The first ever ChelTips player review is here! This is in response to iKayyJayy’s Community Challenge video, which was essentially for every NHL YouTuber to do a HUT player review. Am I upset that he excluded ALL the NHL 17 bloggers out there? No it’s fine, we get it… it’s 2017 – who the hell reads now anyway? And before you ask… no this post doesn’t come in audiobook format.
Anywho… I’m still going to do a player review; on the legend – Dustin Brown!
I know what you’re thinking… Dustin Brown is the most average joe name you have ever heard – no way someone with that name plays in the NHL. Hey I’m with ya, but you know we can’t all be named Crosby, Gretzky, Ovechkin, or Pogge… someone has to be Dustin Brown.
What if I told you he has won TWO stanley cups? Not only that, but captained his team to both of them. Sound familiar? Yeah more like Dustin Crosby right.
Lets dig into the truly important stuff here… how he plays in NHL 17.
I’m not going to sugar coat it… they aren’t good, but you have to remember that we are talking HUT here. If your first 7 lines don’t have all 99’s then you might as well just quit.
With that said, if there was a locker room guy attribute then Brown’s would be straight maxed out. I can’t wait to fire up my Xbox and see him in the dressy, such a great guy. Easily boosts all his teammates overalls by at least 3 points.
He’s faster than Boedker. No really, I have proof:
Was Boedker at the end of his shift and Brown just getting on for his first shift of the game? Maybe, but that’s not the point.
PS. How about that back-check eh? Wow, he really knows what it takes – two Stanley Cups.
Within 2 feet of the goal line and all alone, Brown is absolute money! Check it out:
Before Brown jumped on in exchange for Draisaitl you can almost hear him… “Hey Leo, I have two stanley cups… get the hell off the ice!”.
What about shooting from further than 2 feet out? Na, I don’t recommend it – drop it back to your goalie if you have to.
His accuracy is… well, questionable.
Brown isn’t known for his dangles, but he’s got some:
That’s also evidence that you shouldn’t shoot from more than 2 feet out.
You can tell by Brown’s teeth(or lack thereof) that this guy griiiiinds! I don’t think he even owns a dental bridge or anything, what’s the point – he knows it would get knocked out again in 10 seconds. That’s hockey smarts.
The origin of Dustin Brown’s smile:
Note where he scored that OT winner from… I’m tellin’ ya it’s no joke, 2 feet from the goal line or less – give this man the puck!
Can we also take a moment to reflect on the level of detail EA Sports has on the player models. Right down to the last tooth.
In all seriousness, Brown’s checking is the strongest part of his game. He’s able to easily knock 90+ rated players off the puck, especially after activating his WC synergy.
How is Brown’s defense? Have a look for yourself:
3 minutes left in a 6-1 game and he’s still blocking shots… Yeah it was a Paul Bissonette shot so he knew he didn’t have much to worry about; but still even if that was a Weber clapper in a 10-1 game, Brown would still throw his face in front of it. That’s just the kinda guy he is – a true leader.
WHAT!?!? Brown’s not the Captain anymore? Who is?
**Google’s “Los Angeles King’s Captain”**
Anze Kopitar?? Who the hell is that… the coaches kid or somethin’?
I will say that he has a great hockey name. Solely based on his name I’d guess he is probably an incredible player.
WC, and I know all the European readers are giggling about Water Closet’s right now… No! We’re talking Wrecking Crew, which is very fitting for Dustin Brown.
It’s a team synergy, arguably the best S2 synergy in the game, and provides +3 to Acceleration, Balance, Body Checking, and Strength.
Complements Brown’s play-style very nicely.
You might be thinking that 9 points in 30 games isn’t that great; however, when you take into account that Brown gets about 2 minutes of ice time per game… he might be the best goals per minute producer on my team.
Look at Boedker up there – 2 goals and 4 assists in 29 games. What a chump, he’s lucky I can only have one Dustin Brown on my team… Boeds would be in the minors so damn fast.
If you want the WC synergy and are HUT poor then you can’t go wrong with Brown… Did I mention he has TWO Stanley Cups?
Overall Score: 86/100
Lastly, I have this majestic screenshot of Dustin Brown that I’ve been dying to include. It doesn’t make sense for any of the above sections so I’m just going to leave it here: