'NHL 20': Players are reacting to their video game ratings

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"NHL 20" doesn't hit the shelves until Sept. 13, but EA Sports is already revealing some players' overall ratings. Overall ratings in video games are always big news — they serve as immense hype for "Madden NFL" fans each summer in anticipation of that game's annual release.

A few players, such as Minnesota Wild forward Mats Zuccarello and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois, seem to think they are rated lower than they should be.

Zuccarello (84 overall) expressed humorous discontent that his former New York Rangers teammate Mika Zibanejad is rated higher than him in this year's game.

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Dubois, meanwhile, made reference to "The Office," asking EA Sports to . . . estimate him.

Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone poked fun at his former Senators teammate Brady Tkachuk (82 overall), advising Tkachuk to ask EA Sports to cover his head with a helmet.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin accepted his 92 overall rating but promised "next time I will be better," with some emojis added for humor's sake.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly reportedly said he thought his rating "Coulda been higher."

EA Sports' NHL Twitter account has been revealing ratings of certain players in recent days. Below is a list of the players whose ratings have been released thus far, including the game's top 50 players.

Top 50 overall players in 'NHL 20'

Ranking

Name

Position

Overall

#50

Dylan Larkin

Forward

88

#49

Frederik Andersen

Goalie

88

#48

P.K. Subban

Defense

88

#47

Sebastian Aho

Forward

88

#46

Jonathan Huberdeau

Forward

88

#45

Morgan Rielly

Defense

88

#44

Jack Eichel

Forward

88

#43

Phil Kessel

Forward

88

#42

Jonathan Toews

Forward

88

#41

Brayden Point

Forward

89

#40

Alex Pietrangelo

Defense

89

#39

John Carlson

Defense

89

#38

Braden Holtby

Goalie

89

#37

Mitch Marner

Forward

89

#36

Artemi Panarin

Forward

89

#35

Leon Draisaitl

Forward

89

#34

Blake Wheeler

Forward

89

#33

Mark Scheifele

Forward

89

#32

Claude Giroux

Forward

89

#31

Mark Giordano

Defense

89

#30

Anze Kopitar

Forward

89

#29

Ryan O'Reilly

Forward

89

#28

Vladimir Tarasenko

Forward

89

#27

Taylor Hall

Forward

89

#26

Tyler Seguin

Forward

89

#25

David Pastrnak

Forward

90

#24

Brent Burns

Defense

90

#23

Sergei Bobrovsky

Goalie

90

#22

Tuukka Rask

Goalie

90

#21

Erik Karlsson

Defense

90

#20

Johnny Gaudreau

Forward

90

#19

Mikko Rantanen

Forward

90

#18

John Tavares

Forward

90

#17

Brad Marchand

Forward

90

#16

John Gibson

Goalie

90

#15

Auston Matthews

Forward

90

#14

Aleksander Barkov

Forward

90

#13

Patrice Bergeron

Forward

90

#12

Steven Stamkos

Forward

90

#11

Evgeni Malkin

Forward

90

#10

Carey Price

Goalie

91

#9

Andre Vasilevskiy

Forward

91

#8

Drew Doughty

Defense

91

#7

Victor Hedman

Defense

91

#6

Patrick Kane

Forward

91

#5

Nathan MacKinnon

Forward

92

#4

Alex Ovechkin

Forward

92

#3

Nikita Kucherov

Forward

92

#2

Sidney Crosby

Forward

93

#1

Connor McDavid

Forward

94

Other players whose overalls have been announced

Name

position

overall

Mats Zuccarello

Forward

84

Pierre-Luc Dubois

Forward

85

Jack Hughes

Forward

82

Kaapo Kakko

Forward

81

Brendan Gallagher

Forward

84

Rasmus Dahlin

Defense

85

Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Forward

82

Gabriel Landeskog

Forward

87

Nazem Kadri

Forward

84

Brady Tkachuk

Forward

82

Bo Horvat

Forward

86

'NHL 20''s alumni teams

The game will also feature 33 "alumni teams" made up of each franchise's all-time best players. The rosters will include now-defunct teams such as the Quebec Nordiques, Minnesota North Stars and the Hartford Whalers. Below are each team's alumni roster that has been announced thus far and their players.

Quebec Nordiques

  • Peter Stastny — 88 overall

  • Peter Forsberg — 93 overall

  • Joe Sakic — 93 overall

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Jeremy Roenick — 89 overall

  • Stan Mikita — 89 overall

  • Chris Chelios — 93 overall

Detroit Red Wings

#26 Tyler Seguin Forward 89

  • Chris Chelios — 93 overall

  • Gordie Howe — 95 overall

  • Nicklas Lidstrom — 93 overall

  • Pavel Datsyuk 89 overall


All player ratings will be revealed to fans and gamers alike next month when the game is officially released. Click here for a list of the top 50 rated players in last year's edition — Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid was the top active player in the game last year, earning a 94 overall rating.

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