Blue Jackets Earn Respect in NHL 18 Player Ratings

EA Sports' cheap nhl 18 coins video game hits shops Thursday (even though EA Access subscribers can play a 10-hour trial now), and for perhaps the third time in history, Columbus Blue Jackets fans can look forward to a powerful digital version of their preferred group in this year's edition.

The Blue Jackets check in this year using a 90 general rating, comprised of an 89 offense, 92 defense and 92 goaltending. That ties the Washington Capitals for third in the Metropolitan Division, behind the Pittsburgh Penguins' and New York Rangers' 92 overall score. The CBJ's 90 places them with Anaheim, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Toronto, Buffalo and Boston. That's not terrible, although it is strange to determine Winnipeg ahead (and Chicago 1 point behind for the very first time in memory).

For what it is worth, Cleveland's 70 rank ties Springfield for the worst within the AHL (67 offense, 74 defense and 70 goaltending). That's what occurs after you create your players and get them on the NHL roster.

All existing players are ranked for the Blue Jackets and Monsters, provided they've played no less than a single real-life pro gNHL 18 Hut Coinsame (so no Pierre-Luc Dubois or Vitaly Abramov). One factor to bear in mind: EA Sports toned down their ratings technique this year, and it shows.

Truthfully? I'm fine with most of this. Artemi Panarin deserves to lead the group, even though I feel Atkinson could stand to become an 85. Here's where nerfing the rating comes in: Atkinson was an 85 to begin the 2016-17 season, also. Tyler Motte finds himself on the Cleveland roster to begin the season.

There you have it. These ratings modify all through the season not surprisingly, so I am guess Bjorkstrand and Motte will see their stock enhance as they progress.

One last factor: for the umpteenth straight year, EA Sports still has the Columbus crowd inaccurately chant "Let's go Blue Jackets." Blech.

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