Below is a guide for researchers I came up with when I was part of the research team.
It's missing a couple things that I don't have permission to post (the TBL Poor-Average-Good-Top values for all the Leagues & the SI average Attribute value for the player's CA), but I thought some might still find it interesting/helpful
Here's an overview of the basics for researchers...
In addition to basic bio information, the five things you need first for every player
- Player Role
- Offensive Role
- Defensive Role
For CA, you're using the League's Poor-Average-Good-Top values
Some general guidelines...
- top pairing D - 1st line = Top CA
- top/2nd pairing D - 1st/2nd line = Good CA
- 2nd/3rd pairing - 2nd/3rd line = Average CA
- 7th D - 4th line = Average/Poor CA
- some starters = Top CA
- remaining starters/a few backups = Good CA
- most backups = Average CA
- a few backups = Average/Poor CA
For PA, when you're using the variable PAs (from -1 up to -15) you're looking for the highest predicted League the player is expected to play in. Again you use the League CA Guidelines Chart, and look at the top/best League you can imagine the player playing in...for most cases you can use Average (if you think he might make the League) or Good (if you're pretty sure he'll make the League)
What age do you stop using variable PAs and use "set" PAs? age 23 for skaters and 26 for goaltenders
At what age should CA and PA match/be the same? age 30 for skaters and 31 for goaltenders
Most players age 27-29 would have a PA 5-20 above their CA (in most cases there's not a huge opportunity for significant growth at that age)
Player Role is what takes the most "judgment"
There are guidelines/methodology that will help with this process, I think most if not all has been posted before.....based on available stats, apparent talent level, the player bio (things like size. Position, country from/country playing in), and what can be found online about a player, Player Role can be determined without knowing the player well! Knowing the player well is even better!
For Offensive Role and Defensive Role we don't yet have individual guidelines for each of the Player Roles, but we do have this...
- an Off/Def Role Total of 20-24 makes sense for the "lower level" and/or "average" players
- an Off/Def Role Total of 24-28 makes sense for the very good players
- and Off/Def Role Total of 28-32 makes sense for the superstars
The Offensive/Defensive Role Researcher Guidelines from 2012/13 are still effective general guidelines http://www.ehmtheblueline.com/forums/vi ... guidelines
Some other "common hockey sense" guidelines...
- Playmakers should have a Pass Tendency of 12+
- Snipers should have a Pass Tendency of 8 or lower
- Grinders should have low Flair
- Snipers should have a high Offensive Role (15+)
- Defensive players should have a high Defensive Role (for forwards 12+ and for defensemen 15+)
- the highest values (18+) in Offensive/Defensive Role should usually be used reserved for the highest talented players worldwide
Regarding Attributes, what is key is following
- the average Attribute value for CA Chart
- Key/Essential/Non-Essential/Irrelevant Attributes as per the Player Role
- Key and Essential Attributes will almost always be at the average or higher than the average Attribute value for the player's CA
- Non-Essential Attributes will almost always be noticeably lower than the average Attribute value for the player's CA
- Irrelevant Attributes will almost always be significantly lower than the average Attribute value for the player's CA