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NHL 20 Has a New Commentary Team, 400 New Goalie Save Animations, Coaching Carousels, Trade Finder & More

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NHL 20 Has a New Commentary Team, 400 New Goalie Save Animations, Coaching Carousels, Trade Finder & More

Game Informer has posted quite a few more details on NHL 20, including a new commentary team. Doc Emrick and Eddie Olzyck have been replaced by James Cybulski, a local Vancouver radio personality, who takes over the play-by-play, along with Ray Ferraro as the color commentator. Some games will feature guest commentators like Don Cherry, Wayne Gretzky, Drake and Chance the Rapper (let’s do that hockey).

NHL 20 also added 400 new save animations for goalies, which should cut down on some of those soft shots and cheap rebound goals. Goalies will also recognize secondary threats…

…goalies are also better at identifying secondary threats. If a shot is coming in from one side and another forward is moving into position for a rebound, the goalie will take note of the second attacker and deliberately redirect the puck into a corner and out of danger using their stick or blocker, where the defender has a better chance of gaining possession.

The Game Informer article has so many details, including information on Coaching Carousels, Trade Finder, new line chemistry system and so much more. Make sure to give it a read.

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  1. Steve_OS
    It's no longer Doc Emrick and Eddie Olzyck.
    The new duo is local Vancouver radio personality James Cybulski as the play-by-play guy and color commentator Ray Ferraro, who moves from the Pierre McGuire role between the benches into the booth. The new team comes into the EA Vancouver office a couple of times a week, which allows them to develop a rapport, hear their commentary in the game, and constantly revise it. EA also plans to have them in during the season to add more contextual commentary on NHL and EASHL trends.
    Guest Commentators Also Make Appearances
    James Cybulski and Ray Ferraro aren’t the only commentators in NHL 20. Taking a page out of the NBA 2K playbook, some games will feature guest commentators to weigh in on the action. The infographic EA showed us included portraits of hockey personalities like Don Cherry and Wayne Gretzky as well as celebrities like Chance the Rapper and Drake.
    Plenty of other details at Game Informer.
    https://www.gameinformer.com/preview/2019/06/19/breaking-down-the-16-biggest-changes-coming-to-nhl-20

    Cybulski and Ferraro won't be bad. Especially Ferraro. I think he fits in well in a video game. Cybulski I haven't heard call a game, but i recall him from his days at TSN.
    Then I read Chance the Rapper and Drake? I'm out.
    What on earth are they thinking... :brickwall
    I am happy as pig and poo man, we get 300-400 coaches, or something like that, it means they are listening to me, :D, am excited man, we get coaches with different traits and speciality and stuffs, better line chemistry, thank u EA SPORTs!
    and among other stuff. :grin: :D
    I liked Doc and Eddie. Wish they kept them as an option in the game. For the casual fan I thought they added some realism to the tv broadcast.
    Not a fan of local broadcasters doing games. It worked with MVP 05 but most of the times it feels like we're watching some other teams broadcast if you're not in that city.
    EA Hockey is from Vancouver so maybe they're being shortsighted with this move thinking everyone else in North America will like it?
    hyacinth1
    I liked Doc and Eddie. Wish they kept them as an option in the game. For the casual fan I thought they added some realism to the tv broadcast.
    Not a fan of local broadcasters doing games. It worked with MVP 05 but most of the times it feels like we're watching some other teams broadcast if you're not in that city.
    EA Hockey is from Vancouver so maybe they're being shortsighted with this move thinking everyone else in North America will like it?

    It wouldn't really surprise me if this move was made to deliver new commentary during the course of the season, as Madden does. Much easier to get someone close by back into the recording studio instead of nationally-known (and busy) talent like Emrick. Ferarro apparently lives in Vancouver too, so it's the same kind of deal for him.
    Waiting to hear more info. EA Access coming to PS4 makes going that route a very real possibility this year, but I'm also fine with staying on '19 seeing as I now have an emotional attachment to this year's game (see avatar - and by the same token I still own my physical copy of MLB '16 :) ).
    So let me get this straight...last year they inexplicably removed all of the licensed goal songs from the game. And this year they’re removing the NBC announce team (and surely the NBC graphics). So in two years, they’ve made the game far less immersive and made it much less authentic to what we hear and see in the arena and on tv. Boy, glad to see they’re making progress!
    They can add 1000 generic outdoor rinks to play some garbage unrealistic mode, but they can’t be bothered to add real outdoor stadium rinks (many of which EA already has rendered for Madden) so that we can play the Winter Classic and Stadium Series (again)? Cool.
    brianski71
    So let me get this straight...last year they inexplicably removed all of the licensed goal songs from the game. And this year they’re removing the NBC announce team (and surely the NBC graphics). So in two years, they’ve made the game far less immersive and made it much less authentic to what we hear and see in the arena and on tv. Boy, glad to see they’re making progress!

    i thought i was the only one who noticed that too w/ the presentation. in 19 it took many steps back compared to 18 where the presentation was top notch. And it was like they were sloppy in 19 where they could have just copied from 18 and it would have been still good.
    brianski71
    So let me get this straight...last year they inexplicably removed all of the licensed goal songs from the game. And this year they’re removing the NBC announce team (and surely the NBC graphics). So in two years, they’ve made the game far less immersive and made it much less authentic to what we hear and see in the arena and on tv. Boy, glad to see they’re making progress!

    They took goal songs out because they didn't want to pay for the licensing again as it was expensive and instead spent that money on paying guys to work on the game. The goal horns are all still in.
    Wish they would just bring back the ability to add in your own goal songs so you could do it yourself and update it when they change during the season.
    desouza7
    Wish they would just bring back the ability to add in your own goal songs so you could do it yourself and update it when they change during the season.

    This is one of the main reasons why I still play NHL on PS3 versus PS4. The fact that they STILL cannot allow users to import custom music absolutely blows my mind. This was one of the easiest ways for fans to immerse themselves into the game back on PS3 and removing this feature was silly. If San Diego Studios can do it (The Show), EA Sports should be able to as well.
    So they finally added coaches but their computer generated, I better be able to edit the faces and names. I want to the improvements they made to franchise cause a lot of colleges rookies got signed this summer and if teams still have only 50 roster spots than get ready to see guys like fabbro in the free agency 
    ShadowGhost25
    So they finally added coaches but their computer generated, I better be able to edit the faces and names. I want to the improvements they made to franchise cause a lot of colleges rookies got signed this summer and if teams still have only 50 roster spots than get ready to see guys like fabbro in the free agency*

    NHL teams have a 50 contract limit...
    I read the article. I loved NHL 19, but every time I hear a developer use terms like streamer, influencers, etc. Or anytime they use games like overwatch or fortnite to describe the direction they want to take a series, it never and I mean never is a good sign. Sports gaming is dying. This generation of younger gamers is becoming the target demographic and they just don't have the attention span to warrant resources to be dedicated to more "realistic" features.
    Everyone wants to figure skate through defenses and score a 360 spin backhand goal and then be able to dab afterwards. It's sad
    Therebelyell626
    I read the article. I loved NHL 19, but every time I hear a developer use terms like streamer, influencers, etc. Or anytime they use games like overwatch or fortnite to describe the direction they want to take a series, it never and I mean never is a good sign. Sports gaming is dying. This generation of younger gamers is becoming the target demographic and they just don't have the attention span to warrant resources to be dedicated to more "realistic" features.
    Everyone wants to figure skate through defenses and score a 360 spin backhand goal and then be able to dab afterwards. It's sad

    I've been singing that song since NHL13. With the increased focus on the online audience, the offline stuff becomes backseat to the point where it hardly matters anymore. I've seen goalie improvements on the list every year, but had to just give up on the series when no matter what they said, the goalies continued to make the same stupid mistakes every time.
    It got frustrating seeing the shift towards more "fun" and gimmicky stuff (not that it's bad to have, but it's frustrating when you are someone who leans towards a realistic game) in everything from the team names (Creating my own team, I couldn't create "The Milwaukee Foxes" or anything like that...but I could select the "Deke and Destroys" or any other number of silly things). I just wish EA would bring better customization and creation. Allow people to actually make their own player faces and likenesses, and share them online. Allow player to add music and actually edit and change uniforms.
    I would love to be able to create custom jerseys like in the NBA2K games, but instead the source of inspiration they sampled from there was getting people like Drake or Chance the Rapper to comment on hockey...it just doesn't make sense.
    brianski71
    So let me get this straight...last year they inexplicably removed all of the licensed goal songs from the game. And this year they’re removing the NBC announce team (and surely the NBC graphics). So in two years, they’ve made the game far less immersive and made it much less authentic to what we hear and see in the arena and on tv. Boy, glad to see they’re making progress!
    The presentation of the game means nothing to them. Look at the facts: it's 2019 and we still have a majority of players who look nothing like the real person, EA puts out horribly inaccurate rosters and somehow still doesn't allow roster sharing, we still don't have an option for custom goalie masks or equipment (the backup Rangers mask is so outdated, btw, that they stopped using the logo/color scheme when Rebook started making jerseys) and now we no longer have correct goal songs or commentary that they've gone out of the way to REMOVE from the game. So, forget about not adding things to the game; they're now subtracting from what was already in it. Their only concern is about HUT. I don't see myself buying another NHL game for a long time after skipping last year, which really sucks since hockey is my favorite sport.
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    I'm still iffy on this series until they increase the menus and simming of the franchise. It takes forever to get through a year and takes an annoying amount of time to get through their menu system.
    Small things like that really add up to me, imo, as I have no interest in the "Chel" mode because they can't ever take the time to truly fix glitch shots, and balancing.
    Therebelyell626
    I read the article. I loved NHL 19, but every time I hear a developer use terms like streamer, influencers, etc. Or anytime they use games like overwatch or fortnite to describe the direction they want to take a series, it never and I mean never is a good sign. Sports gaming is dying. This generation of younger gamers is becoming the target demographic and they just don't have the attention span to warrant resources to be dedicated to more "realistic" features.
    Everyone wants to figure skate through defenses and score a 360 spin backhand goal and then be able to dab afterwards. It's sad

    If they are going the Fortnite route they should make the game free.
    The EANHL and MLB The Show series are both dead to me.
    Too much focus on the card collection mode and online play.
    P..S
    How many years EA is going to milk that NHL engine ?
    Not saying Frostbite is the solution but the current engine looks so dated...
    brandon27
    Cybulski and Ferraro won't be bad. Especially Ferraro. I think he fits in well in a video game. Cybulski I haven't heard call a game, but i recall him from his days at TSN.
    Then I read Chance the Rapper and Drake? I'm out.
    What on earth are they thinking... :brickwall

    James Cybulski was on Sportsnet Pacific, not TSN
    briguy4747
    James Cybulski was on Sportsnet Pacific, not TSN

    seriously never heard of the guy. If you're outside of Vancouver you probably never heard of him either.
    I like what I'm reading. Cleaning up shooting animations and inouts is much needed, there's literally nothing more frustrating than going into the stupid backhand animation because you didn't press up on the R-stick at quite the right angle. I'd actually like to see backhand shots severely nerfed, because the way they rocket off every guys stick is so unrealistic. There should be a few guys (Crosby, Marchand, Kane, Kopitar) who can fire it on their backhand and that's it.
    Good to see goalie animations get some love. Get rid of the animation where goalie winds up on his butt, please? No goalie outside of beer league makes saves sitting down. Also an A.I. fix for defenders putting it in their own net would be good, but really there should be a 'forcefield' effect when a player has the puck near their own net. Or at least a slider to tweak it. There's literally no worse immersion-killer in single player than when a defender unintentionally jams it into their own net.
    New commentary, thank god. It's usually encouraging when you see a lesser name like Cybulski as PBP, as it hopefully means they'll get a lot of studio time with him, and the possibility of adding lines as the season progresses.
    I need someone to explain to me how NHL has all these cool things madden fans are BEGGING FOR. The coaching carousel and the trade finder particularly. Were they not saying that since they are all on the same engine it would be easy to use the other games stuff? I am buying NHL 20 for sure sounds amazing just confused on why the things the madden community is yearning for...sigh
    brianski71
    So let me get this straight...last year they inexplicably removed all of the licensed goal songs from the game. And this year they’re removing the NBC announce team (and surely the NBC graphics). So in two years, they’ve made the game far less immersive and made it much less authentic to what we hear and see in the arena and on tv. Boy, glad to see they’re making progress!

    It costs money to license out goal songs, why would anyone bother to shell out money on something that insignificant? And yes, goal songs are incredibly insignificant and add absolutely nothing to the game. I'd rather they spent that money on the actual game itself. As for the announce team, they explained why they are getting rid of them, they're doing it to make the commentary better by adding more lines of commentary throughout the year and its easier to get the new team in the booth more frequently to do that, than the guys from NBC. This will keep commentary fresh, while the past few years its been very stale with many repeated lines of dialogue, which people complained about. This isn't a step backwards by any means, its actually a step forward, in the right direction.
    1) I'm ecstatic that there's a new commentary team - Doc and Olzyk were wooden and watching NBC broadcast overlays always bugged me.
    2) Coaching carousel is intriguing, especially with the inclusion of assistant coaches at the AHL and NHL level and former players making the step up (VERY cool). If we can edit coaches, so much the better but I just hope they're halfway realistic.
    3) I'm agnostic about getting rid of licensed goal songs. On one hand, hearing the team's goal song when I score is fantastic; on the other hand, not all teams had licensed songs, you couldn't edit them anyway, and they never seemed appropriate to the occasion. Scrapping licensed goal songs and letting upload our own music would make everything better - team-specific songs and playlists really do add a lot to creating a realistic game atmosphere.
    4) My god please please PLEASE let us edit rosters in franchise mode already. If we can share rosters, even better but I can live with just editing them myself. 1) NCAA players aren't in the game - fine, I get it, that's a predictable issue in this World O'Bannon, whatever - but if that's the case then just plug in the players in franchise mode ourselves for our own amusement. 2) Lots of fans probably have a better grasp of player differentiation than the EA team. 3) seeing North Korea's Svetoslav McArthur on my draft board will never not be jarring - please let me give the poor kid a reasonable name a background.
    5) Yeah it would be awesome if 2K or another shop would take a crack at a hockey game but I don't see how the economics of hockey gaming making such a title worthwhile, especially when online modes are so lucrative and offer a significantly better return on investment
    6) I wonder how much pressure EA Canada gets from the NHL to "grow the game" i.e. target and hook casual fans. I'm guessing it's not insignificant. I don't doubt that EA could try going full 2K NHL or MLB the Show and making a game by diehard fans, for diehard fans, make some decent margins year-to-year and keep on plugging with that. There'd be a low ceiling for the success of that kind of game, but there's probably a pretty high floor too. But that's not where the NHL itself is going, and I suspect they've made that clear to the team at EA as well which might explain all the silly new modes. Because plenty of diehards still won't completely bail on the game since it's the only one out there.
    7) Trade finder - YES. (How do I know this will be horribly designed and implemented in practice?)
    Verdict (as if you even care or have read this far): The guy who commented that Madden fans have been begging for coaching carousels and trade finders for years has a point - NHL fans are getting some pretty good features that can add a lot of depth to the game if they work out as promised. But...I have very little faith in the team working on NHL. I know they get a lot of criticism and no one wants to make a bad game, but I feel like we're more likely to have the console spray the user with a blast of Monster energy drink than we are to have roster sharing or anything close to the franchise mode depth we get from NBA 2K. I'm encouraged by the news, but I'm gonna have to know more and see how these things work in practice before I give up $60, and EA's team hasn't given me much reason for optimism.
    Why yes, I'm supposed to be working right now why do you ask?
    Never heard Cybulski so I remain optimistic. Losing NHL license and not getting say Hockey night in Canada for instance sounds like what this series will always be plagued by money sound like a step back in the immersion department and for me IMO I could care less about ones threes or whatever but I will always remain optimistic because NHL is my favorite sport but right now slightly concerned
    They need to add so you can play with other leagues then NHL in franchise mode or atleast change to how it was in 14 that you could substitute the NHL teams for other league teams (like the european ones)
    Sebban
    They need to add so you can play with other leagues then NHL in franchise mode or atleast change to how it was in 14 that you could substitute the NHL teams for other league teams (like the european ones)

    Coaching Carousel could be used perfectly if the user could work their way up from the minors, juniors or Europe into the NHL. It'd also be cool to qualify for the Champions Hockey League with European teams the same way you could qualify for the UEFA Champions League in FIFA.
    That said, I'm glad they finally included simulated stats for junior, American and international prospects, but the fact we can't sign European veterans in the offseason kinda sucks. It'd work pretty well with the Player Finder they included, at least.
    You'd think with the new scouting features, it'd be easy to find older "gem" players from international leagues that are no longer draft eligible. It would add so much.
    scitychamps87
    Well at least I'll never have to hear about the "young lady from Shawinigan" again
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    That one is not that bad cuz we only hear it about 1 in 40 games.. but what about these??? we hear these almost every game, and sometimes 2x in one game.
    1-And the period is over............... WOW
    2-And the period comes to a close.... wow, what a finish.
    3-A whistle, and a rest.
    4- Somebody get this guy a steak.. OR..get this guy a Pasta Fajoule
    5 Eddie not back yet, he's getting some ice cream.
    6- And the horn.. (period not over yet)
    7- A brilliant save at the horn.. (period was long over)
    I can't wait to never have to hear this again..
    StraightEdge
    The presentation of the game means nothing to them. Look at the facts: it's 2019 and we still have a majority of players who look nothing like the real person, EA puts out horribly inaccurate rosters and somehow still doesn't allow roster sharing, we still don't have an option for custom goalie masks or equipment (the backup Rangers mask is so outdated, btw, that they stopped using the logo/color scheme when Rebook started making jerseys) and now we no longer have correct goal songs or commentary that they've gone out of the way to REMOVE from the game. So, forget about not adding things to the game; they're now subtracting from what was already in it. Their only concern is about HUT. I don't see myself buying another NHL game for a long time after skipping last year, which really sucks since hockey is my favorite sport.
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    100% with you. Also some of my main points.
    The face issue is a minor issue. There are enough individual faces that look close enough to the the players they represent. More would be nice, but that can go on the back burner. If you want better faces, then they may as well also spend their time making the popcorn vendor more realistic.
    What needs to be addressed is
    - Roster share,
    - More realistic AI play,
    - Better tuner sliders that don't go from a setting at 0-49 extremely easy, 50 easy, 51 - 100 extremely difficult.
    - The difference between Pro, All-Star and Super Star has to be playable by adjusting sliders. On Pro you can set the sliders to be easy or extremely difficult, no middle ground. On All-Star it starts off extremely difficult and unless you handicap the AI to the point that you have an unfair advantage (might as well be on Pro).
    Penalty sliders needs to work so that the AI doesn't gets 3 per season and you get 30 per game. Penalty sliders have always resulted in an overabundance for you and minimal amount for the AI.
    Do you really think that not addressing these issues but addressing player faces would make the game better overall?
    jack72
    The face issue is a minor issue. There are enough individual faces that look close enough to the the players they represent. More would be nice, but that can go on the back burner. If you want better faces, then they may as well also spend their time making the popcorn vendor more realistic.
    What needs to be addressed is
    - Roster share,
    - More realistic AI play,
    - Better tuner sliders that don't go from a setting at 0-49 extremely easy, 50 easy, 51 - 100 extremely difficult.
    - The difference between Pro, All-Star and Super Star has to be playable by adjusting sliders. On Pro you can set the sliders to be easy or extremely difficult, no middle ground. On All-Star it starts off extremely difficult and unless you handicap the AI to the point that you have an unfair advantage (might as well be on Pro).
    Penalty sliders needs to work so that the AI doesn't gets 3 per season and you get 30 per game. Penalty sliders have always resulted in an overabundance for you and minimal amount for the AI.
    Do you really think that not addressing these issues but addressing player faces would make the game better overall?

    The CPU doesn't adhere to the physics engine and will score no matter what when it's time to score for them on All-Star. I play a unique way where I play 1/2 the game as each team, because I hate the CPU goals due to 99% of them being undeserving and/or a result of them not adhering to the physics engine that I have to, I tone their shooting down to 0 for accuracy, passing to 0 for accuracy, and I bump my goalie to 100 in every category.
    Despite these radical changes, I still will give up a CPU goals about every other game due to some wonky-looking play where it was obvious that the CPU decided it's goal time. I still play on All-Star though, as every other level is way too easy for me to score, so All-Star is my go-to for modifying sliders. I actually make the AI defense much harder than default All-Star and still have very offensive games from time to time.
    Long-story short, AI offense is OP, AI defense is always needing a buff in my experience.
    I didn't buy last year...so if it was a some kind of amazing version, my apologies. But IMOP, Rammer and his group has done nothing but negate any growth this series might have had. I won't buy another NHL game until they are gone.
    Diehardfan
    I didn't buy last year...so if it was a some kind of amazing version, my apologies. But IMOP, Rammer and his group has done nothing but negate any growth this series might have had. I won't buy another NHL game until they are gone.

    Amen!
    I may never buy another hockey game from EA again !
    Not really happy about this, i'd be ok if they want to add new play by play along side eddie and doc and rotate them per game similar to how 2k does with Kevin Harlan and other people but yea, sad panda. They were the reasons why I loved the newer games now i'm going to have to mute the play by play cause it's not doc or eddie :(

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