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How EA Player Ratings Stack Up Against NHL Skills Competition Results

With the NHL All-Star Skills Competition behind us and the NHL regular season back in full swing, we wanted to take a look back at the results and compare them to EA’s NHL rosters to see how they stack up. Yes, results from one event on one night of the year do not validate player ratings, but let’s take a look and see if EA was close or not.

2019 Fastest Skater

The purpose of the event is to be fastest skater around a designated course within the rink. Dylan Larkin’s time of 13.172 from 2016 is currently the fastest finish time.

*For this event we looked at each skater’s Speed rating. Also noted is each skater’s Acceleration rating.

Fastest Skater Results: Connor McDavid for the third straight year

  • WINNER: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers – 13.378 seconds – 96 speed 97 acceleration
  • Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres – 13.582 seconds – 90 speed 90 acceleration
  • Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders – 13.780 seconds – 90 speed 90 acceleration
  • Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars – 13.914 seconds – 87 speed 87 acceleration
  • Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks – 13.930 seconds – 87 speed 87 acceleration
  • Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets – 14.152 seconds – 91 speed 92 acceleration
  • Kendall Coyne, U.S. Women’s National Team – 14.346 seconds (not in the game)
  • Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes – 14.526 seconds – 90 speed 90 acceleration

Here are the top four skaters in NHL 19 based on their Speed rating:

  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers – 96 speed 97 acceleration
  • Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils – 95 speed 94 acceleration
  • Andrew Cogliano, Dallas Stars – 94 speed 94 acceleration
  • Matt Duchene, Ottawa Senators – 94 speed 93 acceleration

2019 Puck Control

The purpose of the event is to be fastest skater over the course while also maintaining control of the puck through a series of pylons.

*For this competition we looked at each skater’s Puck Control rating.

Fastest Skater Results: Johnny “Hockey” repeats

  • WINNER: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames – 27.045 seconds – 96 Puck Control
  • Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks – 28.611 seconds – 97 Puck Control
  • Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers – 30.270 seconds – 94 Puck Control
  • Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets – 32.161 seconds – 92 Puck Control
  • Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche – 33.425 seconds – 89 Puck Control
  • John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs – 35.210 seconds – 94 Puck Control
  • Jeff Skinner, Buffalo Sabres – 35.407 seconds – 90 Puck Control
  • Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks – 43.622 seconds – 92 Puck Control

Here are the top three skaters in NHL 19 based on their Puck Control rating:

  • Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks – 97 Puck Control
  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers – 96 Puck Control
  • Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames – 96 Puck Control

 

 

2019 Save Streak

This event made its debut just last year. The purpose of this event is for goaltenders to earn points for their division by saving as many pucks as possible against an opposing division’s shooter in NHL shootout fashion. The goaltender with the longest “save streak” and most saves wins the competition. The winning goaltender receives $25,000. Marc-Andre Fleury’s streak of 14 from last year is the current record for most saves.

*For this competition we looked at each goalie’s Breakaway rating.

2019 Save Streak Results: The “King” is King

  • WINNER Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers – 12 saves – 90 Breakaway rating
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning – 8 saves – 90 Breakaway rating
  • Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild – 7 saves – 91 Breakaway rating
  • Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights – 6 saves – 90 Breakaway rating
  • John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks – 3 saves – 91 Breakaway rating
  • Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals – 3 saves – 91 Breakaway rating
  • Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings – 2 saves – 88 Breakaway rating
  • Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators – 2 saves – 91 Breakaway rating

Here are the top four goalies in NHL 19 based on their Breakaway rating:

  • Carey Price, Montreal Canadians – 92 Breakaway rating
  • Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators – 91 Breakaway rating
  • Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild – 91 Breakaway rating
  • John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks – 91 Breakaway rating

2019 Premier Passer

This event also made its debut last year. The purpose of this event is for skaters to earn points for their division by passing the puck to various targets, courses and nets in the fastest time possible. Alex Pietrangelo’s time last year at 0:46.610 is the current record for best finish.

*For this competition we looked at each player’s Passer rating

2019 Premier Passer Results: 

  • WINNER: Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers – 1 minute, 9.088 seconds – 91 Passer
  • Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes – 1 minute, 18.530 seconds – 92 Passer
  • Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues – 1 minute, 25.897 seconds – 90 Passer
  • Keith Yandle, Florida Panthers – 1 minute, 34.611 seconds – 91 Passer
  • Thomas Chabot, Ottawa Senators – 1 minute, 40.568 seconds – 89 Passer
  • Roman Josi, Nashville Predators – 1 minute, 47.128 seconds – 90 Passer
  • Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks – 1 minute, 58.824 seconds – 95 Passer
  • Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche – 2 minutes, 17.379 seconds – 92 Passer

Here are the top passers in NHL 19 based on their Passer rating:

  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers – 95 Passer rating
  • Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames – 95 Passer rating
  • Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks – 96 Passer rating
  • Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins – 95 Passer rating
  • Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning – 95 Passer rating
  • Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals – 95 Passer rating

2019 Hardest Shot

The purpose of the event is to have the hardest shot. Zdeno Chara currently holds the record for Hardest Shot with his 108.8 mph shot recorded in 2012.

*For this competition we looked at each skater’s Slap Shot Power rating.

2019 Hardest Shot Results: More hardware for the Capitals

  • WINNER: John Carlson, Washington Capitals – 102.8 mph, 100.8 mph – 91 Slap Shot Power
  • Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets – 99.4 mph, 95.1 mph – 89 Slap Shot Power
  • Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks – Miss, 100.6 mph – 91 Slap Shot Power
  • Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning – 96.2 mph, 93.1 mph – 94 Slap Shot Power

Here are the top four skaters in NHL 19 based on their Slap Shot Power rating:

  • Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals – 95 Slap Shot Power
  • Shea Weber, Montreal Canadians – 95 Slap Shot Power
  • Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins – 94 Slap Shot Power
  • Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning – 94 Slap Shot Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Accuracy Shooting

The purpose of the event is to hit the four targets attached to the four corners of a goal in the fastest time. During the 2019 Skills Competition, the LED light-up targets featured face emojis of four all-star NHL players.

*For this competition we looked at each skater’s Wrist Shot Accuracy rating.

2019 Accuracy Shooting Results:

  • WINNER: David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins – 11.309 seconds – 93 Wrist Shot Accuracy
  • Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins – 12.693 seconds – 82 Wrist Shot Accuracy
  • Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings – 13.591 seconds – 86 Wrist Shot Accuracy
  • Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks – 14.423 seconds – 92 Wrist Shot Accuracy
  • Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets – 18.585 seconds – 89 Wrist Shot Accuracy
  • Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning – 19.706 seconds – 95 Wrist Shot Accuracy
  • Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils – 20.209 seconds – 88 Wrist Shot Accuracy
  • Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs – 35.626 seconds – 92 Wrist Shot Accuracy

Here are the top three skaters in NHL 19 based on their Wrist Shot Accuracy rating:

  • Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks – 95 Wrist Shot Accuracy
  • Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning – 95 Wrist Shot Accuracy
  • Patrick Laine, Winnipeg Jets – 95 Wrist Shot Accuracy
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