EA’s latest player ratings list for “NHL 15” may be the most controversial yet after several superstars get snubbed.
Ryan Getzlaf, Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos and Sidney Crosby were named as the top Centers in Electronic Arts’ upcoming “NHL 15” video game yesterday on Electronic Arts’ official website.
Anaheim’s Getzlaf was rated a 92 overall after a 2013-14 season that saw him score 87 points, second only to Crosby’s 104 points and nab a Hart Trophy nomination.
The Red Wings’ Datsyuk was rated a 93 overall, despite playing in just 45 points and scoring just 37. A three-time Lady Byng Award winning and three-time Selke Award winner as the league’s best defensive forward, Datsyuk is one of the best overall players in the game, but didn't get too many chances to show it last season.
Chicago’s Toews was also rated a 93 overall, thanks to what EA said was his ability “to do it all.” Rated a 95 in Faceoffs and a 93 in Puck Control, Toews is also rated a 93 in Speed, Acceleration and Agility.
Tampa Bay’s Stamkos, like Datsyuk and Toews, is rated a 93 overall, but could have been rated even higher had he played in more than 37 games last season, following a leg injury that kept him out of the Olympics as well. Regardless, Stamkos scored 25 goals and added 15 assists.
Pittsburgh superstar Crosby is the highest rated Center in “NHL 15,” 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, The Kings’ Anze Kopitar and the Flyers Claude Giroux not cracking the top five 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.”
“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.
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