by the fact you can look for youngsters that develop well and have them grow to a full-level-teammember over the course of a few seasons.
I had the feeling that some teams were trying the same, dropping older players to give prospects a shot. Those old players all get picked up by a few teams who now have a bigger advantage although they could be playing with half a team of veterans. They stay in the league and can repeat this process every season.
Older players just stay on top of their game for way to long +35 +90 is just to frequent.
Making the development slow down this much will also hurt the teams managing to promote.
It is true some players in the draft were absurdly good to begin with and keep developing at an unseen pace. And I believe Biscuit is rather ok if you see other worlds.
I noticed that my prospects aren't evolving even half the way they were.
I try to play with young promising teams and not have to many oldies on my teams. But with the slowing down of development and the fact most old guys stay ultra competitive well over the mid thirties it will sting.