NHL 19 is set to drop on September 14 for Xbox One and PS4. As the anticipation continues to build following a successful beta, EA Sports is releasing the top 50 rated players in the upcoming installment of the NHL series. Let’s take a look at numbers 50 through 41.

50. Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks – 87 OVR

Jonathan Toews coming in at #50 says quite a bit about how EA Sports rated players in NHL 19. Typically, NHL ratings are pretty modest, with even the top superstars like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin only winding up in the low 90’s. Toews is solid across the board, and remains a true two-way center. His ratings reflect that, as he appears to have no weaknesses in NHL 19.

49. Frederick Andersen, G, Toronto Maple Leafs – 88 OVR

Freddy Andersen has steadily improved his game since arriving in the NHL, and he cracks the top 50 rated players for the first time ever in NHL 19. Even with the huge signing of John Tavares, the Leafs’ title chances will ride along the pads of Andersen.

48. Matt Murray, G, Pittsburgh Penguins – 88 OVR

Still only 24, Matt Murray has already solidified himself as one of the league’s best goaltenders. His 88 overall rating in NHL 19 is consistent with his play in real life.

47. Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators – 88 OVR

Despite being 34 years old last season, Pekka Rinne won the Vezina Trophy, which goes to the league’s best goaltender. Now 35, Rinne enters NHL 19 as a solid 88 overall.

46. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning – 88 OVR

Andrei Vasilevskiy, like Matt Murray, is another outstanding young goaltender. He is a huge reason the Lightning will be a Stanley Cup favorite again in 2018-19.

45. Ryan Suter, D, Minnesota Wild – 88 OVR

Ryan Suter has been one of the league’s best true defensemen for the better part of a decade now. Looking at his ratings card, it’s hard to comprehend that he’s just an 88 overall.

44. Jakub Voracek, RW, Philadelphia Flyers – 88 OVR

Jakub Voracek racked up 85 points last season, and is one of the best goal scorers in the NHL. With 93 slap shot power and 92 wrist shot power, Voracek will likely play above his 88 overall rating.

43. Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks – 88 OVR

Ryan Getzlaf is one of the craftiest, most-skilled veterans in the league, and NHL 19 represents just that. Getzlaf remains dominant on faceoffs, making him a popular player in Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT).

42. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington Capitals – 88 OVR

Niklas Backstrom is a pure distributor at the center position, and is in the top five in terms of passing in NHL 19, with a 95 rating. At 88 overall, Backstrom is a top tier center.

41. John Carlson, D, Washington Capitals – 88 OVR

John Carlson, the do-it-all defenseman for the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, continues to be a force in the NHL series. At 88 overall, Carlson is a top pairing option for any team.

 

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