First time I've seen a player come out of the draft as an A overall. A- A A. And he was a GOALIE!!! Phoenix won the lottery from 5th to 1st and the rest of the top 5 got bent over. The rest of the draft sucked. 72 overall 19yo and in the year 2030 lol. I'm pissed. I wanted to see how good he would get.
I've never found a franchise player but that's probably because i don't scout places more than once or twice. yet of course my freakin cousin found two in the same draft and traded up to get both of them. They were dmen as well so let's just say his top 4 dmen were ridiculous
It may seem stupid but when scouting is it better to scout every region (WHL, QMJHL, OHL, etc) for a week or certain regions and positions for longer periods of time? I want to draft certain positions at certain times (e.g. If I fear/anticipate losing a player to free agency I try to draft someone to replace that player. So I'll scout forwards for the entire season)
1. Does that help?
2. Has anyone found a certain region produce better players in the long run?
3. When do you trade a player you've drafted high (high 1st round pick) for picks and/or prospects?
I've found that I generally end up drafting very few players out of regions other than NA. Not sure if I'm biased or if the NA skaters just look like they'll fit my style better or what, so take it fwiw.
Edit: actually now that I think about it, it's because I tend to scout the regions with more players more, which are usually the NA regions. Combine that with my aversion to drafting poorly scouted players, and there you go.
So my (level 2) amateur scout says the franchise player line... but there wasn't one on September 17 nor at the end of the season when I was done scouting... nor after the draft when I went back and looked at all of the first round picks. Mrowr.