The Bruins’ Chara rounds out the top five D-men in the game with an overall rating of 91. He is still an intimidating force despite his advancing age and can still score, evidenced by his 17 goals and 40 points last season.
Like Chara, the Kings’ Doughty is rated a 91 overall, but is still developing into one of the best two-way d-men in the NHL. With 38 points and 180 hits, as well as 91 blocked shots, Doughty does everything well.
Minnesota’s Suter is third overall among d-men with a 92 overall rating. Signed to one of the biggest contacts in Wild history, Suter earned his keep with 43 points, a +15 rating and 132 blocked shots last season.
Chicago’s Duncan Keith is tied with Suter with a 92 overall rating, but according to EA earns the number two spot thanks to “five star” puck skills. 55 assists in 2013-14 didn’t hurt his cause either.
Nashville’s Shea Weber is the top overall d-man in “NHL 15” with a 93 overall rating, 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.”
“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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