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Player ratings are tied to their contracts.

25 posts Member
edited October 2016
I started studying this in NHL 15 and was more confident of it in NHL 16 and noticing how they still edited player ratings based on contracts and not season performance in NHL 17 I'm not quite confident with this theory.

For example last season I was able to sign Trocheck on a 8 year deal worth 2 million a year, I knew something was off and as it turned out, he never developed, 83 overall for life.

Then this year I noticed after Florida signed Sceviour on a 2 year deal, 950k a year, his overall was lowered from 83 to 80 despite of having career high year in goals with 11+12 points last season. I mean I just knew they wouldn't let Sceviour go with 83 overall being paid so little.

Florida has basically locked up their youngsters, Trocheck, Smith, Huberdeau, Barkov, Bjugstad and Ekblad. Only Ekblad and Barkov will develop in the game, because they are high end prospects. The rest are locked up to their ratings at very young ages, despite of constantly developing every year IRL (except Bjugstad last season).

Gudbranson had a new contract now playing with the Canucks, his overall jumped from 83 to 86 and potential to elite. He had lower amount of points than the season before and was injured more as well. He did nothing to deserve that overall jump, but he went to the Canucks with a new contract, so there's that.

Now what Florida did well is they managed to sign all these youngsters on very good under 6 million a year contracts, however, this hurts the NHL Franchise Mode as with EA's logic players with those contracts won't develop. They won't give those players more potential, because it'd be too big of a steal to have a player with contract like that and a high rating.

Same thing with Eberle last season, bought him from the Oilers had him score 45 goals a season, with elite potential, but his overall was stuck on 87 as he was paid 6 million a year. He's stuck there.


  • D19Box
    109 posts Member
    edited October 2016
    It's not the same thing but a way to tell if a young player is going to jump in rating/develop is during the resign phase of franchise mode. Just look for the big jump in asking price.

    Generally when you sign a young player their first extension after a couple years in the AHL it may look like this:
    1yr: $1.2M
    2yr: $1.3M
    3yr: $1.5M

    The cap varies very little.

    But if you get a guy that has a huge jump in pay between years (see below) you can bet he'll blow up:
    1yr: $1.1M
    2yr: $2.3M
    3yr: $3.8M

    Even some AHLers you didn't see having a high ceiling will have this happen. They're getting ready to go from mid-70s to the 80's.
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  • I haven't studied this or anything, but it does seem to have been true for me last year in franchise mode that if I sign a guy to a very long term, very low price deal, he never developed.
  • Yea ive seen that to.Apparently it works best to keep contract lengths to 3-4 years at most.Players develop better that way.
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