With the kickoff of the NHL preseason less than six weeks away, EA's begun to finalize details about the upcoming NHL '09, the successor to IGN's 2007 Sports Game of the Year.
Naturally, one of the items that comes up for discussion are rosters and ratings. Is Crosby better than Ovechkin? Is Malkin better than Crosby? Is Datsyuk better than all three? The debate goes on for hours, but EA's attempted to settle them by providing IGN with the rosters for this year's game.
One thing these ratings are lacking is an overall rating -- at this stage of the game, EA's still tweaking the game and its AI, which affects the overall ratings to the point where they're not ready to be confirmed. IGN has provided over a dozen ratings, however, for each player. As a quick key, those ratings for skaters are.