[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This was written for The Broad Street Bully, a blog and podcast my friend Drew and I started based off of our mutual interest in the Philadelphia Flyers. See it on http://broadstreetbully.net.]
NHL 16 finally updated their rosters so now the game has all the rookies and random KHL players included like Medvedev. For some people, this means that now they can finally start playing their Be A GM modes because all their team’s players are finally in the game. With the Flyers start of the season update, here’s what I’ve noticed so far:
- Medvedev is not that highly rated – For this Russian guy that the Flyers plucked from the KHL and paid $3 million a year for, I was expecting him to be ranked higher. Medvedev is a 78 overall and ranked as a minor league top 2 defender, with his ceiling at high 7th defenseman. Either the Flyers are dummies or the EA and NHL have no faith in KHL players at all. He was supposed to be some great player over there. But, apparently, “great player” in the KHL means “painfully average” in the NHL. I get it. Russia sucks. But it’s not the Cold War anymore. Just ignore all that Crimea stuff.
- The game got smarter – I still unloaded Umberger, Andy MacDonald, and Luke Schenn to the Predators in one giant trade but this time I had to add in some draft picks. I ended up getting Ryan Ellis and Nashville’s first round for all three and a fourth round pick. Oh well. I guess it could’ve been worse. I can’t imagine how much fun it would be to play with trade approvals on easy. Like when you would turn off fair trades in the older NHLs and then just stack your team with mid 90’s allstars.
- It’s still realistic – Can I trade Vinny? Can the Flyers trade Vinny? Will anybody ever trade Vinny? I’m going “no” on all three. I still can’t get rid of him. So he’s running the Phantoms.
- Morale is still stupid – Piggybacking off of number 3, after I shipped Vinny from the Flyers to Lehigh Valley the game automatically made him captain of the team. He got a good morale boost and then wanted to have a player meeting to thank me for making him captain. So I responded with, “Congrats on being made captain. I like what I saw out there and, if you keep working hard, you’ll wear that C for a while,” or whatever that option was. His morale went down as a result. WHAT? I tell guys that their job is to play and not question management and there’s no movement in morale. I tell someone that they work hard on the ice and they’re being rewarded and their morale goes down. It’s still dumb, EA Sports. Fix this.
- Can’t work out contracts mid-season? – Maybe I’m wrong but it doesn’t look like I can offer up contracts during the season. Then why give me the option to see what contracts are expiring? I think this has been a thing in every NHL game. Just let me offer a deal. Come on!
- Stupid arrows – After not playing for about a month while waiting for the rosters, the arrow system and their grading system is stupid. I don’t need you to remind me that a blocked shot is bad. I already know that. And the passing arrows. I hate them again.
- The Blackhawks – They beat the Rangers opening night in the season 7-1. That must mean, video game wise, that they’re good. So, if they’re good, and the Flyers beat them 3-0 in real life, that must mean the Flyers are good.
And, with that, I’m going back to playing NHL. Just a quick hit to update my thoughts on NHL now that EA Sports bothered to put out the newest rosters.