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EA reveals top 50 players in ‘NHL 15’

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EA revealed the top 50 rated players in their upcoming “NHL 15” video game today on their official web site.

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The ratings list consists of 28 forwards, 11 goaltenders and 11 defensemen and were calculated by what EA said was an NHL scout, "taking offensive and defensive ability into consideration." The New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets were the only teams not represented with a player on the list.

Here are a few highlights from the list:

Stanley Cup Champion Jonathan Quick and New York’s Henrik Lundqvist shared the number one spot among goaltenders with a 93 rating overall, but are the eighth (Quick) and seventh (Lundqvist) highest-rated players overall. Although Quick played in less games than Lundqvist in 2013-14, he had a lower GAA and one more shutout during the regular season. Although Quick and Lundqvist both share the same rating overall, it appears EA gave the title of best goalie of ’15 to Rangers netminder.

“‘The King’ wears the crown as the top goalie in ‘NHL 15’ with five stars in all 3 goalie attribute categories,” EA Sports said. “It’s nearly impossible to beat him long the ice as Lundqvist carries a (92) rating for Stick Low, and Five Hole.”

Nashville’s Shea Weber is the top overall d-man in “NHL 15” with a 93 overall rating and is the fifth highest rated player in the game, thanks to a 23-goal season in 2013-14, tops among NHL defensemen, as well as 169 hits and 173 blocked shots.

“Weber comes in as our top rated NHL defenseman as he is an absolute force in all three zones,” EA Sports said on their official website. “Shea has 5 star Shooting, Defense, and Physical skills – and over (90) rated stats in all 6 attribute categories.”

Earning the number one spot at the Left Wing position in “NHL 15” is Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin, who was rated a 93 overall, good for fourth overall in the game. Known for his pinball-like, shoot-first, pass later approach to the game, the rating gurus at Electronic Arts didn’t seem to mind his -35 rating and penchant to keep the puck from his teammates.

A league-leading 51 goals, supported by 204 hits, the most in the NHL among anyone with more than 65 points, was enough justification for his rating, according to Electronic Arts.

“Sure Ovechkin may be slightly one dimensional, but does he ever do that dimension well,” EA Sports said on their official website. “Ovechkin comes in as our top rated left winger as he possess five stars in Puck Skills, Senses, Shooting, Skating and Physicality. His (95) Wrist Shot Power and (4) Wrist Shot Accuracy is also a league best.”

Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby is the highest rated Center and player in “NHL15,” with an 96 overall rating, thanks to a 2013-14 season that saw him lead the league with 104 points. With the New York Islanders’ John Tavares (17), The Kings’ Anze Kopitar (19) and the Flyers Claude Giroux (24) not cracking the top five at the Center position despite amazing numbers, EA had some explaining to do for all of their picks for the Center position, but did the most talking when it came to their number one pick.

“This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that last year’s Hart Trophy winner comes in as the top rated player in ‘NHL 15,’ EA Sports said on their official website. Crosby dominates in almost every aspect on the game, possessing five-star ratings in Puck Skills, Senses, Shooting, Defense, and Skating. Within those categories he retains multiple 90+ ratings including a (93) rating for Wrist Shot Accuracy and Power; as well as (95) Deking, Hand-Eye, Passing, and Puck Control.”

Here’s the full list from EA:

50. Mikko Koivu (89) Overall – Minnesota Wild

49. Patrick Marleau (89) Overall – San Jose Sharks

48. Corey Crawford (89) Overall – Chicago Blackhawks

47. Joe Thornton (89) Overall – San Jose Sharks

46. Mike Smith (89) Overall – Arizona Coyotes

45. Nicklas Backstrom (89) Overall – Washington Capitals

44. Ryan Miller (89) Overall – Vancouver Canucks

43. Eric Staal (89) Overall – Carolina Hurricanes

42. Semyon Varlamov (89) Overall – Colorado Avalanche

41. Ryan McDonagh (89) Overall – New York Rangers

40. Niklas Kronwall (89) Overall – Detroit Red Wings

39. Roberto Luongo (89) Overall – Florida Panthers

38. David Backes (89) Overall – St. Louis Blues

37. David Krejci (89) Overall – Boston Bruins

36. Joe Pavelski (89) Overall – San Jose Sharks

35. Erik Karlsson (89) Overall – Ottawa Senators

34. Patrick Kane (89) Overall – Chicago Blackhawks

33. Ryan Kesler (90) Overall – Anaheim Ducks

32. Sergei Bobrovsky (90) Overall – Columbus Blue Jackets

31. Alex Pietrangelo (90) Overall – St. Louis Blues

30. Matt Duchene (90) Overall – Colorado Avalanche

29. Jamie Benn (90) Overall – Dallas Stars

28. P.K. Subban (90) Overall – Montreal Canadiens

27. Phil Kessel (90) Overall – Toronto Maple Leafs

26. Taylor Hall (90) Overall – Edmonton Oilers

25. Zach Parise (90) Overall- Minnesota Wild

24. Claude Giroux (90) Overall – Philadelphia Flyers

23. Pekka Rinne (91) Overall – Nashville Predators

22. Marian Hossa (91) Overall – Chicago Blackhawks

21. Patrice Bergeron (91) Overall – Boston Bruins

20. Zdeno Chara (91) Overall – Boston Bruins

19. Anze Kopitar (91) Overall – Los Angeles Kings

18. Drew Doughty (91) Overall – Los Angeles Kings

17. John Tavares (91) Overall – New York Islanders

16. Henrik Zetterberg (92) Overall- Detroit Red Wings

15. Ryan Suter (92) Overall – Minnesota Wild

14. Duncan Keith (92) Overall – Chicago Blackhawks

13. Tuukka Rask (92) Overall – Boston Bruins

12. Evgeni Malkin (92) Overall - Pittsburgh Penguins

11. Carey Price (92) Overall – Montreal Canadiens

10. Corey Perry (92) Overall – Anaheim Ducks

9. Ryan Getzlaf (92) Overall – Anaheim Ducks

8. Jonathan Quick (93) Overall – Los Angeles Kings

7. Henrik Lundqvist (93) Overall – New York Rangers

6. Pavel Datsyuk (93) Overall - Detroit Red Wings

5. Shea Weber (93) Overall – Nashville Predators

4. Alexander Ovechkin (93) Overall – Washington Capitals

3. Jonathan Toews (93) Overall – Chicago Blackhawks

2. Steven Stamkos (93) Overall – Tampa Bay Lightning

1. Sidney Crosby (96) Overall - Pittsburgh Penguins

“NHL 15” is currently scheduled to skate its way on to the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, Xbox One and PlayStation4 video game consoles on September 9.

So what do you think of Electronic Arts’ ratings? Is there a player on the list you would have added instead? Sound off in the comment section below and let us know.

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