Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 8/26/12
Since NHL ’13 might be the closest we get to NHL hockey for a few months, it seems appropriate that we post the NHL ’13 ratings for the Rangers roster. Kevin touched on this in Thursday’s musings, but there are a few complaints regarding these rankings. While many are focusing on Chris Kreider’s 68 rating, I’m actually more focused on the 73 rating shared by Anton Stralman and Stu Bickel. Obviously we don’t know the full details of the ratings, but the fact that Stralman is considered to be the same rating as Bickel is a bit intriguing. Stralman was counted on for big minutes in the playoffs, and Bickel was exploited for his weaknesses and spent much of his playoff time on the bench. That’s not a slight against Bickel, but it’s just the facts from the playoffs. From NHL ’12, we saw that there were three categories for players: offense, defense, and athleticism. Obviously, Stralman has Bickel beat in all three of these categories, and it should reflect in the games detailed ratings...
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