Top 50 Ranking: 36
Overall Rating: 89
The fact that Gabriel Landeskog wasn’t deserving of an overall rating of 90 is straight criminal. Landy is the heart and soul of the Avalanche, the fearless leader, and of course the handsome Swede. Looks alone should have been enough to at least garner that extra point in the ratings, right? I suppose it would if EA took into account Gabe’s dashing smile and strong beard game as special skills. Instead, Gabe’s highest rated skill come in the form of poise at 95, which is an odd skill, but maybe being a Captain did factor into his rating after all. After that, EA ranks him at 91 for offensive awareness, passing, and puck control. I still think his handsomeness should have been included as they’ve nailed it in video game form.
It should be noted that I also believe it’s a criminal act to leave Devon Toews off of the Top 50 Players list. His overall rating is 88 but in my opinion, he was a better player than Drew Doughty who was the last ranked Defensive player with an 89 overall. Oh well, can’t win ‘em all…well, unless you’re playing EA Sports NHL 23 on super easy mode.