EA Sports: NHL 16 Habs and IceCaps Ratings

Photo from canadianonlinegamers.com

Photo from canadianonlinegamers.com

Once again this year, All About The Habs had early access to EA Sports NHL 16, and is happy to share the Habs players ratings, which is one of the most important aspects of the game for many gamers. As a bonus, we also included the IceCaps players.

Here are the official ratings for the Habs projected NHL and AHL players in NHL16, coming out on Xbox One and PS4 on September 15th.

MONTREAL CANADIENS (NHL):

FORWARDS
Max Pacioretty 89 – Tomas Plekanec 86 – Brendan Gallagher 85
Alex Galchenyuk 85 – David Desharnais 82 – Zack Kassian 84
Dale Weise 81 – Lars Eller 83 – Alex Semin 83
Jacob de la Rose 80 – Torrey Mitchell 79 – Devante Smith-Pelly 82
EXTRA: Brian Flynn 74

DEFENSEMEN
Andrei Markov 85 – PK Subban 91
Alexei Emelin 84 – Jeff Petry 84
Nathan Beaulieu 82 – Tom Gilbert 82
EXTRA: Mark Barberio 79

GOALIES
Carey Price 94
Dustin Tokarski 82

 

ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS (AHL):

FORWARDS
Michael Bournival 79 – Charles Hudon 77 – Sven Andrighetto 73
Daniel Carr 71 – Gabriel Dumont 74 – Christian Thomas 71
Connor Crisp 68 – Maxime Macenauer 73 – Nick Sorkin 70
David Makowski 60* – Jake Dowell 71 – Stefan Fournier 67

DEFENSEMEN
Jarred Tinordi 79 – Greg Pateryn 76
Joe Finley 75 – Darren Dietz 74
Bobby Shea 66 – Morgan Ellis 72

GOALIES
Eddie Pasquale 76
Mike Condon 75
EXTRA: Frank Palazzese 66

*Makowski is a Defenseman but plays on the 4th line since there are only 11 natural forwards

 

My opinion on the ratings:

For the NHL: Zack Kassian is rated very high, and maybe JDLR should be a 78 or 79 (I love the player, but he still hasn’t played a full season in the league so placing him higher than Mitchell is a little weird). At the blue line, I feel like Emelin is also overrated, as an 81 or 82 rating would have been more accurate. As for the others, I would have given them about the same rating, +/- 1 point.

For the AHL: seeing Greg Pateryn (who took part in 7 playoffs games last spring) get a 76 while Tinordi gets a 79, but didn’t play against the Sens or Bolts is a sign that the ratings in the AHL aren’t as accurate as the NHL ones. I know Charles Hudon had a very good season last year in the AHL, but even if he is rated better than players like Dumont, Andrighetto and Thomas (who all have played in the NHL last year, while Hudon did not), his evaluation is most likely inaccurate. I know there are many other factors that justify this situation such as roster needs and potential, but the differences between their ratings are too important to be ignored.

As I said last year, I strongly suggest you to not rely on these in-game stats and playing styles to evaluate a player in real life, especially for AHL players. A majority of these players profiles are based on a very small sample of games and stats, which artificially boost or penalize their ratings compared to their real value. It only gets even worse in the European leagues and in the CHL, so be careful.

 

Follow me on Twitter @CarignanTQN to get the latest news on Habs prospects playing in the ‘Q’, especially Daniel Audette who plays for the team I cover for another media.

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François Carignan (15 Posts)

I cover the QMJHL (more specifically the Sherbrooke Phoenix) for different medias. I write monthly reports on Habs prospects playing in the QMJHL for All About The Habs.


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