If you thought the Washington Capitals have some of the most talented players in the NHL, now you have video game ratings to prove it. EA Sports released their top 50 players in the upcoming NHL 16 video game and three Caps made the cut.
According to EA Sports, its ratings are based on scouting reports provided by a professional NHL scout.
It should come as no surprise that Alex Ovechkin is among the top players in the game. With a 93 rating, he is listed as No. 5. Unfortunately, he came in behind rival Sidney Crosby who is the best in the game with a 96 rating.
Jonathan Toews, Carey Price and Shea Weber also came in above the Great 8.
We already knew that Braden Holtby was among the top 10 goalies, but his status among all NHL players is very high as well as he ranked 22nd in the top 50.
Nicklas Backstrom also cracks the list at No. 32 with a rating of 90. That seems about right until you realize that he is not in the top 10 among centers. In fact, he falls all the way to 13th within his own position.
Think about that for a second. Looking at the players ranked ahead of Backstrom, two are from Pittsburgh (Crosby and Evgeni Malkin) and two are from Detroit (Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg). That means according to the scout who evaluates these players, there are 10 teams with a better top-line center than Backstrom and two teams with two. That's pretty hard to believe given that Backstrom finished top three in the NHL in assists five times in his career and led the league last season.
We may find out just how much Backstrom means to the Caps if he indeed misses the start of the season.
Where do you rank the Caps players among the NHL's elite?
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