Amateur reports are displayed with a letter grade. Professional reports are displayed with a number grade.
Letter grades are preferable for amateur players due to how quickly they can develop and improve. The letter grade has an intrinsic confidence interval range that can help account for these quick changes in their on-ice performance.
Number grades are preferable for professional players due to the increased precision: small differences are important to note between players.
Not all (1L) (2L) (3L) (4L) forwards can be graded against each other the same way. A (1L) and (4L) could be equals in skating and hockey sense, but the (1L) brings more offense.
When building out a team it's impossible to have an entire roster of (1L's) due to salary cap constraints. At the same time, it's not competitive to have a roster with only (4L's). It's a scout's job to compare the top 1L's vs 1L's, 2L's vs 2L's, etc. The ranking takes into consideration the players role on a roster and compares his value to players who take on the same role with another organization.
-An NHL General Manager will ask his scouting staff for the top five third line right wingers to target in free agency.
-The scouting staff will present `Player (A)` with an overall rating of (79) , compared to `Player (B)` with an overall rating of (75).
-The GM will ask what makes the one player more attractive to acquire?
The answer lies in the evaluation process. One player has a higher hockey IQ rating than the other, and hockey IQ is weighted as one of the most important elements in the evaluation process. It's not that Player (B) would be a poor choice. He simply has less structure in his game compared to Player (A), despite the rest of their game being close to the same.
There are many moving parts with still developing prospects. Every player develops at his own pace. It’s for that reason previously drafted players are evaluated in comparison to other previously drafted prospects. A prospect who was drafted in the sixth round could conceivably develop into a better prospect than a player drafted in the third round.
Yes. But the player has to evolve in a category, or fall off in a category, for the evaluation number to change.
A player starts the year with a penalty killing rating of 55. He doesn’t have a history of penalty killing and, despite being deployed in the role for one viewing, has not proven he is consistently capable in the role.
Fast-forward to the next viewing (perhaps one month later) and the player remains in the role and he has started to excel. His rating will be adjusted to reflect his growth in the category. In this instance, he might go from a rating of 55 to a rating of 75. The player has proven he is a capable penalty-killer.
The simple answer is hockey is a very fast, competitive game that requires a great deal of athleticism and skill. Players have to be able to think and execute at top speeds. All NHL players play fast, think fast, and compete to play in the top league in the world.
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