I don't think I'll end up with a superstar unless I pull one in a pack, I've just been playing the auction house and acquired a few guys... got Backes, Shattenkirk, a few others. Lots of decent players can be bought for 4000-6000. One thing I did do is keep my AHL and Euro guys for 4th and even 3rd line players to begin with... instead of burning contracts I just swapped the players out.
And yes, we should play. I was gone since Thursday afternoon but next time I see you on I'll msg you an invite.
EDIT: check out the EA Sports forums, there is a whole section dedicated to HUT... might pick up some pointers there.