There are few questions in sports, nay, in life that create such heated debate than a sports player's video game rating. There have been riots in the streets, wars have been fought and thousands have died all because of arguments stemming from player ratings in the annual installments of all the various sports video games.
NHL 18 will be released Sept. 15 and to generate excitement, EA Sports has been releasing the top 10 players at different positions. On Sunday, the company released the top 10 left wings in the game. Caps fans will be pleased to know that Alex Ovechkin clocks in at No. 1 with a rating of 92.
Writes EA Sports:
Alex Ovechkin is perhaps one of the best goal scorers in NHL history. On the power play, there might not be a better player to score. You know exactly where Ovi is going to be and the Washington Capitals feed him the puck to his spot where he uses his accurate (95) and powerful (95) Slap Shot. With five 5-star categories, Ovechkin's got a lot of tools in his arsenal to dominate the competition.
Yes, Ovechkin scored 33 goals last season, but 33 is still pretty darn good and even at 32 years old, which he will turn in September, EA Sports still sees him as a top threat.
Here is the full list of left wingers. Quick note, Caps fans should probably stop reading the list at No. 7.
1. Alex Ovechkin 92
2. Jamie Benn 90
3. Taylor Hall 87
4. Brad Marchand 87
5. Johnny Gaudreau 87
6. Max Pacioretty 87
7. Artemi Panarin 86
8. Filip Forsberg 86
9. Eric Staal 85
10. Gabriel Landeskog 85
Some other takeaways from the rest of the list:
Wow, a hockey list that actually acknowledges Hall as one of the top offensive players in the NHL? Odd. EA Sports' hockey credibility just went up in my book, though I would consider Eric Staal a center rather than a wing. Is Artemi Panarin really one of the top 10 left wings in the league? He will have to prove it now that he is in Columbus rather than Chicago playing on a line with Patrick Kane. If he is that good, watch out for Columbus this year.
What do you think of EA Sports' rankings?
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