Here's How EA Sports NHL 20 Determines Their Player Ratings

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  • Published: 23 August 2019
  • NHL 20 is almost here and player ratings are always a hot-button topic. Sportsnet video game expert Steven Loung dives into how raitings are determined with EA Sports Creative Director William Ho.

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Comments • 134

  • brave187
    brave187  1 weeks back

    the shot blocking ratings r a bad joke

    • Sandro Mignosa
      Sandro Mignosa  2 weeks back

      U really shud nerf the position lock!! If u don't switch guys every 10 secs all ur cpu guys stop moving. Position lock is real and the 1-4 is a joke

      • Sheldon Verge
        Sheldon Verge  2 weeks back

        Weber getting shafted again not even given an 88 overall. Sure he's been injured but when he is healthy he is still as dominate now as he was 4+ years ago when he was given ratings of 90+. Ridiculous.

        • Roger That
          Roger That  2 weeks back

          Who cares it's gonna be junk anyway, Mr Ho

          • Blazer 780
            Blazer 780  2 weeks back

            Face off stats are always way off for every player the ratings are trash.

            • thunderbuddy88
              thunderbuddy88  2 weeks back

              EA is a joke when it comes to hockey, probably because the people who make it have never played real hockey.

              Only 1 season since they had create a player have they had Jamie as an option for a play by play name. I asked EA why Jamie isn't an option and they said it's based on an algorithm...seriously, Jamie Benn is the captain of the Stars and they say his name yet Gurndeep is an option....WTF!!!

            • Zach McPhail
              Zach McPhail  2 weeks back

              I hate this kid

              • ilari väisänen
                ilari väisänen  2 weeks back

                Ratings are simply horrible since they don't reflect players' strengths and weaknesses at all. Even in the NHL, for example Aho has better speed rating than hands and passing. Every NHL forward has over 83 speed but Mcdavid has only 94. They basically have decent overalls which come straight from stats (I'm ok with this) but every attribute comes straight from that overall rating.


                I don't even start with the European leagues.. There even overalls are horrible. Can't they hire summer intern to make European ratings that would be huge improvement smh.

              • McDavid Deserves Better

                Hopefully scoring leaders in franchise mode can eclipse 80 points.

                • KumiPeruna
                  KumiPeruna  3 weeks back

                  Why you cant do the "over the back" tackle in nhl 19 like in nhl 13 or 14

                  • KumiPeruna
                    KumiPeruna  2 weeks back

                    @Callum Miller you didn't get penalty in nhl 13 or 14 for doing it :D

                  • KumiPeruna
                    KumiPeruna  2 weeks back

                    @Sheldon Verge yep that's what i meant

                  • Callum Miller
                    Callum Miller  2 weeks back

                    I did a hip check in 'be a pro' (NHL '18) and got done for tripping!! 👎

                  • Sheldon Verge
                    Sheldon Verge  2 weeks back

                    The hip check?

                • Lukáš Kus
                  Lukáš Kus  3 weeks back

                  so how can a 57 OVR goalie be even used in Ultimate Team? fix that please

                  • François Jutras
                    François Jutras  3 weeks back

                    It's possible to send a e-mail to the creation editor about suggestions ? Thanks !

                    • OC Beezilla
                      OC Beezilla  3 weeks back

                      Last year it took me 3 WEEKS to correct the rosters and add prospects. Jesus

                      • Jim Bobson
                        Jim Bobson  3 weeks back

                        Kotka low elite, looks like another year I won’t buy this garbage

                        • Sheldon Verge
                          Sheldon Verge  2 weeks back

                          I'm not happy about it either but that's kinda drastic to not buy a game due to such a tiny error LOL. Just go and change it yourself. As soon as I get the game He is going med elite with an overall of 83.

                        • Ry Guy
                          Ry Guy  2 weeks back

                          You realize you can change that yourself in a few seconds...

                      • Rozh
                        Rozh  3 weeks back

                        My boy Gallagher got scammed

                        • Sheldon Verge
                          Sheldon Verge  2 weeks back

                          I mean not really. I'd give him about an 87 overall rn. You got people like Kessel at 88 and they perform better then gally.

                        • Duncan MacLeod
                          Duncan MacLeod  2 weeks back

                          What do you think his rating should be?

                      • nick boeve
                        nick boeve  3 weeks back

                        A group of people sit around and watch ALOT of hockey ? Wow how informative, never would of guessed that was the method to ratings ....

                        • D Livingstone
                          D Livingstone  3 weeks back

                          the background music is so loud i couldn't pay attention

                          • V3rzionGaming
                            V3rzionGaming  3 weeks back

                            Still kotkaniemi is low elite ...

                            • gundamfreedomx
                              gundamfreedomx  3 weeks back

                              games been a joke since 16

                              • Darthplayz19
                                Darthplayz19  3 weeks back

                                Yeah right, Aho is not top 6, Athanasiou is better then an 80, Malkin is not as good as he used to be, and Mathews is a franchise player not elite.

                                • Sheldon Verge
                                  Sheldon Verge  2 weeks back

                                  Matthews is not a franchise player. At the beginning of his rookie year before we seen him play I would have gave him Franchise low maybe medium but now after seeing him a few seasons Elite high is perfect. Franchise is for players who can put a team on there back and still come out with a win. McDavid, Crosby and Ovi(not so much the last few seasons) has done it time and time again, Matthews no.

                                • Kevin Gallant
                                  Kevin Gallant  3 weeks back

                                  How has matthews shown hes a franchise player?

                              • G20
                                G20  3 weeks back

                                That how they gave Quinn Hughes a 80 before he played a single game? 😂

                                • G20
                                  G20  3 weeks back

                                  Hooked Toronto Fishing lol

                                • Hooked Toronto Fishing
                                  Hooked Toronto Fishing  3 weeks back

                                  still a valid point, but quinn hughes played 5 or 6 games last year towards the end of the season.

                                • G20
                                  G20  3 weeks back

                                  Jojjen omfg lmao 😂😂😂😂😂😂

                                • Jojjen
                                  Jojjen  3 weeks back

                                  G20 They cannot add players from the NCAA without the players actually playing a game in the NHL.

                                  Hughes was added after his first game in the league.

                              • M-A Girouard
                                M-A Girouard  3 weeks back

                                They obviously dont understand hockey nor do they watch it or even follow it...maybe just 1-2 teams. At least 1/3 of the ratings are completely off. Sometimes they get the overall right but some of the stats are ridiculously wrong ; Byron with 85 speed for exemple

                                • M-A Girouard
                                  M-A Girouard  3 weeks back

                                  @LuckyGuy27 Byron should have around 90-92 speed. Top 5 fastest skater in the league. Thats literally by far his biggest asset.

                                • LuckyGuy27
                                  LuckyGuy27  3 weeks back

                                  M-A Girouard what would you rate him?

                              • Temptation
                                Temptation  3 weeks back

                                I dont see how kotkaniemi could possibly be a low elite. He is young and an amazing player who put up good numbers as an 18 year old, it makes zero sense how hes a low elite. He needs to be med elite

                                • Mark Mark
                                  Mark Mark  3 weeks back

                                  @Simon The Seal thats pretty fair

                                • Simon The Seal
                                  Simon The Seal  3 weeks back

                                  Mark Mark low franchise, Kotkaniemi med elite, Pasta high elite,

                                • Mark Mark
                                  Mark Mark  3 weeks back

                                  I wonder, what do you think Matthews should have been in his rookie year? Franchise? High/med/low elite?

                              • Andrew Ruggiero
                                Andrew Ruggiero  3 weeks back

                                I always thought they used that south park like method where they cut the heads off of random chickens and wherever there dead body lands thats the players rating?

                                • haydenjnighs
                                  haydenjnighs  3 weeks back

                                  David Backes 99 overall MAKE IT HAPPEN SEGA

                                  • VinylVishRecords
                                    VinylVishRecords  3 weeks back

                                    That music has to go

                                    • Marco Charette Official Music

                                      Subban is most overrated ever

                                      • HYP3DSNIP3R
                                        HYP3DSNIP3R  3 weeks back

                                        Paul Byron probably still gonna have 86 speed lol, 4+ years straight

                                      • Eric Cartman
                                        Eric Cartman  3 weeks back

                                        The music need to be louder, i can still ear them talking.

                                        • Scorz1
                                          Scorz1  2 weeks back

                                          Eric Cartman facts

                                      • Issak W
                                        Issak W  3 weeks back

                                        If Crosby’s faceoff rating isn’t good this year then idek lmao

                                        • Slappy McGirk
                                          Slappy McGirk  3 weeks back

                                          First they take into account how offensively dominant they were in a myriad of categories the previous season then they check if the player is on the Canucks. If they are, they bump them up another 4 points.

                                          • Jonathan-
                                            Jonathan-  1 weeks back

                                            Is it Cliff Ronning? If so, 99

                                        • Blastin Hash
                                          Blastin Hash  3 weeks back

                                          Yo ea next time you make a soundtrack try to get licensing to songs like crazy train to pump you up in drop in rather then hearing now my favourite colour is blue. Peace be with you

                                          • Dylan Root
                                            Dylan Root  3 weeks back

                                            Yeah and also don't censor the songs, ir at least give an option to turn the censor off, it's really annoying hearing like half of bulletproof baby

                                        • pill0wm4n
                                          pill0wm4n  3 weeks back

                                          Didn't explain a thing

                                          • JRP 90
                                            JRP 90  3 weeks back

                                            I love when a 99 overall player in franchise mode gets 70 points. Super realistic

                                            • Danny Pike
                                              Danny Pike  3 weeks back

                                              SapAlien Sure, but in the same season Tyler Seguin got 96 points.

                                            • The Powder Toy
                                              The Powder Toy  3 weeks back

                                              Danny Pike The sim engine has been improved. There is now an option to increase or decrease scoring in Franchise Mode. Sim in NHL 19 result in 2014-15 scoring

                                            • SapAlien
                                              SapAlien  3 weeks back

                                              @Danny Pike well luckly they decided to add an option for league scoring. either low, medium/average, or high so you can determine how the league is scoring at.

                                            • Danny Pike
                                              Danny Pike  3 weeks back

                                              JRP 90 In Franchise mode I did a fantasy draft and had a top line of Atkinson-McDavid-Marchessault, and McDavid got 76 points in 82 games.

                                            • David Robertson
                                              David Robertson  3 weeks back

                                              JRP 90 turn the penalties up to 4/4 and turn off offsides and icing. I swear it makes it more realistic

                                          • S. Baldrick
                                            S. Baldrick  3 weeks back

                                            Zadina -TWF, Rakell -Ply, Rantanen -Snp, Petry -Dfd, ...
                                            Euro players not drafted are ridiculous, sht power 70 ...
                                            EA have a lot to improve in the rosters (NHL19 was better).

                                            • j craq
                                              j craq  3 weeks back

                                              I only reason I bought the Switch more than 2 years ago was for NHL on the go at friends etc. Still no NHL.. Fifa but no NHL.. =/

                                              • PG13hockeyman
                                                PG13hockeyman  3 weeks back

                                                Hey EA Sports, hire FamousGoalHorns to help with music and goal horns

                                                • PG13hockeyman
                                                  PG13hockeyman  2 weeks back

                                                  Playtendo Tide everyone’s song is bad

                                                • Luccaj
                                                  Luccaj  2 weeks back

                                                  PLEASE THE FLYERS GOAL SONG IS HORRIBLE

                                              • TDM Curly
                                                TDM Curly  3 weeks back

                                                “Trying to reflect them as accurate as possible...” makes Kakko lower than Hughes🧐

                                                • S. Baldrick
                                                  S. Baldrick  3 weeks back

                                                  @Marco Charette Official Music Let him play 20 games in NHL

                                                • Marco Charette Official Music
                                                  Marco Charette Official Music  3 weeks back

                                                  @S. Baldrick make kappo High

                                                • TDM Curly
                                                  TDM Curly  3 weeks back

                                                  S. Baldrick that honestly perfect. Maybe 82, 80

                                                • S. Baldrick
                                                  S. Baldrick  3 weeks back

                                                  I made Kakko 81 and Hughes 79, but Hughes H.Elite, Kakko M.Elite.

                                              • Matthew Brando
                                                Matthew Brando  3 weeks back

                                                They need to redo them. I rerated all goalies agility based on watching three days of saves. It’s not hard

                                                • Dale Jones
                                                  Dale Jones  3 weeks back

                                                  Why is everybody a 99 at the end of season? Cant they just put what the actual player is for the whole season.If they progress then they get a slight uptick. Legends should all be 90's except for Wayne, Mario, Gordie they should be 99 from beginning to end . Conor McDavid is not a 99 nor Ovie. In fact nobody is 99 in today's hockey. Let's get real.

                                              • Bartholomew Esperanza
                                                Bartholomew Esperanza  3 weeks back

                                                So why is Sebastian Aho still medium top 6 potential???

                                                • Bartholomew Esperanza
                                                  Bartholomew Esperanza  1 weeks back

                                                  Turns out I gave EA Too much credit with those ratings predictions. Pesce is an 80 overall... oli matta is 81.

                                                • DJ Potato
                                                  DJ Potato  2 weeks back

                                                  Complete unknown lololololol

                                                • G20
                                                  G20  2 weeks back

                                                  Bartholomew Esperanza I mean, he could be one. I know he was only a 5th round pick but he hasn’t looked all that terrible. I wouldn’t bet on him being a regular NHL guy but I haven’t seen that much of him so who knows, maybe he’ll be a top 6 guy or 7th guy one day. Dude’s only 23, he’s got chance to grow 🤷‍♂️

                                                • KingSeal 48
                                                  KingSeal 48  3 weeks back

                                                  @Bartholomew Esperanza he isnt bad he is a good prospect

                                              • Martavis Miles
                                                Martavis Miles  3 weeks back

                                                Alex Ovechkin rating going too be 99

                                              • drumsallday19
                                                drumsallday19  3 weeks back

                                                tell them they suck and they need to do better

                                                • Keir Patrick
                                                  Keir Patrick  3 weeks back

                                                  EA's ratings are always too low! We want a 97 OV McDavid and a 96 OV Crosby!

                                                  • S. Baldrick
                                                    S. Baldrick  3 weeks back

                                                    @Keir Patrick You want more separation between the stars and super stars?
                                                    I agree with you!

                                                  • Keir Patrick
                                                    Keir Patrick  3 weeks back

                                                    I'm talking about how the very best of the nHL become high 90s but that's it

                                                  • Keir Patrick
                                                    Keir Patrick  3 weeks back

                                                    @S. Baldrick why would it become that?

                                                  • S. Baldrick
                                                    S. Baldrick  3 weeks back

                                                    No, if they raise overalls you have twenty 99 overall players in season 2 in the Franchise.

                                                • JFK
                                                  JFK  3 weeks back

                                                  EA? Big yikes, anti consumer trash

                                                  • Andrew Wizinsky
                                                    Andrew Wizinsky  3 weeks back

                                                    It would be cool if they add line brawls

                                                    • Dom
                                                      Dom  3 weeks back

                                                      Line brawls do exist since the current fighting engine has been introduced..

                                                  • Captain Raymond Holt
                                                    Captain Raymond Holt  3 weeks back

                                                    So your telling me its normal that Kotkaniemi is still a Low Elite potential in NHL20..? Yeah right

                                                    • Sheldon Verge
                                                      Sheldon Verge  2 weeks back

                                                      - KK still at Low Elite
                                                      - Byron at 85 speed
                                                      - Weber not even getting an 88 overall

                                                      The list goes on. Only thing accurate for MTLs side is Prices rating.

                                                    • John Curl
                                                      John Curl  2 weeks back

                                                      DerpyWaffle he may not be better in every way but he is definitely better

                                                    • Row K
                                                      Row K  3 weeks back

                                                      Dany Heatley All-Star 🤡🤡🤡🤡

                                                    • DerpyWaffle
                                                      DerpyWaffle  3 weeks back

                                                      @Dany Heatley All-Star no

                                                    • Dany Heatley All-Star
                                                      Dany Heatley All-Star  3 weeks back

                                                      BronteBoy89 Tkachuk is better in every way than kotkaniemi

                                                  • Jack Eichel
                                                    Jack Eichel  3 weeks back

                                                    A fat Asian is in charge of a hockey game... no wonder these games suck

                                                    • ZyX
                                                      ZyX  3 weeks back

                                                      How come the ratings are trash then?

                                                      • rasheed jeffries
                                                        rasheed jeffries  2 weeks back

                                                        I agree bro..... Kane scored 110 points this season he should be at least be a 94. Kucherov 122 points this guy at 96 or 97 at least. Ea sports just loves kissing Crosby’s ass

                                                      • ZyX
                                                        ZyX  3 weeks back

                                                        @Gurvir Atwal yeah and Zibanejad with 30 goals and 74 points is a 85 lol.. It's obvious they don't know that much

                                                      • Gurvir Atwal
                                                        Gurvir Atwal  3 weeks back

                                                        ZyX gallagher a back to back 30 goal scorer is an 84 overall LMFAO