NHL 2K10: Top Ten Players at Each Position

Yesterday 2K Sports reps sent along the player ratings for its upcoming hockey game, NHL 2K10. Today, I had a chance to go through the ratings and pick out the top ten players at each position, as well as the top players based on a variety of specific criteria. Check it out:Centers (overall...

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Yesterday 2K Sports reps sent along the player ratings for its upcoming hockey game, NHL 2K10. Today, I had a chance to go through the ratings and pick out the top ten players at each position, as well as the top players based on a variety of specific criteria. Check it out:

Centers (overall rating)
Evgeni Malkin 98
Sidney Crosby 97
Pavel Datsyuk 93
Jeff Carter 92
Mike Richards 92
Joe Thornton 92
Vincent Lecavlier 92
Ryan Getzlaf 91
Eric Staal 90
Jason Spezza 90

Right Wings (overall rating)
Jarome Iginla 93
Marian Gaborik 91
Martin St. Louis 91
Marian Hossa 90
Ales Hemsky 90
Daniel Alfredsson 90
Shane Doan 89
Patrick Kane 88
Bobby Ryan 87
Martin Havlat 87

Left Wings (overall rating)
Alex Ovechkin 97
Ilya Kovalchuk 93
Rick Nash 93
Henrik Zetterberg 91
Zach Parise 91
Thomas Vanek 90
Dany Heatley 90
Alexander Semin 90
Patrick Elias 89
Michael Cammalleri 88

Defensemen (overall rating)
Zdeno Chara 96
Nicklas Lidstrom 93
Mike Green 93
Scott Niedermayer 92
Dion Phaneuf 91
Shea Weber 91
Chris Pronger 91
Jay Bouwmeester 90
Duncan Keith 90
Dan Boyle 90

Goalies (overall rating)
Roberto Luongo 94
Martin Brodeur 93
Tim Thomas 91
Steve Mason 91
Niklas Backstrom 91
Marc-Andre Fleury 91
Henrik Lundqvist 90
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 89
Miikka Kiprusoff 89

Fastest (speed rating)

Mason Raymond 98
Marian Gaborik 96
Jason Chimera 96
Andrew Cogliano 96
Alex Ovechkin 95
Teemu Selanne 95
Matthew Lombardi 95
Darren Helm 95
Patrick Marleau 94
David Legwand 94

Strongest (strength rating)
Zdeno Chara 98
Chris Pronger 97
Joe Thornton 96
Rick Nash 95
Dion Phaneuf 95
Raitis Ivanans 95
Scott Parker 94
Evgeni Malkin 94
Sidney Crosby 93
Jarome Iginla 93

Best Puck Handler (puck handling rating)
Pavel Datsyuk 99
Evgeni Malkin 97
Sidney Crosby 97
Rick Nash 96
Alex Ovechkin 95
Henrik Zetterberg 95
Vincent Lecavlier 95
Alexander Semin 95
Alex Kovalev 95
Martin St. Louis 95

Hardest Shot (shot power rating)
Sheldon Souray 99
Zdeno Chara 99
Fredrik Modin 98
Alex Ovechkin 96
Alexander Edler 96
Dion Phaneuf 95
Jason Pominville 95
Sami Salo 95
Marc-Andre Bergeron 95
Bryan McCabe 95

Discussion

32 comments
sidneycrosbyfan
sidneycrosbyfan

crosby is better than malkin at center or at least the sme

redmachine
redmachine

actually to add something to the Mason Raymond fastest skater thing. Mason Raymond's fastest skate time in the canucks skills competition was by almost a whole second faster than the fastest skater at the all-star competition, where Mason Raymond sadly lost his balance on the first corner. But i've seen Raymond skate, he is bloody fast, and this again is not very far off. According to the times, he IS the fastest skater, which is probably where they got the rating from.

alex_ovechkin
alex_ovechkin

Also agree with parhar67. Sedins are like the heart of the fowards on the canucks.

redmachine
redmachine

some of the ratings are off a little, but really not that much, Alhtough i do agree with Parhar67's take on the Sedin's. Very under-rated and seriously consistent. My take on 2k vs NHL 10, I have NHL 10 pre-ordered, and Iknow i will love it, but i recently tried out nhl 2k9, and 100% disagree that NHL 2k9 was crap. Its was pretty damn good. A better dynasty mode, than NHL's and the collision system in NHL 2k series is FAR superior. The gameplay was fun, and lots of variety. NHL of course has some awesome gameplay, and great modes, and polished AI, but i think people should play 2K before they criticize.

parhar67
parhar67

Why arent the sedins rated higher than 88? They both pulled 82 points last season and are 2 of 7 players to average 70 points or more each season since the lockout. Most under rated players for a video game ever. This just shows you how horrible 2k is at ratings systems. They rated the redwings 99!!! That means the Redwings are just as good or even better than Team Canada or the all star teams. 2K your going to get pwned again this year in the hockey market. NHL 10 already has 3 reviews out in the critic section on the top right corner and its averaging a 9.3 2K already has failed to me.

bschroth
bschroth

I'd like the see a comparison with NHL 10. Maybe not a direct number to number comparison but more along the lines of the top 10 in each category.

dreman77
dreman77

95 mph is the hardest mccabe will shoot. shea weber has a WAY harder shot.

smithbubbajones
smithbubbajones

Mason Raymond is not the fastest skater in the league, I'm even a Canucks fan and I think it's BS.

CrossRoad_
CrossRoad_

Oh.. a brief description on what each Attribute does in the game would be helpful. For example, Strength does not mean what you think it does. Strength is not how much you can bench press.. it means how good at keeping the puck you are while being checked. So.. Crosby is very good at this, why his rating is probably that high.

CrossRoad_
CrossRoad_

They are nowhere close to what they were in last years game, never mind years past. Thrice8 you sir are pretty much the epitome of someone who thinks they know hockey, but.. you don't. Marc-Andre Fleury better than both Luongo and Brodeur? Seriously? Pass the pipe buddy.. I could go on, but there's no point. You've made your mind up and there's no point in bothering trying to change it. If you ask me, this article is pretty much silly without the rest of the attribute ratings.

mechberg
mechberg

"for NHL 2K11 i wouldn't be surprised if they gave people who scored hat tricks the ability to call in air strikes on the other team's bench." @Thrice8 -- If I had a comment of the week feature, you would win.

Thrice8
Thrice8

...and don't even get me started on the right wingers... shane doan better than bobby ryan, pat kane AND marty havlat?! EPIC FAIL. its like, 2K wasn't just content on not getting the gameplay, look, feel, and flow of the game of hockey COMPLETELY WRONG, they had to go that extra mile and make sure the players in the game don't correspond AT ALL to their real life counterparts. for NHL 2K11 i wouldn't be surprised if they gave people who scored hat tricks the ability to call in air strikes on the other team's bench.

Thrice8
Thrice8

wow... these ratings are the exact same as they were 1 or 2 years ago. its like they asked a casual fan who has watched a few youtube videos who they think the best players are and then blindly put them in the game like, "wow, someone who knows NOTHING about hockey sure knows WAY more than all of us at 2K sports!" WHY wouldn't they look at the olympic orientation camps to get a barometer on who is good right now and who isn't? for example, where the f is johnny toews?! spezza, lecavalier and thornton might not even make the team canada roster, and only ONE of them sure as hell even has a chance of doing so, yet they are tops in that category over the guys that will probably beat them out. as for goalies, its like luongo and brodeur didn't have total playoff meltdowns and won the stanley cup, and yet they are still tops over fleury who will probably be confirmed as better than BOTH of those guys by being named team canada's starter.

dwmac13
dwmac13

WoW...do these guys even watch hockey? Being a Canadian, this list is pathetic.

Chunkman
Chunkman

I was really hoping to see my man Milan Lucic in the top strength ratings. Remember when he hit Mike Van Ryn so hard he went through the glass on the boards? Hahaha, just awesome.

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

Teemu is still pretty fast at his age huh?

Hybrid_Theory
Hybrid_Theory

Ivanans and Parker are different types of tough. Having those two on the list makes no sense. The other 8 are players who are strong on the puck and hard to knock off it. The list just looks silly with those two on it. Why not Laraque or Stortini on the list then?

circusboy39
circusboy39

There's no way in heck you could pick 10 guys in the NHL who are better at puck handling then Tim Connolly. No way.

wopchop10
wopchop10

how is crosby in the top ten for strength? other wise a pretty solid ranking.. personally i would say ovechkin over malkin overall... but malkin did out perform ovey last season so it makes sense

sweettooth30
sweettooth30

Actually in my humble estamation, these are bang on

ColtFanTim
ColtFanTim

malkin should NOT be rated higher than ovechkin.. in fact no one should

supermike6
supermike6

I'm glad Sami Salo is getting some credit

mechberg
mechberg

@nfrillman -- I had it wrong actually. Jarome Iginla is #10 strongest. Ovechkin is #12 in strength.

nfrillman
nfrillman

Ummm, Crosby in the top 10 in strength??? I'm not so sure Malkin or Ovechkin belong there either. Hopefully NHL 10 doesn't have similar ratings.

Dark_Danny77
Dark_Danny77

wow lame these ratings suck! how is chara above lidstrom? Andrew Cogliano is the fastest these ratings are lame!

mechberg
mechberg

Yesterday 2K Sports reps sent along the player ratings for its upcoming hockey game, NHL 2K10. Today, I had a chance to go through the ratings and pick out the top ten players at each position, as well as the top players based on a variety of specific criteria. Check it out:

Centers (overall rating)Evgeni Malkin 98Sidney Crosby 97Pavel Datsyuk 93Jeff Carter 92Mike Richards 92Joe Thornton 92Vincent Lecavlier 92Ryan Getzlaf 91Eric Staal 90Jason Spezza 90Right Wings (overall rating)Jarome Iginla 93Marian Gaborik 91Martin St. Louis 91Marian Hossa 90Ales Hemsky 90Daniel Alfredsson 90Shane Doan 89Patrick Kane 88Bobby Ryan 87Martin Havlat 87Left Wings (overall rating)Alex Ovechkin 97Ilya Kovalchuk 93Rick Nash 93Henrik Zetterberg 91Zach Parise 91Thomas Vanek 90Dany Heatley 90Alexander Semin 90Patrick Elias 89Michael Cammalleri 88Defensemen (overall rating)Zdeno Chara 96Nicklas Lidstrom 93Mike Green 93Scott Niedermayer 92Dion Phaneuf 91Shea Weber 91Chris Pronger 91Jay Bouwmeester 90Duncan Keith 90Dan Boyle 90Goalies (overall rating)Roberto Luongo 94Martin Brodeur 93Tim Thomas 91Steve Mason 91Niklas Backstrom 91Marc-Andre Fleury 91Henrik Lundqvist 90Jean-Sebastien Giguere 89Miikka Kiprusoff 89Fastest (speed rating)Mason Raymond 98Marian Gaborik 96Jason Chimera 96Andrew Cogliano 96Alex Ovechkin 95Teemu Selanne 95Matthew Lombardi 95Darren Helm 95Patrick Marleau 94David Legwand 94

Strongest (strength rating)Zdeno Chara 98Chris Pronger 97Joe Thornton 96Rick Nash 95Dion Phaneuf 95Raitis Ivanans 95Scott Parker 94Evgeni Malkin 94Sidney Crosby 93Jarome Iginla 93 Best Puck Handler (puck handling rating)Pavel Datsyuk 99Evgeni Malkin 97Sidney Crosby 97Rick Nash 96Alex Ovechkin 95Henrik Zetterberg 95Vincent Lecavlier 95Alexander Semin 95Alex Kovalev 95Martin St. Louis 95Hardest Shot (shot power rating)Sheldon Souray 99Zdeno Chara 99Fredrik Modin 98Alex Ovechkin 96Alexander Edler 96Dion Phaneuf 95Jason Pominville 95 Sami Salo 95Marc-Andre Bergeron 95Bryan McCabe 95