NHL 18 Player Ratings – Edmonton Oilers

With the release of NHL 18 around the corner, some fans have gained early access and player ratings have made their way around for debate and amusement. Among the various ratings, the Edmonton Oilers look like one of the better teams in the game.

Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby are the highest-rated players, tied with a 93 overall rating. The next best Oilers players in the game are Cam Talbot and Leon Draisaitl who are tied, again, with an 87 overall rating. Talbot and Draisaitl both have a modest increase from their 84 overall rating in NHL 17.

McDavid and Crosby
Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

That being said, you need to take these ratings with a grain of salt. As we’ve covered here at THW, there is a new rating system designed to delineate the array of talent in the NHL. EA Sports developed this so superstar players would stand out more in the game.

It’s worth noting, there are some omissions from the Oilers video game roster, most notably Jesse Puljujarvi who finished the year with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate the Bakersfield Condors.

Here are the player ratings for the Oiler in NHL 18. Check back for a breakdown of the Condors, in the coming days. Remember these are video game ratings and are supposed to have some level of fantasy to them. Nonetheless, let’s have some fun with these player ratings, shall we?

Oilers Goaltending Ratings NHL 18

Talbot might not have cracked EA Sports’ top ten list of the best goalies, but he’s still a good goalie in NHL 18. He might be a little underrated, but that’s common from who don’t know how much he contributed to the Oilers’ success in 2016-17.

Cam Talbot (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

Laurent Brossoit falls into the lower end of the backup goalie range. If you haven’t read about EA’s new rating system, backup goalies are being scored between a 75-82 overall. Using the same system, Talbot falls into the low end of the elite starting goalie range, which ranges from 87-99. For what it’s worth, Talbot has the same rating as Chicago Blackhawks starter Corey Crawford.


Player (Age) OVR Type Potential Salary
Cam Talbot (30) 87 Hybrid Elite (Low) $4.165M
Laurent Brossoit (24) 75 Hybrid Fringe Starter (Med) $0.750M

The four goalies rated just higher than Talbot are Matt Murray, Henrik Lundqvist, Devan Dubnyk and Tuukka Rask. All four of them are tied with an 88 overall rating.

Oilers Defense Is Average in NHL 18

If there’s one takeaway from the Oilers’ blueline rating, it’s that Oscar Klefbom still isn’t getting any love. Klefbom was the lynchpin of Edmonton’s defense in 2016-17 and emerged as the team’s number one defenseman. EA Sports also got his cap hit wrong.

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom
Oscar Klefbom (Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)

Another thing that will make fans chuckle is Kris Russell’s rating. He has been a conversation starter in Edmonton. Some fans love him, some fans (mostly analytical ones) despise him. Here, Russell is the Oilers’ sixth best defenseman rated in the game behind Darnell Nurse and Matt Benning. Nurse and Benning played on Edmonton’s third pairing. So, make of that what you will.


Player (Age) OVR Type Potential Salary
Oscar Klefbom (24) 85 2-Way Dman Elite (Med) $4.615M
Andrej Sekera (31) 83 Offensive Dman Top 4 D (Low) $5.500M
Adam Larsson (24) 83 2-Way Dman Elite (Med) $4.170M
Darnell Nurse (22) 81 2-Way Dman Top 4 D (Med) $0.865M
Matt Benning (23) 79 2-Way Dman Top 6 D (Med) $0.925M
Kris Russell (30) 79 Defensive Dman Top 6 D (Med) $4.000M
Mark Fayne (30) 76 Defensive Dman 7th D (High) $3.625M

Remember a few years ago, the headache of trying to trade away Shawn Horcoff’s cap hit with his low rating? Well, that’s what some fans might have to do in this year’s game with Russell. Is anyone willing to cough up a first round pick along with Russell in the virtual world? Yikes.

All in all, if you take in the ratings on defense, the Oilers don’t have a single top-pairing blueliner. Edmonton has four top-four defenders, two third-pairing guys, and a seventh man. What do you think? Are the Oilers not getting enough love on the backend?

McDavid, Draisaitl Lead Offense in NHL 18

If you’re a fan of franchise mode you’d be hard pressed to find a team that’s already built for long term success in the game. The Oilers have two premier talents in McDavid (ranked as the game’s best) and Leon Draisaitl (42nd overall), so they’ll be fun to play with.

That said, if you go by EA’s rating system, they only have four top-six forwards. Patrick Maroon, a guy who scored 27 goals playing with McDavid, isn’t constituted as a top-six forward. Figure that one out.

Left Wing

Player (Age) OVR Type Potential Salary
Milan Lucic (29) 84 Power Forward Top 6 F (High) $6.000M
Patrick Maroon (29) 81 Power Forward Top 9 F (Med) $1.500M
Jussi Jokinen (34) 79 Playmaker Top 6 F (Low) $1.100M
Drake Caggiula (23) 77 Sniper Top 9 F (Med) $0.925M

Edmonton’s fairly deep down the middle and it’ll create some fun line combinations for fans. For the most part, the ratings are pretty on par with what players were rated in NHL 17. McDavid and Draisaitl saw a significant jump in their ratings while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins saw a slight dip to 83. Newcomer Ryan Strome is ranked as the Oilers’ sixth best forward with an 81 overall.

Ryan Strome (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)


Player (Age) OVR Type Potential Salary
Connor McDavid (20) 93 Playmaker Franchise (Med) $0.925M
Leon Draisaitl (21) 87 2-Way Forward Elite (Med) $8.500M
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (24) 83 Playmaker Top 6 F (Med) $6.000M
Ryan Strome (24) 81 Playmaker Top 6 F (Med) $2.500M
Mark Letestu (32) 79 Playmaker Top 9 F (Med) $1.800M
Jujhar Khaira (23) 71 Power Forward Bottom 6 F (High) $0.675M

EA only gave the Oilers two right wingers, and that’ll probably change when the first roster update comes out in mid-October. Jesse Puljujarvi is listed as a member of the Condors, as is Ty Rattie and Brad Malone.

Right Wing

Player (Age) OVR Type Potential Salary
Zack Kassian (26) 79 Power Forward Top 9 F (Med) $1.950M
Iiro Pakarinen (26) 74 Power Forward Bottom 6 F (Med) $0.725M

Edmonton should be a fun team to play with in NHL 18. They look to be relatively quick, and there’s a lot of creativity on this roster. When it comes to franchise mode, this team will be enjoyable. There are also several notable prospects with high ratings like Kailer Yamamoto, Ethan Bear and Caleb Jones coming up in the system.

If you’re a fan of the series, the ratings probably need some adjusting, but all in all, NHL 18 looks to be the next great game in the series. If you’re curious here are the player ratings from NHL 17.