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NHL 21 Season Opening Roster Update Available Now

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NHL 21 Season Opening Roster Update Available Now

As promised, the season opening NHL 21 roster update is available today, adding some of the rookies to the game, including Kirill Kaprizov, Alexander Romanov, Ilya Sorokin, K’Andre Miller, Tim Stützle and more.

EA hasn’t posted full details of the roster update, so let us know what you’re seeing.

As always, we try to bring up the fact, the NHL series needs to bring back the roster share feature. The community complained about it missing from the NHL 21 franchise mode reveal and we discussed it in great detail, last month.

With the team focused on NHL 21 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 last year, let’s hope they can bring back the roster share feature in NHL 22, on all consoles.

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  1. We waited 6 weeks for this Crap. No portraits or face likeness for most of the rookies. Good work, why don't you just have roster share for clearly you don't want to do it. Half-hearted.
    I spent a fortnight Editing/Lowering/Tinkering/ Creating with every players attributes, and wondered if it was all for nothing when (and if) the new official Roster came out , containing "official" versions of my created rookies.....
    Thankfully, I didn't abandon my project, because the new update was certainly nothing better than most users can create themselves.
    So the question remains, that has been asked, please elaborate on why it is bad?
    I mean I knew there would not be player likenesses, but I could over look that as long as the missing rookies and players are now in the game and the rosters are how they should have been on opening night. Can anyone confirm the missing players and rookies that have played are now there???
    leafsfan67
    We waited 6 weeks for this Crap. No portraits or face likeness for most of the rookies. Good work, why don't you just have roster share for clearly you don't want to do it. Half-hearted.

    I agree, roster sharing would eliminate this!!! It's obvious EA does not spend the time and effort on NHL like they do with weekly updates in Madden, therefore give the end user and person that spends money every year on their games the one most popular wish... ROSTER SHARING!!!!!
    stooge 1010
    Is mikko lehtonen in the game? He played 2 games for Toronto and I don’t see him anywhere.
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    That's right I don't see him either, guess we have wait another 5 weeks for him.
    Roster update is far from perfect, but pretty much what everybody expected.
    I think this is good starting point to start creating rookies and editing most player stats for all teams. Maybe the release new roster update next week for minor updates, but for AHL to be updated its going to be month or so.
    Lets be fair, invidual and overall player stats what EA makes are pretty awful. Its shocking how game can simulate that good every year with poor roster accuracy.
    leafsfan67
    We waited 6 weeks for this Crap. No portraits or face likeness for most of the rookies. Good work, why don't you just have roster share for clearly you don't want to do it. Half-hearted.

    Agree 100%. Also a weak point of the Rosters is when you merge your Custom Roster with the EA Roster. When you did this the EA Roster will overwrite your updated Player Potentials, Ratings and Equipment which you have changed on the EA created Players and this is wrong cause you need to recreate this data and equipment after merging again. There should be an option that you can choose before you merge. If you want to stay with data from your current Roster or if you want to use the data from the new EA Roster. All existing EA Player Ratings, Potentials, Equipment from a new EA Roster should have been overwrote from your Custom Roster. So the opposite as it is now. It takes a lot of time to change all back after you merged. I wrote this EA often in Twitter and in their Forum, a developer asked what I mean, I explained but they never have changed that. Simple things which would make this game better and easier to handle.
    Travolterjohn
    Agree 100%. Also a weak point of the Rosters is when you merge your Custom Roster with the EA Roster. When you did this the EA Roster will overwrite your updated Player Potentials, Ratings and Equipment which you have changed on the EA created Players and this is wrong cause you need to recreate this data and equipment after merging again. There should be an option that you can choose before you merge. If you want to stay with data from your current Roster or if you want to use the data from the new EA Roster. All existing EA Player Ratings, Potentials, Equipment from a new EA Roster should have been overwrote from your Custom Roster. So the opposite as it is now. It takes a lot of time to change all back after you merged. I wrote this EA often in Twitter and in their Forum, a developer asked what I mean, I explained but they never have changed that. Simple things which would make this game better and easier to handle.

    What’s the purpose of merging btw? Is it to get the updated jerseys?
    Travolterjohn
    Agree 100%. Also a weak point of the Rosters is when you merge your Custom Roster with the EA Roster. When you did this the EA Roster will overwrite your updated Player Potentials, Ratings and Equipment which you have changed on the EA created Players and this is wrong cause you need to recreate this data and equipment after merging again. There should be an option that you can choose before you merge. If you want to stay with data from your current Roster or if you want to use the data from the new EA Roster. All existing EA Player Ratings, Potentials, Equipment from a new EA Roster should have been overwrote from your Custom Roster. So the opposite as it is now. It takes a lot of time to change all back after you merged. I wrote this EA often in Twitter and in their Forum, a developer asked what I mean, I explained but they never have changed that. Simple things which would make this game better and easier to handle.

    Thank you for your post Travoterjohn, at least you explained why the update is lacking versus just saying "They suck" and giving no reason as to why...
    I noticed the same thing merging, but I refused to do it again until Pierre-Luc Dubois was moved before I could finally start my Franchise; I had a feeling a trade between the Jets and Jackets would not go through as it was on paper, and I was right. (I tried different scenarios prior to the PLD trade because I knw it was a matter of time when he announced he wanted traded, and the only one of substance that worked was PLD to CGY for Johnny Gaudreau straight up... I tried PLD and a 1st for Laine and Roslovic on Thursday night, and they didn't bite, only saying "You need to check our trade block" LOL)
    So I made the trade in rosters, then went on the painstaking adventure of fixing what I felt needed fixed in rosters before moving into Franchise finally...
    Noticed that there is True goalie gear (sticks) with the Roster Update. Still some players missing like Mikko Lehtonen (since I’m a Leafs follower) but I’ll probably still start a new Franchise mode though.
    tcnumba10
    Noticed that there is True goalie gear (sticks) with the Roster Update. Still some players missing like Mikko Lehtonen (since I’m a Leafs follower) but I’ll probably still start a new Franchise mode though.

    True sticks have been in the game from the beginning. But we're still missing all the other True goalie gear.
    I created Lehtonen, Trevor Zegras and Spencer Knight. I think I'm now ready to roll with a season or Franchise. I have been playing with sliders and the set I created is really unconventional - I'm not sharing them because people would laugh. But they give me what I want. Simply said, I think this is EA's BEST effort ever. The game plays a lot like real the real NHL. I get tons of sloppy play and grit, loose pucks, but when that magical moment happens or when I can control the zone - it's a thing of beauty. I guess we all have our thoughts - and I know my standards are lower as someone who is 48 - but this game is so much fun to play. I also admit the roster just put out isn't anywhere near perfect and filled with things I've read about. I'm a diehard hockey fan but will also admit there are things about players I don't fully know. This roster update works good for me.
    mkharsh33
    I created Lehtonen, Trevor Zegras and Spencer Knight. I think I'm now ready to roll with a season or Franchise. I have been playing with sliders and the set I created is really unconventional - I'm not sharing them because people would laugh. But they give me what I want. Simply said, I think this is EA's BEST effort ever. The game plays a lot like real the real NHL. I get tons of sloppy play and grit, loose pucks, but when that magical moment happens or when I can control the zone - it's a thing of beauty. I guess we all have our thoughts - and I know my standards are lower as someone who is 48 - but this game is so much fun to play. I also admit the roster just put out isn't anywhere near perfect and filled with things I've read about. I'm a diehard hockey fan but will also admit there are things about players I don't fully know. This roster update works good for me.

    Hey I'm 49 and loving this years game. Of course I get deep into my franchise with the latest rosters and there's a big trade in the NHL.
    I'm doing too well to start over again. :)
    Not at all surprising, unfortunately (GIVE US ROSTER SHARING! Oh...and also 31/32 team control so that we don't have to worry about the awful CPU trade engine. Thanks...).
    For those of you who are into franchise mode, and are willing to put a couple of hours into trying to at least get the prospects in, check out Cycloniac's thread on the roster forum. I'm not wildly concerned about player appearance since I'll typically skip most cutscenes anyway, but I definitely wanted to have the prospects on my roster, and this is great for that (Yes, I know that there's no excuse for EA to not have more face scans/profile photos for players).
    At the end of the day, because of NHLPA/NHL contract rules, and whatever the issue is at EA, it's fairly clear that there's never going to be a roster that everyone is happy with. Treat yourself to a couple of hours of create a player, and your roster happiness level (if you're a franchise mode player) will be much higher!
    Cheers!
    Last three days i have been editing most NHL player attributes and potentials. Also checked all young players different leagues and created 10 young players (still have to create few more). I noticed weirdly Alex Turcotte is at Berlin Ice Hockey team.
    Its lots of work, but well worth it. Soon get to start my Franchise Mode.
    Funny thing is if one dude can do that much work on three days, why EA with better resources is doing such average job.
    Can't believe that they haven't fixed Colin White's stats. He's played over 150 games and for the past two NHL games they still announce him scoring his first career goal.
    leafsfan67
    Can't believe that they haven't fixed Colin White's stats. He's played over 150 games and for the past two NHL games they still announce him scoring his first career goal.

    Amazing! They are so freaking lazy, it's just ridiculous...
    lvl
    I got banned 5 years ago with a different username for calling out the NHL devs on this forum.
    Nothing has changed.

    They definitely put more effort in banning people from their forums than they put in their rosters.
    Ac3way
    Last three days i have been editing most NHL player attributes and potentials. Also checked all young players different leagues and created 10 young players (still have to create few more). I noticed weirdly Alex Turcotte is at Berlin Ice Hockey team.
    Its lots of work, but well worth it. Soon get to start my Franchise Mode.
    Funny thing is if one dude can do that much work on three days, why EA with better resources is doing such average job.

    Created about 300 missing Players with best possible appearance and different equipment ;-)

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