Yeah, I noticed that too in my current save. Even #1 overall drafted players don't seem ready at all. Looking back (I'm in 2034 atm) the first six #1 overall players (Jack Hughes, Alexis Lafreniere, Peter Reynolds, Juraj Slafkovsky - who were already in the game, plus two regens in '23 and '24) became stars, after that I saw a lot of busts including some guys who never even played a single NHL game. Most of the top, let's say under-26, young stars (and especially Europeans) seem to be drafted in rounds 2 through 4-5. And a lot of them look mediocre at 19 but then get a huge attributes boost when they're 22-23.