I read that in NHL 13 they're spreading out the ratings a bit more. Bottom pairing defensemen have traditionally been around an 80 overall in previous games, they've changed it to around 74 or 75. They wanted to create more disparity between superstars and role players, which makes sense.
Still not sure if ANY of these 60s are warranted, however. In previous games that's been a below-AHL level (no ECHL in these games). Dunno if that'll change, but I bet no one in the 60s will even get CLOSE to the NHL. I doubt any of these guys on the NHL roster right now are actually in the 60s.
that's why I did mine EHM style. In the old school one low 70s/high 60s are usually high end AHLers or role players (defensive specialists, etc). That prettymuch perfectly describes a lot of the guys on our bottom 6 right now. LaRose and Tlusty are prettymuch the only 2 that are proven to be legit top 9 players at this point.