NHL 20 has revealed their Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT) Team of the Year, which celebrates the most outstanding hockey performances from 2019 by selecting a roster of players who stood out the most. Each of the players selected will receive both in and out-of-game recognition such as custom skates, special in-game items and more.
From a list of 36 nominees, EA SPORTS announced the six leaders today:
- Jordan Binnington (Goalie; St. Louis Blues) – The backstop to one of the more unlikely Stanley Cup runs in NHL history, the rookie netminder helped turn the St. Louis Blues from a last-place team to Stanley Cup Champs by posting a 24-5-1 record in the regular season.
- John Carlson (Defenseman; Washington Capitals) – At the end of the 2018-19 season, Carlson posted 70 points, fourth-most among defensemen and currently leads the NHL in points from a defenseman this season.
- Brent Burns (Defenseman; San Jose Sharks) – Posting a career-high in points with 83 in the 2018-19 season, Burns’ towering presence and elite skating ability easily puts him among the league’s best blueliners.
- Alexander Ovechkin (Left Wing; Washington Capitals) – The 2018-19 season saw The Great 8 capture his eighth Rocket Richard Trophy as the league’s top scorer. With Stanley Cup Champion on his resume, Ovechkin is on a clear path to cementing himself as one of the sport’s top players of all time.
- Nikita Kucherov (Right Wing: Tampa Bay Lightning) – Kucherov took over the 2019 NHL Awards, winning the Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP), Art Ross Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, on the coattails of a historic 128 point season.
- Connor McDavid (Center; Edmonton Oilers) – Likely the game’s unquestioned top player, McDavid keeps churning out 100 point seasons and has amassed a ridiculous 59 points in 37 games to start this year’s campaign.
Each of the players will receive both in and out-of-game recognition:
- In-game: Each player will have a special Team of the Year HUT item, their highest-rated item of the year.
- Out-of-game: The players will receive a special trophy, custom Team of the Year skates for players from Bauer and CCM, and a custom Team of the Year mask for goalie Jordan Binnington.
For more details on the HUT Team of the Year and each player’s in-game item, make sure to visit the official website.