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The Top 50 Players In NHL 20 Unveiled By EA

NHL 20 Player Rankings Top 50

The NHL 20 player ratings are out, and as always, the top 50 players will surely cause a lot of dissension in the ranks of hockey fans eager to debate their veracity ahead of the game's launch. EA's NHL series has pretty much been the de facto hockey game experience for years now, and little has changed ahead of the next instalment in the series apart from the way rosters have shifted and a new, talented generation of players has risen up to challenge the established greats from prior years.

The player rating debate extends beyond just NHL 20, though. Fans discussing player ratings is a time honored tradition in basically every sports franchise, ranging from something as obvious as NBA 2K20 to more niche games like the WWE games from the same publisher. Obviously, the practice is very much a subjective one - it's much more difficult to balance the attributes and skillsets of human beings than it is, say, an amorphous pink blob's strength relative to a giant spiky turtle that has a penchant for kidnapping princesses. Super Smash Bros. balancing might be hard, but sports game developers have it just as difficult when it comes to getting everything as close to accurate as possible.

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And still, fans will look at the newly released NHL 20 player ratings and immediately point out all the flaws they think are present within the game's top 50. Has anyone ever mentioned that video game development is difficult? There are some interesting choices on the list, though, and NHL games have historically done a decent job of predicting real-life outcomes of seasons, so it's worth paying attention to the way the game breaks down talent. One of the most crucial omissions from the top 10 list is the Toronto Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews, who just so happens to be NHL 20's cover athlete. Here's EA's list, broken down from number 50 to number 1.

NHL 20 Top 50 Player Ratings

  • 50. Dylan Larkin - 88 overall
  • 49. Frederik Andersen - 88 overall
  • 48. P.K. Subban - 88 overall
  • 47. Sebastian Aho - 88 overall
  • 46. Jonathan Huberdeau - 88 overall
  • 45. Morgan Rielly - 88 overall
  • 44. Jack Eichel - 88 overall
  • 43. Phil Kessel - 88 overall
  • 42. Jonathan Toews - 88 overall
  • 41. Brayden Point - 89 overall
  • 40. Alex Pietrangelo - 89 overall
  • 39. John Carlson - 89 overall
  • 38. Braden Holtby - 89 overall
  • 37. Mitchell Marner - 89 overall
  • 36. Artemi Panarin - 89 overall
  • 35. Leon Draisaitl - 89 overall
  • 34. Blake Wheeler - 89 overall
  • 33. Mark Scheifele - 89 overall
  • 32. Claude Giroux - 89 overall
  • 31. Mark Giordano - 89 overall
  • 30. Anze Kopitar - 89 overall
  • 29. Ryan O'Reilly - 89 overall
  • 28. Vladimir Tarasenko - 89 overall
  • 27. Taylor Hall - 89 overall
  • 26. Tyler Seguin - 89 overall
  • 25. David Pastrnak - 90 overall
  • 24. Brent Burns - 90 overall
  • 23. Sergei Bobrovsky - 90 overall
  • 22. Tuuka Rask - 90 overall
  • 21. Erik Karlsson - 90 overall
  • 20. Johnny Gaudreau - 90 overall
  • 19. Mikko Rantanen - 90 overall
  • 18. John Tavares - 90 overall
  • 17. Brad Marchand - 90 overall
  • 16. John Gibson - 90 overall
  • 15. Auston Matthews - 90 overall
  • 14. Aleksander Barkov - 90 overall
  • 13. Patrice Bergeron - 90 overall
  • 12. Steven Stamkos - 90 overall
  • 11. Evgeni Malkov - 90 overall
  • 10. Carey Price - 91 overall
  • 9. Andrei Vasilevskiy - 91 overall
  • 8. Drew Doughty - 91 overall
  • 7. Victor Hedman - 91 overall
  • 6. Patrick Kane - 91 overall
  • 5. Nathan Mackinnon - 92 overall
  • 4. Alex Ovechkin - 92 overall
  • 3. Nikita Kucherov - 92 overall
  • 2. Sidney Crosby - 93 overall
  • 1. Connor McDavid - 94 overall

What did fans learn? Apparently, Connor McDavid is in a class of his own, as the Edmonton Oilers superstar takes home the top rating ahead of the perennial favorite Sidney Crosby, who may have lost a step over a long career. Some other interesting notes include the fact that the Tampa Bay Lightning have three players in the top 10, and no other team has two; Leafs fans can rejoice in the fact they have five players in the top 50, which evens out with the Lightning's five and surpasses long-time rivals Boston's four; and Canada's own Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators take home the unlucky joint-designation of being the only Canadian teams to not feature into the top 50 player discussion.

Of course NHL 20 player rankings are only the subjective decisions of the game developers and some seasonal data from the past year's competition, but it's a fun debate that gives birth to interesting statistics like those listed above. Does this mean the Tampa Bay Lightning will win the Stanley Cup this year? They've certainly got a strong case for it - but fans know how well that worked out last year, when NHL 19 even predicted that the team would take home the trophy. Leafs fans laughing at that prediction might want to rope in that joy, too - NHL 18 famously predicted a Leafs Cup win and the team managed to disappoint just as much as Tampa Bay did in the year following.

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Source: EA

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