Jarret Stoll and Alec Martinez (Getty Images)
There was a time when defenseman Shawn Chambers was rated 1 overall in a video game. Alec Martinez might be happy with that rating for himself. The Kings defenseman and teammates attempted to guess their ratings in NHL 15, and Martinez couldn’t have been worse at it.
There is nothing in sports video games as hotly contested as player ratings. Whether a person thinks players are rated too high or too low, there’s very few gamers who think each rating is right in the sweet spot. Take Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, for example.
Martinez had the best year of his career last season, posting 11 goals and 22 points in 61 games with the Kings, adding another five goals and 10 points in 26 playoff games. He scored the game-winning overtime goal in game seven of the Western Conference Final and followed that up with the Stanley Cup winning goal in double overtime against the New York Rangers.
All that is to say you couldn’t argue if Martinez were to guess his player rating was somewhere in the mid-80s. What did Martinez estimate? Let’s just say it’s way less than 80. Watch as Martinez and teammates try to gauge how they stack up in EA Sports’ NHL 15.
For as terrible as Martinez is at guessing his rating – 58? Really? – Tyler Toffoli is equally as bad. It’s quite fun, however, to watch Tanner Pearson’s reaction to Toffoli’s estimations.
The star of the video is Martinez, though. After guessing his own rating wrong, he goes on to comment on Anze Kopitar’s 91 overall rating (“I think that’s a bunch of crap. He should be 99.”) and Sidney Crosby being the game’s highest rated player. Martinez plays the perfect straight man in the video, each of his deadpan remarks worth a laugh.
With the Kings out of the playoff picture right now, it’s possible the team could be taking ratings hits in NHL 16. Too bad for Martinez that he’s on pace for a career best 28 points, otherwise he might be able to achieve his dream of being 65 overall.