NHL 18 Top10 Defensemen

EA Sports has released a blog revealing the top 10 NHL 18 defensemen.

Defensemen were given an out-of-five star rating by their Puck Skills, Shooting, Skating, Senses, Defense and Physical abilities to get to an overall rating. The top-rated defenseman in NHL 18 is Ottawa Senators offensive Blueliner Erik Karlsson, with an overall rating of 91.

But what about the rest of the top defenders of the zone?

Let’s take a look.

10Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues

Puck skills: 4.5 stars
Senses: 5 stars
Shooting: 4 stars
Defense: 5 stars
Skating: 4.5 stars
Physical: 4.5 stars
Overall: 88

9Roman Josi, Nashville Predators

Puck skills: 4.5 stars
Senses: 4.5 st ars
Shooting: 4.5 stars
Defense: 5 stars
Skating: 4.5 stars
Physical: 4 stars
Overall: 88

8Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins

Puck skills: 4.5 stars
Senses: 4.5 stars
Shooting: 4 stars
Defense: 5 stars
Skating: 4.5 stars
Physical: 4 stars
Overall: 88

7Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens

Puck skills: 4 stars
Senses: 4.5 stars
Shooting: 4.5 stars
Defense: 5 stars
Skating: 4 stars
Physical: 5 stars
Overall: 89

6Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators

Puck skills: 4.5 stars
Senses: 5 stars
Shooting: 4 stars
Defense: 5 stars
Skating: 4.5 stars
Physical: 4 stars
Overall: 89

5Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

Puck skills: 5 stars
Senses: 5 stars
Shooting: 4 stars
Defense: 5 stars
Skating: 4.5 stars
Physical: 3.5 stars
Overall: 90

4Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

Puck skills: 4.5 stars
Senses: 4.5 stars
Shooting: 4.5 stars
Defense: 5 stars
Skating: 4.5 stars
Physical: 5 stars
Overall: 90

3Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks

Puck skills: 5 stars
Senses: 5 stars
Shooting: 5 stars
Defense: 5 stars
Skating: 4.5 stars
Physical: 5 stars
Overall: 90

2Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Puck skills: 5 stars
Senses: 5 stars
Shooting: 4.5 stars
Defense: 5 stars
Skating: 4.5 stars
Physical: 4 stars
Overall: 91

1Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

Puck skills: 5 stars
Senses: 5 stars
Shooting: 5 stars
Defense: 5 stars
Skating: 5 stars
Physical: 3.5 stars
Overall: 91

NHL 18 is available worldwide on September 15th. We recently published a review of the public beta.


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Alessandro Seren Rosso
An avid player of sports management games, Alessandro writes about hockey for several online outlets in all over the world. His work appeared, among the others, on The Hockey News, Hockey’s Future, The Hockey Writers and many other. His interest in sports gaming dates back to 1998 with Championship Manager. Today, most of his gaming engagement, much limited by his 3-years-old lovely time-killer, is dedicated to Eastside Hockey Manager.