Yes, the Islanders have more important things to worry about than player ratings in a video game but as fans, we have every right to complain about it. EA Sports is teasing content for NHL 22 on social and one of the things they’ve done is give some ratings.
Yesterday, they released slap shot power and slap shot accuracy and while nobody expects Pulock to be top-10 in accuracy, he can’t find his way onto the slap shot power ranking?
Pulock’s slapper was once clocked at 105 mph in a skills competition for an Islanders rookie scrimmage back in 2015. For context, out of the last four hardest shot competitions at the NHL all-star game that would’ve won him the competition.
Alex Ovechkin at one makes sense and so does Shea Weber at two. At this point in his career, Pulock should be above Brent Burns and while John Carlson does have a hard shot it was clocked at 102.8 back in 2019.
Heck, even a former teammate chimed in on Instagram to show their support for Pulock. Derick Brassard tagged Ryan Pulock and added a thinking emoji to go along with it as if to say how is Pulock not on this list.
I mean come on, look at this bomb from the playoff bubble just last year.
Again, I understand the Islanders have bigger fish to fry but it is annoying when there are obvious snubs in literally the only NHL video game that matters. Maybe with a few more of these slappers in 2021-2022, the rating will increase in one of the game’s updates.