Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane Gets No Love From EA Sports
By Jimmy Lynch
Even after a career-best season, Chicago Blackhawks’ F Patrick Kane gets no love from EA Sports in NHL 20.
EA Sports’ NHL 20 will be released in the coming weeks, and fans of the NHL should be excited about it. The Chicago Blackhawks will have a new and improved team going into the season, and within the EA game itself, the team will look different. However, one thing that won’t look different is Patrick Kane’s rating in the game.
One thing that can not be ignored going into this years game should be Patrick Kane’s rating. Kane had a career year and almost pushed the Blackhawks into the playoffs. Kane has been the star to watch during the Blackhawks missed playoff seasons. At the age of 30, he put up 110 points in the regular season.
While EA Sports probably didn’t take this into consideration, they should have. When you look beyond this past season, Kane has done more than enough to be ranked higher in EA Sports’ NHL 20.
Last year in NHL 19, Kane was a 91 overall player after scoring under 30 goals and only putting up 76 points. You would think that after posting his best season in the NHL, where Kane put up 44 goals, he should be rewarded with a better rating. Something is not adding up here.
Patrick Kane was the lone Blackhawks representative at the all-star game last season. He was also the most talented Blackhawks’ player night in and night out. He averaged more than a point per game, and yet, he barely cracked the top 6 players in the game.
I understand that Connor McDavid might be the best player in the NHL, and Nikita Kucherov put up a remarkable 128 points last season. However, outside of those two players, Kane had the most points in the league.
Patrick Kane was not the only Blackhawks’ player with a questionable rating. Alex DeBrincat will be lower than 86 overall, after putting up 76 points — last year, that got Kane a 91 overall. Jonathan Toews will be rated 88 overall after having his best season by posting 81 points.
Alex DeBrincat was one of the Blackhawks’ top 3 best players last season, so hopefully, EA will reflect that with their ratings at some point during the season. I do not think the Blackhawks care what their rating is in EA Sports NHL 20, however, Patrick Kane outside of the top 3 is just wrong.
If you ask me, the ratings for the Blackhawks in NHL 20 are very questionable. Luckily, EA usually includes rating bumps in roster updates, so the Blackhawks have some time to get this changed with a strong start to the season.