I've finished the first season as well and uploaded my stats and screenshots. My team fell apart the second half of the season, but it's mostly my fault. I was playing around with my lines too much and decided that even though my system wasn't broken I needed to fix it. As a result my PP dropped 4 1/2 % and my PK dropped almost 9% in the 3rd quarter. I was able to salvage a little PP and my PK went back to 85%, but the damage was done.
(I also think that I lost a little motivation in the second half and was trying to coach my games as quickly as possible to get to the end of the season.
I picked 5th in the draft and pretty much went with what was suggested by the scouts/coaches with the highest judging potential. I did apply some attribute filters so they wouldn't suggest the guy with a 1 in determination or work rate. I'm usually pretty thorough with scouting every draft and even make my own rankings list for the draft but I kind of slacked on this aspect of the challenge too. One thing that I am pretty serious about though is the player's mental characteristics. I had a bad Brandon Francisco in our Sarnia Challenge. He was so bad that one of his characteristics was "Spineless." So, I don't like to draft the guy with "Poor Self Confidence," "Fickle," and any of the negative ones like that.
1st rnd (5th overall) - Alex Galchenyuk C/LW, Sarnia Sting - 200 lbs at 18 yrs old! Even though I don't like that his bravery is only a 6, he was the best player available at #5. Projected as a 1st line player by the nine scouts that looked at him throughout the season. Mental Characteristics - Ordinary (better than any of those negative ones!)
2nd rnd (34th overall) - Dalton Thrower RD/LD, Saskatoon Blades - The eight scouts who looked at him all believe that he'll be a 3-4 defenseman. A few of them think he'll be a "Smaller, but better, version of Clayton Stoner." Mental Characteristics: Ambitious, Realist, Strong Character, Aggressive (excellent!)
2rd rnd (36th overall) - Brady Skjei LD, Minnesota Golden Gophers - Another 200 lb 18 year old! Four scouts rated him as a 1-2 defenseman, two rated him as a 3-4, and one rated him as a 5-6. His potential seems to be a little all over the place and I'm hoping he's a good pick . Mental Characteristics: Determined (17!)
3rd rnd (64th overall) - Jordan Schmaltz RD, North Dakota Fighting Sioux - He's a two way defenseman with good anticipation (13), creativity (13), and passing (13). Seven of the eight scouts who looked at him think he'll be a 3-4 defenseman, the last thinks he'll end up a 5-6. Mental Characteristics: Casual, Ambitious, Realist (I don't like casual too much but I can work with it)
4th rnd (98th overall) - Todd Fiddler - LW, Spokane Chiefs - Another big player (198 lbs) with a 14 getting open and a 14 wristshot. Two scouts think he can become a 2nd liner but the other six think he's destined for the 3rd line. Mental Characteristics: Ordinary
4th rnd (112th overall) - Gemel Smith - C, Owen Sound Attack - Although he's a lot smaller than I like (165 lbs), all of my scouts see him as eventually making it to the 2nd line. I may end up trading him after a few years in the AHL, but he's way down my depth chart. Mental Characteristics: Ambitious, Determined.
7th rnd (184th overall) - Roman Berdnikov - RW/LW, No Team - He's a total shot in the dark, but as an over-ager (20) I could draft and sign him right away. Mental Characteristics: Realist, Determined
In the offseason I traded Derick Brassard to the Coyotes for Martin Hanzal. Brassard was just too small to play my style of game so I brought in the big Czech center: 6'5" 218 lbs and a 19 in strength. I went tier 2 and signed two players for $525k each: Greg Moore and Ryan Hollweg. Both are over 210 lbs and have ultra-high workrate, teamwork, determination, and bravery. I haven't made it to training camp yet, so I'm not sure what my lines will look like for season two.