We can always argue about Ovechkin's overall, and is it realistic or not.
One thing for sure, that trade value system is good, realistic and works. In real life that trade would never happen, but in this game Ovechkin has certain value and Franzen and that 1st round pick has certain value. And you'd know if you'd play more than just a few seasons, that that 1st round pick is valuable for the future. As said before, you can always make that good team for a season or two, but being good in the future as well is harder.
I have yet to see a first-round draft pick become anywhere near as good as any of the superstars in the game---and in any event, being good now
is more important to any team than the chance of being equally good several years down the line---they will not trade away the former for the latter unless they're in serious difficulty, and I can't see any team trading away a franchise superstar in any event.
In any event, the team that traded away Ovechkin won't get a return on the pick for years---and they'll almost certainly never break even on the deal even if the 1st-rounder does develop decently. If they do
break even, it'll have taken several years to do so, and what will the trade have accomplished for them in that case? They'll have a whole lot less scoring for those few years than they would have other wise, and Ovechkin will have been tearing it up with another team in the meantime. Also, they'll have given up Ovechkin for an average scorer and a 1st-round draft pick that might
develop into a good player. I've seen quite a few 1st-rounders in NHL 10 who end up being very average. There are rarely any superstar 1st-rounders, which I feel is a significant flaw. When the top five forwards in the draft all have something like low-80s in shooting and passing, there's something wrong. And then there are the players who have extremely good speed but horrid acceleration, or good offensive stats and horrible offensive awareness. On the whole, already-existing players are much better than draftees.
When one can get 4-5 superstars on one's team, there's something wrong with the trade system. No team in the real would would have anywhere near enough resources to pull it off. The trade value system makes it easy.
Edited by Crymson, 19 January 2010 - 01:37 PM.