Rating the Islanders NHL 2013 Ratings

With all the talk about a possible lockout which could result in a shorten or even a cancelled season, there is one guarantee for the hockey season and that is the release of one of the best video games ever; NHL 2013.

Earlier this month the NHL 2013 ratings were leaked to Yahoo! Sports writer, Puck Daddy and he separated them into two posts, one being the Eastern Conference teams and the other for, you guessed it, the Western Conference teams.  

Anyone who has played "NHL" knows how realistic the game can be. When looking at the ratings for the Islanders, there were some questionable choices made by EA Sports, but there were also some spot on ones.  Let’s take a look at the ratings for the whole Islanders team.(Photo Credit: Yahoo/Puck Daddy)

So the biggest issue right off the bat is John Tavares being only an 85 rating.  Tavares finished tied for seventh in points in the NHL last season with 81 in 82 games. He was also top 10 in assists and scored over 30 goals. 

But it's okay because Nathan Horton, Jason Pominville and Matt Duchene are some of the players also rated as an 85.  That is a major mistake by EA Sports. There is no reason that Tavares shouldn’t be rated at least an 88.

Another big mistake by EA Sports is the 79 rating for Travis Hamonic. After last season there is no reason that Hamonic should only be the fourth-best defensemen on the Islanders.  He is better than Andrew MacDonald, who is an 81, and Mark Streit, who sits at an 82.

There are also a few other eyebrow raisers: Brad Boyes is an 80 and Michael Grabner is an 81; can someone please explain why? After last season both of them don’t deserve to be rated above an 80.

I also don't understand how Marty Reasoner is anything better than a 70. Casey Cizikas, who played 46 less games with the Islanders than Reasoner did, finished only two points behind Reasoner in scoring.

But by far the most outrageous rating on the Islanders, even more ridiculous than Tavares being an 85, is the fact that Rick DiPietro is an 81.

Not only has he had trouble getting on the ice, but DiPietro has under-performed when dressed since 2008-2009. He is sporting a .888 save percentage in that time which, if put next to last years' stats, he would be ranked 39th out of 40. 

The Islanders as a team sit at a 3.5 rating in all three categories (offense, defense and goaltending) which tied for the lowest rank with the Florida Panthers.

Overall EA Sports dropped the ball with the rankings, but that can be said every year. But these ratings can certainly change with the ability to download updated rosters throughout the season.

-Pete Paguaga
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