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Crosby, Datsyuk top NHL 14 player ratings

Aug 30, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

NHL.com kindly shared the top 50 player ratings for EA Sports’ upcoming NHL 14 title on Friday, so that naturally opens the door for outrage and excitement.

Obviously, the first few guys represent familiar faces, with Sidney Crosby and Pavel Datsyuk tied for the highest (active) player ratings at 95 each. Here’s a screenshot of each players ratings, so you can dispute someone’s speed or hand-eye coordination in the comments:

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In a move that shouldn’t upset many, Zdeno Chara was pegged as the top-rated defenseman at 94.

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Meanwhile, Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist tied for the No. 1 goalie at 91.

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It’s pretty tough to quibble with those choices. Still, there are a few surprises and worthy notes, such as:

Anyway, more fun can be found at NHL.com, and we’ll keep an eye out for some divisive ratings when the game hits North America on Sept. 10 (and worldwide on Sept. 13).

  1. detwings - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    i feel like Jimmy Howard should be in the top 50

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  2. jakreidler - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Datsyuk’s wrist shot stats should be as high as his deking and hand-eye.

    • illashell - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Actually it’s exactly where it should be. He’s not much of a goal scorer, especially in recent years.

      • jakreidler - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        He’s not much of a goal scorer because he’s also one of the best playmakers and defensive forwards in the game.

  3. tigers182 - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    If a player simulates a fart in Crosby’s direction, he’s injured for 30 games.

    • 668705p - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Especially if that fart came from someone like your m*mmy.

  4. illashell - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Some of the ratings are just absurd. Rick Nash, while still an effective player, should not have comparable shooting stats to Steven Stamkos. I’d put him more on James Neal’s level. Maybe.

    In terms of goalies, Carey Price is ridiculously overrated – Jimmy Howard is better than him and he’s not even top 50. According to EA, Price is the 3rd best goalie in the league. Not sure anyone would argue that.

    • bigbadbruins77 - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      It’s made in canada…price is way too high.

    • tdrusher225 - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Price is one of the most talented goalies in the NHL. Of course there’s something to be said about winning and actually using that talent. However, Howard does play in front of one of the best puck possession, and overall defensive teams, in the NHL. I really like Howard, but it’s pretty accurate to say Price is a more talented goaltender.

  5. themohel - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    I don’t know…if I’m starting a team I would take Toews first of anyone. And Chara (unless he was hurt in the Finals) no longer looks like the league’s best defenseman – maybe third or fourth, still damn good.

    • tdrusher225 - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      I understand what you’re saying, but I think there’s something to be said about playing at an extremely high level through 4 rounds of playoff hockey, while still having to play the most minutes of any defensemen against the NHL’s best offensive players. Bottomline, Chara is still the best defensive defenseman in the NHL. As a two way defenseman you could probably make the case for guys like Keith, Suter, Weber, etc. over him.

      • themohel - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        I still think Chara is a damned good player; it is probably unfair to judge based on the Finals because everyone is a bit jacked up by that time. I’d take him on my team any time.

    • bruins18 - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:57 AM

      Chars was hurt during the finals… He had a hip flexor injury

      • blackhawksdynasty - Aug 31, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        And??? Who’s NOT hurt by the time they make it to the SCF?? Chara was taken to school in the finals. Injury excuses are BS.

      • shaundre93 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        something tells me had Boston won you’d have plenty to say about Hossa’s injury

  6. pfhockey - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Why is St.Louis not on this list. You mean to tell me, that a guy who has scored at least 70 point(paced) seasons for the past 6 years isn’t in the top 50. The guy who won the Art Ross last season is not in the TOP 50?!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      You can always edit player ratings to more accurately reflect their standing on teams and in the league. That’s what I did for NHL 13.

      • pfhockey - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        I know, i just don’t know how they rate players.

  7. murtdurt - Aug 31, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Hahahahahhaha Voracek is an 88?? Talk about overrated

    • nyrnashty - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      His skating mechanics are tops in the league. He’ll even be higher once he figures out how to score on a regular basis. Not sure where you live, but go see the Flyers this year and isolate him on every shift.

  8. thesneakysalamander - Aug 31, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    St. Louis should absolutely be in the top 50. How is Burns in the top 50 when even the Sharks dont think hes a good enough defenseman to keep him at the position?

    • nyrnashty - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      I was just talking about him yesterday, he’s unbelievable!

    • faulkingallstar - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      he was a point a game player as a forward last year and it was his first time playing forward since he was in junior. Sounds pretty good to me…

  9. nyrnashty - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    With technology now, you would think that they would update player ratings at least on a quarterly basis. Would altering player ratings change the game too much? I’m not sure, but if a player isn’t having the year he did the year before it’s only fair that his rating goes down.

  10. pxland - Aug 31, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    On a list of the least important things one could ever discuss, on any topic, this would have a 93 rating.

  11. faulkingallstar - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Datsyuk is way too overrated now a days. He’s been a point a game player his entire career and this past season there were many other players who played better then him with weaker ratings. I’d put him at a 91 tops. he is an excellent player, just not the best in the league.

  12. jskrillz - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    In a category labeled “Puck Skills”, Datsyuk should be unmatched. To put him at the same 95 rating as Sid and Ovi is a joke. If you want to give Crosby a better passing rating, understandable, but for a player with arguably the best puck skills the game has ever saw…..questionable.

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