The Sega season previews will return soon. In the meantime, we'll stay on the topic of video games as we take a gander at this link sent by reader Marc: the top eight players sorted by overall rating for the upcoming "NHL 10".
It's worth noting that there is nothing more cliche, petty or pointless than complaining about the seemingly arbitrary player ratings on a video game, especially in an age when you can edit the players on your own, and double especially when the game itself is supposedly so awesome that neither of us will have girlfriends by the end of 2009. Yet it's always the #1 topic with the release of each sports game, and after all these years it is still a great time-waster.
Now if you'll ignore the inexplicable tiger scratches through Datsyuk's face and notice the rating of one Johan Franzen. It's 83, which makes him equally good at hockey as Tomas Holmstrom. Here is a list of notable players who are an 83 or better:
Something called a Zbynek Michalek
Jay McKee. Jay fucking McKee.
Other highlights include:
* The three best skaters are Crosby (94), Malkin (93), and Iginla (93). Ovechkin is a 92.
* Lidstrom (91) is not the highest rating Red Wing for the first time in years. Pronger is higher than him at 92.
* Mike Green = 84 .... Not saying he should be higher, but 84 is surprisingly low considering that he puts up video game numbers for a defensman. That coupled with Ovechkin ranked T-4th with Datsyuk as the best player (and this doesn't include goalies) probably won't sit well with Washington gamers.
* Defensemen that Robyn Regehr is better than: Brian Rafalski, Andrei Markov, Mike Green, Shea Webber, Mark Streit, Jay Bouwmeester, equal to Dan Boyle, and better than Duncan Keith by a staggering 4 whole points.
* Most shocking of all: Daniel Sedin is a point higher than brother Henrik -- the first recorded instance we've seen that suggests they aren't the same exact person.