The first line characteristics Jason Zucker (82 all round), Eric Staal (85), and Mikael Granlund (85.) The two former players are both slated as major six forwards, while Granlund is listed as elite prospective. Zucker is very underrated within this game; EA has him listed as Speed (87), Acceleration (87), and Wrist Shot Accuracy (86). Throughout gameplay, it is not straightforward to break open with him that is far from the genuine player. Zucker’s strength in the NHL is blazing speed and when he shoots he ordinarily finds that open spot and exposes the goaltender. He isn’t a 90-overall by any suggests but some thing extra on par with his fellow linemates makes sense.
Mikko Koivu (84), Zach Parise (83), and Charlie Coyle (83) comprise the second line. All three are once again listed as major six forwards. I find it pretty surprising that Parise and Coyle have a combined 12 objectives and 26 assists on the season, though Zucker has 26 goals and 25 assists alone however is somehow ranked lower than each players.
Koivu is also rated only 1 speed decrease than Zucker (86) and his faceoff rating is only (85). EA has clearly dropped the ball with Koivu’s stats. On a positive note, Coyle does deserve a rating increase for Durability (85) soon after taking a puck to the face during Thursday’s loss towards the Arizona Coyotes.
The third line groups collectively three much more major six forwards in Nino Niederreiter (84), Joel Eriksson Ek (77), and Tyler Ennis (78.) Niederreiter has really precise numbers with his shooting statistics at (88) to pair as well as strong Speed (88) and Puck Handle (88). Ennis has played really poorly all season for the Wild so seeing him ranked so high is often a disappointment. Every thing within the categories of Puck Capabilities, Shooting, Skating, and Senses is definitely an 80 general or better with the exception of Balance (79). It could be fantastic for Minnesota if Ennis was as talented as he is in NHL 18.
The top nine forwards around the fourth line are Daniel Winnik (79), Matt Cullen (76), and Marcus Foligno (77). All three skaters are accurately rated. While playing the game, the line is excellent at checking and presents minimal scoring. EA did a surprisingly good job with the fourth line just after the big blunders with the initially two lines.