Speaking as someone who hated NHL 12 and didn't expect this game to be anything special:
NHL 13 is superb and by far the best hockey videogame of all time. And I haven't played HUT or GM Connected. On gameplay, Be a GM, etc. offline alone, it's easily worth the 60 bucks. I've never had more fun playing a sports (maybe any) game before in my life.
Poise no longer adds a static bonus once certain levels are reached (no attribute does this year).
Good to hear. It was completely dumb to have a static bonus once certain levels of poise were reached. If it's based on age, then that's much better. And seeing how much Murray seems to improve within one season, it seems like there will be much more prospects that will be NHL ready within one season or two - where many took 3-4 years in NHL12.
Could it be his poise ? I know that in NHL12, when a player got to 75 in poise, his overall jumped by 2 or 3. Maybe it's the same way in NHL13 but with different values and a higher "jump".
Poise only adds a bit to your Overall this year, but it doesn't have as big of an effect as last year. Faceoffs/Speed/Acceleration also now all add to a player's overall. Last year Faceoffs didn't do anything and speed/acceleration had to be over 90 to really add any points.
By the way put zero stock in prospect ratings. Teenage players are measured on a different meter than adult players.
For example, MacKinnon in my Be a GM was a 60 overall with all of his stats above 70. Within two years he had jumped to a 79.
I haven't fooled around with around with BAGM, is the potential rating what he's going to be or how well he progresses? Would it make a difference what rating he starts out with? Is 4.5 star potential capped at a certain number?
What are you supposed to do with a prospect in the 60's with 4.5 potential? This overall isn't even enough for the 4th line, but at the same time you have to give icetime so that you see a progression. If I put him in the AHL will he at least go up to the 70s in a year?
If you're talking real young guys, there's no harm in keeping them in the CHL. I drafted one kid 6th overall, ~60 rating, kept him in the C, and he jumped to 84 after one year.
how did the 2013 draft go? did MacKinnon go first overall?
MacKinnon, Shinkaruk, Monahan was the top 3 in mine. They seem to have got the top prospects dead on but only from 2013 and only the North American ones. Barkov and Ristolainen both went third round and in 2014 Ekblad was a 7th rounder...