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Latest trailer from EA's NHL 15, plus who's missing from the top 50 player list?

We're less than one month away from the release of EA Sports' NHL 15 and the company released another trailer Tuesday. However, we're still waiting to see something really new. Plus, who is missing from NHL 15's top 50 player list?
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We're less than a month away from EA's Sept. 9 release date for NHL 15. Yesterday, the company released another trailer that will get the hardcore NHL gamers excited.

And while it looks incredible and cool and everything great, we're still mostly in the dark about the actual game play. What was done about cheap, glitch goals that happened with great regularity? Won't a superstar skill stick make it worse? Offline, if you outgrow a difficulty setting, can you move up to the next one without finding it impossible to score at all? The physics are supposedly different, but how meaningful are this year's upgrades actually? Or is EA just adding some makeup?

Check out the latest trailer that shows some pretty cool fan animations - which are ultimately meaningless - plus some hits and goals. (A Kings player flattens San Jose's Patrick Marleau, which is fitting.)

On Saturday, EA released the ratings for the top 50 players in NHL 15. Not surprisingly, Sidney Crosby is the highest-rated player at 96 overall. That's three points better than No. 2 Steven Stamkos, which is the kind of virtual love you'll get after winning the NHL scoring title by 17 points.

Here is the full ranking of the top 50 rated players in NHL 15, followed by some players we think should have cracked the list.

50. Mikko Koivu (89) Overall – Minnesota Wild

49. Patrick Marleau (89) Overall – San Jose Sharks

48. Corey Crawford (89) Overall – Chicago Blackhawks

47. Joe Thornton (89) Overall – San Jose Sharks

46. Mike Smith (89) Overall – Arizona Coyotes

45. Nicklas Backstrom (89) Overall – Washington Capitals

44. Ryan Miller (89) Overall – Vancouver Canucks

43. Eric Staal (89) Overall – Carolina Hurricanes

42. Semyon Varlamov (89) Overall – Colorado Avalanche

41. Ryan McDonagh (89) Overall – New York Rangers

40. Niklas Kronwall (89) Overall – Detroit Red Wing

39. Roberto Luongo (89) Overall – Florida Panthers

38. David Backes (89) Overall – St. Louis Blues

37. David Krejci (89) Overall – Boston Bruins

36. Joe Pavelski (89) Overall – San Jose Sharks

35. Erik Karlsson (89) Overall – Ottawa Senators

34. Patrick Kane (89) Overall – Chicago Blackhawks

33. Ryan Kesler (90) Overall – Anaheim Ducks

32. Sergei Bobrovsky (90) Overall – Columbus Blue Jackets

31. Alex Pietrangelo (90) Overall – St. Louis Blues

30. Matt Duchene (90) Overall – Colorado Avalanche

29. Jamie Benn (90) Overall – Dallas Stars

28. P.K. Subban (90) Overall – Montreal Canadiens

27. Phil Kessel (90) Overall – Toronto Maple Leafs

26. Taylor Hall (90) Overall – Edmonton Oilers

25. Zach Parise (90) Overall- Minnesota Wild

24. Claude Giroux (90) Overall – Philadelphia Flyers

23. Pekka Rinne (91) Overall – Nashville Predators

22. Marian Hossa (91) Overall – Chicago Blackhawks

21. Patrice Bergeron (91) Overall – Boston Bruins

20. Zdeno Chara (91) Overall – Boston Bruins

19. Anze Kopitar (91) Overall – Los Angeles Kings

18. Drew Doughty (91) Overall – Los Angeles Kings

17. John Tavares (91) Overall – New York Islanders

16. Henrik Zetterberg (92) Overall- Detroit Red Wings

15. Ryan Suter (92) Overall – Minnesota Wild

14. Duncan Keith (92) Overall – Chicago Blackhawks

13. Tuukka Rask (92) Overall – Boston Bruins

12. Evgeni Malkin (92) Overall - Pittsburgh Penguins

11. Carey Price (92) Ovarall – Montreal Canadiens

10. Corey Perry (92) Overall – Anaheim Ducks

9. Ryan Getzlaf (92) Overall – Anaheim Ducks

8. Jonathan Quick (93) Overall – Los Angeles Kings

7. Henrik Lundqvist (93) Overall – New York Rangers

6. Pavel Datsyuk (93) Overall - Detroit Red Wings

5. Shea Weber (93) Overall – Nashville Predators

4. Alexander Ovechkin (93) Overall – Washington Capitals

3. Jonathan Toews (93) Overall – Chicago Blackhawks

2. Steven Stamkos (93) Overall – Tampa Bay Lightning

1. Sidney Crosby (96) Overall - Pittsburgh Penguins


Cory Schneider: Eleven goalies appear in the top 50, but the guy who has the NHL's top cumulative save percentage since 2010-11 isn't one of them. The recently extended Devils goalie has a .928 save percentage over the past four seasons, but here he ranks below the guy he pushed out of Vancouver. That may be debatable, but would you rather have Corey Crawford or Schneider in your net? Give me Schneider.

Tyler Seguin: Sure he's still young with only one truly elite scoring season under his belt, but he led the Dallas Stars with 37 goals and 84 points last season. Teammate Jamie Benn made this list as a 90 overall.

Jaromir Jagr: C'mon. He finished 27th in NHL scoring last season, led the Devils in points at the age of 42 and reached the 700 career goal mark. It's possible this is the last game Jagr will be a part of. Make him killer!

Mark Giordano: The anchor of the Flames set a career high in goals and points last season that ranked him 11th in offense among defensemen and he was considered for Team Canada's Olympic squad. He's not just about offense - Giordano plays a pile of ice time. And though plus/minus is kind of an antiquated stat, it's still worth pointing out his plus-12 made him the only positively rated blueliner on the Flames. (His corsi relative was +10.3 percent.)

But enough about stats. What about the game play EA? I want something different and really new this year - haven't seen it yet.

What do you think of the trailer for this game, or about the top 50 player ratings? Who's missing? Who's too high? Let us know in the comments.

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