Carolina Hurricanes: A Look at NHL 20 Player Ratings

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 19: EA Sports NHL 20 cover athlete Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs speaks onstage during the 2019 NHL Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on June 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 19: EA Sports NHL 20 cover athlete Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs speaks onstage during the 2019 NHL Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on June 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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BOSTON – MAY 9: Carolina Hurricanes’ Greg McKegg (42) collides into Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask after scoring a second period goal against him. The Boston Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals on May 9, 2019. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON – MAY 9: Carolina Hurricanes’ Greg McKegg (42) collides into Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask after scoring a second period goal against him. The Boston Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals on May 9, 2019. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) /

Greg McKegg – Predicted OVR 75

Ah Greg McKegg. Traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Josh Jooris, remember him? On a side note, Jooris was part of the Toronto Marlies team that were defeated by the Charlotte Checkers on their way to win the Calder Cup.

Over the duration of NHL 19, Greg McKegg remained untouched. He kept his 71 OVR rating from start to finish. Now, after finally gaining some recognition, it’s time for him to get that well deserved bump. NHL 20 will be McKegg’s time to shine.

McKegg’s upgrade should be a simple one. The premise is this, upgrade everything. McKegg is way too valuable to be lumbering around with a 71 OVR rating. So I expect to see pretty much all of his stats increase.

This may only be by one or two extra points each, but it’s bound to have a significant impact on his OVR rating. The most significant boost should come in Faceoffs. For guys that have taken over 250 faceoffs this season only Jordan Staal had a higher faceoff win percentage than McKegg.

As mentioned earlier, unlike other players featured here, McKegg’s increase looks set to keep his stats balanced. His role on the Carolina Hurricanes roster needs to be assured from the off at the start of NHL 20. Unlike this year.

Upon start up in NHL 19, the Carolina Hurricanes best 4th line centre is Clark Bishop, rated 74 OVR. Bishop played a total of 20 NHL games this season, totalling three points during his term. McKegg had double the amount of games played, so obviously the Carolina Hurricanes bosses liked McKegg more.

Still, you’ll find virtual McKegg a whole three ratings lower than Bishop (who I imagine will have a ratings decrease next season). It also means McKegg currently sits below Bishop, Nicolas Roy, Janne Kuokkanen and Martin Necas. Necas is another player who should expect a fairly nice increase next season.