Nashville Predators: EA Sports NHL ’18 Predators’ Player Ratings

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Too Low 

Now to look at the players who appear to be ranked too low. Every player on this list I think should be ranked 1-3 points higher than they already are. Prepare yourself, these ratings might come as a shock:

P.K. Subban: 88

Filip Forsberg: 85

Mattias Ekholm: 82

Calle Järnkrok: 78

Austin Watson: 77

Pontus Aberg: 71

Freddy Gaudreau: 68

Obviously the two that stick out the most are Subban and Forsberg. In this game an 88 rating is pretty high, but regardless it is still too low for the former Norris Trophy winner. Forsberg ranked as an 85 is almost a slap in the face. Forsberg has scored 30 goals in back to back seasons and deserves to be higher than his rating suggests.

The next three could be debated, but in my opinion they are still too low. Ekholm might not have had the offensive numbers, but there is still no reason he should be as low as an 82. Järnkrok scored over 30 points last season, and combine that with his defensive ability, and there is no reason he should not be at least an 80 overall. Next is Austin Watson. He did not light up the scoreboard last season, but he is still valuable in many other ways and a 77 just seems a little low.

The final two are pretty difficult to rate because of their limited play, but even the most novice of NHL gamers would know they are ranked too low. Aberg stepped up during the 2017 playoffs and displayed what is likely to come of him in the future. Lastly, is Freddy “Hockey” Gaudreau. This rating is more understandable, but that does not make it accurate. Gaudreau scored his first three goals of his career in the Stanley Cup Finals. That does not happen on accident. He might not have the amount of playing time to be ranked in the mid to high 70s, but he is definitely not a 68.