NHL 13: Top-Rated Forwards, Defensemen and Goalies in the Game

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NHL 13: Top-Rated Forwards, Defensemen and Goalies in the Game
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EA Sports plans to release NHL 13, the 21st installment of their long-running NHL series, on September 11.

Philadelphia Flyers fan favorite Claude Grioux is the cover boy in 2013.

The EA Sports team has made a ton of improvements that will keep fans that buy the game year after year rushing to the store on release day to pick up their copy.

These improvements and additions include: True Performance Skating, GM Connected, EA Sports Hockey I.Q., GM Brain, as well as an improved replay system and, the most important improvement, reworked skate spray physics.

Also, players are now rated on their overall effectiveness, not by their player type. Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog has the full scoop.

In NHL 12 Parros was an 81 as his rating was based on his player type—enforcer, meaning that he was an above average enforcer. In NHL 13 Parros is an 69 overall based on his skill level as a forward. Chris Neil was an 82 (Grinder) last year, this year he's a 78. With this new overall ratings system, his rating didn't drop as significantly as Parros because he's still a skilled player who can check and score effectively.

While gamers will be happy to see improvements to arguably the best sports game on the market, the real fun comes when looking at how the EA Sports team rated your favorite players.

Here are the top-rated players in NHL 13.

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