Cristobal Huet (84)
Jaroslav Halak (79)
David Aebischer (72)
Andrei Markov (88)
Mike Komisarek (80)
Mark Streit (82)
Francis Bouillon (75)
Mathieu Dandenault (75)
Janne Niinimaa (71)
Josh Gorges (73)
Saku Koivu (85)
Alex Kovalev (81)
Chris Higgins (82)
Tomas Plekanec (82)
Michael Ryder (82)
Mike Johnson (76)
Radek Bonk (75)
Guillaume Latendresse (77)
Andrei Kostitsyn (77)
Mikhail Grabovski (72)
Maxim Lapierre (71)
Duncan Milroy (69)
Steve Begin (70)
Garth Murray (66)
Aaron Downey (64)
Hopefully finally player ratings will actually matter on break aways for exsample. Always remember in NHL01 or sumthing had a breakaway with Pavel Bure (fresh on the ice) and Tie Domi catched up to him (btw I had edited every rating in the game so Domi had around 60SP and Bure 99). Still the case is this....
Do the 2k games have better and more realistic ratings than the EA games ?
In NHL2k7 I'd say 90+ is elite forward/defenseman/goalie, 89-80 is top six forwards/#1-4 defenseman/starting goalies or great backup goalies, 79-72 is 3rd and 4th line/3rd pairing defenseman/mediocre backup or good goalie prospect.
I've never played the games from EA so I don't know if its better but the overall ratings for players in 2k7 don't matter much. They have a separate offense and defense rating. Niklas Kronwall I remember in 2k7 was like a 78 and his offense and defense rating were both in the low 80s while there were some d-men that had overall ratings of 80+ with like 82 offense and 76 defense. The only use of the overall rating that I can see is probably determining a player's trade value. Personally I would say its pretty realistic since having great chemistry can boost some stats by up to 20 but leave stats like shot quickness/power unchanged.
Well the best rated in 2k7 I believe was Lidstrom.
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I think stats this year may be better than before. NHL07 and previous has been heavily offensively biased, now 08 looks to be much more balanced which should even stats out a bit. Ric Jackman on NHL07 was an 86 or something extortionate because of his offensive ability. He's just one name that springs to mind because even if the game only evaluated offensive ability, I still wouldn't give him an 86!! It was the same across the board, offensive defensemen had very high ratings and defensive defensemen had generally lower ratings. Don't go firing exceptions at me, this is just a general observation. Zbynek Michalek was around a 70 last year and well more deserving of an 86 than Ric Jackman.
I think Savard should be right around that 86/87 mark. Same for Emery. I think Bulin and Kolzig are better than him because of their experience, but it's pretty close.
Good analysis BritSabre, I agree with pretty much everything you said. Hopefully the ratings will be easy to modify once again in case they screw up too much ratings. Good point on Staal, although I don't think he's earned a 90. More like 86 or something.
With the AHL in this year, there is an even bigger error margin for EA to screw up the minor leaguers' ratings.
BritSabre, care to post what the Sabres' farm system players' ratings might look like, like I did with the Habs?
See, thats exactly how they shouldnt be rated, or how EA has rated them in the past. I think the fact that the gameplay was unrealistic in previous installment is because there werent a big enough gab between the lower NHL players (like Gilbert, 77) and the stars (Hemsky, Pitkanen and Souray are not stars, thus shouldnt be anywhere near 90).
This is how I see Edmonton personally: