Ed. Note: A good piece that can stir some more debate.
This post is about the EA Sports NHL 13 game where Miller is the #1 Rated goalie.
I know this has already been covered on the site http://www.diebytheblade.com/2012/8/16/3248113/ryan-miller-highest-rated-goalie-in-nhl-13 and I still wanted to write my own thing. I am against Miller being the highest rated goalie in the game, but maybe a 92 rating is fair, here is what I mean:
When players in video games are rated, aren't they always based on a scale to 100? As far as I am concerned, EA Sports goes to 100 for all their games, or more specifically 99. The best players are usually 99 or close to it. Those players are usually Sidney Crosby with Ovechkin, Stamkos, Malkin close behind. Obviously many other names are their, but you get my point. Traditionally when you go to other sports you have guys like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning very close to 100. Turn to soccer and Ronaldo and Messi are (or should be) head and shoulders above everyone else.
Maybe the proper point and argument for other fans should not be that Miller is too high, but other goalies are too low. How is Henrik Lunqvist not a 95 or above? How did they determine that Jonathan Quick and Pekka Rinne are below 92? I assume the have a formula which gives a total output for each goalie after all the small things are rated. Since that is how it works, someone is filling it out wrong. What gives the skaters the right to have ratings near 100, there are always many over 95, yet no goalie is sniffing 95?
Back to Ryan Miller: he is a great goalie who has a huge year ahead of him. He has gone from American hero to the one taking blame in Buffalo. People were even calling for him to be traded. Most of the hockey world will know Miller for his Olympic heroics and not the day-to-day Buffalo struggles. People all over wear Ryan Miller apparel, including matching pads like these and youth goalie hockey gloves you can buy online. Ryan Miller's game is worthy of a 92 in my eyes, I just think other goalies deserve to be higher. If the skaters and goalies were fairly measured then other goalies might be above Miller and this conversation would never have happened.
Good luck to Ryan Miller, I would love for him to reclaim the Throne as NHL's top goalie.