Following in the path of good friend Todd Cordell from HockeyBuzz and The Hockey Guys, I have decided to take a look at the newly-released overall ratings for the team that I cover in the upcoming EA Sports video game NHL 13. The graphic below is of EA’s Boston Bruins depth chart for NHL 13 as well as each player’s overall rating. In parenthesis, I’ve added the change in overall when compared to last year’s title, NHL 12, for each player. Please note that the individual overalls are done on a 1-100 system while the team ratings are ranked with 1-5 stars.
Team Ratings: Offense (4), Defense (4.5), Goaltending (4.5)
Milan Lucic 84 (-3) — Patrice Bergeron 86 (-1) — Nathan Horton 85 (E)
Brad Marchand 83 (-1) — David Krejci 85 (-2) — Tyler Seguin 84 (E)
Daniel Paille 77 (-4) — Rich Peverley 82 (E) — Jordan Caron 76 (+2)
Shawn Thornton 74 (-6) — Chris Kelly 79 (-3) — Gregory Campbell 74 (-7)
Zdeno Chara 91 (E) — Dennis Seidenberg 84 (+1)
Andrew Ference 82 (-1) — Johnny Boychuk 81 (-1)
Adam McQuaid 80 (-1) — Aaron Johnson 72 (-5)
Tuukka Rask 83 (-5)
Anton Khudobin 70 (-5)
– The implementation of a brand new individual ratings system for NHL 13 is one of the EA hockey franchise’s newest additions. In previous games, overalls were determined by how well a player stacks up against others with the same playing style. The best example I can come up with for this is Darcy Hordichuk of the Edmonton Oilers. In NHL 12 — while skating in his first season for the Oilers — Hordichuk was rated at 79 because he is considered an above-average enforcer. Boston fan favorite Shawn Thornton was rated an 80 in NHL 12 for the same reason. In NHL 13, every player is rated on the same scale, regardless of their playing style, causing Hordichuk’s overall to slip to a 71 and Thornton to a 74. This, along with potential being incorporated into overall rating is a major step forward for the NHL video game franchise.
– Underrated defenseman Dennis Seidenberg finally received a well-deserved rating increase, making him the second-ranked blueliner on the Boston roster.
– Despite a career year in 2011-12 third-year pro Tyler Seguin didn’t see an increase in his overall, according to EA Sports. In comparision, Montreal Canadiens’ pivot Tomas Plekanec (86) is rated two points higher than Seguin (84), despite the young Bruin’s 15-point advantage in the scoring department.
– I’m not quite sure I understand the thinking behind the way EA chose to set up this depth chart, especially for the bottom-six forwards. As anyone who follows the Black and Gold would attest, Chris Kelly is not a fourth line player. A career-best 20-goal/39-point season one year ago most certainly proved that. EA should have placed Kelly alongside Peverley and Caron on Boston’s third offensive unit while keeping the merlot line of Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell in tact.
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