On Tuesday, August 27, EA Sports released its first wave of ratings for the top 50 players in NHL 20. According to the EA website, the overall attributes take into account the individual skills of both skaters and goalkeepers.
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EA will reveal the rankings for the top 50 players until the full version of NHL 20 is released on September 13th. But for now, let's see who made the list from numbers 31 to 40 and analyze if their ratings are correct.
No. 40: Alex Pietrangelo, 89 OVR
In his eleventh NHL season, Pietrangelo led the St. Louis Blues to their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. However, its numbers compared to its 2017-18 season were slightly down. He played 71 games and scored 13 goals and 28 assists for 41 points – 13 points less than in 2017-18 – and played on average over a minute and a half a game.
Pietrangelo was a total of 89 in the video game last year. He saw a decrease in the defensive awareness of a point (92) and an increase in the blocking of the blows by a point (90). His offensive awareness has gone from 91 to 89, but his point has risen by five points to 95. While some of his other attributes fluctuated, an 89 is still the right number. He is the blues leader and it should be noted that he was almost a point-by-match player in the playoffs, a big reason why the Blues won the Stanley Cup at the end of the season.
No. 39: John Carlson, 89 OVR
Over the past two seasons, Carlson has established himself as one of the best defenders in the league with five top-back back to backs for the Norris Trophy. This season he scored 70 points in 80 games – two points more in two fewer games than last season – and increased his average time on ice by over 15 seconds. In the regular season he also scored the 21st advantage, which was his best positive and negative score compared to the 2010-11 season.
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Carlson was a total of 88 in NHL 19 and deserves the increase in NHL 20. His hand-eye attribute has risen by three points (84), as well as the precision of the slap and pulse (83 and 84, respectively) . His stamina also increased by four points and, although it appears to be a common theme in NHL 20, it was the first time he played 80 or more games in consecutive seasons from the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. His 89 rating in NHL 20 is well deserved, and if he keeps pace with his total points in the last two seasons, he will probably be in the low 90s within the commercial deadline.
No. 38: Braden Holtby, 89 OVR
Holtby won 32 games last season – his lowest total since the 2013-14 season – but it's his fifth consecutive season with 30 or more victories. His numbers compared to the 2017-18 season were somewhat better in 2018-19, but they weren't close to his numbers when he was at the top. Towards his 30-year season, there is no doubt that Holtby is one of the best netminder in the league.
Holtby was good in 2017-18, and to my surprise, he was a total of 91 in NHL 19. Entering NHL 20, his angles, breakaway scores and five-hole attributes decreased by one point (92, 90 and 91, respectively) as his glove was low and the attributes low (90 and 91). He also saw reductions in his rebound control (92) and recovery (90), but his vision is one point higher than NHL 19 (92). This was interesting because his numbers were better than in 2017-18. It is possible that EA has taken a point because of the early exit of the Capitals from the playoffs, or because there are more goalkeepers in the top 50 this year than last year. In any case, Holtby should be a total of 90 simply because of his numbers they were better than last season.
No. 37: Mitchell Marner, 89 OVR
While many knew that Marner was a good player after the 2017-18 season, he reached new levels last year with 94 points in 82 games. He has had at least 60 points in all three of his NHL seasons, but now he is not talking about how he will play with Maple Leafs next season, it is about Self will play with Maple Leafs next season.
His NHL 19 score was an 86 which was right at the time. He was 21 years old and still a player with 60 to 70 points, but he was given an 89 for NHL 20 which is where he should be a 22 year old who scores 90 points. He received increases in his deking (93), passing (94), checking the disc (94) and offensive awareness (93) and simply deserves an 89 or even a total of 90 in NHL 20. However, if it is not signed before the regular season starts, it will be interesting to see what EA does, if anything, with its ratings.
No. 36: Artemi Panarin, 89 OVR
Panarin played four seasons in the NHL and scored at least 70 points in all four, including two 30-goal seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was one of the most coveted free agent purchases in the offseason and many expect him to take a dip in his new team, the New York Rangers.
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Panarin was a total of 88 in NHL 19, but going to NHL 20, an 89 seems right. His control of the disc increased by one point (94) and even his defensive awareness, the blocking of the blows and the control of the stick received only one point. His balance attribute has risen by five points to 90 and the precision of his slaps, the precision of his wrists and the power of his wrists have increased by NHL 19. While an 89 seems right, even a 90 could be precise only for his important for his team.
No. 35: Leon Draisaitl, 89 OVR
50 goals, 55 assists and 105 points: these numbers speak for themselves. While helping to play with Connor McDavid, Draisaitl was one of NHL's best all-round strikers last season. In addition to McDavid, he was the best Oiler forward by a wide margin and proved to be a dynamic offensive threat.
Draisaitl was a total of 87 in the NHL 19, but when you accumulate more than 100 points, you deserve to be at least a total of 90. The main reason, in my opinion, was not given a 90 is because the Oilers arrived seventh in the Pacific. He and McDavid committed the crime in all 82 matches it just wasn't enough. As for his attributes, he achieved gains in his passing, record control, offensive awareness and accuracy of the wrist-shot (all 92). As a 50 goal scorer, EA has increased the attributes that count towards the goal goal, but should have taken it to 90 points.
No. 34: Blake Wheeler, 89 OVR
For the second consecutive season, Wheeler played more than 80 games and had exactly 91 points. He scored only 20 goals, but he had 71 assists and an average of 20:43 time on the ice per game, most of his 11-year career. He was one of, if not the best Winnipeg Jets players last season, and as far as statistics are concerned, he was consistent in his production.
In NHL 19, he was also 89 years old and I think it's accurate for his NHL 20 rating. His slap shot power has gone from 91 to 92, but other than that, most of his attributes are right where they were. 39; last year. When a player has almost identical back-to-back seasons, it's not much that EA has to do for his player. However, if he manages to lead the Jets in a much stronger regular season, he could become 90 or 91 before the playoffs run.
No. 33: Mark Scheifele, 89 OVR
Scheifele is Wheeler's right hand when it comes to conducting the crime, and the reason Wheeler has so many assists is that Scheifele manages to find the back of the net. Last season he scored 38 career goals and 84 points. It was the best year in Scheifele's career in terms of offensive production and leadership for the Jets.
Scheifele was also 89 years old in NHL 19 and, again, I think this is right for NHL 20. His attribute classifications are the same as those of last year's game, but now that he has more seasons than 30 goals , he should constantly find himself among the top 50 players right there with Wheeler. A Scheifele will be entrusted with the task of bringing the Jets back to the playoffs and should get a good increase if he is able to continue his point-per-game production on the top line of the Jets.
No. 32: Claude Giroux, 89 OVR
It is hard to believe that Giroux is only entering his 32-year season, but here we are. He had three consecutive seasons playing all 82 games, but in 2017-18 he exploded for 102 points. He was still a point-by-match player in 2018-19 – 85 points in 82 games – but it's hard to repeat a 100-point season.
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Giroux was rated 89 in total in NHL 19 and the same assessment is accurate for NHL 20. The biggest change in his attributes that stands out is his comparison, which goes from 88 to 95. Strangely, his face-off percentage in the 2018-19 is 0.6% lower than in 2017-18. I'm not sure how EA comes to the conclusion of raising ratings so much when there are no significant changes in a statistic, but, nevertheless, Giroux's overall rating is perfect.
No. 31: Mark Giordano, 89 OVR
Giordano had a career year last season which was summed up with the Norris Trophy. He set the highest career levels in goals, assists, points, plus-minus, short-range goals, equal strength assists and takeaways. It should also be noted that this was done in his 35-year season, making him the first Nicklas Lidstrom player to win the Norris Trophy in his 35-year or later season.
After a mid-season 2017-18 season, Giordano was rated 86 in total in NHL 19. Now, like 89 in total in NHL 20, he increased his pass (89), the control of the disc (88), defensive awareness (93), blocking of the blows (90), control of the stick (91), offensive awareness (90), balance (90), precision of slap strokes (84), precision of pulse strokes (83) and duration (90 ). All these increases are well deserved and can be repeated what he did last season, will be a general defender at the end of the regular season.