i play prolly about 20% of the season games and sim the rest. its the simming im trying to figure out.
I'm really not so sure how tactics affect the game when simulating. But basically I always build my team in the same way.
Lines always look like this:
PLY-PLY-SNP or PLY-PWF-TWF (these don't have to be in this order, you can have SNP as the C for example)
PLY-PLY-SNP or PLY-PWF-TWF
GRN-GRN-GRN (get some tough GRN's here, but never TGH's -I've got guys like Zenon Konopka and Brad Winchester and they build up my ovr team toughness)
+ PLY, GRN (extra forwards, I prefer them both being centers)
For D always try to build it that you have 3 rights and 3 lefts + the extra D.
PP1: 1st line + OFD-OFD
PP2: 2nd line + TWD-TWD
PK1: TWF-TWF + DFD-DFD
PK2: GRN-TWF + TWD-TWD
That's how I build up the lines ALWAYS. The D needs to be very balanced, like right now my guys are (87, 85, 85, 83, 83). That's because everyone plays pretty even minutes. OFD play only in offensive situations, so you get guys who are good offensively etc. And this is the reason I just traded Zach Bogosian (87, TWD) who I had on the OFD-spot for Erik Karlsson (85, OFD). Both are the same age and have B- potential, but Karlsson has better offensive talent although Bogosian is better overall. But I don't really wanna pay extra money (1,5M in this case) for Bogosian being good defensively since he won't PK anyway. Karlsson fits perfectly.
For goalies I don't like anyone playing like +65 games. But it depends how good they are - right now I've got 89 and 85 overall so I play them like 3 games, 2 games, 3 games etc.
For strategies: high pressure, tight point, large box, 1-2-2 high, full attack, overload, overload, behind the net, crash the net, shooting. That's how I fill them when I play with this counter-attack strategy - at least it works when I'm playing myself. I always play the 4 pre-season games, because I feel like there's a bug where the injury risk is huge when simming through those games. I also may play some playoff games, if I really wanna win the Cup.
For AHL it's basically the same strategy except what kinda players to get. DO NOT sign any players that you really don't see having any kinda chance of cracking YOUR lineup in the future. So basically potential and age are key here, even more important than overall. 78 is the limit where player demands a one-way deal (77 you can still get them two-way) so keep that in mind. You don't want one-way deals in the minors. Right now my AHL team has one 25yr old, two 24yr olds, one 23yr old and then the rest aged 20-22.
I also have one rule when re-signing my players. The maximum amount of years is 8 in the game, so when I have a future star aged 21 for example rather signing the 8yr deal I only sign him for 5 years, so he's still RFA when that contract ends. And when it's finally a last year of him being RFA I offer him that 8yr deal. The reason for this is to guarantee you don't lose superstars for nothing. If you have a A potential 23 year old and you sign him for 4 years, he's an UFA when the deal ends. He might have gotten even 8 better in overall and demand a salary you can't pay because you don't have the cap room. So you'd lose him for nothing. When he's an RFA you'd get 1st rounders etc. for compensation.
Okay that was just all that quickly came to my mind. The text might be kinda hard to read because it's 4am here and I wrote it in less than 10mins.
edit: Just for fun, I'd like to add my Winnipeg Jets from 2014-2015.
Gagne (84) - Zetterberg (92) - Nash (90)
Kane (88) - Burmistrov (87) - Little (85)
Hagman (81) - Cormier (82) - Jones (82)
Winchester (81) - Konopka (81) - Jackman (81)
+ O'Dell (78), McCormick (80)
Enström (85) - Greene (87)
Allen (85) - Karlsson (85)
Colaiacovo (83) - Wideman (83)
+ Hainsey (83)
And I've made ONLY ONE TRADE MYSELF. And that was Bogosian + 7th rounder for Karlsson (offense always costs a little extra). So basically everyone are either free agent signing or CPU offering me a trade. Just FYI when YOU try to make a trade yourself you always have to overpay, but when you're the seller you get more. Just like in real life. So always keep the trading block filled and be sharp at the trade deadline and draft day (I got Zetterberg for Antropov+ and Nash for Ladd+ that way).
Edited by Finnish Wing, 01 February 2012 - 09:22 PM.