Mackenzie Skapski and Emile Poirier see their NHL 16 ratings. (via EA Sports/YouTube)
Before EA Sports’ NHL 16 is released, the company asked a number of NHL prospects to guess their overall ratings. While some come close, like Flames prospect Emile Poirier, others are left wanting some changes made to their in-game ranking. And, of course, you can’t stop teammates and friends taking a few shots at one another.
Before the 2015-16 season begins and a number of top prospects get their rookie campaigns underway, EA Sports will have released the latest instalment of their NHL game. New games come with new ratings, and sometimes its anyone’s guess what those overall rankings will be.
But when it comes to attempting to guess who could have what overall rating, why not go right to the source? No, not the developers or those in charge of ranking the players. Why not ask the rookies and prospects themselves? After all, who knows their own ability better than the players?
Even though some of the rookies are quite close — Emile Poirier and Mackenzie Skapski guess near 80 overall and both draw an 80 rating — there’s more than a few who are off on their estimations. Take a look:
Of all the great things about this video, it’s hard to overlook Brendan Perlini’s confidence. The Coyotes prospect was hoping he’d be well above the 75-overall mark, but instead he landed right on it. That’s all right, though, because as Perlini says, “there’s always next year to get to 100.”
No ratings announcement, especially when standing next to a friend or two, can go without a few shots, either.
Connor McDavid’s dig at Dylan Strome’s skating ability is great, but Connor Brown steals the show making fun of Mitch Marner’s ability, saying the Maple Leafs’ prospect should be rated 67 overall. After the trio of Toronto prospects are handed their overall ratings, Brown, the highest rated of the three at 79 overall, “mic drops” his sheet.
It’s Marner who gets the last laugh, though, telling the crew at EA Sports that he thinks Brown should be a lot lower. As Perlini said, “there’s always next year.”