Let the nitpicking begin: The first batch of NHL 12 player ratings are out


Searching for (and then critiquing) the latest player ratings is a time-honored tradition for hockey fans ever since real-life hockey stars first appeared in video games. Normally, that’s something that you would do shortly after opening up the game, but thanks to Operation Sports, you won’t have to wait until the September 13 release date to gripe about Sidney Crosby being the highest rated skater at 94.

The sports gaming Web site revealed NHL 12’s ratings for skaters as well as the full team and legends ratings today. You can pour over every minute (if outdated) detail on those rosters at your leisure, but I thought I’d point out the each teams’ top three skaters – as in forwards and defensemen, not goalies – that were revealed in that post.

Before getting into the list of 30 teams’ highest rated skaters and legends, here are a few reactions.

  • Aside from the Blues, Panthers and Coyotes, just about every team has a borderline “star” (87 rating or above) player. That doesn’t always seem fair, but it could make the game more fun since the playing field might be a bit more even.
  • Still, I must admit I let out an audible “Wow” when I saw Dustin Byfuglien’s rating. Some might feel the same way about Phil Kessel, Erik Johnson, Jeff Carter and so on.
  • How can a legend be rated an 85?
  • Look, I know Marian Gaborik is ultra-talented and that games aren’t required to factor injuries as much as maybe they should but … is he really better than Brad Richards?

OK, now that I have my own knee-jerk reactions out of the way, let’s get cracking.

A couple notes first: These rosters are obviously a bit outdated (example: Alex Frolov is on the Rangers’ roster instead of in the KHL), so it’s quite possible that EA will release an immediate roster update that might change this quite a bit. That being said, player ratings often remain static through frequent updates, only to see drastic changes in certain situations.

There are a few teams with an extra player rating mentioned for your own aggravation/amusement. Legends ratings are listed at the end of this post. Finally, there are some ties for third place, so consult this link for a deeper look at those rosters.


Ryan Getzlaf – 91
Corey Perry – 90
Bobby Ryan – 89


Zdeno Chara – 91
David Krejci – 87
Milan Lucic – 87


Derek Roy – 88
Thomas vanek – 88
Jason Pominville – 87

(Ville Leino – 82)


Jarome Iginla – 90
Alex Tanguay – 85
Jay Bouwmeester  84


Eric Staal – 90
Joni Pitkanen – 84
Tomas Kaberle – 84

(Jeff Skinner – 83)


Jonathan Toews – 91
Marian Hossa – 89
Patrick Kane – 89

(Duncan Keith – 89)


Paul Stastny – 87
Erik Johnson – 87
Matt Duchene – 84


Rick Nash – 89
Jeff Carter – 87
Kristian Huselius – 84


Loui Eriksson – 87
Brenden Morrow – 87
Alex Goligoski – 85


Pavel Datsyuk – 93
Henrik Zetterberg – 91
Nicklas Lidstrom – 88


Ales Hemsky – 87
Ryan Whitney – 85
Shawn Horcoff – 84


Stephen Weiss – 85
Brian Campbell – 84
David Booth – 84

Los Angeles

Anze Kopitar – 88
Drew Doughty – 88
Mike Richards – 87


Mikko Koivu – 88
Dany Heatley – 88
Devin Setoguchi – 84


Michael Cammalleri – 87
Andrei Markov – 87
Tomas Plekanec – 87


Shea Weber – 89
Ryan Suter – 87
Sergei Kostitsyn – 83

New Jersey

Ilya Kovalchuk – 91
Zach Parise – 91
Travis Zajac – 85

NY Islanders

Mark Streit – 87
John Tavares – 87
Michael Grabner – 83

NY Rangers

Marian Gaborik – 89
Brad Richards – 88
Marc staal – 85


Jason Spezza – 88
Sergei Gonchar – 85
Daniel Alfredsson – 84


Chris Pronger – 90
Danny Briere – 87
Claude Giroux – 87

(Jaromir Jagr – 83)


Shane Doan – 85
Keith Yandle – 84
Rostislav Klesla – 83


Sidney Crosby – 94
Evgeni Malkin – 91
Kris Letang – 85

San Jose

Joe Thornton – 91
Patrick Marleau – 88
Dan Boyle – 87

St. Louis

David Backes – 85
Barrett Jackman – 84
Andy McDonald – 84

Tampa Bay

Steven Stamkos – 91
Martin St. Louis – 89
Vincent Lecavalier – 88


Phil Kessel – 87
Dion Phaneuf – 85
Luke Schenn – 84


Sedin twins – 91
Ryan Kesler – 88


Alex Ovechkin – 93
Nicklas Backstrom – 87
Alex Semin – 87

(Mike Green – 87)


Dustin Byfuglien – 87
Andrew Ladd – 85
Nik Antropov – 85


Mario Lemieux – 97
Wayne Gretzky – 97
Steve Yzerman – 92
Ray Bourque – 91
Gordie Howe – 91
Chris Chelios – 89
Jeremy Roenick – 88
Borje Salming – 85


If you ask me, EA made the smart move by giving Lemieux and Gretzky the same rating. Anyway, how do you feel about these initial ratings? Feel free to share your reactions in the comments.

(H/T to On the Forecheck.)

Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

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Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.




Friday’s loss serves as ‘harsh lesson’ for Blue Jackets

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Late in the third period of Friday’s game against the New York Rangers, things were looking good for Columbus.

Brandon Saad, who the team acquired from Chicago this off-season, scored his first goal of the season to give his team a 2-1 lead with under four minutes remaining in the contest.

Unfortunately for the Jackets, that’s as good as it would get.

The Rangers responded with three unanswered goals from Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello to spoil Columbus’ home opener.

“When something like that happens at the end, I think we’re gonna be a better team because of it,” defenseman Ryan Murray told reporters after the game. “It’s a harsh lesson, but it’s a good one.

Luckily for Columbus, they won’t have to wait very long to try and get their revenge.

The Blue Jackets and Rangers will finish off their home-and-home series at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, which might not be such a bad thing for Columbus.

“It’s good that we get another chance tomorrow,” Saad said after Friday’s game. “We were high on emotions (after the go-ahead goal) and they scored and it took the wind out of our sails, but we have to keep playing. We have to learn to keep doing our thing, regardless of the score.”