On September 11, 2012, Electronic Arts will release the latest installment in its National Hockey League video game franchise, NHL 13. The game comes loaded with massive amounts of changes and upgrades including the never-before-seen “GM Connected” online game mode capable of connecting up to 750 users in the same league. The popular “Be A Pro”, “EA Sports Hockey League” and “Hockey Ultimate Team” modes will all be back for NHL 13.
On Thursday, EA revealed their new overall ratings for each team in the Eastern Conference and all of their players. On Friday, the same was done for the entire Western Conference. As we are mired in the dog days of August and fresh hockey news isn’t exactly abundant, I’ve decided to take a look at how EA has rated the Carolina Hurricanes in NHL 13. The graphic below displays EA’s Hurricanes depth chart as well as each individual player’s overall. Please note that team ratings were done on a five-star scale while players were rated 1-100.
Team Ratings: Offense (4), Defense (4), Goaltending (4.5)
Jeff Skinner (84) — Eric Staal (87) — Tuomo Ruutu (83)
Jussi Jokinen (81) — Jordan Staal (85) — Chad LaRose (80)
Anthony Stewart (75) — Jiri Tlusty (77) — Andreas Nodl (75)
Patrick Dwyer (72) — Tim Brent (75) — Drayson Bowman (72)
Extra: Alexander Semin (83)
Tim Gleason (84) — Justin Faulk (84)
Joni Pitkanen (78) — Joe Corvo (78)
Jaroslav Spacek (77) — Jamie McBain (76)
Cam Ward (88)
Justin Peters (78)
— Just a few problems I’ve spotted here:
1) Does anyone have an idea on why EA Sports has any reason to believe that the Hurricanes signed Alexander Semin to a $7 million dollar contract to be the team’s 13th forward? Color me confused.
2) Jaroslav Spacek isn’t currently under contract with the Hurricanes. His return to Raleigh remains a possibility, but as of today, Spacek is not a part of the Carolina roster.
3) Despite being plagued by injuries throughout the 2011-12 season, I’d expected Joni Pitkanen to be given a higher overall in NHL 13. Pitkanen is solid in his own zone and has shown the ability to contribute on the offensive end through 35-plus-point campaigns in two of the last three years. That seems to be quite enough to warrant at least an 80 rating.
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