EA SPORTS NHL 16: Colorado Avalanche Player Ratings

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EA SPORTS NHL 16 Colorado Avalanche centers

Apr 9, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Duchene: 88 (NHL 15: 90)
Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to the Avalanche’s only 90 rating from NHL 15. Good thing Varlamov got 90 this time around. Duchene’s production took a dip with that of everyone else’s. The 90 just seem a little high for someone who only records 55 points a season. Actually, 88 still seem high, but we all know what Dutchy can do.

Carl Soderberg: 85 (NHL 15: 83)
Is this just a hope or an actual prediction? Maybe a little bit of both. If Soderberg wants to stay on the second line, he better play like an 85. His former 83 wasn’t bad, and may be closer to his actual skill, but one can always hope.

John Mitchell: 82 (NHL 15: 82)
Even though John Mitchell doesn’t exactly know what his role is with the team, he can likely be happy about an 82 rating in EA SPORTS NHL 16. Well, I honestly don’t know if that’s the kind of stuff hockey players get excited about. “Ha-ha! I’m an 82 and you’re only a 78! Nananananana!” Sorry, I’m drifting off…

Mikhail Grigorenko: 80 (NHL 15: 82)
Grigorenko scored the majority of his career NHL points this past season. However, he still didn’t look like a consistent NHL player. Is 80 still a little too high? Hopefully not, because he may have to be our No. 2 center.

Marc-Andre Cliche: 73 (NHL 15: 78)
Why did people ever think Cliche was an NHL forward? Who knows.

Jesse Winchester: 76 (NHL 15: 76)
Actually, I don’t really know how good Winchester is anymore. He used to be a 78 or so, but concussions can quickly change that. Therefore, I just decided to go with no change for this year.

Joey Hishon: 75 (NHL 15: 68)
See, who makes those ratings? Has that person ever seen a Lake Erie Monsters game? Oh well. Hishon still isn’t an established NHL forward and his defensive play prevents him from earning a higher rating.

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